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Pros: Finally, it's about time that AC routers became affordable- this is one of the best priced routers for wireless AC on the market right now. Yes, it is not as fast as the top of the line routers but for a fourth of the price, I really don't mind. Keep in mind that most people will never even use the full bandwidth capability of their router, and this is more than enough to stream videos and media, play games, and occasionally transfer files. Also very pleased that it also has gigabit LAN built in so your wired network stays just as fast as the wireless side (believe it or not some routers leave this out and then the faster wireless speed is ABSOLUTELY USELESS because the bottleneck is in the wired ethernet portion of the network).
Also for a budget router it is very well featured, including a USB port and a guest network. Neither of these I use intensively but it's very nice that they're there if you need them.
Setup is painless- call me old fashioned but I never run the junk on the included CD for networking equipment, I simply type in the router default IP and set it up from there. Love that it's easy to do that and it doesn't make you load some weird software you'll use only once onto your computer (like some other major names... Linksys cough cough).
Cons: No major complaints. So far my router has been running flawlessly without any downtime. My recommendation for those experiencing signal drops or disconnections is to make sure the router is cool- in my experience, these boxes are not meant to be stacked on top of each other and 90% of the problems I have experienced with router freezing can be fixed with adequate airflow.
No DD-WRT support yet, although hopefully that changes soon- those guys are very fast at developing firmware.
Finally, a very minor complaint- I personally am not a fan of gloss black boxes and prefer matte- shortly after opening there's already hairline scratches and fingerprints all over an otherwise pretty router. Oh well, not a big deal.
Other Thoughts: Again did I mention the price is only 50 bucks?READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
Pros: TP Link routers have always stood out in one area- range and signal strength and this router is no different. Easily beats out almost all the big name routers that I have used before in the past. In a 3 story town house with lots of interference from the neighborhood, I easily get full bars throughout the building as well as outside on the patio and in the backyard. Speeds and signal are very strong and never drop. In 2 weeks of use, the router has not gone down at all. Keep in mind that to make full use of the speeds this router can handle, you'll need to have wireless adapters that can handle the increased throughput as well (wireless N and AC compatible). I recommend TP Link network adapters as well, as they work flawlessly with this router. Finally, this router is at a very great price point for the performance- it beats out routers priced much higher than it.
Cons: I don't like that this router pretty much can only be placed standing up. I prefer to lay my devices down on the side on top of things, but if you have the space this is not a problem. Aesthetically, the router looks very nice anyway. However, one way I can see this detracting from the router is that it can no longer be wall mounted on a higher up location (typically the higher you mount a router the better the reception).
Router tends to get a little warm so make sure to keep it in a place with ample ventilation- from experience I noticed that stacking networking boxes (modem, router, etc) is a big no-no as they will all overheat and I have had stability issues this way.
Other Thoughts: I won't go too much into detail about the other features as they have been covered many times in the reviews section. However, I will say that the one standout reason to get this router is for the range- it EASILY beats out almost all of the other routers I have tested, including my old personal big brand name router (starts with an N and ends in Gear lol). Features-wise, it has everything else that most other routers have, so you're not compromising there either.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
Pros: Very easy to set up. As others have mentioned, there are loads more features than you would typically get in a run of the mill wireless range extender. Pass through outlet is nice, since these units do get big enough to use an entire outlet (it uses only one plug but can block those next to it). Ethernet port is also nifty for devices that are wired only (eg an old desktop computer). Finally, an interesting feature that I haven't seen elsewhere is a built in audio port- you can connect to this wirelessly with a mobile device or computer and then stream music to a set of speakers plugged into it with a 3.5mm audio cord. Very interesting, but personally I won't be using this feature- although I could see how it is nifty.
Installation is very easy- gone are the days where you have to find a default IP, type it into your browser, and enter default login and passwords. The setup wizard takes care of all of that for you on initial setup. But for power users I like that you can still configure it much like a router by going to the IP. All in all very easy to setup. I also really like Spotfinder- with most other devices you are limited to guess and check where the best place to put your device is but Spotfinder will actually help tell you if the location you have put the device is good or not.
Works very well at what it does- integrated very well with all my AC1200 devices. I won't post specific benchmarks as your mileage will vary greatly. Instead, I used a more practical test- I set up my router and laptop on totally opposite sides of our 3 story house. I tested throughput without the extender then with the extender mid-way between the router and laptop. Signal did noticeably increase 1-2 bars out of 5 and upload and download speeds did increase on average by 20-30 percent (estimated).
Cons: Yes it is a little on the expensive side as far as range extenders go but if you really need AC1200 it's going to be expensive anyway. On the plus side, you do get a lot of nifty features as well. In the end its up to you to determine if you need the full bandwidth capabilities or not- if you are constantly streaming loads of media I could see a reason to get it but if not this device would probably be overkill. This is definitely a high end product.
Other Thoughts: Worked very well for me- expensive, but a nifty product if you have the need for it.READ FULL REVIEW
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