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Pros: Looks nice, doesn't feel like cheap recycled modules (*ahem* crucial *ahem*), and the timings are fine for the price. Speaking of price, the quantity of RAM you get (16GB) for $100 is right in the sweet spot.
Cons: Not free? Seriously, no cons.
Other Thoughts: I don't do a lot of gaming or overclocking so I can't comment on their performance in that scenario. I'm more into virtualization, so low price, middle-of-the-road specs, and memory quantity are the things I look for the most.
I'll probably be buying another set of these to max out my motherboard soon. They've worked without incident the past year.
This review is from: NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router (R7000)
Pros: Definitely the most powerful consumer wifi router I've ever owned. This one router can cover my entire property in its default setting, strong signal with both 2.4 and 5Ghz bands. I only have one 802.11ac device, but all of my wireless devices have better quality connections and speeds. All of the wifi networks from my neighbors are drowned out by this.
The compatibility with DD-WRT, and the fact that it supports the (current) top-end of the 802.11ac speed ratings means I probably won't need another router for years to come. Hard drive access to my small backup drive is very fast also (and its only USB2!).
Cons: It is large, and might not fit with your existing décor. It isn't the most attractive thing out there. You can read by the light of its LEDs (bought some black out stickers for them). Also, there is a definite electrical whine that can be heard from across the room. Of course, these are all rather superficial; I am very happy with the purchase overall.
The only technical complaint I have is related to the network time function with the default firmware. I have the device configured in AP mode. Being in AP mode means the "routing" functions are disabled, which means that it doesn't detect its connected to the Internet. The time on the device is dependent on NTP and can't be set manually, but because the device is "never" on the Internet, it can never update the time setting. As a result, it always reverts to January 1st, 2003 whenever I reboot it. This renders all of the built-in scheduling functions unusable. MANY different off-the-shelf routers have this same problem, but this isn't an issue with DDWRT or any enterprise-class devices, so its not like there is some inherent technical reason this can't be fixed (add an option to manually adjust time, add some Internet-connectivity check to AP mode like a simple ping to a Netgear owned service, etc).
Other Thoughts: It will get quite warm; keep it dusted and well-ventilated.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Performs very well - both the wife and I noticed an improvement to the overall connection speed to our ISP over our previous cheap, off-the-shelf wifi/router combo. We can now run simultaneous HD video streams while also browsing the web, playing games, and everything else, and this thing doesn't even break a sweat.
Gigabit ports for both WAN and LAN are very nice as well, even though I'm not really taking advantage of the WAN side.
The one feature that made me choose this router over others is the integrated power supply. We have enough wall warts around the house, so being able to plug in directly to the wall is a nice feature.
The focus on security in this device is nice also, with many more options related to the built-in SPI firewall than other home routers, and offers many other VPN related items (I don't currently have any VPNs set up so I can't comment on how well they work).
The router is very easy to set up, and (when you have a working device) gets connected quickly with little effort. The web management interface is quick, and works (somewhat) well on any recent web browser.
Cons: The web interface suffers from some bugs, the most annoying of which is some of the buttons tend to jump around when you hover over them. There are also miscellaneous misspellings, and some of the terminology used for a few of the settings is awkward. Much like other devices in its class, 90% of the settings require a reboot to take effect, and a reboot takes around 60sec. Upon initial setup, this gets annoying. The newest firmware added an option to skip the reboot, so you can make multiple changes and then do one reboot to apply so this isn't as much of a problem.
The NTP settings can be very finicky, and the daylight savings time option is strange in that it takes up to 2 minutes before it will actually apply. At first I didn't realize this and couldn't understand why it kept saying "Daylight savings time is down" when the checkbox had been checked and the config saved. It defaults to China Standard Time, and my ISP refused to connect until I had manually adjusted the time settings so consider doing this before you hook up to the Internet.
The only thing I wish was present on this device was IPv6 support. There are very few wired VPN routers in this price range that offer IPv6, but I hope a future firmware update will add this functionality.
Other Thoughts: First bought this in January 2014. Initially I was very unimpressed with how the device performed and I had a heck of a time getting it to connect to my ISP. It also seemed to reboot at strange times. I initially thought the Feb. 2014 firmware update might fix this problem, but this only had the effect of completely breaking WAN-side DHCP (what my ISP uses). Luckily I was able to still RMA with Newegg, and I received a replacement with a total turnaround time of two weeks.
The replacement runs significantly better and I haven't experienced any of the problems I had with the original one, so it appears the original was a lemon. With the latest firmware update applied, I am very happy with both its feature set and performance.
For those that are curious, both my original and the replacement were the V2 hardware version.
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