Joined on 01/03/11
Wary But Worth The Wait
Pros: MIMO 4x was well worth the wait in a 5,000 sq ft two-story house with 4 people having multiple Wifi devices. The 8 gigabit ports are a huge bonus allowing every room in the house to have 1 hard-wired connection with switches at the end of hard-wired connections for entertainment centers. The upgrade from the a previous Asus model RT-AC66U was painless as the user interface was virtually identical. The WiFi connection maxed out the 330Mbs/33Mbs down/up business class (and price) internet connection. SpeedTest was used with a hard-wired computer directly into the router. Surprisingly, two Intel 7260 mPcie wifi adpaters in two notebooks connected at a max of 866Mbs with 330Mbs down/33Mbs up. With router place high in 2nd story of house: * Best Wifi = 1st floor in room below router * Worst Wifi = furthest corner of the house from router Notebooks with Intel 7260= 330 Mbs / 33 Mbs (worst= 68 Mbs / 28 Mbs)...Amazing! iPad Air best= 93 Mbs / 32 Mbs (worst=64 Mbs / 30 Mbs) The iPad Air connection was very consistent. iPhone 6s best= 120 Mbs / 32 Mbs (worst=30 Mbs / 2 Mbs ) iPhone 5 best = 78 Mbs / 32 Mbs (worst=6 Mbs / 2 Mbs ) The iPhone connections were not as consistent as the iPad Air.
Cons: A possible smaller home issue may exist. WiFi devices reacted much slower being in the same room as the router. The best connections were directly "downstairs" beneath the room where the router was installed.
Overall Review: Since many experts recommend installation in the highest point of the home, the next test will be moving the router to the attic.
Fast, Easy Setup, Fan quieter than expected
Pros: - Fast 10Gb connection over copper Cat 6,6a,7 (with no GBIC costs) - Works with SuperMicro XEON D mini-itx 1521/1540 with dual Intel 10Gb ports - Easy setup - plug-n-play for initial power up and simple quick speed test - Fan noise is audible but not bad at all, especially since switch is in a home office server closet
Cons: - None, works exactly as expected
Photos Inaccurate. Details show 1 base 2 handsets 1 earpiece
Pros: Phones are exactly as described but read the details. Only 1 base unit, 2 remote handsets, and 1 earpiece are included.
Cons: Main Photo showed 3 handsets vs the 2 received. Vendor also shipped a "repeater" instead of the earpiece (which should be resolved easily). The vendor needs to update the photos to accurately simulated the items being sold.
Silent No Fan, Pure Sine, Gigabit Ethernet
Pros: Total quantity purchased: 6 for each workstation, server, TVs, and home theatre receivers in home office. 1) Silent - with no fan noise (2) Pure Sine Wave (3) Gigabit Ethernet validated with Cat 7 in Phone/Network port(4) 1 Coax in/out for DirecTV or CableModem (5) AVR and 1030 Joules surge protection (6) Software monitoring tool shows watts used, input voltage, output voltage, cost, etc... (7) UL 1778 certification (8) Alarms may be turned off and auto-shut down PC within "n" minutes or PC may run until "n" minutes of battery life remains...a great option.
Cons: None. Not a hiccup from any of the 6 when tested monthly by unplugging from the wall for 30+ minutes.
Overall Review: Great price for a silent AVR, Pure Sine Wave, Surge Protection, battery backup, and Gigabit Ethernet. One of the AC units at blew and took out some other appliances/fridge yet none of the devices protected by the CP1500PFCLCD units had an issue. A Monster Cable power strip was taken out by the AC unit blow out though.
Quieter than Stock
Pros: Installed on low power 45 Watt Xeon 1265L V2 and ASROCK mini-itx Z77 inside Mini-box M350 case. Stock Intel cooler was aluminum instead of copper. A few degrees cooler. Low 30C vs 33C at idle. Fan is a quieter "hum" vs the stock higher "fan" noise level. Seperate paste package and seal cover on copper heat sink are a plus also!
Cons: Remember to set the bios fan setting to "Auto" instead of "FULL". The clicks for push pin install were barely audible, push on the 2 opposite pins gently for easier install.
mSata II for Dell?
Pros: The Dell m17x R4 may have Sata II for the mSata port so my previous review may need a big asterisk! The "8192" results from ATTO are read/write ( using defaults of 256mb, Overlapped I/O, Queue 4) OCZ Vertex 3 120gb = 550MBs / 512 MBs Samsung 830 240gb = 546MBs / 410 MBs Muskin Atlas mSata 240gb = 283MBs / 265 MBs RAMDrive w/DataRam Ramdisk 4gb = 4,034MBs / 3,363 MBs *Ram GSkill @ 2196 Mhz peaked at 32k
Cons: See previous post.