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This review is from: BUFFALO WXR-1900DHP AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router
Pros: The firmware on this router is much better compared to what I have experienced in the past with other brands.
GUI is very easy to read with:
-Guest Accounts with quick on/off switch
-QoS with quick on/off switch
I really like how simple the GUI is on this router. You won't get lost in menus on top of more menus. Buffalo did a nice job separating the common most used settings and putting the less needed ones under advanced settings.
Vertical router footprint might be a pro for some. I know I like to have my modem and router stand vertically so save on desk space. I know I could always mount them under my desk, but I always have other stuff to do. This router does have optional side mounting holes under the side panel, but the mounting holes are only on one side f the unit and not both.
USB plugs for mounting storage.
Antennas are removable but upon my tests they really were not optional.
Setup went smoothly. I have had another Buffalo router in the past and this one did not give me any problems like the previous one did.
Media server worked without a hitch. I did a test of a few files and my archive of MKV files played flawlessly. I am in the process of building a large NAS to condense the amount of drives I use on my main pc and am glad I found a router I can use in conjunction.
Cons: Documentation included with the router is pitiful. No manual outside of a quick setup guide. No troubleshooting tips. Very important to include a manual in the box if someone is having problems with his or her internet. Definitely download the manual off of the website just in case a problem arises.
USB 3.0 is on the front of the unit. This port should have really been on the rear, or just have two USB 3.0 ports and get rid of the legacy USB 2.0 port. If I decide to attach a hard drive to the router I would rather have the cable in the rear and not sticking out in front.
Other Thoughts: This router is essentially the same as the Archer Cp, R7000, and EA6900. The only hardware difference is the extra 256mb of ram on the router that I am aware of. Now, how that helps compared to the other routers I am not sure. It may be really nice for anyone running DD-WRT applications that can put the extra ram to use.
The DD-WRT firmware is still in beta stage for this router, so I opted to not risk bricking the router in the process of testing optional firmware. I will most definitely try DD-WRT when a stable version is released.
My current router signal will drop after roughly 50 feet. The Buffalo WRX-1900DHP signal drops after roughly 150 feet on the 2.4ghz band and a bit over half of that on the 5ghz band. Simultaneous dual band is really nice, connect, and your device (depending) will automatically be on the strongest band. A huge improvement over my current router.
I did a test with no antennas attached and the router only managed about 15 feet, so the antennas are not optional.
This is definitely a nice high end router and from what I can tell offers the same features as the similar TP-Link, Linksys, and Netgear options with a competitive price. Buffalo is known for having fantastic support, as well as great hardware, so I would personally be swayed in their direction.
This review is from: APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK
Pros: It is very easy to setup and use.
Cons: Would have been nice to see a 2 year warranty at least.
Color coded output for the tablet side would be ideal. When testing the unit I ended up plugging my tablet into the phone side.
I am not a huge fan of the battery indicator. I would rather it have a display with battery percentage left instead of the four indicator lights it features now.
A wall charger would be ideal to include.
The cord the unit comes with is very short at roughly 12 inches in length.
Other Thoughts: A single tablet charge or four smartphone charges is definitely accurate but in the end this will depend on the devices you charge.
My phone took two and a half hours to charge. My tablet took roughly four and a half hours to charge when in the 1A output and around three hours in the 2.4A output. Impressive charger to say the least and while I have a few of the small lipstick style chargers but I will definitely consider replacing them with a higher capacity unit like the APC M10 in the future. Living in a hurricane prone state, having power outages ranging from hours to days, access to those handheld devices is always a comfort. One complaint I have is, when I went to charge my phone it did not start to charge. I do not know if it is just a problem with my phone or the unit. I had to unplug and replug the cable and then my phone charged with no problem. But it is something to keep in mind as I waited two hours to check the battery status only to find it at zero percent.
Overall this APC M10 unit is not bad. However I would sooner purchase two or three cheaper units with the same capacity for the price of a single APC M10. A 1 year warranty does not move me in the least. It lacks a wall charger and it comes with a very short cord to boot. I do not see this as being a $60 device in the slightest.
Cons: Too Flawless!
Other Thoughts: I have been running my trusty 2500K for three years now with no signs of slowing down. I had upgraded from an E8400 and to me this is the E8400 just made even better.
When I did my 2500K build I constructed it with the thought that I will more than likely be using this computer for at least 5-6 years before looking at an upgrade and so far I have been right on track. Outside of upgrading other peripherals I see no need to upgrade to the latest and greatest anytime soon.
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