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This review is from: TP-Link Archer CR700 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router
Pros: The TP-Link Archer CR700 is a nifty piece of equipment. The cable modem boasts DOCSIS 3.0 and dual band capabilities that can hit up to 1300Mbps. Installation is really simple especially if you already have Comcast/Xfinity internet service. Just connect it, open a browser and enter your Comcast/Xfinity account info and it's connected. The router had dual usb 3.0 slots for network storage and printing.
Cons: There are a couple of points that take away from this wonderful device. While there are settings for the firewall as low, medium and high, there is not an option to edit or create specific rules. While most households probably won't find this an issue, I found that it was a bit of a take away.
The other problem I ran into was a lack of advanced DHCP options that got in the way of configuring my PFSense router.
Other Thoughts: All in all, this is a very solid and functional device. I give it 4 out of 5 and recommend this product for any household needing a reliable cable modem/router.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LINKSYS RE6300 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
Pros: I have had bad experiences with range extenders. My motto is "If you need better signal, either get a better AP or wire a second one". Though this is the best practice, I have to say the Linksys range extender is not as bad as I thought.
For one thing it is very well built. Solid construction goes a long way when your going to plug it into an outlet along a walk way where kids will inevitably bump into it.
Setup is simple for people who don't know anything about the technology. But if you happen to have a good understanding then look at the Cons.
The extender connected to my TP-Link router, then created a new SSID repeating the signal. I was able to get full bars in all parts of my house. Granted I don't need an extender with my current router, that being said I was able to turn this into a wireless bridge by disabling SSID broadcasting (to reduce the number of SSIDs that show up on devices) and making a really long random password. Any device plugged into the ethernet port will be bridged into my LAN.
Cons: As a major nerd, and Network Engineer, I like to have flexibility in my devices. For starters; I did not want to use the built-in wizard, instead opting for the main configuration page. It took longer than I would have liked to find the page, since I had to guess as to what Linksys web developers named it.
There is no supported bridge mode that I can find. The Netgear extenders I have reviewed don't have the option built in either, but they do allow you to manually modify the settings to get the same result.
There does not appear to be a way to modify the device to be an AP. I don't understand why Linksys would make such a well built product, then limit it's software. I will be looking to modify the firmware in the future to get better functionality out of it.
Other Thoughts: It works as a range extender, but that's it. Granted it is only advertised as such but I expect more functionality and better fine controls for experts.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: So here's the deal; I hate wireless repeaters. Can't stand the things as they usually cause more problems than they solve. As a network engineer I recommend either buying a better access point or running a network cable and adding a second AP.
That being said I was VERY surprised with this unit. Setup was easy and simple, the internal antennas performed much better than I thought they would, it repeated the signal with the same SSID as the main AP. Even more surprising is I used the wizard as it covered all the features I wanted. Good job TP-Link!
Starting out I placed the unit in the kitchen next to the wet wall (the wall that has all the water pipes running in it). This area of the house has always been a dead spot. Very little signal in the kitchen, the deck, or the adjacent bathroom. After installing the repeater, I was able to get full bars in all these places and stream HD video with no stuttering.
I was so amazed that I was about to say this was the first repeater I would recommend...but then the problems started
Cons: It kills my router.
I kid you not, my TP-Link TP-WD4300 router dies after having the repeater on for while. All of a sudden my family will report connectivity problems and then no connection. Upon further inspection I find my devices are pulling IPs from the repeater's DHCP server and the repeater reports no signal. The only way to fix this was to unplug the repeater and reboot the router.
Of course the first thing was to upgrade the firmware in the TL-WD4300 router and the repeater. Sadly this did not fix the problem as I was still forced to reboot the router to get things running again. If I leave the repeater unplugged and powered off there are no problems.
What makes things worse is that there is no RJ-45 jack, so I can't even turn it into a wireless bridge.
Other Thoughts: If you need better signal than what your home router is providing, go buy an enterprise grade AP. Repeaters are NOT the answerREAD FULL REVIEW