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TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 USB 3.0 Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The initial setup phase was very easy, within a few minutes all the basic stuff was set up and the router was ready to go.
Guest accounts are a great feature to allow users to access your internet but dont want to tell them your main login information. My password is very long and complex so it helps that you don;t have to keep giving it out to everyone.
Physical wireless on and off switch. With other routers you usually have to cycle through settings menu's to switch this feature off.
Has an on/off rocker switch, so in the event that you do need a simple router reset just toggle the switch instead of having to pull the power cord out.
Does not require to reset the router when changes are made in the settings. It only saves about 10-15 seconds but its still a neat feature.
The amount of different settings in the router menu is huge, it can almost rival third party firmware's like DD-WRT in that regard. The router has the same type of options of router that cost more then double.
Has two USB ports, one at USB 2.0 and the other at USB 3.0 for attaching external storage devices to created networked storage drives.
For the size the router is surprisingly light weighing a little less then two pounds.
Dual band at 2.4ghz and 5ghz for optimal connection and speed.
WPS button which is more or less standard on all routers these days.

Cons: Overall router design is a little quirky. It can only stand up vertical and cannot be laid down flat or mounted on a wall. With the three antennas installed the unit is fairly tall, so make sure you have sufficient room to accumulate it before purchase.
The router built in menu and navigation for setting were not that good past initial setup. Someone who has trouble with more complex technology will most likely have alot of trouble trying to change basic settings where as experienced users should not have much trouble with it.
The way USB external storage devices are shared over the network when plugged into this router could have been better. You must type a special address provided by the router every time you want to access the storage device over the network instead of the device just showing up as shared network storage in windows explorer.

Other Thoughts: It says it can detect where you devices are and increase the network strength in that particular direction but I tested it in a few different places and really haven't noticed any difference between it and other routers.
Currently there is no DD-WRT available for this router, only the C7. It should come out soon, the sooner the better to get rid of the bad menu's.

NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great high end router 10/02/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router

Pros: Has three different bands providing Wi-Fi internet to various devices with a theoretical max speed up to 3.2Gbps.
Good quality internal components powering this router including a 1ghz dual-core processor and 256MB ram along with 128GB flash memory for the firmware.
SmartConnect is a good feature to allow the router to choose the best possible band for that specific device.
EZ Mobile Connect is a pretty interesting feature allowing devices to connect with just a QR code and allows guests to connect as well. I did a basic test with the app and it worked good, was able to connect without entering any passwords.
Features one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port allows you to hook up external hard drives and flash drives to the router and turn them into network storage devices. I tested it with a Western Digital MyBook 1TB USB 2.0 hard drive and a Corsair 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive and both worked fairly well transferring over the network, speed transfers fell well into expected ranges for each device.
A button on the back of the router allows you to turn off almost all of the LED's except for power which is good if you have this in a bedroom or living room so it wont be distracting.
The router runs netgear's Genie firmware which is very user friendly, inexperienced users should be able to go through the setup process pretty easily. The firmware does have features that appeal to the power user aswell.
The router can be wall mounted which is always a great option to keep it out of the way since this router is pretty large.

Cons: The unit is very large side compared to other routers, power inverter could have been put inside it considering its size.
Antennas seem very delicate, make sure to put it in a safe place where it wont get bumped into or knocked over.
The router is pretty pricey compared to other similar spec routers.
The router is made of plastic, for the price it would have had a metal casing instead.
8 switch ports could have been included instead of 4 ports and those ports could have had POE support.

Other Thoughts: While the onboard firmware is pretty good, unfortunately there is no DDWRT support, not yet anyway.
This router is recommended for the power user who wants tons of options and has tons of devices connected over wireless, for most regular home users you may want to look at something more lower end to suit your needs rather then spend alot of money on features you do not need and will not use.

NETGEAR FS205 5-Port Fast Ethernet Desktop Switch in Plastic Case - Essentials Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Extremely small, fits in the palm of your hand.
Cables connect in the back of the unit, some manufacturers have started making switches for home use that cables connect in the front. While this would be fine if those were rack mounted switches or business class, they are not and shouldn't be designed in that matter.
Power plug is angled sideways so it doesnt block other outlets.
When powered on, the device cannot be heard which is to be expected.
Unit stays cool to the touch and barely feels warm after staying on for 24 hours straight.
Very low power consumption, my old switches used almost thirteen times as much electricity as this one does. It also shuts off power on a specific port when it detects there is no cable present or the device is not turned on.

Cons: The switch is too lite, I had to weigh it down with something heavy to prevent the cables from lifting or moving it.
Ethernet cable could have been included in the box, even it was a cheap six foot cable, its still better then no cable.
Only 10/100 Mbps, while this might be fine for regular internet usage since there are few internet providers that even push the 100Mbps boarder except for G Fiber, my internet speed is only 85Mbps. For connecting computers together and FTPing files across the network its very dated compared to 1000Mbps switches.
Activity lights are a little on the bright side, I just got a small piece of dark paper and taped over it.

Other Thoughts: I suggest getting this device only if you just want to connect to the net and split your connection across multiple devices. If you want to move files across the network to different computers then look into a gigabit switch instead or if you have an ISP that is currently providing higher then 100Mbps to your house.
You should use Cat5e cables with this.


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Display Name: Joseph J.

Date Joined: 02/25/07

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  • First Review: 02/28/07
  • Last Review: 12/03/14
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