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TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Good Little Router 10/26/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router

Pros: 1. Works well right out of the box
2. Time of day parental restriction
3. Content restriction by keyword
4. Guest network (with a QOS throttle)
5. Basic QOS
6. Clean and intuitive admin interface

Cons: None for a router at this price point, but:
1. Range is only about 90% of much more expensive routers.
2. Switch ports are only 100Mbps
3. Started to choke a little on a large torrent

Other Thoughts: 100Mbps on the switch is not a problem for most. It is mostly useful for heavy traffic between wired computers in the home. There is also the increasing less rare instance of >100Mbps Internet speeds. Buyer should be aware and purchase accordingly.

My issue with a large torrent leads me to believe the memory is more limited than much more expensive models. Other comments regarding multiple streams leads me to believe the processor is more limited than more expensive models. When I say more expensive, I mean $150+.

This router is as good and I believe better than any in this price range. It is not for me, but I think it would be great for a small household. I would say limit to 5-10 wireless devices and a wired computer or two and everything will be fine. Just be aware it does have some limitations when handling a large number of open connections and/or high bandwidth (which is probably no problem with your current Internet speed).

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TP-LINK TL-SG108PE 8-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch with 4-Port PoE
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5 out of 5 eggs Good Quality, Great Value 10/26/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG108PE 8-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch with 4-Port PoE

Pros: 1. It works for what I need it to – 8 ports with 2 using POE for an access point and a camera. Maybe I will add two more cameras.
2. Quality – It is solid, with steel construction that I never see in a device in this tier.
3. Features vs. Price – I am not even using all the features and I am still happy.
4. Heat Dissipation – It operates with very little heat which leads me to believe it will last a long time.
5. I really like the LEDs on TP-Link switches. I can't count how many times I found a mis-pinned cable just by looking at them.

Cons: 1. The power port. It is located on the opposite side from the Ethernet ports. This may work well in a rack, where the power is inserted from the back and the Ethernet ports can be accessed from the front. It doesn’t work in my configuration. This is not a deal-breaker or worth dropping an egg, but I think buyers should be aware. For me, personally, I would rather deal with it than take a chance with another brand.
2. While the metal housing is great for dissipating heat and the unit runs cool, I would prefer a few more vents on the top for air flow.

Other Thoughts: I use all 8 ports on this switch with two ports supplying POE. One for an access point and one for a camera. No issues for a month in operation. All devices have had 100% uptime thanks to the switch being powered by a UPS. We live in Florida and lose power for a few minutes close to ten times a year. I am not considering adding two or even more cameras because it is much easier to just run an Ethernet cable than also a power a cable, not to mention putting the cameras on separate UPSs. POE makes this more palatable and at the price of this switch, I am ready.

More on heat: I have had several (like 20) TP-Link switches over the last ten years or so. I have one setup that has two 8-port switches and they both ran a little hot. One ended up having a few ports fail. I placed the other one on a steel plate for extra dissipation and it is still working today. I replaced the broken one with a newer TP-Link switch that doesn’t generate as much heat. The unit under review does not heat up much even with two POE ports drawing power. Good heat dissipation = lower operating temps = longer life. Except for a few lightning surges, I have never had an electronic device fail that operated cool (or warmish) to the touch. On the flipside, almost every electronic device that operated hot to the touch had a short life. I have had many other brands of switches as well and some of them are just fine, but I can think of three off the top of my head in plastic housings that failed from what I believe to be heat related issues.

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TP-LINK TL-SG108PE 8-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch with 4-Port PoE
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5 out of 5 eggs Good Quality, Great Value 10/26/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG108PE 8-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch with 4-Port PoE

Pros: 1. It works for what I need it to – 8 ports with 2 using POE for an access point and a camera. Maybe I will add two more cameras.
2. Quality – It is solid, with steel construction that I never see in a device in this tier.
3. Features vs. Price – I am not even using all the features and I am still happy.
4. Heat Dissipation – It operates with very little heat which leads me to believe it will last a long time.
5. I really like the LEDs on TP-Link switches. I can't count how many times I found a mis-pinned cable just by looking at them.

Cons: 1. The power port. It is located on the opposite side from the Ethernet ports. This may work well in a rack, where the power is inserted from the back and the Ethernet ports can be accessed from the front. It doesn’t work in my configuration. This is not a deal-breaker or worth dropping an egg, but I think buyers should be aware. For me, personally, I would rather deal with it than take a chance with another brand.
2. While the metal housing is great for dissipating heat and the unit runs cool, I would prefer a few more vents on the top for air flow.

Other Thoughts: I use all 8 ports on this switch with two ports supplying POE. One for an access point and one for a camera. No issues for a month in operation. All devices have had 100% uptime thanks to the switch being powered by a UPS. We live in Florida and lose power for a few minutes close to ten times a year. I am not considering adding two or even more cameras because it is much easier to just run an Ethernet cable than also a power a cable, not to mention putting the cameras on separate UPSs. POE makes this more palatable and at the price of this switch, I am ready.

More on heat: I have had several (like 20) TP-Link switches over the last ten years or so. I have one setup that has two 8-port switches and they both ran a little hot. One ended up having a few ports fail. I placed the other one on a steel plate for extra dissipation and it is still working today. I replaced the broken one with a newer TP-Link switch that doesn’t generate as much heat. The unit under review does not heat up much even with two POE ports drawing power. Good heat dissipation = lower operating temps = longer life. Except for a few lightning surges, I have never had an electronic device fail that operated cool (or warmish) to the touch. On the flipside, almost every electronic device that operated hot to the touch had a short life. I have had many other brands of switches as well and some of them are just fine, but I can think of three off the top of my head in plastic housings that failed from what I believe to be heat related issues.

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Date Joined: 10/05/05

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