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Sleek design, looks like something you would see Darth Vader using.
Good Wireless range.
Wireless radio transmit power control.
Good wireless speed.
Ease of use.
WDS Bridging offers the ability to use this router to extend the range of another router.
No gigabit lan, 10/100 just seems archaic these days.
Powercord is 5' long, I would like to see a cord at least 8' long.
Other Thoughts: _
Setup was easy to deploy using the web interface, which provides intuitive and easy to navigate access to advanced settings.
Quality of Service (QoS) is exceptional, this router handled 2 ipads, an iphone, an android tablet, a laptop, a roku and a wired PC simultaneously without hiccup.
TP-Link is known for their reliable products, and this router so far has proven to be reliable, it has not glitched or needed a reset since setting it up.
Even though this is marketed as "High Powered", the radio waves will still have limitations of penetrating multiple walls and materials- the idea here is that you will have better wifi range in an unobstructed environment.
As for those that complain that this device is only 2.4Ghz, the 2.4Ghz radio waves are stronger than the 5Ghz wavelength spectrum, simply put higher frequencies have faster but shorter wavelengths. Most devices on the market are only built with 2.4Ghz standards as 5Ghz requires higher power consumption to reach the same distances as a lower powered 2.4Ghz device, which is why most battery operated devices are slow to adopt the 5Ghz band, as the power requirements add additional strain to power draw. Unless you live in an area with heavy wifi congestion (such as an apartment building with lots of routers and devices), most users will not experience any problems what so ever operating in the 2.4Ghz band.
WDS Bridging is a nice offering, but keep in mind that bridging effectively halves bandwidth of devices connected this way. It is not a limitation of the this router, but of the technology in general as it sits currently.
I would recommend this router for everyday average use, and to those that want a larger area of wifi coverage.
Pros: Huge amount of space
Efficient power consumption
Fast file transfers
Built in reliability: Five year warranty
64 MB Cache
Cons: the SATA connection is like a server drive where the cable doesn't lock-on once connected.
Not really a big concern, but if you move your build around to install or change components, the connection may come loose.
I remedied this by using a small strip of adhesive tape to attach the SATA cable to the drive's housing.
Other Thoughts: As this drive passes the 2TB limit of Master Boot Record (MBR) Partitions, this drive needs to be formatted using GUID Partition Table (GPT) to access the full 2.7 Terabyte (formatted) size.
I used this drive side by side with another WD Caviar black (640 GB) as the boot drive, and this 3 TB drive as the secondary storage. At first I was going to install Windows 7 directly to this drive, but Windows 7 refused to install to this drive with out it formatted with a MBR partition, even though my motherboard is UEFI compliant. Im not sure if it was a setting I missed in the BIOS, or a compatibility issue. I could have easily gotten around this issue by sacrificing .7 Terabytes and just partitioned the drive as MBR at a full 2 TB capacity, but I wanted the full experience of this drive as intended.
Some nice tech helps speed along data transfers: A dual core processor manages the 64MB Cache, meaning faster, more efficient file transfers. The benchmarks that I ran show nice results in sustained file transfer rates, but that pales in comparison to the real world transfer speeds: It took about an hour to transfer an impressive 460 GB from my old drive, 1:1 through motherboard SATA connections.
Windows 7 will put this drive into standby to save power consumption, which translates to a momentary hang while it wakes up on access. Makes the standard chunky hard drive noise while chugging and churning the index while waking up; however once indexed it runs and transfers silently.
If this poses an issue, it can be remedied through Windows 7 control panel settings > Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\Edit Plan Settings click on advanced, and select hard drives, change “turn off hard drives after” to zero.
However; as a secondary drive I can live with the momentary lag, as a tradeoff for more efficiency.
A Five year warranty is tantamount to the build quality, and translates to the longevity and reliability of the drive. Because of this, I usually recommend the Caviar Black series as the hard drive of choice for most PC builds as a primary or secondary traditional HD. These drives may cost more, but you get what you pay for. I would rather peace of mind of file integrity over cutting a few corners with a build or upgrade budget.
Crystal Disk Mark 3.03
3 pass, 1000 MB
Sequential : Read 170.2 MB/s, Write 167.8 MB/s.
512k: Read 51.20 MB/s, Write 78.47 MB/s.
4k: Read .71 MB/s, Write 1.036 MB/s
4k QD32: Read .805 MB/s, Write .95 MB/s
Rounds: 128, Runs 320, Set 64.00 KB, Per Set 8.00 MB, Total Set 2.50 GB
Last: 253.21 MB/s
Average: 219.24 MB/s
Min: 100.03 MB/s
Max: 283.57 MB/s
Last: 309.41 MB/s
Average: 308.22 MB/s
Min: 146.99 MB/s
Max: 326.38 MB/s
Overall this is a solid buy, the drive has tons of space, and features very fast file access for its capacity.
Pros: Charges iPhone 4, iPad.
Syncs to iTunes on my PC.
On cable LED charge indicator.
Cons: Short cable length ~ 3ft.
LED charge indicator is too bright.
At 95% charge the LED begins to flash between red and blue.
Wire feels stiff from the first four inches on USB connection end.
Other Thoughts: The cable does its job and charged my iPhone and iPad (not simultaneously of course).
The charge indicator does a good job until either device charges to around 95% capacity, then the LED starts flashing rapidly between red and blue. ( Red is charging, blue is charged. )
The LEDs are too bright, and very distracting, even across the room they seem too bright. The cable LEDs would be too distracting in the dark, if I let it charge my phone on the night stand, if I were trying to get to sleep. ( I didn't even bother.)
The LEDs are also too distracting when browsing on the iPad or iPhone, its quite bothersome to try to read an article with a bright LED piercing your eye sight.
The flashing between RED and Blue LEDs is absolutely annoying, and I'm not sure that it was an intended feature to flash. The flashing cycle is very rapid, and I believe that this might shorten the lifespan of the LEDs.
The cable feels stiff from the first four inches on the USB connection end, which makes me think that if this gets flexed enough, that the wires will break internally in time.
Overall this is a functioning iPhone/iPad/iPod accessory.
Unfortunately this cable falls into the gimmick end of market.
After all, both the iPhone and iPad display huge on screen charge level indicators, so the cable LEDs are not even necessary.
*I do not own an iPod, so I cannot attest to the performance of the cable with one.