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EnGenius EAP9550 N300 Wireless Access Point/Repeater
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4 out of 5 eggs Great device, a bit out-of-date, could be way more user friendly 05/28/2016

This review is from: EnGenius EAP9550 N300 Wireless Access Point/Repeater

Pros: The form factor is nice, works really well in a home that's meant to be aesthetically pleasing.

The PoE is an important feature, and it works fine. I have a separate injector and a switch, both of them power it just fine. My PoE adapter (plug the AC adapter for the thing into ethernet, split the power back out at the end -- intended for non PoE devices) doesn't work -- the voltage drops a bit too much on the way. It's not a good solution in most cases. But that's fine, because the device supports PoE anyway.

The rante and signal strenth is good. I get good connetions with all devices at roughly advertised range, although as is usually true, the speeds are not hitting their theoretical peak.

The protocols, encryption, QoS, etc. that this device can support are pretty extensive. Obviously, check the specs to see if it has what you need for sure.

Relatively affordable.

All in all, it gets the job done well. A fairly tidy and functional piece of hardware.

Cons: Almost all of the cons here stem from two major issues with the device. All together, in total, it's worth one egg. It's a good device, but five eggs for me has to be a really well-rounded device.

The two issues are: the device is a bit outdated, and I think it's discontinued at this point; and the device is really not intended for home users.

It would be nice if a proper PoE injector came with this device. Home useres might not have a PoE injector of their own, certainly not likely to have a PoE router or swtich.

It's also pretty tough to configure for non-tech savvy users, and the documentation is pretty "meh." A quick survey of other reviews suggests support is often helpful, but more helpful again for those users that are already pretty knowledgeable.

The device doesn't support gigabit ethernet. That's pretty surprising to me, considering it should be relatively cheap to build that in at this point. This is a reflection of this device being a bit outdated. For some folks, this is a non-issue, but maybe it matters. Worth knowing.

The same goes for no 5GHz. That's a bit newer compared to gigabit ethernet, but it might be a bigger issue for more people considering the proliferation of personal devices that perform better with 5GHz. Another thing that is worth knowing and considering -- not a dealbreaker for most people, maybe, but think it over.

I also have some concerns about longevity of device (see other reviews here and other sites). Many users report serious issues -- although it could be settings, firmware, bad device, it's unclear. Perhaps it's user error entirely (e.g. using overlapping channels, wrong settings, etc.). As an EggXpert reviewer, my review has to be submitted within 30 days of receiving the product, so these reviews can't speak to the longevity or reliability of the device.

Other Thoughts: Remember, positioning matters! Don't put it in a room adjacent to your huge double-door stainless-steel refridgerator. Don't expect it to carry from your bunker-style basement to the end of your block. Plan where you want it to be carefully. Consider relocating the router strategically to take advantage of this new piece of hardware.

And don't forget to use non-overlapping channels!

Always check for firmware updates, updated documentation, etc. when you buy things like this.

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CORSAIR CX-M series CX550M 550W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply
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Pros: Puts out 550W pretty consistently, couldn't take this down with a mid-sized rig under moderate-to-high load. Multimeter verifies everything is nominal in various conditions I tested it under. Power supplies don't have many fancy features or specs to review -- it's more like one of those "if it works, it works" parts.

That being said, the modular cables are good -- especially considering this might go in a smaller build (where excessive cables would be a problem). The PS also pushes air pretty well through, keeping it well-cooled, although frankly every PS ought to do that well -- it's not a feature so much as a must-have really.

Cons: A bit loud at high draw, but if you're using this and not a bigger PSU, you probably know that this is part of where you save money.

Ditto for the cabling options. Modular is great, but this one won't give you many options. Again, this has to do with the price-point. If you need a more complex setup for a bigger or more customized rig, you probably need a bigger model of this PS.

Other Thoughts: Don't forget to try un-checking the box "Item Specific Reviews" to see all of the reviews for the power supplies within this line. The different models have different specs, but you might get a good idea of how these things last, how they perform, etc. as a whole.

As an EggXpert reviewer, I have to review everything within 30 days. For that reason, I can't really comment on the longevity of the product. Be sure to consult other resources to make sure you get the best information before making a purchase.

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ASUS RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n AiProtection with Trend Micro for Complete Network Security
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Pros: Above all else, the reach, speed, and reliability of this router's signal is the best selling point -- as it should be. This is where a router could really let you down. I've been trying to find scenarios where I can find fault in its ability to maintain a connection or good speeds, and I can't.

Dual WAN ports, six wifi networks, 1xUSB3 + 1xUSB2, dual core CPU inside, this thing has all the hardware bells & whistles a general home consumer could want (and plenty of others too).

Appears to be DD WRT compatible. Some reports and reviews state otherwise -- they may not be current, or maybe there is an issue. If you flash third-party firmware, you know how it goes. There are some other firmware releases that may do the trick (e.g. Shibby's). But DD WRT is my favorite, so that's the one I care about. And for the average home user, the interface is pretty friendly -- far less challenging and more fool-proof than the average crummy web interface.

The LEDs turn off. Of the thousands (millions?) of products with varying numbers of awful horrible blinking lights, finally here's one where the lighting is optional.

There isn't much to say about a router -- it's a piece of hardware you want to set and forget (sorry infomercial guy, I stole your line). This one is easy to set and then forget, and while it's forgotten, it should do what you want to do, and do it well.

Cons: Seems like there's no way to deploy this thing flat or mounted.

There are a few more advanced features that may not be available in the ASUS software (e.g. VLAN), but how many folks who want VLAN are going to find themselves unable to flash their preferred firmware? If there's something this router doesn't have that you need, you have very specific needs -- and you'll be the type of person to know how to find what you need by checking specs carefully.

Not enough antennas?? (Just kidding...)

Other Thoughts: I have no comments on the AiCloud or AiProtection features. I appreciate the idea of these types of security features, but I've never seen reliable data on something like this AiProtection feature. If you like security, you might want to read up on this, but this is the type of feature that isn't going to show up on reviews. As for AiCloud, I won't even comment on this. I would recommend looking for full-featured systems that will allow you to use standard file-sharing and cloud-backup services, rather than something proprietary.

Some older reviews seem to indicate there were issues with AC speeds, but those that have been updated indicate newer firmware fixes this. If your router comes with older firmware, be sure to update it. Keep in mind that speeds vary from environment to environment, and even day to day.

When this came out a couple years ago, this was a top-of-the-line cutting edge router. It isn't anymore, but it's still feature-packed. For someone who won't pay $300+ for the absolute cutting edge, this is a high-end router with the best features of a few years ago. Unless you have a house full of brand new devices that require brand new networking hardware, this router will almost surely meet your needs.

As with all Newegg EggXpert reviews, this review is written within 30 days of receiving the product. It is difficult for us to comment on the longevity or reliability of these devices in the long term. You should survey other reviews and form your own opinions. I see generally favorable indicators regarding the long-term behavior of these routers, but that's often true of most routers -- if they work, they work fine until they die, and that usually doesn't happen within any timeframe that should worry the general consumer.

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