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LINKSYS RE6400 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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4 out of 5 eggs Great Extender 11/24/2015

This review is from: LINKSYS RE6400 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: Great 2.4 ghz extension performance.

Easy setup...extremely easy setup.

Nice look/slim profile.

Good app support.

Gigabit support.

Cons: Bad 5 ghz coverage...well maybe not full on bad, just subpar?

Some plausible issues w/ entry level users.

Other Thoughts: Overall this extender is awesome. I typically dislike Linksys products because they are more expensive than they should be in comparison to their level of performance. This is the first extender that I have rated above average...so it's saying a lot coming from a linksys product.

So in regards to the 2.4 ghz performance...for reference, i've connected this to 5 different routers. From entry level Netgear products such as my old legacy performer dgnd2000, to my go to Dlink dir868l, to my Netgear C6300, and my Netgear R8500 and Linksys ea6900. None had issues w/ the 2.4 ghz extension. Best improvement went 117mbps to 144mbps. However, while the speeds are nothing to write home about, I was able to get 2.4 ghz wifi in an area of my house that I am unable to reach w/out an extender. I have tried Netgear, Belkin, TPLink, trendnet, and Dlink extenders and this one is the best thus far. In relation to the others, I skimped by extension, this ran a full on 144 mbps to an area that was unable to get wifi prior to the installation of this extender.

In regards to the setup...I plugged it in, less than 3 minutes later I was connected to it's extended network in an area of my house that was previously lacking wifi service. I am happy!

Slim profile. My other extenders were larger boxes, more akin to an old router than a new extender. To that end, I as incredibly impressed with this device. It's the size of a powerline/wifi adapter, but performs better!

The linksys app is incredibly helpful in finding a sufficient extension outlet. I did not find any mediocre spots, but I was able to tell where to install it based upon finding spots that were w/in the green range. I ended up installing in the same spot that i've always used for my wifi extenders...however, it did encourage me to move closer to my dead zone to see if I could improve reception there!

The device also has on board ethernet, providing so many more possibilities.

As for the 5ghz coverage...even w/ my best 5ghz antennas in the dlink I received subpar coverage w/ this device. With my other 5ghz devices I get at a minimum 586mbps coverage on the 5ghz channel...this is in all areas of my 3100 sq ft house. However, with this extender, I couldn't even get an average connection on 5 ghz. I was 75 linear feet from the router, no walls, and getting 1-2 bars of connection quality out of 4. Subpar at best...

Overall, this extender has been great. No connectivity issues, easy extension of my wifi network. I have had -0- issues. I would only request that they beef up the 5ghz connection and double up the 2.4 ghz connection. Outside of those issues, it's a solid performer...hands down.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-UD5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Solid board - great hardware
Cutting edge connections (and ample counts of connections)
Stable overclocking
Post codes
Hardware buttons for power, reset, cmos
Nice clean look
LED Color control (if that is your thing)
Gigabyte's software suite
Sweet audio

Cons: For the highest end UD board, there are too few extras (only 2 sata cables, only 1 2-way sli connector)
Even though I love the hardware buttons, the positioning is horrible. It's near impossible to mash the buttons with the RAM, 5.25in drives, and cables from the top mounted PSU all crammed in the same vicinity.
Also, very similarly with the post codes! I had to add cable ties just to keep them out of the way.
The usb3 headers were great for my front mounted 3.5in card reader, but too far forward for a rear rack.

In my opinion, the board is not really intended for anyone looking to crossfire 3 cards (or SLI which isn't even possible 3 way) because it drops down to 4x and you lose an m2 slot. And depending on who you talk to, not really for 2 way SLI/crossfire since it dips down to 8x. But for single card gamers it's a perfect option.

Other Thoughts: Overall the board has been solid. I was able to run my m2 card and noticed a 10-12% increase in speeds on the same card running on my old x99 board.

I started off running the easy tune and was a bit dismayed with the OC (like always) so I ramped it up and was able to get a solid OC after flashing a new bios.

I haven't tried the new sata express yet, but I am interested in trying it out.

Thus far there are a ton of features and a slew of usb 3/3.1 connections. It's an amazing board for the price. Once the skylake procs start to become more mainstream it'll be an even better option. The worst part is the 6700 vs the 6700k isn't even a true option, there is no reason to pick up the 6700 when for 30 bucks more you get more speed and features in the 6700k. And for a board of this caliber, the i5 doesn't really make sense.

For reference I'm not a gigabyte fanboy but my last 3 boards have been gb. My last non gb board was my x48 dfi board (rip!).

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NETGEAR WNR2020v2 Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Router with External Antennas
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs solid entry level router 07/06/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR2020v2 Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Router with External Antennas

Pros: This router is a very solid router in the entry level price point.

The router is tiny, comparative to most routers. It could likely be even smaller judging by the weight of the product, it seems like the shell is too large even.

It's quick and easy setup due to the single band was amazingly quick I was up and running w/in 2 minutes after unboxing.

Wide array (read all) current security protocols.

Quick power on.

The power supply is smaller than my old cell phone charger (Galaxy Note 2).

The 5db boost antennas provide optimal coverage across a medium-large home (1550 sq ft). For reference, it competes with a router that is currently selling for over 4 times the price of this router. At the time the router was purchased, it sold for over 10 times the price of this router.

The inclusion of a Guest network is an amazing feature not found on many entry level routers.

Parental controls and scheduled on/off wifi times provide features not found on some $300 routers.

Cons: There were not many cons with this product. But if I had to name a few...however small they may be...

Single band 2.4ghz may be an issue for saturated areas (big city apartments).

There is not a hardware power button. To power cycle the router you must pull the power plug.

The power cable is overly short. I could barely get it connected from the outlet to my desktop.

I had to close out of two splash screens telling me my internet was setup on the first attempt to get online. I'd rather just see the internet in all its glory, which would suffice to say i'm connected w/out the need to show me a two screens that tell me the same?

I got a weird 404 error trying to connect to youtube for about the first 5 minutes after connection. Never happened again, but it was very peculiar.

The 10/100, not gigabit, wired connection was very atypical. I don't get it, seems like they should just spend the extra couple cents on a 10/100/1000 controller. For the most part you can find gigabit for as cheap as 10/100.

Other Thoughts: For testing reference I ran this against the 2.4 ghz network on my current two routers, netgear r7000 and dlink dir868l. Which is an incredibly unfair test, but surprisingly resulted in a very similar result!

The wnr2020 gave me an 88% connection to my hardest to reach network interface card (NIC) while my dlink gave me the same 88% connection and the r7000 gave a 76% connection. I attribute this to the dual 5db boost antennas and the NIC's 5db boost antenna on a Rosewill RNX-180ube. The NIC is underpowered and doesn't show off the full capability of the 300mbps router, because it only connects at 144.5mbps on all 3 routers. However, if I were to connect with any other 300mbps NIC in the same area I normally get worse connection rates.

To another basement location I got 90 signal strength and 100 link quality with the wnr2020. The r7000 and dir868l both pulled in a nominally better 92 signal strength and 100 link quality. Which was surprising for a router that is so much cheaper comparatively. These all connected at 300mbps on 3 different n300 NIC's.

Overall, this router is an incredible performer for an entry level price.

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