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BUFFALO WXR-1900DHP AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs High End Features, but Midrage Performance 04/28/2015

This review is from: BUFFALO WXR-1900DHP AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router

Pros: I've had this router installed in my environment for about a month and can comment on several of its pros and cons. For pros, it has quite a bit of advanced features in the setup. My favorite feature is the manual switch on the bottom of the router that allows you to easily switch between a regular router and access point. If you have a large network and just want something to expand your network, this makes it as easy as can possibly be. Although I am accustomed to loading DD-WRT on most of my routers, I found the stock UI to be good enough for most advanced tweakers. I was able to setup port forwarding for a Wordpress blog, FTP site, and RDP into my network. I was able to manually assign IP addresses while still keeping DHCP on with ease, and I was able to setup a guest network without any drama. Most of these features are unavailable or not as easy to find on other stock router setups. I still prefer the layout of DD-WRT and despite there being other Buffalo routers that come with DD-WRT from the factory, I was not able to find any evidence that this router is compatible (although I did not try). This router replaced a TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 and althought hat router does not support AC wireless, it compares favorably to this router in terms of wired Gigabit speeds and Wireless N transfer rates. Finally, the triple external antennas are a nice feature for people who want to fine tune their routers signal and help boost it in specific directions.

Cons: The cons, however are really where this router falters. Despite the nice web UI and the solid wireless N and gigabit speeds, the signal dropoff was more severe in all areas of my house compared to my original TP-LINK router. I left both routers connected simultaeously and used a WI-FI detection tool to measure signal strength in various locations throughout my house. My house is a single floor house built in the 1950s. I completed this test on the 2.4 GHz band with both routers on the same channel (11) and one on 11, and one on 1. I did not test 5 GHz since I use the majority of my devices on 2.4 GHz. Signal strength in the same room was pretty much the same. As soon as I left the living room and went into the bedrooms, kitchen, laundry room, and outside on the back porch, the TP-LINK maintained a stronger signal strength in all locations. In my backyard where the TP-LINK was a weak -70db, the Buffalo had disappeared altogether. I tried moving the 3 antennas in a variety of orientations and no amount of movement improved the signal strength enough to notice.

This is not acceptable in my opinion for an upper end router. I dont care how many great features the router has, or how funky the antennas are, or how fast the maximum throughput claims to be, if signal strength is not up to par with a several year old router that you can now find for $60, I cannot really recommend this router.

Other Thoughts: I really wanted to like this router. The triple external antennas, the manual switch to choose access point and the nice web UI really made me want to keep this router. Its possible this router is more favorable on the AC band or at 5 GHz, but for the majority of people who still use wireless N on the 2.4 GHz band, this router is just not acceptable and certainly not worth the price. If this was a lower end router, I could look past the signal dropoff in other areas of my house, but if I had spent $169.99 (MSRP $229.99) on this router, I would have returned it immediately.

In conclusion, nice feature set, easy UI, good throughput, but only when you have a good signal. If range is a priority for you, you should buy something else.

NEW Black PC Wireless Controller Gaming Receiver For XBOX 360
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The seller was great. When I emailed them that this adapter was dead, they offered to refund my money immediately and didn't even ask that I mail it back to them. I am giving 5 stars to the seller and 1 for the product.

Cons: Dead on Arrival

Other Thoughts: I followed every set of instructions online and was able to load the correct Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter driver. The driver installed correctly, but the problem was the device would not pair. The green LED would not light up at all. I tried all 8 of the USB ports (2.0 and 3.0) on my motherboard and none of them would power this device on.

I ended up buying a genuine Microsoft adapter and that device not only automatically detected and installed the correct driver, but the green LED lit up immediately and I was able to pair both of my Xbox 360 controllers. I had read many of the reviews on here about these knock-off adapters and knew there was a chance it might work. Looks like the house won this time. But if you look hard enough, you can find the genuine Microsoft one for about $15 online.

Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model BLS4K4G4D240FSA
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: One of the cheapest name brand DDR4 options right now. My computer runs completely stable at 2400 with CAS16. I have not tried to overclock these chips as I do not see any reason to.

I actually like the design of the heat spreaders. My motherboard has a blue color scheme, and alot of the good memory is red, and unless Im going for a patriotic red, white, and blue look, having red RAM and a blue motherboard looks silly. The silver chrome coloring means it would look good in any motherboard, regardless of color scheme.

Installation was easy. This is my first system using DDR4 RAM, so I don't know if this was due to my particular motherboard, or if all DDR4 RAM will be this way, but the clips on the sides of the RAM sockets only fold out on one side. Unlike all previous RAM where you have to fold out both sides, and then click the RAM into place. My motherboard only folded out on one side, and it just latched onto the other. I dont know if that makes any sense, but the point is, it was pretty easy to do.

Cons: The only con I can come up with is just in general about the state of DDR4 memory, which is expensive. Prices will eventually fall to around where DDR3 is now, but for now if you want to build a Socket 2011-3 system, this is what you have to get! My motherboard supports up to 128GB, so when prices come down, I'll probably replace these with something else, but not because there is anything wrong with them.

Other Thoughts: DDR4 is still pretty new to the market, and the prices are considerably higher than DDR3 right now. Taking into account this is one of the few quad channel 16 GB kits out there for under $170, this is a good bargain.

Several people state that these chips do not overclock well, and that might be true, but frankly, there is no reason to overclock DDR4 memory now. Yeah, Im sure there are some synthetic benchmarks out there that will give you numbers showing that overlocking beyond 2400 is better, but mark my words, YOU WILL NOT NOTICE IT DURING EVERY DAY USE! Considering people were happy with DDR3 speeds of 1800 and less, going to a stock RAM that runs happily along at 2400 is really nice. Anyone complaining that these cannot handle extreme overclocks need to understand that at this point, this is budget DDR4 RAM. You shouldn't expect top of the line overclocking on anything that's "budget". If you want extreme overclocks, you need to spend more.

As prices come down and there's more competition for DDR4 at this price level, there might be better options down the road, but for now, this setup is absolutely fine for most DDR4 builds.


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