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TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Dual Band Wireless N600 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 300Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: First off, I should say that the first thing I did with this out of the box was to put DD-WRT on it, so I CANNOT speak to the quality of the factory firmware.
I had done my research before buying this model, and was reasonably confident that there was good compatibility. I found some posts on the DD-WRT forums suggesting build 23919, and it's worked perfectly.

+ Throughput is great
+ Connection is solid
+ I even got my USB printer hooked up as a network printer without too much trouble (and it didn't require any SSH or Telnet hacking either!).
+ Gigabit Ethernet ports
+ Got it on sale for only $40

Cons: - Can only host a USB external HDD at speeds of about 5 MB/s. I think this is a result of the weak single-core processor, but regardless, it's too slow to be used for a media NAS. Not enough to knock an egg off, since it wasn't one of the reasons I went with this model. If you just wanted to save documents or small stuff, it'd be fine doubling as a NAS.
- The model with 450 Mbit 5GHz radio just went on sale for only $5 more than I paid for this. Oh well.

Other Thoughts: DD-WRT makes this thing a beast. Make sure you do the factory-to-DD-WRT flash FIRST, and you'll have no issues.

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TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Dual Band Wireless N600 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 300Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: First off, I should say that the first thing I did with this out of the box was to put DD-WRT on it, so I CANNOT speak to the quality of the factory firmware.
I had done my research before buying this model, and was reasonably confident that there was good compatibility. I found some posts on the DD-WRT forums suggesting build 23919, and it's worked perfectly.

+ Throughput is great
+ Connection is solid
+ I even got my USB printer hooked up as a network printer without too much trouble (and it didn't require any SSH or Telnet hacking either!).
+ Gigabit Ethernet ports
+ Got it on sale for only $40

Cons: - Can only host a USB external HDD at speeds of about 5 MB/s. I think this is a result of the weak single-core processor, but regardless, it's too slow to be used for a media NAS. Not enough to knock an egg off, since it wasn't one of the reasons I went with this model. If you just wanted to save documents or small stuff, it'd be fine doubling as a NAS.
- The model with 450 Mbit 5GHz radio just went on sale for only $5 more than I paid for this. Oh well.

Other Thoughts: DD-WRT makes this thing a beast. Make sure you do the factory-to-DD-WRT flash FIRST, and you'll have no issues.

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DELL Laptop Inspiron i15RM-5127sLV Intel Core i5 4th Gen 4200U (1.60 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Got this laptop for my fiancée to replace her dying 15" HP laptop. Newegg was having a sale on this one, so I decided to take a gamble and pull the trigger, despite there being no reviews. I'm pleased with the result.

+ Attractive chassis, very nice silver color
+ Great webcam--smooth video and pretty good in low light
+ Fast, low-TDP i5 CPU makes for great performance without the battery drain of a 35-watt part of previous generations
+ 8 GB of DDR3L 1600 RAM is plenty for a laptop, and lends a lot to a crisp, snappy user experience
+ Battery life is really good, about 8 hours of light use (web browsing + spotify) on a full charge, thanks to the aforementioned CPU
+ 10-key number pad is really nice. In my mind, there's no excuse for having a 15" or larger chassis and NOT having a numpad.
+ Dedicated L/R touchpad buttons, especially since I dislike the tap-to-click functionality of most touchpads... I always seem to be clicking when I don't mean to with them.
+ Has the option to switch the default behavior of the F1-F12 keys and their alternate FN key invoked functions in the BIOS. This means tapping those keys performs their media functions, and holding the FN key triggers F1-F12 behavior. Nice to have the choice.

Cons: I like this model a lot, hence the 5-egg rating. But no product is without flaws, so here are the ones that I found:

- Does not come with any media discs. It's exceedingly rare for a manufacturer to include Windows media, but I was irked that it didn't even come with a driver disc. You can easily get the drivers on Dell's site, though.
- Dedicated L/R touchpad buttons have a little more of a hard click than I would prefer. Definitely a nitpick, but something I noticed.
- Keyboard is not backlit. Can't drop an egg for that, since it's usually only on more expensive notebooks and ultrabooks.
- 1366x768 resolution. Why this became standard, I struggle to understand. I'm glad to see more and more computers (though not this one) with higher resolutions, because I'm tired of seeing every single 5" phone on the market having a higher resolution than most laptop screens. It makes no darn sense to me. Would have been nice to see this one have 1600x900 or thereabouts.

Other Thoughts: The first thing I did was swap in a Samsung Evo SSD with Windows 7 on it. After I disabled Secure Boot in the BIOS, it runs just fine. Windows 7 did not readily have the drivers for either network interface, so I had to grab them from Dell's site with another computer and bring them over on a flash drive. After that, I downloaded the rest of the missing drivers--mostly for chipset and USB 3 stuff. I was able to get all the drivers I needed for Windows 7 x64 from Dell, even though the model comes with Win8 installed.

I wanted to include details about this item that were either missing or incorrect on Newegg's full details page for this item:

> Battery is 6-cell, NOT a 4-cell as the description indicates.
> Laptop weight is right around 5 lbs. As I said, I swapped out the HDD for a slightly lighter SSD right away, so the out-of-box weight is probably about 5.1 lbs.

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Display Name: Kenneth W.

Date Joined: 02/01/09

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 05/13/09
  • Last Review: 01/07/15
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