Joined on 06/01/08
Pros: easy to set up (but I've set up several), good range
Cons: doesn't do the advertised 450 Mbps
Overall Review: My 5-year old $15 TL-WR740N finally died, so I replaced it with this. The old one (rated at up to 150 Mbps) usually got me up to 65Mbps speeds on my phone (capable of a, b, g, n, dual band, ac), sometimes up to 130 Mbps on my laptop, got me fair range around the house. The new one (the TL-WR940N) gives me up to 72Mbps on my phone, up to 144 Mbps on my laptop, and substantially better range around the house, maybe won't have to replace dead access point in the garage after all.
WD black not quite what it used to be
Pros: fast, quiet, 5-year warranty
Cons: didn't last 5 years - began to fail at year 4
Overall Review: WD warranty process takes a few days to go through the back and forth email process, plus do the testing and grab the screen shots WD wants, so be sure to have your data backed up elsewhere just in case. Drive failed gracefully, didn't lose any data. Got a replacement drive (recertified) perhaps a week after beginning the Advance RMA process on their web site. Replacement (recertified) drive failed after 8 months, had to point out to WD warranty people that the 5-year warranty on the original drive still wasn't up, still had 2 months to go. At least the recert drive failed gracefully, too, didn't lose any data this time either. The sent me another recertified drive, cost me another $10 to USPS the old one back, let's hope this one lasts longer than 8 months. Observation: Got a box of dead drives in a corner of my workshop. If I didn't have the 5-year WD black drive warranty, these drives would have been the first WD drives added to it. WD black apparently ain't what it used to be.
Pros: lasted 5 years, covered most of my house, can't beat the value received for $15 sale price
Cons: never saw the advertised 150 Mbps speed, most I ever got was 65 Mbps on my smartphone, 130 Mpbs on my laptop
Overall Review: Had to reset the unit now and again in the last year of its 5-year life, more often as the end of the 5th year approached. Very stable and reliable for first 3-4 years, then faded. Fair range around my wood-frame house.