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Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great Buy For Average Users 03/26/2014

This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: - Designed for Utility - Small Unit, Matte Finish, Thin, Rear LED’s only which can be turned off
- Low Cost – Very affordable, Good Basic Router for internet browsing
- Easy Setup – Literally plug in to wall, put Ethernet cord in, connect to wifi, put CD into PC – Done.
- Features – All the basic features you might want out of a device this range. (Port Forwarding, Guest network, Parental Controls (Restrict access on devices on up to 8 URLs always, during a time schedule, or specific time), WPS for easy device connect.
- Range vs Price – It actually does cover a decent amount of area on the same floor. That being said, I would refrain from using this for multilevel households if your house is larger. A home on all the same level on the medium size works best with this device.

Cons: Ethernet Ports – 10/100 Mbps ports, why doesn’t everything have 10/100/1000 these days? It shouldn’t cost them too much more.
Firmware Upgrade – They still require you to go to the site and download the file, why can’t I just click a button that checks the server for updates and have it apply them automatically? The demographic that will buy this router is less technical and might struggle with this.
Speed – N300, Not so much a con because you get what you pay for but it’s not a pro. I’m a power user and I play games, I would not recommend this for do anything other than basic internet browsing/downloading. You could get by with basic streaming as well too (Netflix/Hulu).

Other Thoughts: The targeted audience for this product will be browsing the internet on a basic level (email, facebook,
youtube) and will/should not be playing games or download large files. The average everyday user will probably find this product perfect for their needs and I would recommend something like this to someone who is budget conscious and looking for average everyday performance.
I am not happy about Cisco’s home networking division now being owned by Belkin but models like this will still be Cisco’s technology. Whether or not the quality keeps up after Belkin starts designing new products under the Linksys logo, only time will tell. I used to work for an electronic retail giant, whom I won’t mention, but seeing the new packaging roll on the shell from Belkin for Cisco products made me cringe at how basic and cheap they present their products, very economy.

D-Link DCS-933L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640X480 Resolution, Night Vision, Wi-Fi Extender, Sound and Motion Detection, mydlink enabled
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: · Packed Full of Features for the price
· Slim Attractive Design - White to match most ceilings

· Very clear night vision for the resolution provided - In some instances, especially when the camera is pointed at a situation that has a hotspot, the night mode, produces a better picture than day mode and you will get more detail in the image. I consider this a very good feature.

· Motion/Sound Detection is awesome, Hooks up to your FTP server and saves images or video captured as a result of it being set off. (Watch out bad guy!) It also allows you to focus on a specific part of lens for detection. For instance, if you have the camera farther away from a door and want to have the camera to start recording if that door is open then just select that part of the video feed to be the trigger, if there is a window nearby to you can do the same thing, more than 1 spot for it to be triggered. Very easy to configure this feature and easy to link up to Arvixe FTP Server.

·Scheduled times for day/night camera or motion/audio detection. I think it's awesome that you can have it automatically switch to these features based on hours of operations, etc.

· Wifi Extender feature is always a big plus. I wish it was a dual band extender for 5 Ghz but again for the price, I understand this. It's still Wireless-N.

Cons: · Requires Java to be installed, Very Annoying browser allowance messages as result. Firmware update stopped it from detecting Java in Internet Explorer, Works great in Firefox after update however.

·480p resolution only - however for price I understand. I would have preferred 720p or 1080p.

·Zoom is digital zoom which result in pixilation which a useless feature as a result in my opinion because you can't make anything out if it's distorted like that.

· I could not get the Zero Configuration feature to work. The provided software could not find the DCS-933L on the network to automatically make it work. I had to do the manual method to configure the camera (WPS Button + Follow the IP Address to get to the controls/view feed). Also the IP Address in the book says it will be however mine was by default.

· Absolutely have to use their cloud software in order to use it via smartphone application, which requires registration and giving them your information.

Other Thoughts: I think for the price it has a lot of features. Full MSRP leaves me desiring a higher resolution and optical zoom but when it is on sale I would say do it. I am excited to have this in my possession and will be using this for security at my home.

TP-LINK TL-WR841HP 300Mbps High Power Wireless N Router, High power amplifier, 5dBi antennas provide, 4x the wireless range
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Stylish, Sleek looking, Sturdy appearance. Parental Controls to block websites on certain machines, Advanced wireless features to change Beacon & DTIM intervals. Easy to use WPS to connect devices like printers wirelessly at the push of a button or through the menu options. Very easy to ready online interface to control the router. It is laid out like a very well thought out website with everything clearly marked into categories and sub categories as good as any of the more expensive routers. For those being more visually orientated it could be considered a con though.

Cons: Initial Setup required a lot of resetting of adapters and devices, more so than with other router brands. Not a Dual Band Router (Locked to 2.4 Ghz). I could not get files to transfer across devices with Asus PCE AC66 Adapter however my surface tablet sent files to my desktop using that adapter with an average rate of 1.8 mb/s and a peak of 2.5 mb/s. Parental controls do not allow you to label computers and only show IPs so that might leave less tech-savy users at an inconvenience. When connecting to the network generated by the router there is a long lag time before the connection is stable.

Other Thoughts: This will work with MOST adapters, however the high performance adapter I have did not let me transfer files. The transfer rate would constantly go from 2 mb/s to 0 mb/s every few seconds without making progress. Maybe with more economical adapters instead of high performance ones it works better because it might not be intended to be used with certain adapters. Hopefully in the future support expands.


Nicholas T.'s Profile

Display Name: Nicholas T.

Date Joined: 09/20/06

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  • First Review: 10/21/06
  • Last Review: 03/26/14
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