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Pros: HDMI, Nice BIOS, OC Genie II
Cons: Only 2 memory slots
Other Thoughts: I've had about 6 builds using MSI and all went off without a hitch. This one is only a day old, but the fates are on my side.
OC Genie II jacked up the clock on my A6-5400 dual core proc to 4.09 from around 3.6 Ghz. Nice perf boost for one mouse click. Netflix HD content uses CPU at around 20 percent. SD DVD disks around 15%. No BD disk player yet.
All round good perf so far for HTPC.
Pros: Plenty of UNFULFILLED promise in hardware spec and features, but don't be mislead (see cons)
Fitness - Getting in great shape running up and down the basement steps to reboot the device
Cons: UNRELIABLE, not fit for any application. After a month of usage, and at the very least, one dozen reboots, I finally reverted to my old router.
I was making due with the frequent reboots, but just received a Google Nexus 4 mobile phone (sweet) that FAILED TO CONNECT.
Note - the most recent firmware update, which I installed a month ago, claims to fix problems with mobile device WiFi connection drops. This is NOT true! wdr4300 obviously not tested against the Nexus 4, because router fails with this device.
Kept the phone, retired the router.
Other Thoughts: Attention TP-LINK Support:
1. Can I RMA this device and expect to get better results?
2. Is new firmware under development that will make this hardware stable?
Pros: Great hardware, media server function, dual band, great antennae
Cons: Factory firmware, latest update, is still wobbly
Other Thoughts: If you are not perfectly tech savvy and want the rarified "set it and forget it", well.. forget it.
With latest firmware, TL-WDR4300_V1_120810, router ran for 2 days and crashed requiring hard reboot.
Hoping for better firmware soon. Steve Crow is good at email tech support so he deserves credit, not sure about phone support, however.