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Linksys EA6900 AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Ok but I wouldn't buy it again 03/30/2014

This review is from: Linksys EA6900 AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router

Pros: -Removable antennas
-One USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port
-Four gigabit ports
-Dual Band
-Looks sleek
-Guest network is nice & works well

I've upgraded my desktop SSD so I have the old SSD in an external enclosure connected directing to the USB 3.0 port of the router (powered by the USB port). I dig this feature a lot because I can move things to hard drive for backup while in the home or transfer to and from the drive while at the office.

I turned the guest network on as a favor to some new neighbors until they were able to get their internet installed. I didn't want to have to change a bunch of settings to prevent them from browsing my music and photos but I wanted to extend a network connection to them until they got moved in and settled and it seemed to work out. I tested thoroughly before I gave them access and the router seemed to keep all my stuff secure. Of course, anything that can be done can also be un-done so I would only do this if you truly have nothing to lose.

Purchase date: 11/29/2013
Review date: 03/30/2014
Modem: Motorola SURFboard SB6121
Service provider: Charter Cable Internet
Location: Billings, Montana
Router hardware version: No idea, not sure how to check but I've read 1.0 is no good, get 2.0 or better

Cons: I had the hardest time figuring out the major differences in internet speeds through the router vs. connected via Ethernet directly to my cable modem. Eventually I settled on the idea that the media prioritization feature was wrecking my connection so I disabled it. After that I would regularly get within 1Mbit of my promised connection speed from my provider.

The 5Ghz connection performance leaves me scratching my head at times. My work laptop, 1 iPhone and 1 Android device all use the 5Ghz wireless but each of them show fluctuating connection strengths at different times for no reason. We live in a 4-plex with an upstairs but constructed of standard wood and drywall (it's not a log home or anything). I can start walking up the stairs and signal drops to 2 bars, reach the top of the stairs and have 1, turn the corner and have 4 or 5. It's interesting, like the router is over loaded or far away but our space is only 1,200 Sq ft.

Lastly, the UI is junk. Great for old people or those that have no idea what they're doing but advanced users will feel it's certainly lacking. Being a two hundred dollar router, I expected a little more than the basic options & functionality.

If you're considering this router, I would re-direct you to the ASUS RT-AC68U instead as it seems to have gotten better reviews and is a bit more stable with an in-depth UI.

  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast, worked and has continued working right out of the box. Samsung Data Migration software worked without issue; transferred data from a 128Gb SSD to this one in about 30 minutes (drive was full). Windows 7 x64 with plenty of stuff to transfer (Lightroom, PS, BF4, BF3, Batman: Arkham Origins, etc) and all of it seems to work fine.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: -No drive bay adapter, purchase is for SSD drive only

-No migration data cable (usually for laptops), purchase is for SSD only

-Somewhat of a cheap feeling enclosure. Don't squeeze it too hard or anything, length wise/width wise handling is fine. Metal on the outside edges, cheap feeling plastic in the middle on the front. Feels like you could crush it?

CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I paid one hundred and ten dollars on 8/9/2010 and the power supply is still going strong. With regular light maintenance (a quick shot of air once in a while), you can trust this PSU to get you there.

In the past it has run my GTX 465, my GTX 680 and it's currently handling my GTX 780 just fine. in 2010 I purchased an SSD (Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5) and it hasn't failed me yet due to power issues, etc. I've changed my ram three times now as well and nothing has given me any issues.

When it was cool and profitable, I ran my machine all the time mining Bitcoin and it handled well. Sometimes the power flicks just ever so slightly and it doesn't fail, it keeps running without shutting down. Wife turns on the vacuum in the same room and the lights dim slightly for a brief second, no weird noises or anything either.

Cons: None.


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Display Name: Joel S.

Date Joined: 02/05/08

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  • First Review: 08/20/10
  • Last Review: 03/30/14
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