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This review is from: Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router
Pros: -- cool operation
-- easy GUI
-- Norton website filtering
Cons: -- lack of informative lights
-- signal strength
Other Thoughts: Belkin deserves credit for making installation as easy as possible. For example, even the ethernet and power supply is already plugged in the box. There is a pull out card on the bottom that you can file with your password (factory and changed), in addition to the permanent label on bottom. It has the standard 4 gigabit ports, but only a USB 2.0 sharing port.
There are very few informational lights; none of the ports on back have the typical lights to show secure cable snap in. There is a sole LED “strip” that blinks red on boot/error and turns solid blue on internet connection.
The good news: Belkin seems to have fixed previous instability problems with the latest version 4 firmware, so older reviews did not have this advantage. I initially failed connecting via password, then got a WPS connection. It may be because it takes a while for the wireless to fully boot. The SSID disappeared once while connecting, but was perfect after that. You log in to http://router and immediately get the Belkin page searching for the internet. Then a firmware check happens. The router tries to give you a lot of help via smart web pages to illustrate what you should do or what to do next. You can easily change an assigned IP to static directly to the “connected devices” page. You can set the router to auto-reboot any day of the week. The GUI is fairly simple and clear. Since there is no user manual, you might need that.
The router supports DLNA media serving. There is a Belkin Media Share app or Twonky. I tested a Corsair 128GB flash drive with 2,000 photos and a couple of songs. After refreshing the media page and clicking “Save”, it showed right up after 3 minutes of “reindexing” and rebooting. This might be a great router for families, as firmware includes Norton ConnectSafe Website Filter. There are non-filtered and 3 levels of blocking that can be applied. As far as I can tell, it isn’t a subscription. You can also share a printer at the USB port.
Just for kicks, I connected the ethernet cable from internet port to my modem-router (router to router), even though the Belkin is factory configured on a different LAN segment (192.168.2.1). Surprisingly, it worked without a hitch even without power cycling the primary router!
The performance is OK, not outstanding; the radio isn’t particularly strong. It consistently broadcast a signal 3-8 db lower than another plain jane Arris DG960 modem/router. For small home or apartment, it should be adequate. Otherwise you’ll need a range extender to keep a good streaming signal.
Tomato or dd-wrt firmware is not available at this time.
Pros: -- independent trackpad
-- native tapping supported
Cons: -- chunky
Other Thoughts: Works PNP with Windows 8.1. Smooth scrolling with just the right tap sensitivity. It is thicker than my last one. Works great for "lap mousing."READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Dell Optiplex 990 - Intel Core i5-2400 - 3.1Ghz - 4GB - 250GB - Win 7 Professional
5.1 Windows Experience Rating
Cons: no recovery disk
Other Thoughts: Trademark did a great job on the refurb. The only complaint; this is a refurb, so the prospect of drive failure is pretty good (as even new machines do!). Not including the Win 7 recovery is not helpful for later. (I suggest you get the Win 7 iso, available from Microsoft quickly.) If you upgrade to free Win 10, save the ISO !
Everything Eric says above is true: very clean refurb. Optiplexes use high quality components. This unit is heavier than you'd expect. All components are made to quick replace and generally are toolless. Packaging was floating around, but lucklly delivery was fast and gentle.
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