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Pros: +Supports AC1750 speed which should be good for most homes.
+You can easily see that this router is designed in many ways to help out people who are not very computer literate set up a router. Even right down to having the power cord plugged into the router and the Ethernet cable that connects to your cable modem already connected. I have done that for my mom when I let her borrow my router when she went on vacation. The directions are mostly pictures, and it comes with a card in a slot at the base of the router with its preconfigured wireless ssid and password printed on it.
+Good range throughout our house on both the 2.4ghz and 5ghz channels. Our house is roughly 60’ x 40’ with an L shape at one end of the house. I have tried a more expensive Netgear router and this router gets roughly the same range and speeds. It does have trouble at the farthest corner of our house, but every router I have tried has that problem, which is on the L shaped opposite end of our house.
+The router itself comes packaged nicely and looks very nice. It’s the first router I have owned that stands in a vertical position which saves desk space. It has one light on it that is just about right for brightness. The router looks very nice also.
+It’s a well known brand name router. I think they even bought the Linksys company/brand.
Cons: -The Firmware has not been updated since January of 2014. To me that is a negative as this is their latest router they make.
-No open source firmware is available for this router. This also relates to the Firmware having not been updated for so long. Having open source firmware is the best alternative for when the firmware is no longer updated.
Other Thoughts: Before I received this router I actually expected to be writing a somewhat negative review, due to some other negative reviews I have read on other websites. However as you can see I have given my rating of 5 stars, as I honestly have not come across anything very negative about this router, at least not yet anyways.
I have had mine connected to our Time Warner Cable Modem.
The firmware seems to be designed to try to not confuse people. Its main screen is well laid out in my opinion. It does have an “advanced” section with many options. Including an option to have the router reboot each day or any day, it comes preset with it to reboot once per week. This is good for fixing problems that sometimes come up over time, many routers do not have this option. It also comes with an optional guest access network setting that lets you have guests log in through a webpage.
I did try the media server where I hooked up my own videos/movies that I own on a 2.5” external usb 3.0 drive connected directly to the routers usb 3.0 port. The firmware uses myTwonky with DLNA as a media server. I was able to play them fine. Although it might depend on how far you are from the router and how big the files are it has to transfer.
Pros: +Large storage space. It seems an odd amount of space at 480GB. The formatted size makes its true size of 446GB, but that’s still a lot of space for an SSD.
+Good value price for its size.
+Fits perfect in my Intel NUC
+Not the fastest speeds but its still plenty fast enough. From my experience using different SSD drives, you most likely won’t even be able to tell the difference vs other drives. Any SSD is great for an operating system drive.
+3 year warranty
+So far I have not had any problems or slowdowns as some have reported. It sounds like they did something to fix the problem, from reading their replies in the comments. I did try filling the drive 95% full to see if it would affect the transfer speeds and it still had the same speed.
+The packaging is easy to open (which may sound ridiculous but I’m so sick of the clam-shell packaging where you cut your fingers trying to open them. The packaging mine came in snaps open/close.
Cons: -The 4k and access time speeds are not as fast as higher priced ssd drives, but for most people that shouldn’t matter. Comparing it to my Samsung SSD drive.
Other Thoughts: It sounds like this drive is a Newegg only exclusive model. I did most of my benchmarks on my desktop computer (MSI Z97 Gaming 7 motherboard, with Intel i7-4771 cpu. Probably what makes this an ECO model for a lower price is due to it not having has high a speed in some 4k tests, and access time, but its not like its slow or anything. I doubt you can even notice it in real use, I know I can’t. My Broadwell Intel NUC boots up Windows 8.1 to the login screen in 10 seconds, from completely off, using this drive as the operating system drive.
Seq Read: 492 MB/s
Seq Write: 312 MB/s
4K Read: 21.99 MB/s
4k Write: 18.09 MB/s
4K-64Thrd Read: 208 MB/s – 53242iops
4k-64Thrd Write: 120 MB/s – 30690iops
Acc.time Read: 0.146ms
Acc.time Write: 0.252ms
In the ATTO Benchmark the highest Write speed was 501MB/s and the highest Read Speed was 528MB/s (Although the AS SSD benchmark is more of a true speed)
In HDTune Pro, the average read speed was 354MB/s, with an access time of .1ms.
I have been very happy with this SSD so far. I plan on leaving this inside my Broadwell Intel NUC (Which I also bought from Neweggs other store) as the operating system drive, running Windows 8.1. I have an external regular usb drive connected to the NUC for more storage.
This review is from: 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
Pros: +AC1750 support! Plenty of speed on 5ghz, as long as you have a router that supports AC speeds.
+Comes with an optional low profile bracket that you could fit this into an HTPC, it should be great in that setup. I like that it has the 3 adjustable external antennas instead of being just a usb wireless adapter.
+Nice compact pcie card that has a good sized heatsink that covers the whole pcie card. Some reviews complain about it taking up a PCIE slot, but most of the newer motherboards come with mostly, or all PCIE slots now.
+Being wireless is great for having one less messy cable connected to a desktop.
Cons: None that I have come across.
Other Thoughts: There isn’t a whole lot to say about a wireless card, but I have been very happy with this PCIE wifi card so far. I have been trying it out in my desktop computer (MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Motherboard with Windows 8.1, along with my Netgear R7000 router using the XWRT custom firmware on it), and it has performed well for me, as I don’t notice any difference between this card vs using my cat6 cable. My connection has been stable with no dropped wireless signal.
The installation was easy. I only installed the driver from the cd.
I mostly have tested it in the same room though, but have also tried moving my desktop computer to the opposite end of our house (66ft and L shaped house) and still had a 5ghz connection, although its weak on the opposite end of our house like everything is that far away, but still had good speed on the 5ghz, as I was still getting my full maximum internet download speed of 34Mbps. Plus I was still able to play my bluray movies using Plex from that distance with no problem, I used my Desktop as a Plex server, and had my Roku 3 play a bluray movie off it, along with another media player connected playing a separate movie at the same time.
I’m tempted to build an HTPC computer using this card. I think it would be great for that. This is just my review anyways. The router brand/type will affect a lot for what speeds or range you get.
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