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Netgear C6300 AC1750 Wi-Fi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 in 1
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Nice router, not able to test modem portion. 12/30/2014

This review is from: Netgear C6300 AC1750 Wi-Fi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 in 1

Pros: Overall, I am pretty satisfied with the performance of this router. The router comes with what one would expect at this price point, 4xGigabit Ethernet ports, USB port, 2.4/5.0Ghz wireless frequencies, and friendly administrative screen. What makes this router different than most is that it has an integrated cable modem within it. While many won't need this feature because the modems their cable provider requires them to use don't have or allow this feature, there is a growing market trend for this type of router/modem combo. It is more advantageous for a power user on a supported ISP provider to purchase this router because they get Netgear's reliable router history as well as a modem they can tinker with. When you get a modem from an ISP, there often isn't much control over what you do. They tell you just to plug it in and call it a day. More importantly, the modems your provider will give you or buy from a big box store will not have DOCSIS 3.0 and the blazing internet bandwidth that comes with it. I couldn't test the modem feature of this router due to my ISP, but from what I've read on here and other sites, is it does a stellar job.

Cons: As others have experienced, the Netgear Genie crashed on me a few times, though this could be resolved with an update. The only other con I see with this router is the price point. You can technically purchase a pretty capable router for $50-75$ and a cable modem from a big box store for $99 or less. The disadvantage to that scenario is the two are not integrated and you have no idea who/how to modify the big box cable modem.

Other Thoughts: Keep this mind when thinking of this router/modem combo.

1) Rent vs own? Is it advantageous for you to do one over the other?
2) Is it supported by your ISP?
3) Can you afford it in comparison to doing a seperate router and seperate modem?

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BUFFALO WHR-300HP2D AirStation N300 Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Unlike other routers I've reviewed over the last year or so, this router is open source. This is intriguing because the development of the software is up to many others than just a massive corporation. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing, as referenced below and in other reviews. The installation of the this router was simple and it didn't require much effort.

Cons: Cost wise, I wouldn't expect to pay $69.99 for a 100Mbps router. Albeit many don't have the capacity to breach that threshold with their networks, it is a matter of principal and comparable features with other similar routers of lesser price. Additionally, while I was very excited about the range of the router, I was actually disappointed to find out it had a lower operating range in the same working conditions as my Netgear R6250 router. Of what I measured, I had a 5-10Mbps loss over my other router.

Another thing, that I've experienced in another router before is the rebooting of a router to implement settings. For many this won't be annoying, but I don't want my router to have to reboot for a change to implement....think older Windows operating systems versus the new ones...remember how annoying that was?

Other Thoughts: What is more interesting is this router out of the box is vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug and updating off the version that came with the router was...awkward to say the least.

Closing thoughts is this...I wasn't really wowed by this router. I think your money can be spent better elsewhere for less cost and equivalent or better features.

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Seagate ST500LM021 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Should be standard laptop hard drive... 05/15/2014

This review is from: Seagate ST500LM021 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop Thin Hard Drive

Pros: As it relates to other laptop hard drives, this one is fast. Most hard drives that come with laptops are 5400RPM and slow. This hard drive ups that to 7200RPM and it comes with 32MB cache. All things you normally don't get with a laptop nor do you get to choose. This hard drive was tested in a newer Dell laptop to upgrade the existing 500GB hard drive that was 5400RPM. I was pleasantly surprised it worked right out of the box and I could noticeably tell the speed difference with transfers.

I also tested this laptop as an auxiliary backup hard drive on my desktop. I mounted it next to my SSD. It again performed flawlessly and had nearly identical transfer speeds as the other Seagate drives in my computer.

Cons: The price is a bit high, but if your laptop has a 5400RPM drive or is smaller than 500GB, then why not? It is only $79. While the sizing is a cool feature, it isn't really necessary and it probably is factoring into the costs.

Alternatively, if you don't care about RPM speed and are using a slow laptop, then obviously you can buy a 5400RPM hard drive with more capacity and probably for cheaper...but why would you?

Other Thoughts: Again as previously stated, if you need a new hard drive, or a faster hard drive, or a more reliable hard drive for your laptop, then get this drive. Seagate is a solid name in the hard drive business and are consistently innovating new and functional solutions for storage.

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Display Name: Kristopher K.

Date Joined: 07/11/03

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  • First Review: 11/08/13
  • Last Review: 12/30/14
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