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Pros: 2 TB in your pocket – life’s good! Automatic encryption is a welcome feature, because "smaller" also means "more easily lost." Manually unlocking the drive is a little tedious, but you can set it to unlock automatically when connected to your computer.
Runs really cool! This is noteworthy because all my other external drives get fairly hot, which doesn't generally bode well for longevity in electronics. Heat is also a sign of wasted energy, so one might expect this drive to drain your laptop battery a little more slowly (I didn't have equipment to test the theory).
Three-year warranty – yes! It's disheartening that so many drives these days come with only a year warranty. Drive failures can be troublesome, if not traumatic, so it's encouraging that the manufacturer expects this drive to last at least a few years.
Data transfers are reasonably fast. A two gig file transferred in about 20 seconds.
Cons: The included backup program is rudimentary at best. Would be useful as a daily "secondary" backup, if only it worked reliably. On first try the local backup function refused to work, while the cloud backup, using Dropbox, worked. The next day the local backup feature started working, while the cloud backup did nothing (0% complete……). There were never any error messages, and the help system contained no troubleshooting section. There are no progress indications, nothing to tell you whether a backup succeeded or failed, and no way to test a backup. All in all, it feels pretty half-baked – not what one looks for in a backup program.
Other Thoughts: If you can get the backup program to behave, it would be a convenient way to protect your photos, etc. You'll still probably want a "full strength" program to periodically backup your entire system.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
Pros: As many reviewers have noted, the range of this router is outstanding. Compared to the entry-level TP-LINK tl-wr841n which it replaced, wireless broadcast signal was 10 to 15 DB higher. Open air reception range was at least 100 feet further. And yes, as others have noted, it's smokin fast. Where videos used to buffer for several seconds, they now start immediately.
I'm going to call the tilted stand a feature, rather than a bug. It's designed to prevent things from touching the back of the router, to prevent overheating. I'm guessing that, without this feature, the router would need a cooling fan, which would invite other problems. And it looks kind of elegant, too. Backlit status icons can be read from across the room.
Control panel is nicely laid out, and, powered by the peppy CPU, is pleasantly lag free. Seems to have most every setting one could need, including the ability to configure as a range extender (more on that later).
Cons: Runs hot, and, not surprisingly, uses lots of electricity (up to 40W). No mention of Energy Star here.
Came with 2014 firmware. When I called tech support with a problem, they of course recommended updating.
Other Thoughts: My use of this router as a range extender is probably not common, but it does the job admirably. I'm transmitting Wi-Fi about 300 feet to an outbuilding, where the Archer receives and retransmits it. Since a range extender normally cuts your throughput in half, it's helpful to have the dual band capability: the Archer can communicate with the main router via 2.4GHz, while using the 5GHz band for retransmitting. In practice, though, the router was more than fast enough for me even when using only the 2.4GHz. Must be the beamforming. Setting this up as a range extender was not as easy as the tl-wr841n (which itself took some puzzling). Tech support had to help me with a workaround when the control panel couldn't be accessed while in range extender (WDS bridging) mode. Not sure if the problem is a bug in the Archer, or an incompatibility with my main router.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA860RE V2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, Wall Plug Design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
Pros: For sheer ease of use, this gets a thumbs up from me. For extenders around my home, I've been using TP-Link’s tried-and-true (and cheap) TL-WR841N routers, but it took some head scratching to properly configure them. This extender, by contrast, is virtually plug-and-play. I couldn't use the WPS pushbutton setup because my base router is up on the roof, but the web configuration was effortless. Just select the TL-WA860RE as your wireless network, go to tplinkrepeater.net, and choose which router you want to extend from. Lovely.
The signal indicator light is also a great timesaver, quickly showing whether the extender is in an optimum location. The indicator is more responsive than software utilities, which is helpful when zeroing in on the best location.
The pass-through AC outlet is a little icing on the cake, enabling one to deploy the extender discreetly.
Cons: The extender seemed unable to relinquish the signal to the main router, as I walked around with an android tablet. This seems to be a common annoyance with android, however -- devices hang onto a weak Wi-Fi signal even when a better one is available. In the default configuration, where the extender uses the same ID as the base router, there's no way for the user to manually switch between the two signal sources, which can be a problem. My workaround was to assign a different network ID to the extender, enabling me to choose which signal to use. Unfortunately this means that the TL-WA860RE is not my "happy grail" of extenders, able to seamlessly hand off a Wi-Fi signal as I move around my home. I don't know if such a device exists...READ FULL REVIEW
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