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NETGEAR R6200 Wireless AC 1200 Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router IEEE 802.11 ac/b/g/n
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Headline specs are wrong 01/06/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR R6200 Wireless AC 1200 Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router IEEE 802.11 ac/b/g/n

Pros: + Is a router.
+ Has 802.11ac, though it's nominal at best.
+ DLNA works, though it's got its problems.

Cons: - Is only 500Mhz, not 800Mhz.
- Has half the ram.
- Has one quarter the flash space.
- Doesn't support USB 3.0.
- Won't be able to handle much traffic with that CPU/RAM.
- Won't be able to install any other decent firmware with 16MB flash.
- You'll have to pay to ship it back. Even though they advertised a different product.
- Probably hates freedom, too.

Other Thoughts: If they're not going to sell what they advertise, I think it's best I start buying my routers from an online retailer with a better RMA policy.

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Actiontec SBWD100KIT01 ScreenBeam Wireless Display Kit
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Poor support, no planned future for product 08/05/2013

This review is from: Actiontec SBWD100KIT01 ScreenBeam Wireless Display Kit

Pros: Device works extremely well for close transmissions from a modern Android device, though I have seen unexplained stuttering in movies (Galaxy S3). Nexus 4 was able to play movies with no stutter. I've used Intel WiDi devices before, so I know that responsive movie playback is possible.

Cons: Bad pressing of the disc means I was unable to install the screenbeam software, which is required for the dongle on PCs that don't come with WiDi/Miracast support. So half of the package (the transmission dongle) is unusable, and it's the part that makes this kit appealing, as it allows you to use wireless display with laptops and other devices that don't already support it. Supposedly it's available for download online, for users who don't have an optical drive...

But unlike what the documentation says, the software is *not* available for download on the site, and the company is unable or unwilling to make it available for download. I've owned the device for over 2 weeks, and have had a support ticket open for nearly that long, with no response from them. It is not hard to publicly post promised content, much less send an email with a private download link. It's difficult to believe a company can stay solvent in a modern economy if it takes them two weeks to upload an installer and put a link in a page, and if they can leave a simple support ticket open for two weeks. It gives me nightmares imagining their corporate structure. Even sending another disc would have been a simple resolution. No resolution at all shows a disinterest in customer satisfaction.

Keep in mind, no site downloads clearly show that there will be no product updates. It also shows a lack of commitment to the product, and is frankly surprising, given the rising support for the Miracast standard and the fact that this product has been out for 6 months already. Any product which is not being updated will be obsolete in short order, especially as MiraCast is a quickly evolving standard.

Do yourself a favor and buy the hardware from a company that takes the technology seriously. This is apparently just a toy they created to cash in on a gimmick.

Also, no securing the display connection. You should probably be careful about leaving this onscreen at a convention, or an opportunistic member of the audience could take advantage of it. Wait to connect the HDMI until you've paired.

Other Thoughts: Surely you're also tired of companies releasing products without supporting them. Direct your purchasing power to the companies who stand behind their products.

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TP-LINK TL-WN781ND Wireless N150 PCI Express Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Provided Windows drivers are terrible 11/19/2011

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WN781ND Wireless N150 PCI Express Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2

Pros: Superb Linux support:

Worked out of the box in Arch Linux with just linux-firmware and the normal wireless packages (using wicd).

Cheapest N-capable PCI-E card at the time.

Supposedly functional on OSX, too, though I haven't personally confirmed.

Cons: The first driver Windows 7 (x64 Ultimate) installed didn't work. I got an installation failed notice, but the card presented itself as a wifi card, but couldn't see any networks. I then downloading the driver from TP-Link. That was a bad idea. The installer crashed my system all three times I tried to run it with the card installed. Not a very good sign.

After removing the card, I tried to install the driver again, but the installer refused to continue without the card. Since PCI-E is technically capable of hotplugging, I carefully stuck the card in the slot and clicked continue, which didn't crash this time. Presumably because I was at a point in the installer past where it tries to crash your system.

After rebooting I still couldn't see networks. I found a Windows Update for the Atheros 9285 chipset, though and installed it. After a cold boot or two, I can finally see the wireless network. Everything seems ok for now, but I suppose we'll see.

Other Thoughts: If you can't build a decent installer, please just include the original chipset drivers (i.e. from Qualcomm Atheros). Software is an art. One that requires adequate testers and a person dedicated to rejecting dumb ideas.

If a user has to hotplug a card in their computer to install your non-functional driver, you're doing it wrong. It's cheaper to use the original stuff than to partially implement your own system and deal with the support.

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Display Name: Matthew N.

Date Joined: 07/08/06

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  • First Review: 11/19/11
  • Last Review: 01/06/14
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