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ASUS RT-AC66W Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Easy VPN, Crumby WiFi -> Use Merlin Firmware Instead 01/27/2016

This review is from: ASUS RT-AC66W Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router

Pros: VPN setup is very easy (well, setting up a VPN ranges from medium to extremely hard so I should say it makes it relatively easy).
GUI is surprisingly nice.

Cons: 1) WiFi signal goes into the weeds every couple of days. Sometimes rebooting helps. Sometimes not, see point 3.
2) XBox 360 seems to hate this thing and exaccerbates WiFi issues mentioned in point 1.
3) If I try to use an extra AP, the "networkmap" process runs to 100% for all eternity and the box heats up a LOT. Then WiFi becomes utter garbage and sometimes the wired pc's can't access the Internet very fast at that point either.

Other Thoughts: Overall it's got very nice WAN to LAN throughput but the WiFi instability was killing me. A process called "networkmap" would almost constantly use 100% CPU making the router run hot. I installed the AsusWRT Merlin firmware instead and it has DRAMATICALLY improved stability. Been running about 10 days now without problems (previously the router was only stable for 3-5 days). I'm going to change my ranking to 3 eggs. Sorry Asus, but you can't have 4 or 5 eggs when you can't have your stock firmware behave properly. It would have been 1 egg without Merlin saving the day... Seriously, get yourselves together I don't have a complicated setup at my house or anything!

LaView LV-KD514FD7S 4 Channel H.264 Level CUBE Plus Advanced Face Detection 4 Channel DVR + 4 x 700TVL Cameras (No HDD Included)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Attractive design for control computer and cameras.

Cons: All 4 video feeds are blank and have been blank since I unboxed and hooked everything up. The device reboots on its own quite often. The main disappointment here is that with the holidays and everything I was too busy to test it until now. Serious error on my part because now I'm past the 30 day newegg RMA window. So, I'm going to be stuck waiting for support people at LaView to figure out this thing is completely DOA - and that's if I'm lucky. 1 Egg until these issues are resolved to a working product.

Other Thoughts: The instructions are pretty horrid, but that was kind of expected.

NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Surprised and Impressed with this Affordable Router 01/27/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1

Pros: So far this router is fantastic. It was insanely easy to set up, and out of the box they have a semi-random SSID and random passphrase printed on the router if you don't want to do much in the way of setup.

I customized the subnet, a few port forwards, the SSID, guest SSID, and passphrases really in a matter of about 15 minutes. The signal strength throughout the house is hugely improved over my previous router, a D-Link DIR-655. I was surprised since there's no external antenna/e.

Cons: I can't really think of any cons yet. Hopefully router continues to work this well for a few years - routers have a tendency to eventually require daily reboots.

Other Thoughts: About the "Open-Source"... DD-WRT's page will say that support is a work in progress for this version (WNR3500L v2). But, if you do some googling you can find firmware that is supposed to work. I think people have had luck with OpenTomato. There is a $10 off code today, so rather than buy a used one for experimentation I'm going to just get a second new one. Then I don't have to risk messing up our Internet while I try the whole Open-Soure thing.


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Display Name: Theodore H.

Date Joined: 08/20/03

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  • Last Review: 01/27/16
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