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This review is from: NETGEAR Orbi RBK50 High-Performance AC3000 Tri-Band Home WiFi System
Pros: - The full speed, dedicated media bridge mode backhaul network provides full speed wireless.
- Wireless is now full strength throughout my house as well.
- No bright white or blinking lights, suitable for my living room.
- Hardware and firmware has been solid so far.
Cons: - Not overly fond of the speed of the web admin GUI, as well as its lack of monitoring capability, and the log is pretty useless.
- Couple of missing pieces, like guest network. That's coming in future firmware, I don't usually use guest networks anyways.
Other Thoughts: I'm very happy with this product, it is providing the best wireless that I've ever had. There was and initial bump in the configuration, but once I got over that everything after was pretty easy. The satellite checked in with the main router immediately, as described in the quick setup directions. And you can really do minimal configuration and have a fully functional wireless network quickly. I'm a router guy from way back, so I went through all the configuration options and found what I wanted to change. Over the last 3 days, the router and satellite have performed perfectly, no problems. I'm very impressed at this point with the functionality and quality of this hardware. Full speed and full strength wireless throughout my house, first time!
At any rate, 3 days isn't a long time, but I can highly recommend this system at this point. You are paying more than you would pay for a good router and a network extender, but it works a whole lot better. I've tried several of the $150 category network extenders that promise the world, and they've all been less than useful. I think that the price is fair for what you're getting, and the dedicated backhaul network really boosts the performance above any other I've experienced. At the end of the day, it is wireless, so you can expect variations, but I don't see how you can do better in this price class.
The bump that I ran into in configuration was that the main router wouldn't connect with the internet initially. I did various things with resetting my modem and rebooting the router, no dice. Finally I remembered that you used to have to clone your PC address to make your ISP happy with a new router, so I tried that and it came up on the internet immediately. And has not lost connection since. Just for reference, in case anyone else runs into this.
Doesn't use virtual MAC addresses
Cons: Very hard to configure intiially
In ExpressWay mode, can't set channel number that clients see
Other Thoughts: Would recommend over the Netgear equivalent repeater product only because this one doesn't use virtual MAC addresses so might be possible to roam.
Big problem that I'm having is that using "ExpressWay 2.4GHz." mode, you cannot set the 5GHz. channel for client connnection. My main router is set to channel 161, works well in my area. Well, I finally got the RP-AC68U configured, and it seems that the 5GHz. client side is in "Auto" channel mode. I've seen it on channels 40, 44, and 48 so far, unacceptable to me. I want the 5GHz. channel to either be the same as my main router by default, or be able to set the 5GHz. channel manually, which you cannot do for no particular reason that I can see. I view this as a design problem, and will open a ticket with Asus to get this fixed. Not bloody likely, but I'm very unhappy with the situation. I could set the 5GHz. channel with the corresponding Netgear product (wireless-1900ac repeater) in "fastlane" mode, set to my preference of channel 161.
So, like I said, I can just barely recommend this product, only based on the fact that it doesn't use "virtual MAC's", which make it impossible to use roaming at all.
Pros: Fast desktop.
Graphics card matches computer speed.
Lots of memory.
Upgraded power supply for the graphics card upgrade.
Cons: McAfee internet security bundled in.
Other Thoughts: My plan was to upgrade the C: drive to an SSD by migrating the OS on the hard drive that comes with the system. This plan failed when removing McAfee Internet Security (major piece of junk) shredded the OS beyond repair. So I had to buy a copy of Windows 8.1, and install the SSD that way. Also put in a second SSD drive to use as a data disk, since SSD prices have become much more reasonable now.
Don't know why any OEM would include McAfee "security" junk. When I was starting to work on migrating the OS to SSD, it took the system performance down to zero. It wouldn't allow me to download anything that I needed or get into it to adjust its settings, or even temporarily disable it, and was nearly impossible to remove. Be sure to get the special uninstaller from McAfee, that was about the only thing I was allowed to download. So migration of the existing OS was out, had to essentially rebuild the system on SSD, with drivers from Lenovo, but since I've been down that road before a few times, not a problem for me. If I were Lenovo, McAfee couldn't pay me enough to put their junk products on the computers that I sell.
The resulting configuration, Windows 8.1 with two SSD's, runs really well, very fast and quiet. And the graphics, using the GTX 760, match the speed of the computer nicely. Very happy with this desktop as I have it configured. Meets all my media streaming needs well, no problems. Really happy with this system, especially after returning a Dell XPS 8700 that I couldn't upgrade the graphics card on...and the Nvidia GT 720 that was included with the Dell computer just couldn't keep up with the rest of the system.