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NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Overall: Top Notch 09/29/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router

Pros: This router really delivers on the speed and range. I think all of the other reviews tend to show that, across the board, this thing is a beast when it comes to speed/signal strength and range. I am amazed at how far down the street I can walk and still get signal from this router. You'd need a home with lead walls or with a million square feet to really have problems getting signal throughout.

The GUI setup is easy for beginners to set up their network (although it can be a pain to constantly reboot if you want to change settings frequently). And the "Smart Connect" seems to actually work to balance wireless network traffic (although QOS is hard to configure manually, it's not fully supported or at least not fully configurable).

Speed tests give me roughly 50MB/s on 802.11ac, dropping to about 40MB/s at the far end of my apartment (which is only about 30-40 ft away, although there are several walls between). The 802.11n speeds are good, about 10-14MB/s on 5GHz and about 2-4MB/s on 2.4GHz. The gigabit ethernet is as fast as it should be.

The USB 3.0 with power for your network-attached devices. Maybe you'll save a spot in your power strip. It gets good USB 3.0 speeds, although in general the speed is usually limited by some other part of the device (i.e. hard-drive speed).

Overall, this is a superfast high-end router. It has many features that you may really want/need in your setup, and if it fits your budget and your criteria, I would strongly recommend it.

Cons: There are some cons here. Although none is particularly worrisome for me, I would be sure these are not an issue for you before buying it -- I would hate to have someone regret this purchase due to some foreseeable problem.

First of all, some design issues. You can't use your own antennae or replace the antennae on the unit. (Look at the picure, those six little doo-dads are the antennae.) That might be unfortunate if you want to deploy this thing into some special environment where you want to use external antennae or otherwise tweak the setup.

It also gets a bit hot, but to be honest, this thing is a monster -- I'd expect it to get hot. Cheaper and worse networking hardware often suffers from overheating, so I'm not sure how much we can hold that against this unit.

The construction is plastic, and it doesn't inspire confidence. It's huge too. That would make me worry that it won't stand up to wall-mounting. (I didn't mount mine, so I don't know.) At the least, I'd take care when mounting it.

A few people are reporting bugs that are fixed by firmware upgrades. I upgraded right away so I can't attest to any of those issues -- and it's certainly good to hear that some of these issues have been (apparently) resolved by updates. I don't have a TiVo, but it seems like this thing breaks TiVos in some way. That's another firmware fix that ought to be on Netgear's mind. I'm also expecting a firmware fix to support MU-MIMO and to fully support QoS. If any of those things are important to you (TiVo, MU-MIMO, QoS), you might want to carefully consider your purchase here.

Similarly, the built-in VPN seems to be getting mixed reviews from VPN users (I don't use it, but if you need it, check your specs carefully).

I've had serious issues with Netgear customer support in the past... for a $300 router with one-year warranty. For somethign this expensive and top-end, I consider that less than appropriate. Roll the dice at your peril. I was considering knocking off an egg for this minimal warranty and history of poor support, but I can't hold it against this particular product when the product itself is very good.

Other Thoughts: Before using this product, always check Netgear's website for upgraded firmware.

I did not test the built-in parental controls or backup features. I don't want or need those enough to even bother testing them. Some users report issues (some of them also report fixing with firmware upgrades), so if that's important to you, check out those reviews.

There is no PoE on this router. Not sure this is a pro or con -- if you don't need it, you don't want it (one more thing to break your router). If you do need it, you should probably get a POE switch or something anyway. Just some extra info here.

It's not clear to me if this does (or will) support DD-WRT. Nobody online seems to be using DD-WRT on this router (not that I can find) and there's no documentation (Netgear or DD-WRT) indicating that it's possible. I'm certainly not going to experiment. I won't roll the dice when it means I might brick a $300 router.

I have 4 PCs and one printer connected by ethernet (through a switch), two phones, two Rokus, two laptops, and a tablet. I also have a guest network that sometimes has up to four extra devices on it. Every device seems to perform as if it is alone on the network -- no issues sharing the bandwidth.

Price is not a con -- you get what you pay for. Sometimes products are really overpriced, or feature expensive parts/features that aren't necessary, but this is really the right price for such a monster. If you don't need something this good and don't want to pay $300, that's not a con -- it's just not the right product for you.

My reviews are user-oriented -- I don't write something that will read like an ad, I don't list all the features (they are listed in the "specs" tab), and I don't drone on about technicalities. I hope this has given you a down-to-earth idea of the qualities of this product.

As an EggXpert reviewer, I must write these reviews within 30 days of receiving the product. This means I cannot give any information about the reliability or longevity of this product.

My Book Duo 6TB dual-drive, USB3.0  high-speed premium RAID storage Model WDBLWE0060JCH-NESN
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easily removable drives. I don't have any drives I'd want to swap in and out, but I appreciate the design in this respect.

RAID0 and RAID1 options easy to configure. It's easy to configure the security, and it ought to be faster, easier, and safer than a software-based system like Bit Locker. Weird though that these two operations aren't bundled with the "Smart Ware" software (instead they are two separate applications, each of which is a bit clunky -- compared to the over-done and obnoxiously stylized Smart Ware).

USB3 speed is very good (in general and for this unit). It sounds like a good idea to put a USB hub on it, although it might not be (see below).

I can get roughly 130MB/s writing and about 120-140 reading (it varies a bit more). I get almost exactly double that in RAID 0. Random writes/reads were lower, about 35 and 65 respectively (again about double in RAID 0). I won't include the benchmarks -- other reviews have them, and they tend to vary alot. These are the numbers you want. Of the USB 3.0 enclosures/drives I have, this one is one of the fastest (some people get much faster speeds .. they have better USB 3.0 root hubs, but for me this drive is the fastest and most responsive).

The power-management seems good, although I haven't had a chance to measure how much power is conserved. But in principle, it should cut most of the power drain by spinning down when the drives aren't in use. This is a crucial feature because having an onboard USB hub means you're going to want to possibly put other devices on here -- and you wouldn't want to have to suck power to the drives in this enclosure just to get access to whatever's in the hub.

Also, uh, I guess the aesthetics are nice.

Cons: No manual. I get the warranty in 1000 languages and a quick-start guide that shows me a photo of a USB cable plugged into a USB port (lol) but no manual. It's on a PDF on the drive. That's great ... unless there is an issue with the drive.

No power button. I appreciate the power-saving features -- spinning down the drives -- but really? There could be a hard-off switch on this thing for when it's powered off for long periods.

The software looks functional, but I have a few issues with it. First, it tries to categorize every file on every drive you have. I don't know if it will ever finish -- I'm not testing this thing long enough to find out... it never stops, even if you tell it not to use that mode for backups. It still keeps indexing all your files... Worse, you only get a 30 day trial before it reverts from "SmartWare Pro" to "SmartWare Free." It's not like you paid hundreds for this external drive. Factor the cost of this (or third-party) software into your budget if you need it.

Also, these utility programs phone home every time you run them -- just an FYI for anybody who's concerned about privacy. I have no idea what they are doing, probably just checking for updates, but considering the thing indexes every file on every drive on my PC, I'm not sure I'm 100% happy with that.

This drive has a nice big fan, but it doesn't seem to kick in, even when the drive seems fairly hot. Another review states, and it seems to be correct, that the drive is rated for 60C and that the fan doesn't kick in until then... shouldn't the goal to be to prevent reaching 60C? This might get tucked away on a bookshelf or off to the side where a user isn't monitoring the temperature (and might be blocking airflow), and a fan should really be more responsive. It's there. There is a fan. It should be on .. at least, sometimes.

The major problem here is the failure to properly install -- and it's due to the USB 3.0 hub. You'll find a couple other reviews (here and elsewhere) that note the hub gave some problems before updating Windows, installing new drivers, etc. The hub didn't install, but the mass storage device was recognized -- but then it went haywire. I had to troubleshoot this with WD. They were helpful, although they acted a bit incongruous about trying to help someone who is apparently not entitled to any warranty service (products sent to individuals for review are not entitled to warranty support -- but if you want a good review, you provide that support anyway, so thanks to the WD reps who helped me straighten it out even though the WD registration clearly said "NO WARRANTY"). Once I installed the drivers for the USB hub, the drive also started working (the hub is fine too).

Also, billing this as a NAS is a bit of an exaggeration. It has NAS drives. Don't be confused.

Other Thoughts: Want to see all the reviews for this item (not just the 6TB model)? Go up and uncheck the box "Item Specific Reviews." Newegg splits reviews over the different versions of this product, but they are all the same (except with larger drives), so you can see more reviews by unchecking that box. There are four different models with a few reviews each -- they are all the same, as far as I know, except the size of the drives. You get more information by looking at all of them.

My review is an EggXpert review. I am writing to give an informative (but not too technical) perspective on the features and usability of this device to help inform potential buyers. The most important caveat I can give is that all EggXpert reviews are written within a short period. None of us can speak to the reliability or longevity of these devices. Please make sure you consider this, weighing information from other sources (reviews of other products, manufacturer reputation, etc.) when considering this aspect of your possible future purchase. In particular, for this unit, I find the two year review a bit alarming -- the WD Red drives inside come with three year reviews (when purchased separately). That's a bit of a head-scratcher.

The USB hub driver issue was initially diagnosed as a bad cable. Another reviewer noted that he was given a bad cable. I wonder if either/both of these issues is a systemic problem with this model. If one issue is very common and one is not, I want to point out that it is important not to mix them up. If you tried 2, 3, 4 USB cables and it still fails, it might be that you need to reinstall the USB hub drivers / software that WD provides for the unit. Likewise, if the USB drivers don't help, swap out the cable.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls PC Game
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great Expansion for a Good Game 08/26/2014

This review is from: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls PC Game

Pros: The expansion / v2 patch for Diablo 3 really fixed a number of bugs. The auction house was nice -- I think the real issue was how much junk was circulating in the auction house. But Blizzard takes the easiest route, not the best one, and instead of trying to clean up the game's economy (real money or just gold), they nix the whole thing. For better or worse, that's that.

The adventure mode is great, the quests in act five are about 1/4 as much fine as the other four (so, right on par).

Diablo 3 is the successor to the Diablo 2 we all remember and enjoyed, and despite lots of issues out-of-the-gate and some time settling down into a truly playable game, it hasn't really disappointed as much as detractors would have you believe.

Cons: The game could really use more diversity -- more unique dungeons, more side-quests, if you think about other games, there is often much more to do (regardless of whether they are sandbox like Skyrim or non-sandbox like Diablo 3). Most of Diablo 3 revolves around the grind for gear, infernal machines, uber-bosses, etc. I get that and I like it, but for casual or low-level gamers or people looking for a different experience, the development didn't even spring for real cut-scenes! Just 2D still illustrations with narration. Yikes.

Other Thoughts: And of course, I hate that there are such strict limitations on number of characters and stash size. The game cost quite a bit. The expansion cost alot too. The RMAH covered Blizzard's shareholders, money-grabbers, and other costs plenty. I think it's sad that they tell us "sorry we can't store an extra 5 toons each and we can't even give them to you for $3 each or anything." Who are they fooling?

That's just a personal beef because I hate wasting time deleting characters to make new ones, endlessly shuffling items between mules, stash, etc. You can't even give us an "inventory manager" screen that lets us swap items between characters? This is 2014, not 2001.


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