Date Joined: 10/24/06
Pros: For a few years I have used this in various configurations alone and with other adapters, and it has never not worked.
Cons: None that I have seen
Overall Review: Simple, does what it says and lives up to and sometimes has exceeded my expectations.
Pros: This thing has endurance. I have had it running for almost 7 months and have had to only reset it once, almost 100% uptime since I turned it on the first time and plugged it in. Truly plug-and-play, extremely reliable. My unit stays very cool, contrary to what some other reviewers have reported. As fast as a 10/100 switch can be for home use.
Cons: It doesn't make me breakfast.
It is too light.
4 usable ports when up-linked to another switch/router, I knew and expected this before I bought it so no eggs knocked off the rating.
Overall Review: UPDATE Sept. 2019: Both of these that I bought back in 2010 are still humming along. I never have to reset them. They literally always work, and are truly "invisible" (strictly layer-2 store-and-forward) on my home network as a simple unmanaged switch should be. The 8 port model is garbage compared to this. I always forget these exist then sometimes notice the link/act lights and go oh yeah, those are a thing. Perfection.
This is the best switch I have ever used at this price point. Rosewill makes some super awesome products at the right price.
Pros: UPDATE: Would buy another of these. Killer WIFI and ultra-stable ethernet that has been feeding downstream switches that have 8-10 servers humming along at any given moment.
Been running this for 6 or 7 months as a wireless AP+Bridge and heavily utilize the 2 USB ports for device backups (phones, tablets, desktops, laptops, etc) and it performs beyond my expectations every day.
Supports custom firmware (padavan/rt-n56u on BitBucket) that gives more control than the stock firmware and has a nicer interface.
Got it on sale here at Newegg for way less than it's worth; I'd have no hesitation buying another one of these at twice the price and it would still be a good deal.
The overall integration of features and stellar and consistent performance over such a long time makes this probably the best WAP/Bridge/Router I have ever owned.
Supports an astounding amount of simultaneous video and music streaming (1 netflix 4k stream and 2 1080p netflix streams, 2-3 music streams, facetime, etc), downloads, and other traffic (twitter, snapchat, facebook, etc) without issue from the 3 repeater nodes and AP SSID that feed this connections. This thing puts the more expensive Buffalo AirStation router (that actually acts as my router) to shame since it provides equivalent or better performance at a significantly lower price point, and looks nicer too.
Cons: I've run into some weird situations with permissions on the SMB shares that I have configured on this, but not enough to take an egg off.
SMB server requires restarts once or twice a week if load becomes super excessive.
Overall, these issues are almost trivial compared to the issues I have had with countless other wireless networking devices.
Overall Review: I rate this 4.8/5. It is a fantastic device and have recommended it to colleagues, family, and friends many times.
Pros: UPDATE: Upgraded this to an SSD and it screams. This thing is like lightning. Awesome. Nothing in this laptop has yet failed.
I got this as a gift for my wife and she has used it quite a bit over the years.
I upgraded this to Windows 8.1, then 10, at the first opportunity; Windows 8 was absolutely awful.
I also upped the RAM to 8GB. 4GB is pretty measly these days and can barely even support web browsing and MS Office concurrently. The cache SSD allows full startup to be lightning fast (normally less than 10 seconds), and the 500GB HDD is fine for most normal use.
The clickpad is AWESOME - only with the right driver though. Otherwise it turns into a touchpad that you'd have been more likely to find on a laptop from 10 years ago. A real pain to install the driver on Windows 10, but after I got it working it has been nice. The SmartGesture software allows smooth natural movements and actions, and is very high quality.
On a closing note, the touchscreen is responsive and vibrant, and the Intel graphics can (amazingly) play Diablo 3 and Space Engineers. This is a nice little machine with a couple upgrades, and was a great deal overall.
Cons: Sound is lacking, even though it's not totally horrible.
Click pad is almost useless without the additional software.
The keyboard is super average even though it looks really nice; the key action is weak.
Pros: UPDATE 2: 2 years after my previous update and this thing is still powering through network traffic as a bridge between my main router and some devices on our lower floor.
UPDATE: I have used this off and on for the last 4 years and it has proven to continue to be useful. It has never crashed or required really any maintenance at all. It now acts as a client bridge node in my home network which handles 1+ TB network traffic per month. It makes me really sad that Rosewill stopped making these; I would buy another.
Where do I start. This is one of the best routers you can get for the price, and is probably more reliable than some routers that are twice the cost.
With the ability to install dd-wrt or OpenWRT, you can really use this for basically any network setup imaginable.
The MIMO is great and provides enough bandwidth to easily handle multiple iPads, iPods, and desktops for video streaming and chatting.
I have a slightly advanced home network setup, with this acting as the DNS and DHCP relay, as well as MAC filter, for the wireless network which is controlled by a NETGEAR repeater-ish thing. One thing I was looking for was the ability to assign the WAN port to the switch, and using dd-wrt with this, that was easily fulfilled.
32MB RAM and 4MB ROM allow dd-wrt to run quite smoothly. The atheros chipset easily handles a steady, moderate network load without any interruptions or connection loss for 10+ devices.
This is a really high-quality consumer device. For non-consumer implementations, if you have more than 20-30 devices connecting into your wireless network, or especially wired via a switch, this probably isn't adequate.
Cons: Even the default firmware is relatively complicated to set up. If you install dd-wrt or OpenWRT, the level of configuration is almost overwhelming for an experienced user. Not trying to scare anyone off, but if you aren't experienced in network setup and want to implement anything but the simplest network setup, be prepared to put in 15 to 60 minutes for this, depending on how quickly you learn new tech stuff.
Overall Review: The NETGEAR extender that connects to this is not very good, and when these come back in stock I may buy another to replace the repeater-ish NG thing with a legitimate wireless repeater.
Pros: This thing is unbelievably powerful.
That power translates to the most reliable signal from any router I have so far owned; I have previously owned somewhere between 14 and 17 routers from Linksys, tp-link, zonet, engenius, rosewill, Buffalo, and Asus, all of varying quality and price ( from twenty dollars up to one hundred fifty ) and this blows everything else I've ever used out of the water, even when combining some of the others in a multi-node repeater-based mesh.
I used to have a relatively complicated setup in my house that comprised of 3 repeaters and a primary router to reliably cover 3000 sq ft, but this does the whole job, including the basement, outdoor areas, carport, and garage all on it's own. What a beastly machine.
This device can handle my family's 25+ connected devices with ease, even with one 4k stream and 2 1080p streams on Netflix simultaneously. It helps to have 100x100 fiber, but it's still a large percentage of the total available bandwidth. To give you a clearer picture of the number of devices regularly active on my home network: 2 tablets, between 4 and 6 phones depending on who is home, sometimes more if friends are over, 2 TV's, a PS3, a client AP that serves a ps2 and is a backup for one of the TV's, 3 DirecTV receivers, 2 Wiis, 5 echo's, 2 to 4 laptops, 2 desktop computers, another client AP connecting a 16-port switch with 8 servers one of which hosts our VoIP provider, and another client AP that serves as special-use NAS through it's USB interface.
Via this router's smart connect feature that load-balances all three bands across one SSID, I have never had to reboot this in 4 months because of performance, and nobody has complained of slow performance since I fired this beast up.
Also has a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 port so as to act as a NAS or print server; I use it solely for my NAS.
In terms of the web interface and configuration, it doesn't get any better. The GUI is modern, fast, and navigation and settings are intuitive and friendly. Advanced settings offer all the flexibility I need for port triggering, forwarding, IPv6, firewall settings, logging, traffic monitoring, and static DHCP address allocation.
Cons: Weird issues with SMB shares and - character in paths corrupting my NAS; could just be that the hard drives are defective though, not sure of the root cause yet.
The LED panel in front won't come back on after the last update removed the on/off switch and replaced it with a night/day schedule; before the last update I had turned the LEDs off.
Overall Review: This thing is giant. And heavy.
Pros: Charges relatively quickly (3-4 hours) and gives usually 6 full charges to various devices we have.
Awesome performance. Charges devices fast.
Cons: Has a special AC Adapter.
Pros: This has been in my family's service for about 5 years and has always worked very well.
The sensor is very sensitive and the attachment system allows putting it in nearly any situation and working nicely, including awnings, fences, ad-hoc areas, etc.
The super long cable for the solar panel allows this to be placed where the sun doesn't reach, which is a huge plus.
The lights are super bright.
Cons: none I can think of.
Overall Review: My cat gets annoyed by this.
Pros: Aside from the driver issues, this device has proven to be a really good wireless adapter with strong signal, rarely has any disconnects or hiccups, and has a nice design.
The detachable antenna is a super awesome bonus.
Cons: In both Linux and Windows the drivers are buggy.
In Linux, it doesn't crash but if my machine goes to sleep, I have to unplug this and plug it back in to get it to work.
In Windows, the driver regularly (1-2 times a week) causes BSODs with the error "KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILED."
Overall Review: The rating is for the device... including the drivers I would give this a 3/5.
Could honesly just be my mobo though. I got a Netis adapter and it suffers from similar, but not identical, symptoms.
Pros: The boom mic comes off and is directional which results in better experiences overall.
Awesome sound that is very balanced and crisp.
The ear pads are super comfortable.
Cons: mic on/off switch has occasionally been a little sketchy
Pros: Decent key action with a nice mouse.
Cons: None. Doesn't have a slide-out cup holder? lol
Pros: Charges my phones up (Moto X 2nd Gen and a Droid Mini) super fast, and 5 to 6 full phone charges in one power bank charge.
The little flashlight is a super nifty awesome bonus.
Cons: Takes FOREVER to change. Like, usually about 6-8 hours.
Overall Review: Would buy another. Having this when I'm running low on juice is invaluable.
Pros: Provides about 9 hours of battery life. Super awesome.
Cons: Sticks out really, really far. Not that big of a deal I guess.
Overall Review: Got this to replace dead stock battery.
Pros: Arctic Silver keeps my machines running efficiently and smoothly. It is truly the best thermal compound I've ever used.
Pros: Even over USB 2 these things are blazing fast. Couldn't ask for more, really.
The size is more than enough for system image backups with enough space left over for other misc. stuff.
I've been running 2 of these for about 6 months and routinely forget they exist because of their stability and they are almost zero-noise thanks to the little rubberized feet.
Cons: Not 1TB at the same price? lol.
Pros: Works and looks exactly like the cable that came with the device. I truly can't tell the difference (maybe this is actually OEM?).
Charges my Charge in about an hour like the original cable as well.
Cons: Nothing bad to say about this.
Pros: Works great as a replacement drive. It's the same size as the last one that started to die, so I was able to raw-copy from drive-to-drive and have the machine back up and running in a relatively short amount of time.
Hitatchi storage products are usually high quality. The one I received is as such.
Overall Review: Perfect drop-in replacement. I love it.
Pros: AData flash memory is great. I've come to really trust it as I've never had problems with the 9 or 10 various AData flash products I've bought.
High capacity at a low price, USB3 allows fast transfers of large files.
Pros: This stuff is rock-solid and high-performance. I'd guess it will probably outlive the CPU that's in the box this memory is in.
Overall Review: G.Skill RAM has always exceeded my expectations, especially for the price.
Pros: Supports 2.4ghz-to-5ghz bridge configuration.
Multiple plug styles (wall style or base style)
Cons: Overheats all the time and stops responding until I unplug it for about 30 minutes to let it cool down. This happens in my house which is normal about 68 degrees F, which seems a little ridiculous.
Becomes randomly unresponsive when not under load and connections drop all the time.
Basically worthless aside from its nice features.
Overall Review: Would not recommend this device unless it's for a network with no gaming, audio, or video streaming traffic.
Pros: This thing is pretty slick. I got it for my wife's laptop and it has stood up to years of use.
Cons: Wish there was more space for a larger power adapter.
Pros: Super comfortable.
The wrist pad is perfect softness and height for both myself and my wife.
Pros: I got this a few years ago for my wife and she still uses it.
No problems with it, ever, even though it's an older version of android.
Really no slowness to speak of either.
The screen is vibrant and surprisingly almost as responsive as the current devices on the market.
Pros: Plug and play. With an AT-to-PS2 adapter I can use all my favorite 20-year-old keyboards, or I can use random old stuff that would otherwise get tossed.
Works every time, all the time.
Does exactly what it says it does.
Pros: The router acts as it should given the price and hardware. It's nothing special, but it is a powerful machine. dd-wrt is as expected. Everything is basically exactly what I expected upon purchase. It performs well under conditions that are less than ideal and handles massive bandwidth requirements of multiple streaming devices simultaneously.
Getting a 4k TV with Netflix 4k streaming has really tested this and works flawlessly, resulting in my family's monthly bandwidth usage going from about 300gb to 1.3tb with no noticeable impact on overall network performance.
Overall, this is a great primary router for power users that aren't afraid of tuning the router firmware for maximum performance and reliability, or for low-bandwidth households/businesses that want something that is very stable and powerful enough to handle occasional large bursts of traffic with ease at a reasonable price.
Cons: The Buffalo dd-wrt theme and UI is not very good and has been occasionally buggy.
Restoring configuration from backups has failed a couple times.
Last week the router went into a reboot loop of death that required me to re-flash the firmware to get the router going again.
Stock firmware is below-average IMO, but I am a very technical power user and have come to expect something like openwrt or dd-wrt.
Achieving high stability requires constant tuning of configuration over time to figure out which values should be used for a given household or business.
Overall, all these things have had a minimal impact long-term, so only -1 egg.
Overall Review: This router is good because of the simultaneous independent dual-band 802.11g/n wifi, and because it is, overall, extremely stable with proper configuration (which is not easy to achieve and requires tuning for your particular spatial and traffic situation s) even with super high bandwidth requirements.
I would not recommend this router to people that are not familiar with networks and how patterns of usage affect congestion unless the bandwidth requirements are low.
I use this as my gateway/primary router and as the root WAP for additional WAP nodes to bridge off of. It is a great piece of hardware for this purpose, and if it dies some day I hope it's still sold so I can get an exact drop-in replacement.
It has no signs of slowing down yet.