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Pros: - Bulbs are cool to the touch after many hours of use.
- Rated for a long life
- Very bright on high brightness *I think it's on high, read on...*
- Power efficient!
That's about it...
Cons: HORRIBLE APP SUPPORT!
I couldn't get the link to recognize on either my android phone, or my ipad. There's also no web interface for this so the smart features are rendered completely useless, making these just regular LED bulbs.
I can't update the firmware or even check if I'm on the latest one as I can't get the app to recognize the bulbs past the initial setup, after which the link LED flashes orange/amber rather than green.
IFFT is in beta, I wouldn't advertise it unless it was a full featured working system. For shame Belkin.
Other Thoughts: It's very disappointing that this didn't live up to it's promise. I would've been content with simply being able to dim the lights from my phone/ipad or turn them on/off. But no such luck.
Maybe one day it'll magically "work."
Sadly, that day isn't today and I've all but given up on the WeMo system all together.
Pros: 1st card is great! OC's wonderfully and runs great! 0 issues. Power efficient and very quiet with a custom fan curve. Came with Samsung Ram which is awesome!
2nd card... headaches.
Cons: 2nd card, freezes, locks up, coil whine and fan bearing noise, doesn't OC at all. Hynix ram.
No need for SLI @ 1080p.
Other Thoughts: Got these because I was thinking about doing a smaller/silent build 1st card is awesome. 2nd is a nightmare, these things seem hit or miss.
Up to you guys if they're worth it.
This review is from: NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
Pros: Short story? The Router is a powerhouse of Wireless and it provides you with a bit of future proofing as well.
• 6 antennas!!!
• Easy setup with pre-programmed login & SSIDs to get going right out of the box, fast.
• Supports up to 3 WiFi Networks! (2 5Ghz + 1 2.4Ghz)
• Unit comes extremely well packaged with everything you need to get going right out of the box.
• The LED indicators (With the exception of the power LED) on this unit can be toggled on or off to make the unit less intrusive in a dark room.
• The overall Ui is feature rich and easy to navigate and setup. (Though not better that the WRT1900AC I used previously.)
• It supports a good amount of DNS services if you need those.
• The USB 3.0 port is powered, so no need to add an additional power brick for your external hard drives. *Big +*
• Power brick is bulky, it makes sense as the unit itself is pretty massive as well.
• The Smart Connect feature does a commendable job of balancing your network load over the wireless networks so that devices don't choke your connection when hogging the line; such as when streaming videos, or downloading media. I found this feature to work incredibly well and didn't notice any slowdown across the multiple devices connected.
Cons: Now for some negatives...
The routers huge size means that you may have a hard time finding where to place it.
Although the rage is excellent on this unit *Gets WiFi on my iPad and phone all the way out too my sidewalk, whereas my WRT1900AC only reached my driveway. Signal strength was inconsistent, often fluctuating between 3-5 bars.
Just a 1yr warranty!? On a $300 unit!? Seems a little lacking there... though I've never really gotten much out of Netgear Customer support, so... I guess it makes sense. *See other thoughts below.*
Other Thoughts: Netgear isn't known for their customer support, though I had no issues with the unit thus far... *Knock on wood.* I have had some pretty bad experiences with their support in the past.
Not sure who thought it was a good idea to charge $299.99 *At the time of this review.* I think that that's too high of a number personally, it's basically $99.99 per network. Which some might argue is a bargain, however if you think about the demand for this type of a unit. I can't really see why someone would buy this over the other brands high end units that basically perform the same and for less. I think if this unit was about $50-70 cheaper it'd mean for better overall sales due it being only slightly more expensive to future proof over another high end unit.
I've owned 4 WiFi AC routers now. the original ASUS AC router, A Netgear Nighthawk, Linksys WRT1900AC and now this Nighthawk X6. Although a great unit with unparalleled connectivity, *Currently the only router around that does 3 WiFi networks.* I don't think the majority of end users will need something like this. The WRT1900AC, for me at least, is still the best router I've used. Perhaps something like DDWRT will make this more attractive for networking aficionados or the IT crowd.
This unit though expensive and being first of its kind isn't the best WiFi router around for your budget or practicality, though if you need something in this class you probably don't have any other options and if this is the unit for you, you shouldn't be disappointed by its capabilities.
Display Name: Mark E.
Date Joined: 07/13/07
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