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Pros: - price per performance (according to specs)
- DD-WRT support
- The engineers who designed this thing should be FIRED on spot!
Cons: - extra high temperatures; DD-WRT reported 100C!!!
- once you install DD-WRT your warranty is gone and you are on your own (this was my choice!)
Once I received the unit I installed latest firmware but I was not happy with performance, it was hot and I wanted DD-WRT. Installed open source and reported temp was in 100C!!! - I was hoping for a mistake so I opened the router and behold, no mistake, that cooler was hot like an oven. It was not even well tighten against the chip so I removed it, add CPU thermal paste and put it back. This time, with open case it settled at 85C but it's winter (70F inside) and there was barely some activity on it.
Other Thoughts: I ordered small copper RAM heat sinks and installed them today and with open case it will settle at 75C (CPU usage ~ 20-25%). Gosh all of them are very hot at the touch and that's unacceptable imho. I think I need to make a hole in the case and install a fan to help with the cooling.
But before going that route now I'm going to give him a try for a couple of days to see if it's worth the trouble. If not, I'm out two dozen bucks (I added copper RAM heat sinks) but at least I know to avoid this manufacturer in the future!
I'd be curios what Adrian or one of the TRENDnet support people has to say about the main chip recommended limit temperature... 210F?
Later Edit: after adding heat sink, installing a small fan to cool off the sink (powered from its own USB port at this time) and finding a version of DD-WRT that fits my needs, this router was on for almost a month now, running stable without any issues. Temps are in the lower 60C.
Pros: - great price
- nice brushed aluminium case (solid)
- 9mm adapter
- 3yrs + 2 warranty (hope company will still be in business and honor any claims! - no pun intended)
- speeds as advertised!
Cons: - old controller SF-2200 (reported by HD Sentinel) or SF-2281 as found in an online review of S60 240GB, no specification on mfg webpage
- speed not on par with current SSD mainstream, but, you knew that!
Other Thoughts: Installed without any problems and worked right off.
I am not using this as a boot drive, but I filled about 40% of the drive's capacity and then I ran ATTO Benchmark, AS SSD and CrystalDiskMark: in all of them I got results very close to what manufacturer specified on Newegg's page!!!
And this on an AMD based system (Asus M5A99X EVO rev 2.0 + FX-8320 + 8Gb PC3-14900 G.Skill memory using Windows 8.1 x64 and Antivirus active).
To sum this up, I'd say this product lives to expectations and I would recommend it to a friend.
Pros: There are a lot of pros for this starting with hardware and ending with Open Source, so I will stick to my own experience:
- Did a couple of updates, decided for Merlin firmware, set it and forget about, not even a need for reset.
- Mostly used for wireless: 2 desktops, 2 laptops, 2 tablets, 3 phones, wireless printer and one magic jack - all working nice, no issues in a 3br ranch home.
- Torrent client works acceptable for me.
Cons: - only 300Mbps - but I knew that when I bought it.
- a bit pricey nowadays
- wireless may not be enough for HD content
- after a power loss, MagicJack (ver.2) will not work, I need to unplug and plug it back once the router is up...
- powerful LED lights :)
Other Thoughts: I hate to spend time configuring and waiting to see if there are no issues, so once I decided that Merlin firmware has everything i need and it's stable, I set up the router and forget about it; not even a reset was needed and it is working flawlessly for a couple of months now.
I'm a bit worried about reviews stating that unit died after 2 years... time will tell!