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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Powerful router marred by smaller feature set 04/08/2015

This review is from: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports

Pros: - Allows you to skip initial set and configure router manually.
- Relatively simple UI and easy to setup basic functions on router.
- Has Guest Access for 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. Max of 50 guests allowed.
- Parental Controls allow you to restrict access by device, by time and by site.
- QoS (they call it Media Prioritization) is simplified.
- Supports VLAN.
- Supports local HTTPS access.
- Has a wireless scheduler to turn on and off access to your wireless network by time.
- Supports DDNS. Only DynDns, TZO, and No-IP are available however.
- Supports non WDS bridging and repeating.

- External Storage speeds are the fastest I've ever seen on a consumer router.

USB 2.0 Speeds averaged 31.0MB/s for Write to NTFS HDD.
USB 2.0 Speeds averaged 30.5MB/s for Read to NTFS HDD.
USB 2.0 Speeds averaged 27.8MB/s for Write to a FAT32 disk.
USB 2.0 Speeds averaged 30.1MB/s for Read to a FAT32 disk.

USB 3.0 Speeds averaged 65.6MB/s for Write to NTFS HDD.
USB 3.0 Speeds averaged 71.5MB/s for Read to NTFS HDD.
USB 3.0 Speeds averaged 60.1MB/s for Write to a FAT32 disk.
USB 3.0 Speeds averaged 74.6MB/s for Read to a FAT32 disk.

I did not test eSATA as I don't have any eSATA enclosures, but I imagine the speeds will be close to USB 3.0 speeds.

Cons: - NO VPN server OR client. Only VPN passthrough.
- External Storage FTP server does not have any means for secure access over the Internet.
- While this router has HTTPS local management access, there is no remote HTTP or HTTPS management access.
- Wireless range comparatively is seems a little bit weaker than a Netgear R7000. But better than my old N56U.
- This thing has a mini fan. I've never heard it spin up, but I am afraid under hotter conditions, the fan could get louder or eventually break.
- Fairly heavy for a router and probably the biggest consumer router I've seen.
- WAN to LAN throughput is not gigabit. If you have an internet connection over 1000Mbit for download, this router probably will not give you the max speed. Similar to the Netgear R7000. However, if you have anything lower than 500Mbit, you should be fine.

Other Thoughts: Firmware received in box was: 1.1.8.161917
Firmware was updated to 1.1.8.164461 prior to review.

Overall, as powerful as this router is, it offers a smaller feature set than other top-end routers. The lack of a VPN server is pretty short sighted, and the entire UI is built and geared towards simplification. The router does have decent routing capabilities however and the storage speeds are phenomenal. If anything you could put this in your network somewhere, disable the DHCP server and just use it as a NAS and/or backup incase your main router ever dies.

Many people have been complaining about disconnects and constant restarts required for this router. I personally have not experienced any random or intermittent disconnects. I did update the router firmware immediately, so I can't say if the firmware version it shipped with had any major issues. I've been connected wirelessly while streaming an movie and watching live streams for most of the day without any hiccups.

On the Linksys forums, users have reported over 110+ days of consistent uptime without any restarts or disconnects. Make sure you update the firmware and make sure your wireless channel is not overlapping a bunch of other people. If the router is still having issues and you've honestly exhausted all possibilities, try the open source firmware listed below.

I briefly tested the OpenWRT firmware for this router in hopes that it might have more features. It is called McWRT and you can find it on google just by searching for "McWRT". It is hosted on github by Chadster766.

Unfortunately, the McWRT firmware doesn't have a VPN server either. And overall seems to be lacking more features than stock. This isn't to say that eventually there won't be more, but do give it a shot if you are having issues with stock firmware.

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Netgear C3000 N300 WiFi Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 In 1
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Better than what your ISP would give you, but not amazing. 03/05/2015

This review is from: Netgear C3000 N300 WiFi Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 In 1

Pros: - Uses NETGEAR's newer admin UI similar to their other routers like the R7000. Admin UI is fairly well easy to use and allows for a decent amount of customization.

- No WEP option for wireless. Only WPA and WPA2.

- Has Wireless Isolation On/Off feature.

- Standard NETGEAR parental controls allow for site blocking by keyword or domain, service blocking, by schedule and has e-mail notifications for alerts.

- Router mode can be disabled you so can just use as a cable modem. Just handy if you want to use your own router.

- Has a handy Wireless Channel proximity scanner to see other SSIDs in the area. You can optimize your channel.

- Guest Network for 2.4Ghz Wireless.

- USB readyshare functionality allows for https connection.

- Admin UI has a lot of menus for logs and connection info, including downstream/upstream connection stats. Neat.

Cons: - No 5Ghz radio, only 2.4Ghz. :\

- Only one DDNS service available (www.dyndns.org).

- Remote management does not have https connection.

- Copy speed to USB readyshare drive was abysmal. rsync recorded a whooping 602KB/s for transferring a 600MB file over to a USB thumb drive. I tested both a USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 thumb drive. I did not test a USB 3.0 connected Hard Drive, but speeds won't be any better.

Other Thoughts: When purchasing this modem-router combo don't be expecting premium router features. More basic things like VPN server or secure remote management is missing. However, think of it more of a replacement for the really bad cable-modem router your cable ISP would give you. This is device isn't amazing, but it is possibly way better than anything your ISP would bundle you.

Cable Modem related functions are un-tested. Only the routing portions of this WiFi Cable Modem Router were tested.

Only 2 available ethernet ports, so plan accordingly if you want to use this device with more than 2 ethernet connected machines. Get a switch.

Unit doesn't get too hot, warm to the touch only.

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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Really easy to set up. I've used other wireless range extenders before including ones from Linksys and this one by far has been quicker to connect and get things rolling.

- Admin UI is fairly nice and very responsive. Very router-equse in style and configurability as wireless range extenders go.

- Profiles. This is a nice feature! You can set up profiles based on current usage, and if you ever need to move it or switch something out, as long as it has the profile saved you can always go back to your old settings with a simple profile switch.

- Has the ability to force set it's own static IP or just get a dynamic one from the DHCP server.

- Has the ability to serve as it's own DHCP server to any wireless connected clients. I have no idea why such a device would need something like this, but the fact that it does is neat.

- Has Wireless MAC filtering.
- Has AP Isolation switch. This is really cool and I wish more wireless devices provided this feature. As more and more internet home connected devices become common place, having this feature is important for inter-device connectivity.

- TP-Link provides a throughput monitor and system log menu.

- Front LED lights are very informative and quite nice to look at.

Cons: - I usually don't like wireless range extenders, but I am having a hard time NOT liking this one.

- There is no off setting for WPS. WPS security is as bad as WEP.

- Wireless speeds are halved. This isn't really a con, but to be expected from any wireless extender. It has to dedicate half of it's radio to receiving from the root SSID and the other to broadcasting the signal out.

Other Thoughts: I am not sure what Charles C. is smoking but this wireless range extender by TP-Link TL-WA854RE does not have any firmware available on the TP-Link english website past 140827, and that is for the EU version.

Regardless, mine came with Firmware version 3.14.8 Build 140804 Rel.39018n; and the Hardware version is WA854RE v1.0 00000000.

No issues with connections, the extender has been working for 5 days straight. I've used it for Twitch/Netflix streams for a continuous 8 hours, no hiccups. Never any connection issues. At least, not yet.

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Date Joined: 09/24/07

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