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Pros: - Reasonably small, simple and not an eye sore.
- Can provide the ability to extend range.
- Setup is extremely easy. (See cons)
- Adds range, but not "a lot" of range. Placement is more critical with this unit (compared to others).
Cons: - Setup while being "easy", may require a few attempts to get it going. Once it's going - appears to be stable.
- Seems to have more sensitivity to interference.
- Doesn't add "vast" range.
Other Thoughts: - Depending on locations and items between AP and extender, speed and connectivity will vary. Moving the device from one wall to another made a notable difference. Likely an artifact of what was between the AP and the extender. May require a couple of tries to locate the optimal position (outlet location), signal strength, etc.
- Given size of the unit and it's two antennas you are dedicating the outlet to this unit. Would not want to keep moving the antennas 'down and up' to plug/unplug other items. The antennas are "tight" and over time may not stay in position, could also break.
- When looking for optimal gain, look to determine a location of reasonable signal (too little signal to the existing AP will surely result in frustration). Make sure that the unit has enough signal (to the existing AP) so that it is able to extend the signal reasonably. During a couple tries, realized that it needed more signal in order to achieve reasonable performance. (This should be resolved by moving it closer/better position to the AP - not increasing the transmission power of the AP)
Pros: - Maintains Linksys styling.
- Setup is reasonably easy and straightforward, most should be able to configure without issue.
- Performance shows that the packet processing potential for multiple devices is obviously present. No noticeable lag or buffering.
- Average range.
- eSATA port is a nice (and welcome) upgrade in contrast to many devices that offer USB. (eSATA, unlike USB - ensures speed, even if there are multiple devices present. USB operates at the speed of the slowest device).
- WiFi AP/Router with this performance capability being "open source ready" is a HUGE positive.
- A nice upgrade compared to some of the prior generation Linksys products.
Cons: - App needs more work before it's truly useful.
- Parental controls are marginal (given usability - they should have been omitted until a later firmware version, when more focus could have been given to them).
- Guest WiFi was enabled by default.
- Very pricey vs. feature set. (Existing features didn't seem "complete" - parental controls being the primary focus. If included, it should be more complete and usable - otherwise should have been excluded).
Other Thoughts: - Custom firmware for this unit is not "ready yet", therefore testing of ability to use 'open source' was not viable.
- Did some testing where if there are a number of APs/WiFi Routers in vicinity where channels would overlap (especially with some signal) that connections seem to be more apt to drop with this unit vs. other units/brands. (Too many folks turn up the transmission power, when they should be turning it *DOWN* in order to achieve optimal operation of wireless devices). Not sure why it appears to be more apt to drop, possibly an artifact of such a 'wide' channel set "VHT160" vs. "VHT80" and other APs creating 'just enough' interference?
- Given price point, would have liked to see the feature set having more 'fit and finish' of the included features.
Pros: - Price point to features
- Standard VESA mounting option
- Good for standard desktop needs
- Simple, straight forward design
- energy efficient
Cons: - Would like to have seen more "weight" in the foot, to ensure that the monitor stays put. Not much effort/minor bump could tip it over. (-1 egg)
- Also tried connecting this to two Apple products (latest gen MacBook Pro and Mac Mini). In both cases, you end up having to run two different profiles: one for "graphics" and one for "everything else". When viewing a high res image file, the colors, shading and lighting isn't "quite right". In order to compensate, you need to create a profile that adjusts for the monitor's artifacts. Once you do so and then view the image again - things look pretty good. However, when the images look pretty good, the text appears to be "blurry" (lines are not "crisp and clean"), switching back to generic profile - the text is clean. Have not seen this issue with other monitors. (Worthy of note is that these artifacts were not as present when attached to a PC - still present, but very minimal in comparison) (-1 egg)
Other Thoughts: - Did not notice the graphics issue (as much) when viewing video at full screen.
- TN generally has good response times, lends itself to gaming.
- If you're looking for a setup of multiple monitors 1x2, 1x3 ... 2x6, it would be reasonable to see this being a good choice. Make sure that the monitors and output profile are adjusted properly. Would expect that to be a very nice setup at a 'more than reasonable' price point.
- Didn't notice anything particularly negative about the monitor's use with a PC, but would avoid it from consideration with an Apple product.
- Does not have speakers. Worth noting that most folks would probably use external speakers (gaming) or are more concerned about picture quality. Given the choice, would prefer that a monitor focus on "being a monitor" and pick up the speakers as a separate item.
- If you are looking for this price point, would not have an issue recommending for use on a PC.