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Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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3 out of 5 eggs Marketed towards a main HDD for gaming, but only really good for offline storage 05/19/2016

This review is from: Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Quiet
64MB Cache
5-year warranty
Faster than a HDD

Cons: Only 8GB SSD
High failure rate (It's a Seagate)
Slower than a SSD

Other Thoughts: It's good secondary/storage drive for a PC with a primary SSD.

This drive is not fast enough to replace my main SSD drive. It works well for my huge steam game collection, which has always been stored on a large secondary drive in my gaming PC.

Biggest con is that It's a Seagate. For anyone in the PC repair industry, they know it'll fail in short order. Their customer service is horrid, and not worth dealing with. Many times I've RMA'd a drive, just to get a dead one back in return. I'm only going to use this for offline storage, because I've been burned too many times with Seagate drives failing in the past. If you read the reviews, you'll see these have an extremely high failure rate, which is worrisome.

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Linksys EA2750 N600 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router
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1 out of 5 eggs I have never hated a router, as much as I hate this router. 03/28/2016

This review is from: Linksys EA2750 N600 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router

Pros: None

Cons: No power/status lights
Non-removable antennas
No current 3rd party firmware support
HORRIBLE customer service

Other Thoughts: I'm an IT specialist with over 20 years in the field.
I can program most enterprise routers, Layer 3 Cisco switches, Netgear switches, HP switches, etc.
I, by myself, have upgraded facility networks from 1990's hardware to current-gen hardware with VLANs, trunks, etc.
I've built multiple enterprise linux & windows servers, housing terabytes and terabytes of data, from scratch.

I could not for the life of me, get this router to complete it's setup process and actually work properly. I spent two hours troubleshooting and trying to get the router configured, both manually and through the wizard with no success. I then broke down and talked to Linksys "technical support" (in HEAVY quotations) and spent an additional FIVE HOURS trying to get the router configured. We did the same steps in their flip books over, and over, and over, and over, and over and over again - until the "tech" gave up and told me to power cycle my entire network and then load the newest firmware on the router (which shipped with the newest firmware, soooo...)

Anyway, after SEVEN HOURS this router still does not work, and when I ask for an RMA since it's obviously a hardware or firmware bug, I get ignored.

If this wasn't for an eggsxpert review, and it was on billable time - someone would owe me $700 to configure an $88 router.

Linksys by Cicso was good hardware, Linksys by Belkin is typical Belkin quality - complete garbage.

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Linksys MAX-STREAM AC1900 Next Gen MU-MIMO Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router with Seamless Roaming (EA7500)
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3 out of 5 eggs Either I got a bad one, or the firmware needs an update. 03/06/2016

This review is from: Linksys MAX-STREAM AC1900 Next Gen MU-MIMO Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router with Seamless Roaming (EA7500)

Pros: Sleek design, adjustable and removable antennas, two USB ports (one is USB 3), easy setup options.

Cons: Not power-user friendly. If you like to manually setup everything, this is not the router for you. It really wants an internet connection and to go through the smart wifi setup. There's ways around this for the most part, but it takes some tinkering.

I've had nothing but issues with the wireless. It straight up REFUSES to work as a wireless bridge, repeater, etc. Tosses settings on each reboot after applying them, seems like a lot of firmware bugs (I have the newest firmware) or I got a bad unit. Hopefully a firmware update will be pushed out eventually to address the wireless problems.

Not many status lights other then the power light (which is the Linksys logo on the front top). All the status lights for the Ethernet connections & WPS are on the rear of the unit, and there's none for the wireless that I've seen.

Other Thoughts: A little bit of research shows this model sometimes has wireless issues, so I'm thinking more firmware than hardware. Several hard resets and factory defaults later I could not get this thing to function as it should. Next I'll be looking into custom firmware (DD-WRT or Tomato) to see if it has the same issues. Hopefully Linksys will put out updated firmware in the near future that'll make it work up to it's full potential.

Linksys - if you're listening: Give us the option to setup the router manually without the smart wifi setup or a required internet connection. Fix the wireless bridge & repeater modes so they actually work. This has great potential that's being wasted.

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Display Name: Chris M.

Date Joined: 11/14/05

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  • First Review: 05/19/16
  • Last Review: 05/19/16
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