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Pros: -Classic Linksys look/feel.
-High Gain Antennas
-Better Wireless N on 2.4 Ghz Band
-USB 3.0 + eSATA (or USB 2.0)
-Faster Dual Core Processor
This router may not aesthetically appeal to everyone; it sports the old-school Linksys router look/feel.
The WRT1200AC is the next step up from the Linksys EA6350. The biggest differences are the upgraded 1.3 Ghz dual-core processor, High Gain Antenna (for more range and performance), the eSATA port (for faster connections for connected storage devices), and Wireless N400 – versus N300 on the EA6350. However, the biggest deal for those that need it is the open source capability. You can install custom firmware on this router, such as OpenWRT, to get more options and features. (Note: if you do this, Linksys doesn’t offer support).
Dual Band & Coverage:
Having 2 networks being broadcasted (one in 2.4Ghz, Wireless N Speeds and one in 5 Ghz, Wireless AC Speeds) is great because you can put your older slower devices on the 2.4 Ghz band and your new high speed devices on the 5 Ghz band. As mentioned, this router supports N400 on the 2.4 Ghz so it isn’t the best but for the price and the other features it is price appropriate.
The High Gain Antennas on this are great. Easily supports medium – large households with multiple floors.
Cons: -The is device is deep, it’s about 7.75” deep front to back.
-Has a lot of aesthetic personality
I couldn’t find much wrong with this router other than its enormous size and visual personality. If you are buying this router, you probably are not concerned with how it looks but maybe you would be concerned by the footprint. It’s obnoxiously deep. I had issues finding a good shelf to put this on because they were all too shallow to accommodate the router and then wires behind it.
Other Thoughts: If you are stuck in-between the price difference and of this and the EA6350, you should consider the size of the home, your ISP package speed, and need for extra options. If you are not going to use the extra options this router provides and have a medium-small home with a basic internet package, I’d go with the lower model. If you have a larger home with an above average internet package but will still not use the features, I’d look into the higher WRT1900AC model. Get this if you will use the features and have medium-larger house with good-superior internet package.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Sleek Exterior Aesthetics
-USB 3.0 Port for Fast Network Storage
-Great Network Range for Price Tier
-No CD Setup (always a fan of not installing more software)
-Dual Band (2 networks broadcasting simultaneously)
I am testing this at my parent’s house, they have a medium sized home with a respectable 20 mbps from their ISP. For them, this is the right product for their house size and internet package. It also fits their budget, It has been running rock solid since the day I added it to the next work (May 2015).
Super Easy No-CD Setup:
Easy to use, either connect pc to router (also router to modem) with Ethernet or join the default wireless network that pops up to start configuring it. The web browser interface is very attractive and easy to use; items are in very thoughtful categories that are clear. I always and happy when I don't need to add more software to a computer for things that don't need it. Less software means less items starting up with the computer and bogging it down. Linksys was smart to make this optional (there is a CD included incase someone needs it).
Having 2 networks being broadcasted (one in 2.4Ghz, Wireless N Speeds and one in 5 Ghz, Wireless AC Speeds) is great because you can put your older slower devices on the 2.4 Ghz band and your new high speed devices on the 5 Ghz band.
-Only N300 mbps & AC 867 mbps speeds
(Made for medium sized homes and modest speeds)
-One USB 3.0 port
I only mentioned the network coverage and speeds as a con if you don’t fit the demographic this router is target to. At this price point the speed and range are what is to be expected. This is good for medium sized, 2 floor homes, with a modest internet package from your ISP. The same goes for the con on the 1 usb 3.0 port. Chances are, if you need to connect more devices to your router’s usb port, you are going to want the added benefits of the next model up because you will want the faster speeds and move coverage.
Other Thoughts: If you are not very technical (and don't have a large home), and you are looking for a modestly priced router with decent features available.... get this router. It's name brand, easy to use, and you shouldn't be disappointed.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Clean Aesthetic Design
- Plenty of SATA Ports
- Quality Construction
- Ultra M2 Port
- Killer Ethernet Port
- Dedicated Mouse Port
- HDD Saver Port
- Long 3 year warranty
At first when I saw the picture of this motherboard I thought it looked really boring but when I got to see it in person I knew I was extremely wrong. The pictures do not do the board justice. The Sapphire Black PCB is a deep dark contrast to the metallic blood read heatsinks. The picture makes the heatsinks look bland and bright red which in reality they have that nice metallic shimmer and are a darker blood red. It's very professional looking in person, don't be fooled. this tiny board remarkably had 10 SATA port on it for a ton of storage options, in addition to the Ultra M2 port if you choose to use for another storage space. The integrated Killer Ethernet port is a big plus to this unit as it prioritizes network traffic for gaming. The dedicated mouse port is great for adjust mouse sensitivity for mice that do not have adjustable settings as well. What I thought is really cool is the HDD Saver port on the board. Not only will it allow for a clean looking HDD hook up because the wires terminate right there it also allows you to turn on and turn off hard drives without unplugging anything. This can be useful for putting less wear and tear on your hard drives that don't need to be on all the time and also provide extra security for the same reason.
The BIOs for this board are easy to navigate and well thought out. The GUI makes using them a breeze and there are a bunch of options for all user levels.
The packaging for this use was pretty standard, the included case badge looks professional and classy and is a nice touch.
Cons: - Not all PCI-Express ports are 3.0
- Less RAM slots versus Standard ATX 2011-v3 boards
A negative to this board is that not all of the PCI-E slots are 3.0 or full speed. This causes an issue if you want to try to SLI/Crossfire 3 slot or oversized video cards. The bottom PCI-E slot is the 2.0 port and according to the documentation can only work with PCI-E x4 cards. This means a video card can be placed into this slot even though it will physically fit into it.
Because this board is a Micro ATX size they had to reduce the number of Ram slots for this board. That is a downer but it can still support up to 64 GB in total. This just means you would need to spend more for high capacity RAM.
Other Thoughts: I've worked with AsRock boards for my last 5 builds and I've never had an issue with them. Some people have this perception that AsRock is not a good board but I challenge that opinion. I've seen nothing but quality from themREAD FULL REVIEW