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Pros: • Speeds are great and well within expectations for a 2000 sq. ft. townhouse located in the middle of a highly congested wireless neighborhood. I had no problems connecting to the router located in the middle of my finished basement even though I was in a second floor bedroom in the opposite corner of my house.
• Great looking router (my how far they've come).
• Dimmable LED lights. This is a great (and rare) feature that comes in handy if your router is in a regularly-used room in your house.
• Full range of wireless standards - a/b/g/n/ac - so it should work with any of your devices, no matter how old.
• Can use both 5GHz and 2.4GHz simultaneously, so it's like having two separate routers in your house that you can use depending on if you'd prefer range at the cost of speed (2.4GHz) or speed at the cost of range (5GHz).
• Gigabit LAN ports for use as a switch.
• Two USB ports. One is USB 3 and one is USB 2. I'm not sure why you need two ports, though, or why they aren't both USB 3. Maybe one for file sharing (USB 3) and one for printer sharing (USB 2)? Please do yourself a solid and DON’T share the files over the internet.
• OpenWRT support. I didn't install OpenWRT on here, but there is a download for it if you’re so inclined.
• Firmware up-to-date out of the box. Nobody ever updates their firmware, so this is a bit of a plus.
Cons: • Regular old big power brick that may or may not take up an outlet next to it, depending on your surge protector's layout.
• Downloadable manual is pretty sparse. It'll get you logged onto the router, but you're on your own if you need any technical walk-throughs (e.g., disabling WPS for security reasons, port forwarding, or parental controls).
Other Thoughts: • If your device is physically close to this router, make sure you connect to the 5GHz network for best speeds and throughput. If your device is a little further away or through more walls, stick to the 2.4GHz network since it'll give you a more reliable connection.
• If you plan on streaming any media over your network, you’ll need a steady 750 KB/s (~6 mbps) for a DVD ISO and about 6.5 MB/s (~52 mbps) for a Blu-Ray M2TS file. This router can handle both over either network at close range, but once you get a few rooms or floors away you’ll start to get hiccups.
• The network and power cables were already plugged into the unit when I opened the box. I've never seen that before.
• Once you connect to the default wireless network, you can access the router administrative page by entering into your browser either http://router/ or http://192.168.2.1
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster
Pros: • Good performance at this price point.
• Simple as pie to install and configure.
• Did a decent job extending my wireless signal into a 2nd-floor corner room with an otherwise non-existent signal.
• LED status lights are a nice, informative touch. They are a bit bright, however.
• Works with my NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router.
Cons: • Doesn't push the signal out real far, just enough to get you some useable internet in an otherwise distant area.
• LAN port isn't gigabit (come on guys, it's 2015 already).
• Only b/g/n - no AC support.
• Half duplex, so it can only send or receive at any given time, not both. This means your usable speed will be cut in half at best.
Other Thoughts: • Summing up - as far as my house goes, it did what I expected it to do at this price point. Was it "wow this is amazing" - no! Was it, "OK, it does the basic job I want" - yes. I'd suggest doing a CTRL-F on the Newegg reviews for your particular router make or model to see what opinions others may have of a setup similar to yours.
• If you're looking (like I was) to extend a signal into a room that couldn't otherwise get enough of a signal for internet browsing, then this will work for you. I don't think you'll be streaming 1080p video into an otherwise distant area, but it'll get you online with usable internet-browsing speeds.
• While this supports WPS for easy Wi-Fi setup, I recommend disabling WPS on your home network for security purposes (depending on your actual physical environment). Feel free to do an internet search on WPS security for further info.
This review is from: DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 360 CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with 3*120mm FDB PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
Pros: This does what it's supposed to do. Very good cooling and a very quiet noise level (at typical usage). It looks pretty nice once it's all installed and running. The packaging was adequate to protect the contents (I've had this problem with some DEEPCOOL products before). Due to its size, the retail box can also be used as a small table if you need one.
Cons: Loud at top speeds. This isn't a big problem since you won't be running this at top speeds unless you're benchmarking or Folding or something.
DEEPCOOL products are cheap. And I don't just mean by price. While it visually looks nice, physically there's a lot of plastic here, and it feels cheap in your hand. Much expense was spared in the instructions department too. You can check those out ahead of time on their website. If you've never installed one of these babies before, please look elsewhere for a company that does some hand-holding with the installation instructions. For real. A water cooler is not something you want to find out you installed incorrectly (such as by using the wrong screws) while jacking up the settings on your CPU. That said, they do have a decent YouTube installation instructions video on their support website.
Other Thoughts: I've used multiple DEEPCOOL products in the past. General rule of thumb is what I mentioned before - they're cheap and lack instructions but they do a very good job if you install them properly.
This guy is big, so make sure it's going to fit before you order it.
Watercooling rigs aren't really going to help you if you don't overclock your machine. A good air cooler works just as well for everyday usage. Even if you do overclock your machine, it's only for benchmark bragging rights or an ego boost since you're never going to be able to tell the real-world difference between non-oc'd and oc'd.
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Date Joined: 08/09/05
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