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TP-LINK Archer C5 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 867Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: antennas are 7.5" long. nearly twice as long as antennas on other routers i have owned.
led lights are not overly bright, which is great if it will be in a room where people also might be sleeping or watching movies.
has the slotted holes on the bottom so it can be mounted on a wall using two screws or nails.
power adapter is a very standard rating, which is great news in case it breaks or you loose it. its rated at 12volts 2.5Amps, = or 30Watts. this router does not run hot, its actually modest on the wattage being used, i have a meter which displays the true power draw, it is using less than 5 watts while in use. when using USB attached devices power consumption will increase.
the router has a switch on the back to manually and easily disable the wireless connection, great if you don't use it, or if your kids are up after bedtime.
Wireless strength is good, its definitely just as good if not better than my other high performance routers. i am able to remain connected to the 2.4ghz network up to 2 houses away, but the 5hz network is only good for in my house and into my yard. any further and it becomes weak.
probably the coolest feature of this router is the USB file sharing.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: some of the routers i have used show your external hardrive or flash drive as a shared computer located on your home network, this makes it easy to find. however these TP-Link routers do not.
you have to navigate to it by clicking start, than typing "run" into the search bar, then typing \\tplinklogin.net into the dialog box. don't forget to place a shortcut to it so its easier to get to next time.
USB file copy speed is not bad for usb2.0, at 11MB/s read and 8.7 write, its faster than most of the other routers with usb 2.0 ports that i have tested.
i have no problem streaming 1080p Blue-ray ripped movies from my external hardrive through the usb2.0 port.
this is fast enough for basic NAS. watching movies, and doing computer backups.
but if you plan to install games to the drive or store project files, or move alot of data around, you are going to want a separate NAS. or a router with usb3.0 ports which is actually capable of fast speeds. i have a C8 1750 which is a very nice router, and it maxes out at only 18MB/s. i did find one router which has impressive usb3.0 speeds. i'm not going to list other brand names here. but id say it's more of a boutique router than a practical solution for home networking. and for the price of it, you could have this router and a very nice NAS.
This router supports DD-WRT and OpenWrt firmware upgrades, advanced users may have need for additional features that the router does not provide by default. these changes are not for everybody and will make the router more complex and harder to configure. only advanced users will have a use for this.
overall this router is a good value and is a solid performer. with all the fine routers available today its really difficult to go wrong if you are buying a good brand like TP-Link.

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Intel 730 Series SSDSC2BP480G4R5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: bought two of these when they were on sale. I have them set up in raid-0 on my MSI Z77A-GD65 gaming Motherboard. i can easily see the difference from my last SSD, It was a single Intel 520 series 250GB. ATTO benchmarked my Raid setup at a whopping 1037MB/Second!
Load times are almost non existent.

Cons: the included SATA cable is a bit thin, The ones that came with my motherboard are thicker and appear to be better made.
Included cd doesn't contain anything useful, they could of easily included The Intel SSD Toolbox Program on it.

Other Thoughts: I couldn't pass up the sale price, and i'm glad i didn't. I don't think i'l be needing another SSD for quite some time. i'm also using two WD Black 1TB drives in Raid-0 for extra storage space.

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TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 USB 3.0 Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I opened the box of the tp link ac-1750 and found the router, power adapter, 3 antennas, a 47" inch cat5e ethernet cable, a mini resource cd, and a quick start guide. the first thing i notice about the router is the big leg on the back that lets it sit upright on a desk. this is good because it gets the wireless antennas a bit higher in the air than they would be otherwise, and it gives it better ventilation, the entire back of the router has little holes for ventilation. i prefer to be able to mount my routers on the wall, but this router does not have hanging holes on the back for that. the router feels quite durable, they used a thick, and strong plastic, the router weighs about 1.5lbs. the power adapter also has this quality to it. the power adapter and router are both rated at 12v 3.3amps. = 39.6 watts. the wattage is between 2 and 3 times that of most of the routers i have used.

Cons: Most routers which are nice enough to include a usb3.0 port are painfully slow, usually to the point where it defeats the purpose. i benchmarked the Ac-1750 c8 with several of my usb3.0 external hard drives to try and find out what the maximum transfer speed of the usb 3.0 port is. unfortunately it maxed out at a slow 18MB/second. which is nowhere near the speed it should of been. i was expecting at least 50MB/second. especially with the way they are advertising the usb3.0 speed on the box. and that they have a dual core 800mhz processor built in. yet we are only reaching a file transfer speed roughly twice the realistic speed of usb 2.0.
Setting up the usb file sharing is not as easy as it could be, with other routers i have used, the external drive shows up as a shared folder on the home network. this one does not, you have to find the location manually.
for windows 7 users, click start. type "run" in the search bar, type \\tplinklogin.net into the run box. it should open the shared network folder, create a shortcut to it so its easier to get to next time. the tp link website has instructions. just incase you are using a different operating system.

Other Thoughts: Wireless strength is good, i have a good signal through my home, every two walls i put between me and the router i lose about 1 bar. i don't lose the connection until i get about 50feet away but thats at the far end of my property.

overall i think this is a decent router. what it lacks in NAS performance it makes up with build quality, i would recommend this router for basic home or business use.
If you were like me and hoping that the usb3.0 port would take advantage of the full speed of your external hard drives, you will be disappointed. its just too slow.
the only users that i think would probably feel that the usb3.0 speed is adequate would be people who are just needing redundancy on their home network. people that just need to backup some data on the home network, possibly for several computers.
but for gamers, or people who will be streaming media across multiple computers on a home network the usb3.0 file sharing is not fast enough.

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