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This review is from: Linksys EA6400 AC1600 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router
Pros: Other than a bit of a lack of packaging of the router box in the shipping box not being great the router I received looked new, had plastic protector film on it, came with small instructions, ethernet cable, power plug and the router itself.
Seems to do everything that any Linksys router can normally do if you just want the basics to function well. Two separate 2.4ghz and 5ghz networks if you need them. They are, however, still connected internally (i.e. things on the 2.4ghz network can see things on the 5ghz network and vice versa) The Interface is pretty fast. Guest network can be configured if you are in need of that feature. Individual devices can be controlled but I didn't test much with that feature. It can be set up to act as a bridge with the factory firmware. I do not know how well this functions as I did not test it. Individual websites can be blocked. You can plug in USB devices/storage which I have not yet tested either. Gigabit hard wired router is a great bonus as I have all 5 ports used to plug devices without WiFi in or simply cut back on the amount of wireless traffic.
For my needs this router is working great so far. Been up for about a month and have not had to reset it or do any other additional configuring since day one. My setup is approx 15 devices that use both the 2.4ghz and 5ghz networks. I try to put anything that can be on the 5ghz connection and only use devices that still require G or N@2.4ghz on the 2.4ghz connection. Many older N devices have no problem connecting to the 5ghz side that is N and AC. I use MAC filtering and that seems to configure and function well. I have custom DNS settings and I have not noticed if there is a problem with the settings actually working or not.
Cons: The range may be a con for some. Don't expect this to go through multiple floors well or across buildings but in my house it seems to go through the floor and walls comfortably up to about 20 feet and those small micro WiFi adapters can pick it up just fine.
Initially I thought that you are forced to use the cloud based web management. You do not have to use this feature. The setup can get a person confused/angry if they not very tech savvy or not inclined to do Internet searches. First and foremost when getting the thing out of the box connect power to the router and perform a reset. There is a pen-push button on the back. Push it and hold it until reset. Read the instructions for this step or use your favorite search engine. Once it is reset plug it straight in to a computer using one of the 5 LAN ports. Go to 192.168.1.1 in your web broswer and DO NOT check the box the references using Linksys Smart-WiFi setup/Automated Setup/Configuration Wizard. Skip it and acknowledge the warning and you are straight to the management page which will be the local 192.168.1.1 in the URL and not a Linksys page. You never have to use the cloud based management from Linksys or make an account with them. I found this info on multiple web pages which can, again, be found by using your favorite search engine.
Linksys leading you toward the cloud based web management is a con but the fact that you can get around using the feature makes it a pro or neutral at least.
Other Thoughts: I gave this router 4 eggs because it isn't perfect but works fine. No matter how user friendly an electronic device is these days if a person cannot program the clock on their microwave they will not be able to figure out a router and may condemn it for the wrong reasons.
If the router comes dead out of the box it comes dead out of the box. I cannot answer for that. Mine was packaged poorly from Linksys but ultimately undamaged. If a person's lack of troubleshooting, reading and internet searching is leaving them frustrated and wanting to claim this router is garbage or does not work that is on them. The router works when time is taken to configure it properly and you are in no way forced to use Linksys' cloud based web management. You can definitely manage this router solely from an internal standpoint directly from its default 192.168.1.1 IP address.
Linksys/Cisco home routers may have some quality changes for the worse in recent years. In this case, as with the older N and G Linksys routers I have, if all of the extraneous and bonus "features" like the NFC configuration and any other claimed features/automated setup are skipped/ignored the router works fine.
Did mention that you DO NOT have to use the cloud based web management?
Pros: Ordered two BLS8G3N169ES4 for my Macbook Pro 13 inch 2.9 i7 (Macbook Pro 9,2) because of the price, latency and I like Crucial. Booted up in 10.9.1 and recognized 16gb RAM right away. Ran Apple Hardware extended test on all of it without problem. In the short term this ram seems to work as good as any "Apple" labeled memory you can buy and lower CAS 9 latency may prove to be beneficial over the CAS 11 that all DDR3 pc3-12800 "Apple" memory is.
Cons: None for now.
Other Thoughts: I never buy "Apple" branded memory because it tends to cost more for no good reason. Memory companies should stop doing this and just test all their memory in all newer Macs just like they take the time to test it with dozens of different chipsets, motherboards and processors on the PC side. Maybe I am just fantasizing.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ADATA 16GB UV128 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (AUV128-16G-RBY)
Pros: Inexpensive. Transfers at listed speeds (15+ write 40+ read) when plugged into USB 3.0. it does spike nearly double that in transfer speeds for short periods of transfer. Suspect it depends on file type/size. Transfers faster than any USB 2.0 drive I have ever used when used on USB 2.0 computers as an added benefit.
Cons: None at this point.READ FULL REVIEW