Joined on 06/27/02
Good performance, single band router
Pros: The router has a small footprint, external antennas for wireless, login/password info printed on unit's bottom, decent and fast basic setup for the non tech savvy buyer. The Basic Dashboard gives a quick and convenient overview of the router's setup condition and status. The back panel connections are obvious, with the four outputs being 1 Gig, and it has a USB connection for external devices (see Cons: about USB connection). Guest Zone is a nice touch, especially as it has allow/deny for main network access or isolation. Denying main network access allows guests Internet use only. Reasonably responsive to browser-based control, unlike some I've used. The router is speedy enough, and wireless has good range and works well.
Cons: No manual included, not even on CD; it has to be downloaded. There is a quick start guide, but it's VERY basic. USB connection for external devices is blue, leaving one to assume it's USB3. It is not. I was only able to get it to recognize a memory stick formatted for NTFS - sticks formatted FAT or in a MAC were not recognized. The manual says it will recognize FAT format - it will not. Not the end of the world, but I don't like it when the manual says something and it isn't so. Wish wireless LED could be made to stop flashing - it's blue, bright, and distracting. The Attached Devices screen doesn't show my printer (which has a hard coded IP and is plugged into the router), nor the two Netgear WNR2000v2 wireless repeaters I have in the system. The WNR2000v2 router which this replaced showed everything. When set up for wireless repeaters, with this unit acting as base station, only WEP security can be used, and wireless speed is limited to 54 Mbs. I don't know if this is a networking standard limitation, or a Netgear limitation. But be aware of it - setting things up with a wireless repeater limits your wireless speed to 54Mbs.
Overall Review: The negatives listed are relatively minor, and with the exception of wireless being limited to 54 Mbs when in repeater mode, inconsequential. Be sure to update the firmware before doing anything else. Mine came with early firmware 18.104.22.168_1.0.1, and updated to 22.214.171.124_1.0.8. Update procedure from inside the web control app through the Netgear server was fast and seamless, or you can download the update and install it from your hard drive. You must reboot your modem in order to get everything recognized. Yes, it's a pain, but things won't work until you do it. Make sure anything you plug into the USB connection is formatted NTFS or it won't be recognized. At $40 after rebate, this is a very good mid-level single band router.
Decent but nothing special, except for...
Pros: Simple setup, dual band, has the new very high speed 802.11AC 'standard' (see other thoughts*) plus it's backward compatible with all other wireless standards, four gig LAN connections, decent range of security and other options, ZyXEL brand known for quality products, good length warranty, pretty good looking industrial design.
Cons: Very old fashioned UI for setup (reminds me of Windows 3.1). Unlike every router I've ever owned, most changes when applied require a full reboot. Wireless range was less than expected. The radio power toggle forces a reboot (this was really annoying). No USB connection for external devices (which is pretty much standard at this price level on other routers). The WPS button can easily accidentally reset the thing to factory defaults necessitating a reconfiguration. Once you're set up to your satisfaction, save your configuration just in case.
Overall Review: Setup was very easy. Performance was average for wireless range; I loaded a wi-fi sniffer on my Android phone and walked around the property to check signal strength. My house is lath and plaster, with wire mesh in the walls, so wireless range has always been a bit troublesome for me. The 5 GHz band was as good for me as the 2.4 GHz. I would have liked to have an 802.11AC dongle included with the test unit so I could actually test that function. *Keep in mind that 802.11AC is currently not approved by the standards committee, although the specs have been frozen. The price seems a bit high for the performance unless you can use the 802.11AC If you're thinking about stepping up to the 802.11AC standard, this is a decent router to consider.
I like it!
Pros: Integrates well with my Samsung S9+ phone. Lots of features. Versatile configuration options. Good battery life. Good included wireless charger. Overall a surprisingly nice device.
Cons: Haven't found many so far. The manual, as all Samsung manuals, is sparse. Really, really sparse which means a lot of Internet searching to figure stuff out. There's something in there about it being LTE compatible and using a 'cloning' function to duplicate your phone's SIM card, but I can't find any info on it so far, not how to clone, nor how to use it, nor whether TMobile is going to want a separate account with bigger billing for it.
Overall Review: I waited a long time to get a 'connected smart watch'. This was not the latest model, but over a couple of years of being available got many very good reviews, and when it was on sale for essentially half price, I grabbed one. I'm still figuring out some stuff, and am sure I won't be using half the long list of features. I'm older with a need for reading glasses that I don't wear all the time. Many of the features are just too small on the display unless you have really good close vision and small fingers. Nonetheless, I like it.
So far so good
Pros: Small, quiet, has all the connections I needed. Reasonably priced. 3 year warranty.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I bought this to replace an Antec supply that had its 5 volt standby output fail, which prevented it from turning on. I now have an Antec graveyard here with at least three of their supplies that have gone bad after the warranty was up. Not a good sign. I'm done with Antec, so decided to try this EVGA in an older smaller machine set up with Win10 as a Plex server. Unpacked it, dropped it into place, connected up what needed connecting, and in about 15 minutes the machine was up and running again. I'm hopeful it lasts past the three year warranty.
Amazing value for the money
Pros: Nice picture, adjustments work, EXCELLENT versatile stand, these were a LOT more expensive when new from Dell. Dell makes some very nice monitors in general, and these are no exception.
Cons: None so far (it's been about five months of daily use).
Overall Review: Bought two of these for a dual monitor DVI setup. For refurbs, they were reasonably clean with very good blemish-free screens. One had more hours than the other, but available adjustments allowed them to be matched very nicely. Packed very well in heavy duty boxes. Very pleased with them overall, especially at the price. I would have loved to drive them at 72Hz, but they won't display at that rate - that's not a negative, since they're spec'd at 60 Hz, it's just an observation.
Decent quality well made streamer, but works differently than most.
Pros: Supports various HDR formats and top end audio formats including ATMOS (albeit weirdly - see below). Seems to support more HDR and audio modes than any other streamer so far. Sleek remote with rechargeable (non-user replaceable) batteries. The voice recognition on it is very good. As always with Apple stuff, superb industrial design.
Cons: Expensive. For a one trick pony, far more expensive than it needs to be at close to $200. Weird audio decoding - it decodes internally, then sends the audio out as multi channel PCM, often pushing my Denon AVR into a mode I hadn't seen before ("Multi-In"). As with all things Apple, they consider the end user to be a tech-idiot; if you're not one, be sure to go through the Setup once it's running, and check if the defaults they select are what you want. They weren't what I wanted. They FORCE HDR mode on their menus, which means all kinds of glitching/flashing when you select a stream that's in a different (or no) HDR mode. There is no manual included, and the one online hasn't been updated since 2016 AND is only available to download in some Apple format that needs iTunes or something to see. Could that have been any MORE of a stupid and arrogant decision on Apple's part? Or are they admitting that the thing is so wildly overpriced that only Apple fanbois will buy it? There is an online version, but it's old, tired, explains almost none of the options, and was clearly written several firmware revisions back. Far too many video output format options. FAR TOO MANY. With no explanation of how one or another affects what you are seeing. Conspicuous by its absence: an "Auto" video mode that simply sends out the best images your display can support (all HD/UHD displays can be queried to say what modes they support). Apple knows what's best for you, and it's either no options or far too many with zero explanation. I don't like the way the main display aggregates various sources without telling you from which service a given show is originating. So if, like me, you have several sources (Prime, Netflix, HBO Go, and Disney+), shows will appear on the main page with no indication where they came from, nor whether (like just about anything you actually want to watch on Prime) you have to pay to "rent" or "buy" the show/movie.
Overall Review: I've owned Rokus, UHD Fire devices, and now this thing. The first day I had the thing, I hated it. I was ready to pack it up and send it back. I decided to play with it a second day, and got to like it better. I have a little more time to decide whether to return it, and the jury is still somewhat out.