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Pros: Very good home networking results.
User-friendly software so you can set up Wi-fi, printer (USB 2.0), extra storage (USB 3.0) and more.
Cons: Wi-fi performance is a little below par on 5.0GHz band.
Wi-fi performance is TERRIBLE on 2.4GHz band.
Wi-fi reception comparison to another router we have:
LINKSYS E8350 vs. TP-Link Archer C9
Laptop used for this test - Lenovo Y500 (with wireless "N")
(Intel Core i5 cpu @ 2.4GHz / 8GB DDR3-1600 / 2 x nVidia GTX650 graphics cards / wi-fi and power options set for max. performance when on battery)
Laptop's wireless adapters:
1. Built-in Intel Centrino N2230 2.4GHz card
2. TP-Link AC1200 5.0GHz USB 3.0 dongle
Comcast down-50Mbps, up-5Mbps
Comcast speed test results:
Bedroom (30 feet away from router):
TP-Link Archer C9:
2.4GHz - ping-14ms, down-52.21Mbps, up-5.98Mbps
5.0GHz - ping-12ms, down-57.15Mbps, up-6.13Mbps
2.4GHz - ping-14ms, down-11.53Mbps, up-6.08Mbps (bad!)
5.0GHz - ping-16ms, down-58.05Mbps, up-5.91Mbps
OUTDOORS: (weak reception area in corner of yard 65 feet away from router; windows closed):
TP-Link Archer C9:
2.4GHz - ping-14ms, down-20.65Mbps, up-6.12Mbps
5.0GHz - ping-13ms, down-31.01Mbps, up-6.38Mbps
2.4GHz - ping-23ms, down- 5.64Mbps, up-5.85Mbps (bad!)
5.0GHz - ping-16ms, down-22.21Mbps, up-6.25Mbps
Other Thoughts: Router works without installing the Linksys software. One thing you SHOULD do is to create a password for Wireless Security. By default the Wi-fi is "open" with no security protection.There are many more adjustments and settings available if you know what you're doing.
If you're not an expert then i suggest installing the Linksys software and use their fairly easy step-by-step guide for making adjustments and other settings. They have divided the settings into four categories making it a little easier to find what you're looking for. This is more user-friendly than other router software we've had from Linksys, WD, Airlink, TP-Link or others.
We connected our printer to the USB 2.0 port and a portable hard drive to the USB 3.0 port. The Linksys software helps you set up the printer and the hard drive storage for all users or limited access, your choice.
The router won't update itself by clicking on something in the Setup screen. Considering how helpful the software is for everything else, this was a disappointment. You must go online to the Linksys website and download the file. The latest available firmware has the same exact number as the number shown on the router's Setup screen blue banner which is Firmware version 1.0.01.
Result: the router came with the latest firmware already installed so at present there's nothing to update.
QoS (Quality of Service):
The apps we use at home offer a challenge to the router's QoS. We have three wired PCs (two of which are wired via 500Mbps Powerline adapters), a laptop with 5.0GHz wifi, an iPad Mini @2.4GHz wi-fi, an iPhone 4S @ 2.4GHz, a Kindle @ 2.4GHz wi-fi, a MagicJack phone thingy (wired), and a Silicondust HD Homerun Prime digital TV tuner wired directly to the router (making it available to all computers on our home network).
Typically, two wired PCs might be on the internand we might receive a phone call on the MagicJack, no problem. But, what if we're also streaming Netflix to the laptop one room away? No problem. What if we're recording three TV shows at once over the home network and two PCs are also on the internet? No problem. We started streaming Netflix to the laptop on 5.0GHz wi-fi, got three wired PCs streaming some Youtube music videos, and recorded three TV shows simultaneously. No problem. Seeking the last straw, i added a 4GB video file to copy from one PC to another. Finally, the Netflix stream began to pause and buffer and file copy slowed down. It took a lot to max out the router and our home network. Netflix recovered and streamed OK after a short delay - a good result for the QoS. QoS is enabled by default for the standard 2.4GHz wi-fi band. You can let the auto-QoS handle everything or you can designate a particular program, game, app or service to get extra priority. QoS for the 5.0GHz band is not listed in the router's Setup screen. Maybe we don't need it?
Pros: Mushkin's reputation for reliability is very good.
Uses last generation tried and true technology.
This 120GB capacity is enough for Windows plus a good amount of programs.
Cons: Write speeds are never super fast on a 120GB capacity SSD, but in practice you won't notice it unless you spend all your time running speed tests.
Other Thoughts: For those who want a low-price SSD from a reputable maker this is a great place to start.
If your laptop or desktop computer is an older model this SSD will really speed things up for you. The only thing to check is to make sure your system uses "SATA" type hard drive. Basically, that would be every computer made in the last 10 years. Even the oldest SATA I models will benefit from having an SSD.
For those who already have an SSD and it's almost full this would be a good add-on drive for extra capacity and very fast Read speeds.
This review is from: On Networks N300 Wireless Router N300R
Pros: Great little router does all the basics well and with good security.
Has pretty good wireless range for such an inexpensive model.
Can be easily set up as a wireless access point to extend the wi-fi range of an existing router.
Cons: Lightweight construction can be tipped over easily so place it carefully on desk .
Other Thoughts: We've had one of these for a couple of years, first as our main router then as a secondary unit when we got a more powerful model later on. We won't let this one go - it's a simple and reliable way to get wi-fi in 3 or 4 rooms.READ FULL REVIEW
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