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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.
This review is from: TRENDnet Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigibit Router with USB Share Port, TEW-813DRU
Pros: Tiny size, the pictures don't do this router justice, for anyone needing a diminutive router, this thing is a beast for the size (on 2.4ghz at least!)
Awesome 2.4ghz connectivity and range
Decent 5ghz capabilities
Cons: The 5ghz connection was subpar across AC devices. It's bad to compare the router to AC routers that are double the price or more, but at the same time, it's an AC router...a low end AC router should perform better than older N routers, but this one doesn't across my home.
USB 2, with speeds of up to 800mb and 1gb wired, usb2 seems a little underpowered.
Short power cable. I could barely reach my office desktop.
Underwhelming router admin GUI.
Other Thoughts: Some benchmarks...
Testing against a Netgear r7000 and Dlink DIR868L (triple and double the price respectively...which is why I still gave it a 4 star review...had this router been comparable in price, i'd give it a 3 star review) with two AC network interface cards (nic) (netgear a6100 and dlink dwa182)
117 mbps connection speed, 73% link and signal strength 5ghz on the dlink nic
58.5 mbps connection and 86% link & signal strength on 5ghz with the netgear nic
585 mbps connection speed 90% link and signal strength 5ghz on the dlink nic
390 mbps connection 100% link & signal strength 5ghz on the netgear nic
468 mbps connection speed 100% link & signal 5ghz on the dlink nic
380 mbps and 100% link & signal 5ghz on the netgear nic
2.4ghz network performed on par with all 3 routers. The 5ghz AC worked decent if you were within line of sight but as soon as you moved 50 or 60 feet away or a floor down/up it dropped to next to nothing. It claims to have beamforming, but i'd really question the algorithms used by trendnet because it reminded me of the original AC routers that tanked on 5ghz.
So herein is my issue, if you're buying an AC router it's for additional connection speed and better range. This didn't really provide that, I was able to get 300mbps in the 2.4ghz spectrum to the same location on the same NICs, why would I pay for AC range and speed, if the N spectrum is better for this router? If you need AC, spend the money to get a more quality router. If you don't, just grab a trendnet N router & call it good.
Pros: The RAM is beautiful. The hardware design is the best looking I have seen.
The heat sink is awesome too. I was originally thinking I'd lose a lot of great dissipation in lieu of looks. But the heat sink was awesome and hardcore.
The design allowed it to sit shorter than the rest of my ram because the heat sink is thick rather than tall.
The RAM overclocked out the box using spd, although it wasn't stable (see cons).
I received the 9 9 9 24 1600mhz ram and it ran stable at the same latency and 1800mhz. So not awesome, but better than stock.
Cons: There were not many cons aside from the lack of greatness.
While the RAM was better than it was rated, it was not great by any means. I run my 1600mhz kingstons at 1800mhz but 8 8 8 20 latency and it's triple channel. I run my 1600mhz corsair at about 2100 mhz and 9 9 9 22 latency.
I only had triple channel RAM to compare to so I used my kingstons to compare (see other thoughts).
Other Thoughts: Comparing 1600 mhz Kingston 9 9 9 24 running at 8 8 8 20 1800mhz (3x2gb)
klevv 1600mhz 9 9 9 24 @ 9 9 9 24 1800mhz (2x4gb)
so while the klevv has more ram (2gb total) it has more latency (bad) and is dual channel vs triple channel. An interesting comparison!
I ran memtest and the klevv was solid. Then I ran prime for 4 hours and the same. All other iterations failed one or the other, this was the best oc I could get out of the klevv's.
Then I ran them side by side in passmark and got the following...while for the most part the klevv's held their own, the most surprising was the failure to keep up on the writes.
Memmark - 2137 v 2079
db oper - 91.4 v 87.2
Read cached - 14395 v 14403
Read uncach - 11324 v 11095
Write - 11569 v 8819
Avail ram - 5102 v 6811
Latency - 19.6 v 20.2
Threaded - 27327 v 22377
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