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Linksys E8350 AC2400 4X4 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router, Optimal for HD Video Streaming and Lag-Free Gaming
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Features external antennae which can be replaced if so desired.
Beamforming Technology – more reliable signal once connected.
The UI was very fast and fluid when running on a wired or 5 GHz connection, it’s the most responsive UI performance I’ve ever seen in a router.

Has a very powerful SoC for a router. A dual core 1.4 GHz QUALCOMM IPQ8064 with 512 MB of DDR3 memory is very impressive for a router, it’s basically a low end smartphone.

Wired Connection (1000 Mbps)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 113.53 MB/s, Write = 102.87 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 8 ms, Read = 205.67 Mbps, Write = 20.74 Mbps

Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -31 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 9.73 MB/s, Write = 6.40 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 15 ms, Read = 75.63 Mbps, Write = 21.89 Mbps

Wireless-N (5 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -25 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 13.73 MB/s, Write = 14.69 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 121.02 Mbps, Write = 21.31 Mbps

Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 22 ms, Read = 200.79 Mbps, Write = 22.41 Mbps


Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (50 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -66 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 2.89 MB/s, Write = 3.65 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 11 ms, Read = 20.21 Mbps, Write = 17.70 Mbps

Wireless-N (5 GHz) (50 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -60 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 6.55 MB/s, Write = 3.98 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 16 ms, Read = 45.17 Mbps, Write = 21.83 Mbps

Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (50 Feet)
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 24 ms, Read = 141.96 Mbps, Write = 22.17 Mbps

USB 3.0
• Read: 45.86 MB/sec
• Write: 34.56 MB/sec

USB 2.0
• Read: 30.96 MB/sec
• Write: 31.56 MB/sec

Power Consumption (Linksys E8350)
• Idle: 7.8 Watts
• Load: 13.6 Watts (Transferring file to USB drive)

Power Consumption (Linksys EA6700)
• Idle: 10.2 Watts
• Load: 13.7 Watts (Transferring file to USB drive)

Power Consumption (Average Performance N Router)
• Idle: 3.7 Watts
• Load: 6.8 Watts (Transferring file to USB drive)

Cons: Horrible and ancient user interface. Considering the price point this fits in at, I am completely disappointed by the fact that this shares the same old and basic interface as another Linksys’ router that happens to be only $40. This is further shameful based on the killer hardware in here, I mean this basically has a smartphone for hardware and it’s running the equivalent of Windows 95 for firmware. Linksys’ EA6500 and EA6700 both have worse hardware then this router and yet they have Linksys’ nice and modern looking interface.

Can’t check for firmware updates from the GUI, have to manually get the updates.
The included Ethernet cable was bad and did not work at all

No matter what I do I cannot get a wireless extender that I have to connect to it, of which connects fine to other routers, some of which are Linksys.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a fantastic router hardware wise as it’s the fastest, most powerful and best coverage from any router I’ve ever used. However the UI is just plain awful, it looks old and it just doesn’t feel like the interface for a top of the line router. Though a router is more about its performance rather than its configuration since for the most part that won’t be done very often.

Linksys E8350 Firmware: 1.0.01

Wireless-N: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230
Wireless-AC: Samsung S5

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

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HyperX Fury SHFS37A/120G 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs High Endurance SSD with Average Write Speeds 12/08/2014

This review is from: HyperX Fury SHFS37A/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Comes with an adapter to convert it from 7 mm to 9.5 mm if necessary
Firmware was newer than the most current version on their site (Version 583ABBF0)
Really High Endurance – 354 TB Total Bytes written which if you do the math equates to roughly 330 GB of writes per day for 3 years straight.

Ran excessive benchmarks and tests to try and break in the drive (Roughly 200 GB written) in order to ensure they were not likely to fail early on before configuring them for use. Initially and after my stress tests the drives reported no SMART errors of any kind and all of the values were good and where they should be.

ATTO Disk Benchmark:
• Read = 525.5 MB/s
• Write = 490.0 MB/s

Crystal Disk Mark (Uncompressed Files)
• Sequential: Read = 404.1 MB/s, Write = 436.0 MB/s
• 512k: Read = 377.8 MB/s, Write = 400.8 MB/s
• 4k: Read = 24.40 MB/s, Write = 74.86 MB/s
• 4k QD32: Read = 111.6 MB/s, Write = 196.3 MB/s

Crystal Disk Mark (Compressed Files)
• Sequential: Read = 380.2 MB/s, Write = 135.3 MB/s
• 512k: Read = 361.8 MB/s, Write = 135.4 MB/s
• 4k: Read = 22.55 MB/s, Write = 73.87 MB/s
• 4k QD32: Read = 98.24 MB/s, Write = 135.0 MB/s

AS SSD Benchmark IOPS:
• 16MB: Read = 29.66 IOPS Write = 8.05 IOPS
• 4K: Read = 3,785 IOPS Write = 15,533 IOPS
• 4K-64 Thread Read = 14,034 IOPS Write = 32,060 IOPS
• 512B Read = 6,695 IOPS Write = 3,150 IOPS

Temperature While Testing: 87.8 °F

Cons: Despite the specs showing that the IOPS are read 84,000 and write at 52,000, I never saw numbers close to that and to add to that mine were the opposite. After multiple tests, the writes were faster than the reads when it came to IOPS. I have never had an SSD test so strangely when it came to the rated specs vs. my benchmarks.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great SSD with very high endurance (The highest I’ve ever owned) and good read speeds with decent write speeds. Despite the writes not being as fast as I’d like, considering the price they are still good as there are worse options in this price range. Given the durability and the low price of this SSD, it makes for a perfect upgrade for a system that needs a small performance boost without spending too much money.

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

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TP-LINK TL-WA860RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, Wall Plug Design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy setup even though the one touch WPS didn’t work for me.
Automatically changes its channel as the main routers channel is changed
Has a pass through AC plug so that it doesn’t waste an outlet
Having an Ethernet connection on this makes it almost like a power line adapter
External antennas help it provide really good reception for such a small extender

The status LED’s on the front aren’t obnoxiously bright and provide very useful information about how to place the extender in the right spot.

Web Interface:
• Features a very helpful menu on the side explaining what every setting does
• Has a status page showing current connection information even, the signal strength from the main router
• Can manage multiple profiles of wireless routers it has connected to
• Has an awesome graph to monitor and show current throughput of current traffic
• Also has a wireless statistics page that shows packet information on a per device basis
• Has DHCP and can see all clients connected via DHCP
• Option called Survey which shows all wireless networks in range so you can pick the most optimized channel

Though the second option they had on their instructions worked fine and was easy to follow. Just make sure you select the, “Connect Automatically” option from Windows or your connection will get interrupted as Windows will switch to a working connection that has internet while you’re still setting up the extender.

Wireless Connection (5 Feet from Extender) (10 feet from Router)
• Signal Strength: -45 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 1.83 MB/s, Write = 2.17 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 22.30 Mbps, Write = 18.45 Mbps

Wired Connection (5 Feet from Extender) (10 feet from Router)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 6.92 MB/s, Write = 7.45 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 10 ms, Read = 51.63 Mbps, Write = 19.70 Mbps


Wireless Connection (5 Feet from Extender) (50 feet from Router)
• Signal Strength: -35 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 1.54 MB/s, Write = 2.33 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 10 ms, Read = 16.53 Mbps, Write = 13.35 Mbps

Wired Connection (5 Feet from Extender) (50 feet from Router)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 6.49 MB/s, Write = 8.13 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 15 ms, Read = 37.96 Mbps, Write = 20.48 Mbps

Power Consumption (Wi-Fi)
• Idle: 1.4 Watts
• Load: 2.7 Watts (Speed Test)

Power Consumption (Ethernet)
• Idle: 1.7 Watts
• Load: 2.1 Watts (Speed Test)

Cons: The WPS function didn’t work for connecting this to my router.

The Wi-Fi performance is not that great compared to a small cheap router (The Ethernet connection makes up for this though). It would be really nice if this was a dual band adapter since 5 GHz would fix the slow speed issues on Wi-Fi.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great wireless extender as the signal it provides is very good even in a big house. Granted the speeds are a little unimpressive, if you use the included Ethernet jack the speeds are much better. If you just need a dead zone removed then this is a good choice, but if you need speed, look elsewhere.

Server and Internet Speed Full Capacity: Wired Connection (1000 Mbps)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 113.53 MB/s, Write = 102.87 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping =11 ms, Read = 317.87 Mbps, Write = 21.79 Mbps

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

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Display Name: Dominc J.

Date Joined: 12/21/08

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