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Pros: Prints very fast (when it auto feeds)
Not much issue setting up in win 8
Small and compact design
Cons: The unit seems flimsy in a lot of areas especially top tray
Not a fan of light indicators, Prefer LED screen (monochrome is fine)
Website did not seem to load past main front page (on a Saturday)
Key details such as wifi admin panel not printed on startup guide but in CD manual
Other Thoughts: The look of the device is slim and sleek, compared to my Epson Workforce 7520W which is needed for the Ledger paper, printing blueprints etc. The speed of the P2502 is pretty fast compared to my Epson, and quality is great. I like others thought that the admin wifi login and details should be on the printed paper manual, they have instead for phones, which is ok but computer setup is what this thing is being directed towards? I first setup the unit with the usb cable, then after that I went and did the setup for the wifi, once I found the IP and logged in, after digging through the digital manual to see the details for the web login I was in and unplugged the USB. . I was able to change admin password and add hotspot password, I do not think having no password for hotspot by default is a good idea.
Testing the printer, first day was great, printed simple document of 4 pages. Left for a few days. Wanted to test it out more and print longer document, start the print, I get a paper Feed error pop up on my screen. So I tried to reposition the paper. Hit print and nothing! Same thing. So I took out the cartridge and looked, everything fine no jam, paper is going and lining up right. Tried again same thing! Out of frustration I took out cartridge and moved the roller that feeds the paper, its on a cam, it rotated fine. Then I hit print, got through one page printing just fine, 2nd page did not feed! Same issue.
Bottom line the unit, probably got passed QA somehow and some sensor is not functioning right, I managed to do that same step a few times, but got tired real quick. The printer despite having flimsy doors, and not having any monochrome display (I am spoiled with all the printers having nice display) I really believe the average user would get frustrated fast without an actual error being shown, nobody wants to decipher the flashing blinking lights. Though sadly looking in this price range on laser printers it just seems to be a trend for some reason, no display on the monochrome printers. I will try and contact customer support and see if any solution can be had with the paper feeder malfunction.
If the unit would function properly I would give it 3.5-4 stars.
Pros: Nice looking consumer AC router, with USB 3.0
lots of CPU power and RAM
Amazing potential with DD-WRT
Cons: Large power supply, this looks like from a netbook/laptop? Yet the adaptor is way overrated compared to the specs that callout the devices consumption.
Poor Transfer speeds (most likely due to firmware)
DD-WRT router database does not list this router? Nothing on the wiki?
had to search on DD-WRT forums!
No wall mount
No external antennas
No individual lan indicators
Other Thoughts: First impressions of the box. I’m sorry but I have been spoiled by media with flashy stickers and colors, this box though “very green” is simply plane, I think it really needs to define itself as to why its so plain, What shocked me was the power adaptor, it’s the size of small laptop! It shows 12v at 4A! thats max of 48W! though the box states its only 18.2W max draw. On the plus is the nice slim line Ethernet cable. Looking at the router, it reminds me of Netgear style though in black and gray/silver finish, the lights seem to be missing your typical Ethernet port indications. The back I like how its setup, it even has eject/disconnect button for the USB devices. Seeing that this box has USB 3.0 and by default comes with DD-WRT gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside ;) along with the processor spec of 800mhz dual core 512 MB RAM!
On to the first testing, now that I got over the fact that its running DD-WRT, it seems that this firmware is just bear minimum as far as getting the device to run. I had to search online and there are firmware from Guru DD-WRT users that have improved speeds and stability. Sadly I think the shipped DD-WRT firmware on the router does not do it justice. This is due to the fact that its supposed to be community based, but I would have thought that at least some testing, and assurance is done before slapping your company logo and shipping a device. The router for me was easy to set up, all the familiar and new settings in DD-WRT were there. This said, this is for advance users. And people willing to spend a lot of time, I did not fiddle with it long enough due to being used to most routers now functioning as needed from the box.
Now I was excited that I was able to get client bridge mode. To the user who could not, perhaps some time on the wiki will tell you how the router has to be setup for that to function. http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Client_Bridged
Now to the test results: I was excited to see that I connected at 877Mbps! in client bridge mode. The down fall with lan speed test, I was only getting 89.9 Mbps upload and 93.5 Mbps down with a 50% signal connected to the TP-Link AC1750. From my understanding this can go up with improved firmware. To me the design is great for a consumer who places there router on a desk, but I like to mount my routers on the wall, with this said this router is great for client mode and I would guess nice to work with NAS. The lack of external antennas hurts the performance I am sure for this router. At this price range I would expect nice external antennas like the TP-Link AC1750 with this said, I cannot recommend this router for the average user nor even for the semi experienced. This router is for the true DD-WRT geeks. The hardware specs are there, minus the external antennas, but the firmware is not there yet, if it shipped with a firmware that was better I might suggest this to the semi experienced user. I give it 3.7 to a 4 out of 5
Pros: Size and good looks as N750
Stable compared to N750
Support for Open Source Firmware
Features of 802.11ac
Cons: Power adaptor is much larger than average router
Theoretical max power Draw increased from typical 1.5A to 2.5A
Still only USB 2.0 as N750
5ghz performance in N is lower then N750
Other Thoughts: When seeing the router for the first time, I noticed that it is exactly same size wise and look wise as the TL-WDR4300 (N750) which has been running for quite a while not and is very stable with the latest stock firmware. The next big thing that caught my eye was the adaptor of the Archer C7 v2 (AC1750) it is large! And it takes 1A more then the N750 does, now I did a quick test with a watt meter while nothing plugged in and max draw during startup was around 3w, I assume the more wireless devices and Ethernet/usb stuff is connected the draw will go up. But that is something to consider your using about 12W more in theory and the design and construction is identical to the lower power consumption N750.
My test setup was limited due to the fact that none of the devices that I have could reach over 300Mbps. The AC1750 2.4Ghz seemed to be comparable if not equal to the N750. One thing noticed is that the 5Ghz as other users have said was weaker signal, this was noticeable simply with both routers in same location and viewing/connecting with same device; in one instance it was 1 bar difference between the N750 and the AC1750. This is a surprise and possibly might be something that can be fixed or optimized with firmware.
The GUI is feature rich and is similar layout that TP-Link has for their devices, which I am starting to like, the freedom to have Open Source firmware is a major plus. But I have found that for my needs the stock firmware has been working solid. As far as router stability of the N750 vs the AC1750 no noticeable difference could be seen, most issues are tied with the ISP and not the routers themselves. Speed tests were not done due to the cap that was seen, hopefully a worthy client device will come my way that is capable to test the full potential of the AC1750.
In conclusion this router gives you a few bells and whistles for roughly a 30% price difference from the N750 802.11n, the question is do you need AC capability? If not then this router brings little of improvement, and currently the N750 outperforms in signal quality over the AC1750 in my test on the 5ghz band. Would I upgrade from a N750 or comparable router? Probably not, if I had to replace an 802.11n and the AC1750 was cheapest out of the 802.11ac and AC was an afterthought along with USB 3.0 , then the answer is YES, otherwise other devices might bring more for the buck.
My view on the biggest drawbacks as others have stated was the lack of US3.0 if going for one of the manufactures topline devices(at the time of the review) I would expect it packed with latest tech, US3.0 is something that has been out for a while, and possibly can be even viewed more crucial then AC for users who connect storage/NAS and media servers. The theoretical of 12W max increase of power consumption over N750 can be an concern as well.