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Pros: - 2.4ghz range is extremely good with average throughput (there are several other 2.4ghz networks in my building)
- 5ghz range is average with extremely good throughput
- Guest networks consistently consistently work well after firmware update
- Guest network QoS works well and limits bandwidth correctly
- Router interface is easy to use
- Port forwarding is straight forward
- DHCP address reservation works well
- Gigabit ethernet ports across the boardm
Cons: - When dealing with the router web interface, the page refreshes every 15 seconds or so to update information and clears out all partially completed fields on the page. This can be frustrating if you're tabbing back and forth to copy/paste MAC addresses/IP addresses/etc.
Other Thoughts: I finally got fed up with all of the disruptions with my old 2.4ghz wifi network. Though I never experienced any disconnects, I did frequently experience reduced speeds and very high latency. I attributed this to the -many- other 2.4ghz networks in my condo building causing interference with my network. After trying every channel and channel width combination on my Buffalo WZR-600DHP, I purchased two of these routers; one for each end of my unit and now exclusively use the 5ghz band and I am very happy with the performance of my wifi network again.
I received several @m*zon gift cards for Christmas so, unfortunately, I was not able to purchase these routers from Newegg. I did want to give Newegg and the Newegg community the benefit of the review though. Bottom line: I'd recommend this router as a fast, economical, simultaneous dual band option. I've only had the routers going for a week so far. I will report back if there are any problems going forward.
Pros: - Reasonable level of wear on the unit overall
- Passed all stress tests without issue (memory/cpu/hd)
- Comes with an SSD
- Windows 7 Professional 64
- Backlit keyboard
Cons: For the price, I could really only find one significant con: the keyboard appeared to be the original keyboard and instead of cleaning it well or replacing it, the refurbisher simply placed new "stickers" over each key to give the appearance of a new keyboard. When the keyboard backlight is turned on you can see the old, brown-stained keys beneath. Not the best look!
Other Thoughts: I purchased this as a Christmas present for my 15 year old sister. She expressed an interest in having a laptop of her own but, alas, has a history of breaking many of the electronics she gets her hands on. I felt this was a perfect match for her with the price and SSD. I'm hoping the SSD will help mitigate the slowing of the PC in the event that "preventative maintenance" is neglected.
With all of my family members, I use the analogy of car maintenance when explaining why their machines slow to a crawl after a few months of use: Generally, you perform preventative maintenance on your car to keep it from breaking--similar preventative measures needs to be done with your computer to keep it running acceptably fast. But, in the event that my words spoken on the soap box fall to the wayside, I'm hoping the SSD will keep her machine fast anyways.
I will check in with her throughout the year and see if any problems develop and update my review accordingly. So far, this is a definite "would purchase again" product.
This review is from: EDIMAX EW-7811Un N150 USB 2.0 Wireless nano Adapter
Pros: - Small enough to leave plugged in all the time
- Decent reception for such a small unit
- Connects at 120-150mbps consistently in my home
- Blue LED light is not annoyingly bright
- Between this adapter and my wireless router (Currently a Buffalo WZR-600DHP) my internet latency only goes up by ~8ms vs wired; more than acceptable for me.
Cons: - None
Other Thoughts: I've been using this for about a year as a replacement for the awful Intel 7260 wireless in my Lenovo Y410P. It has worked flawlessly and it was much cheaper to just buy one of these adapters instead replacing the wireless card in my laptop. Very satisfied. If it died tomorrow, I'd buy another in a heartbeat.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Stephen S.
Date Joined: 09/03/08
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