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TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Good hardware, bad firmware- please TP Link fix your code! 02/15/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network

Pros: Great performing hardware- I have owned numerous TP Link routers and they have all had some of the best range while remaining a lot cheaper than competing big name devices. This device is no exception- I easily get full signal throughout my apartment in the middle of the city. Throughput is also quite good and roughly up to par with Wireless AC standards. This is the primary benefit of AC in my opinion- if you live in a crowded area with lots of interference, moving to the 5GHz band rather than the crowded 2.4GHz band (with wireless B,G,N) gives you much improved performance and stability. Keep in mind though that a higher frequency means reduced range because the signal loses energy more quickly- if you have a big house in the middle of nowhere 2.4 will actually help improve your range.

Other pros- this router includes all the features you would expect on a mid-upper range device including 2 USB ports . On a side note I personally love the design of this router- a lot of new routers try to look new-age but in my opinion come off as tacky.

Cons: Firmware seems to be unstable- as others have commented, the device may lock up sometimes requiring a reboot. I have no idea why but a lot of TP Link devices seem to have this issue. It may be related to overheating- I tried placing it on top of my PC case with a top case fan ventilating the router and it seemed to run a little more stable- however, it seems every week or two it will lock up still.

Solution- switch to DD-WRT. The reason I believe the problem is in the firmware and not the hardware is that switching to DD-WRT seems to solve the problem and the router is now rock solid. It also might just be me, but the device seems to run cooler as well?? Perhaps DD-WRT is more resource-efficient. If you run into stability issues, I recommend you give DD-WRT a try.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I will only take off 1 egg for the lame firmware TP Link provides because most of the people who spend this much on a mid-upper range router will be technologically skilled and it is no big deal to upgrade to DD-WRT. However, TP Link, you may wish to do some more bug testing with your stock firmware as those who don't upgrade are clearly (from the other reviews) frustrated with the lockup issue.

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ASUS STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5 GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Why complain to Asus about Nvidia's problem??? 02/05/2015

This review is from: ASUS STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5 GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card

Pros: Fantastic card- all around great performance. Even though Nvidia did screw up with their GPU specifications, the reviews still hold up- this card is still a great performer for the cost. Just because Nvidia advertised it wrong doesn't mean performance suddenly dropped overnight- it's still the great card given high reviews from pretty much all tech review sites.

Biggest plus for me is that the fan doesn't spin until the card gets hot under load. For someone like me who occasionally games hard but most of the time just browses the web, this means two things. First, my PC is a lot quieter than usual and second, the GPU doesn't get filled with dust because most of the time it is passive!

Also, love the metal backplate and shroud. Really solid card all in all.

Cons: Biggest con is coil noise under load. Seems to be present some days and be gone on other days so your mileage may vary. One solution is to turn on V-sync. Or a much simpler solution- if you're like me, you play games with sound so it doesn't matter anyway. When not under load it's silent so no big deal there.

Not really a con but FYI: big card- pretty obvious from the picture. Make sure you have room! The metal backplate seems to help with PCB droop that a lot of large cards suffer from (cough Windforce cough) but there is still a slight droop at the very end of the card.

Other Thoughts: I really don't know why people are posting negative reviews of an Asus card here when Nvidia is really at fault- ALL GTX 970's have this issue, go complain to Nvidia. Don't spam a product page where people who still want to buy the card are trying to get real information on the Asus card specifically...

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EnGenius ECB600 N600 High-Power 29dBm Concurrent Dual Band (300+300Mbps) Gigabit Band Steering MIMO Wireless-N Access Point/Client Bridge/WDS AP/Repeater
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: See previous review

Cons: See previous review

Other Thoughts: This is a clarifying update to my previous review titled "Very strong signal strength". I was mixing up my standards- This device actually isn't wireless AC but wireless N on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Wireless AC operates only in the 5 GHz band. Hope this clears up the confusion- should've double checked before posting.

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