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This review is from: ASUS RP-AC52 AC750 Repeater / Access Point / Media Bridge
Pros: I use a dual band asus router in my home. my wireless range extends out into my yard on both ends of the house. but not much further. i get about 20 feet into my backyard before streaming video becomes problematic. if i plug this range extender in on the back of my house i get a good connection on the 2.4 Ghz band but not on the 5Ghz band. and this allows me to get about another 50 feet further into my yard before getting buffering issues.
It is a bit slower going through multiple wireless devices but it's only noticeable when moving files off my NAS. I did not notice any differences browsing the web. I only see about a 6ms ping increase in gaming, this ping increase happens from using the range extender in general and is not entirely dependant on signal strength.
overall the asus RP-AC52 AC750 is good looking, feels durable and gets only mildly hot from use.
It feels well made. You will not break it from dropping it. It is rated at 100-220 volts 0.25A. which would mean it can draw up to 17.5 watts. under heavy activity, my killawatt meter is showing that it is consuming less than 5 watts.
If your router does not have a WPS button you can still configure it and set it up manually.
using my phone i was able to connect to the "ASUS_RPAC" wireless network, then type 192.168.0.1 into the web browser and make it to the asus setup page. The first thing it asks you to do is create a administrative user name and password. Then it asks which networks you want to connect to. Once you connect your repeater to your network the network name will change from "ASUS_RPAC". it will now clone the name of your original network then add RPT and RPT5Ghz as the repeater network names.
Overall i have no real complaints, i have been using it for over two weeks now and it has been rock solid.
Cons: Headphone jack sounds dull. It might be ok for the garage or patio but do not expect to get high quality audio out of the headphone jack, it's preamplified anyways and not compatible with most home theater receivers and preamps.
The lights are not overly bright, but it does have a white light that shines on the bottom, which is intended to be a night light.
Other Thoughts: The best use for this would be as a access point. it has a Ethernet port which you can use to connect manually to your router. This is more stable and faster than using the wireless alone. if lots of devices are all sharing the 2.4 or 5Ghz bands it can cause too much wireless traffic and congestion and slow down or become unstable. this is often seen in places like restaurants or business where they have public wifi and lots of people are trying to use it at once. but using a Ethernet cable and setting it up as a access point can avoid those problems and leave you and your customers with a rock solid connection.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The first thing i notice about the LinksysWRT 1900 ACS is it's size. It is about the same size as a nintendo 64. without the antennas, the dimensions are 10x8x2 inches.
It can be hung from a wall, but use screws or nails, it's a bit too heavy for thumbtacks. It weighs about 2lbs.
It seems to be well made, it's made of thick plastic. Even the antennas feel strong.
I opened it to take a look at the components inside. There is a single large heatsink on the right side to keep it cool. The left side has the Wireless Tuner, and a few components including 3 capacitors. One of these capacitors is a long lasting polymer. The other two are Tapion brand electrolytics Rated to 105c. electrolytic capacitors wear out over time from heat and use, but 105c is a good heat rating and these capacitors should be durable.
This router runs slightly warm, it draws about 10 watts idle, 15 watts under heavy use.
This router has a eSata port. this is a first for me. I had to wait a week for my eSata adapter cable to arrive so i could benchmark the eSata Performance.
Using a Mushkin Chronos 128GB SSD i was able to reach a maximum transfer speed of 109MB/s Writing and 108MB/s reading a ssd through the eSata Port. I performed the same test with two different ssd's each capable of over 400MB/s and received identical results. This is the limitation of the Gigabit Ethernet connection, and not the router. Gigabit ethernet connection's theoretical maximum transfer speed is about 125MB/s. When i plugged in my SSD it was formatted in Ext4 format. I received a notification that the file system was not supported. and that compatible partitions are FAT, FAT32, NTFS, and HFS+ and that supported mappings are GUID, GPT, and MBR. This router is the second router that i have used which is capable of saturating the gigabit ethernet connection. the other was the nighthawk x6. I have used 8 different routers which had USB3.0 ports and none of them could actually take full advantage of the gigabit network speeds besides the x6 and this Linksys WRT1900ACS.
I also Benchmarked the USB 3.0 port with a Samsung Portable USB SSD and achieved a Read speed of 105MB/s and Write 107MB/s.
I am very pleased with these results. Finally home routers exist with the potential to serve as a powerful NAS server, and perform just as quickly. This can save a lot of people money because many of those NAS drives are way overpriced for what they do.
Wireless range is very good. it out performs my other routers. I was a bit surprised by this because some of my other routers have larger antennas. Through one wall and 50ft into my yard i can still stream 1080p youtube video without any slowdowns.
Cons: No DD-WRT.. yet.
Other Thoughts: When i first plugged it into the internet and ran the setup wizard i got a notification that a update was available. It took about 2 minutes to complete. The setup wizard takes you through wireless network name, wireless password, and router login password. It also takes you through the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account setup, this allows you to access your network and router over the internet from anywhere.
The lights are not super bright and should not be a distraction.
The included 5ft flat ethernet cable is junk compared to a good cat5e or cat6 cable. It does not list its speed category (cat5,6 etc) it contains thinner wire than most ethernet wires which are 24AWG. It is at least 28AWG. and my benchmark results were slower with the flat cable, 92MB/s vs 108MB/s. By design flat cables are easier to damage and are more susceptible to noise and electrical interference and generally are inferior to standard round UTP Cables.
The Router Interface is very simple. parental controls allow you to restrict what time of the day specific devices can access the internet, media prioritization allows you to select how much bandwidth each computer and application is able to consume. port forwarding is hidden under the security tab, but is very simple to setup once you find it.
I am happy to recommend this router. anybody looking for a great performing router which can also be a NAS will not be disappointed with a Linksys WRT1900ACS.
Pros: nice bright green glow, comes with fan grill, comes with 3pin to 4pin molex adapter, also comes with 8 black fan screws.
Cons: the 3pin to 4 pin molex adapter is cheaply made.
Other Thoughts: these apevia fans say 20db, yet other fans, such as the coolermaster R4-L4S-10AB-GP fans i just replaced with these, said 16db yet were far louder than these which say 20 db. coolermaster lies.
orig purchased in january of 2012
4-9-16 update. the first fan started to fail. after taking it apart and adding a drop of oil inside it's working again.