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TRENDnet TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Poor Design 08/06/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router

Pros: Good 2.4G range. Setup was extremely easy if using default settings. That’s where the pros end.

Cons: : 5G range notably weak in a place like a one story house. Default password not strong enough. Using SpeedTest and 2.4G, the speed is noticeably lower compared to wired connection with slightly slower ping. The results also were not consistent. Definitely not comparable to industrial wireless routers. All of this is due to the lack of antennas. This device is not suitable as a wireless range extender.

Other Thoughts: Functions just like any other wireless router in every aspect except the lack of Ethernet switch. This means you do have to register this wireless router in regulated environments. Visually identical to PowerLine adapters when plugged in near Ethernet AP. In an environment with secondary Ethernet AP or no direct AP, I would much rather use PowerLine than this. PowerLine do work even in multi-story buildings. As with any wireless routers, no driver installation was needed. Most of the higher end places you go to domestically will have wireless instead of only wired connection. In very rare instances you will be needing to install a wireless router like this in a hotel. In a lot of the public and private places you are not allowed to play any video games, limiting the need for high speed connections. The CD included only contain user guide. Companies that make this should not cut corners too much but focus on more features like built-in anti-virus web filtering and better physical design.

TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very high download speed of 442Mbps in LAN Speed Test Lite compared to other wireless adapters. Upload speed is an average of 151Mbps using 37Mb folder from other computer connected to my router. To access this computer go to Network in My Computer.
Utility was very useful as it should be: It displays whether it is 5G or 2G, wireless ac or n and everything else for all SSID’s in the area.
Low profile bracket, three antennas and heat sink were all included as they should be.
TP-Link has good support website with everything easy to find.
Contains latest standardized features compared to other wireless adapters.

Cons: Driver install from TP-Link support website is done via device manager only, which is not versatile. Utility was not fully compatible with Windows 8 as it required default compatibility mode that Windows 8 picked for you.
It is not wise for a wireless adapter to be stationary as it is mobile by nature. Also it is not good to sacrifice an entire pci-e slot for wireless adapter. It could be used for more meaningful pci-e devices. The newest interface is m.2 for wireless adapters.

Other Thoughts: The only situation I see this as useful is in a public or work environment where a USB wireless adapter can be easily taken away. Otherwise it is not worth the extra space required for it. Wireless range should not be factored in review due to the availability of wireless range extenders. Obviously 5G have lower range. Compared to other similar wireless adapter there is still a lot of room for improvement.

OCZ Vertex 460A VTX460A-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: For CrystalDiskMark 4.0.3 x64 using RAID 0 Stripe size 64kb simple disk and 4C/8T CPU,
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 8) : 1123.047 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 8) : 1039.057 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 8) : 628.678 MB/s [153485.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 8) : 726.322 MB/s [177324.7 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 789.481 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 882.920 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 24.917 MB/s [ 6083.3 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 108.103 MB/s [ 26392.3 IOPS]
Test : 500 MiB [C: 44.8% (199.7/446.2 GiB)] (x3); OS : Windows 8.1 [6.3 Build 9600] (x64)
Only 4k random write at qd1 is slower than non-RAID by roughly one third. Most of the other numbers are significantly higher, one of which hit the RAID 0 ceiling of 12G. This is significant improvement over non-RAID and thus not a bad compromise at all in terms of real life performance. However the NVME drives do not have any compromises. Other pros include Ultrabook compatibility, 3.5" adapter, good warranty and Acronis cloning software.

Cons: Does not support BitLocker encryption as expected due to extremely slow encryption speed. However some third party encryption utility probably have on the fly encryption. The drives did not come with latest firmware. The drives are slightly slower than Vector 180 which is slightly slower than the fastest SATA SSD. None of these drives support BitLocker. The firmware update process is not the most advanced as it requires a complete power cycle, which can be hard to follow through for some people as seen on the forums. OCZ SSD utility does not recognize these drives at all when RAID 0 is used. Also, this utility is very limited in terms of capabilities.

Other Thoughts: Using RAID involves tweaking the bios, loading the Intel RAID driver during Windows installation and possibly using DiskPart. I installed the latest SSD firmware, bios firmware and RAID driver before I did anything. Vertex 460A is more like a lower tier transition drive because the BF 3 controller runs at lower speed while using latest 2nd generation NAND. Based on experience despite what you read on the reviews, the rated speed in the specs are fair indicators of expected performance especially comparing to other similar drives. The drive probably will still have 100% SMART status after more usage, which is expected.


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