Router Buying Guide. Things to be considered before buying a new one!

Good evening guys.

I always spend my time at lowyat.net and browse through Networks & Broadband topics. There is one specific hot topic that most people like to ask.

“What is the best router to be replaced with either ageing router or stock ISP provided router?”

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Figure 1: D-LINK DIR 615, UniFi’s first supplied stock router.

Previously on my post, I’ve mentioned that, the things you should have on your checklist to replace your current router. However, in this post, I will summarize it in a simpler way to make users understand even better. Nowadays, most routers do come in the form of dual bands instead of single band router which is considered as an outdated router.

#1 BRANDS

Almost, all of us sure think of the router brand to be purchased from. However, not all the router price from different brands were the same. Some are expensive, yet suitable for long term, some were cheap, but only used for short term, but offers better specification over the other expensive routers.

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Figure 2: Nighthawk LTE Mobile Hotspot Router.

#2 SETTING UP FOR FIRST USE

The most important process before having a good moment with your internet subscription is, the setup process. All the current routers do support our ISP requirements. The setting up the router will be much easier, even for the novice users.

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#3 WIRELESS PERFORMANCE

Nowadays, almost all the new router comes with built-in wireless functionality. With the tremendous demand in Malaysia for wireless routers, most manufacturer focus on developing wireless router with improved specifications and wired router almost left out. However, if you’re staying in a bungalow or a Semi-D house, dedicate a small room for your home network, then, you can opt for Mikrotik wired router and make your home fully wifi-ed with mesh routers that connected to the Mikrotik router.

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Figure 7: Asus Lyra AC2200 Tri-Band Whole-Home Mesh WiFi System.

This is a very important step that should be on your list. Some routers come with huge antenna’s but, the wireless performance of the router will be poor. Some router’s, such as the router that comes with built-in antenna have better wireless coverage compared with the router. I would strongly recommend that, it is advisable to read a router’s review before going and buy the router. Always focus on the wireless benchmarks of the router to get a clear picture of the router.

#5 FIRMWARE UPDATES

The most important feature of the router is, the router should receive frequent updates to improve the current bugs. There are very few router manufacturer that still providing frequent updates for their router including discontinued router. One of the most famous router manufacturer brand that comes in the list are, ASUS.

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Figure 8: TP-LINK Archer C3150v2 Firmware Page.

As an example, ASUS RT-N12 rev. D1 released on 18th August 2013 to the public. Although it has been 5 years since the model debuted on the consumer market, the model still has received firmware upgrades until now.

The firmware of the existing router should receive frequent update as the new patch will fix the security issues and other feature enhancements. If your router manufacturer didn’t issued an update for your router, then it is a serious issue as what happens recently, to a router from Brand X due to poorly coded firmware until the bugs in the existing firmware has to bring forward to the public to highlight the serious security issues on the router.

#6 SECURITY (Anti-Virus)

This is an optional feature that should be in your checklist. Your low end and mid-range router comes with standard security features. However, only high end routers do come with a built-in anti-virus powered by Trend Micro.

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Figure 9: ASUS Ai Protection (Real-Time block).

Okay. This is the most crucial part. There are two types of security that a high end router provides. One is the real-time protection and back-end protection. However, some router manufacturer does implement the security features in their router for a good protection for their consumer.

#FINAL VERDICT#

To summarize the post, these are my honest advice for the most users out there. Most routers do come with gigabit built-in WAN & LAN ports along with dual band wireless feature. Some high end router does provide tri-band wireless feature.

If you are a home user that subscribed to  (10 Mbps – 50 Mbps) packages, then it is highly recommended to buy a dual band router.

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Figure 10: D-LINK Wireless Router AC Specifications.

If you are a home user that subscribed to (100 Mbps – 500 Mbps) packages, it is better to invest in high end dual band wireless router. Although the high end router were quite expensive, but, for best internet performance, then, it is better to buy the high end router. Another reason for such point is due to, high end router’s having better sub-processors for their wireless chip that able to support up to 1Gbps speed.

A good router should have a good processor and large amount of RAM (if and only if you’re planning to build a home network). This is very important because, when a heavy usage occurs, then, the router should work smoothly and shouldn’t freeze as this would affect other activities as well.

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Figure 11: The Broadcom Processor Chip.

A router not only functioned as a route for the digital signals for the devices that connected to it, but, it should act as the first network defense against the harmful malware’s out there.

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Figure 12: The built-in Trend Micro antivirus in Archer C3150v2.

In my opinion, I felt, ASUS router’s performs the best here. It not only blocks the incoming request that contains malware in the form of back-end protection, but it also protects the user from visiting the website that contains malware in the form of real-time protection. To justify my points, please refer here.

Finally, good things don’t come cheap, but it is suitable for long term usage. If you’re a normal user, then it is recommended to get a router in the price range of RM 300 to RM 500 from TP-LINK or ASUS. If you’re a heavy user, it is highly recommended to buy a high end router that priced in the range of RM 700 to RM 1500. In such price range, ASUS router will be the perfect selection.


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What is the difference of Modem and a Router?

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A brief walk-through on the difference between a router and a modem.

Modem:

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Figure 1: The modem functionality in brief.
  • A modem is responsible to bring you the online world to your home device.
  • The internet reads analog signals.
  • Computer, Mobile Phones and Laptops only read digital signals.
  • Hence, the conversion from analog to digital and vice versa is under the responsibility of a modem.
  • A modem demodulates the incoming analog signal from the internet into a digital signal before passed to a computer or a router.

Router:

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Figure 2: The perfect view relationship between a modem and a router.
  • A router is what routes your internet connection to all the connected devices either via wireless or via a physical connection.
  • In general, most manufacturers target two types of customers, home and business (enterprise) based router. The only thing differentiates between a home router and enterprise router is the price, features and security provided. In other word, home routers only have few limited features while the enterprise routers have more features. However, most users still can purchase higher end router for more offered features.
  • Most routers now come with a built-in switch and further can be expanded by adding more devices either via adding an Ethernet switch.
  • Nowadays, there is a router+modem combo device available in the market. A modem+router would have a modem along with a built-in router feature in the a single device.

The word modem means Modulator and Demodulator.

There you go, the difference between a router and a modem.


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Wireless Beast! ASUS RT-N800HP is finally here | Review

Brand: ASUS

Model: RT-N800HP

Router type: Single Band

Firmware Version3.0.0.4.382.50032

Expected SRP Price: RM 359

ISP Package: UniFi-Pro 100Mbps (100dl/50ul) (Thank you Surprise)

Start Date: 16 April 2018

End Date: 20 April 2018

Test Duration (Days): 5 Days

DNS Server: 1.1.1.1 & 1.0.0.1

Wireless Test Distance 1: 15 meters (upstairs)

Wireless Test Distance 2: 20 meters (downstairs)

Device Used: iPhone 7 Plus (Wireless), ASUS ROG752VT (Wireless), PC (LAN Connection)

External Link: Youtube


Hello everyone.

Today we’re going to review on the ASUS RT-N800HP router. This router made especially for those who wish for more coverage in terms of wireless connectivity. Does this router deliver what it claims? Let’s move into the review of this router.

#1 PACKAGING

Before un-boxing:

The router box has a decent design which highlight’s most of the features of the router. The specifications of the router given on the left hand-side of the box.

After un-boxing:

The router comes with four non-detachable antenna, in other word, you cannot replace the antenna with other supported antenna’s.

The router is a single-band router, but, it comes with a single gigabit WAN port and four gigabit LAN ports. The router doesn’t have a USB port, hence, this router cannot be used for USB sharing and its features.

The router has ventilation holes on the side of the router to allow the movement of hot air to the outside, thus keeps the router to stay cool without damaging its internal components.

#2 SPECIFICATIONS

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Figure 7: Specifications of the router.

#3 SETTING UP FOR FIRST USE

The router has a straight forward setup. It is understandable for novice users.

Your Unifi username and password should be “xxxxx@unifi” and “13-characters password”. If you’re not sure your username and password, you can get the username into your existing router by logging to the admin interface, or you can give a call to the Unifi hotline to retrieve the username and password. Just keep the username and password carefully.

Finally, once all the required field fulfilled, you can finish the setup successfully. The router will take around a minute before reboot by applying your settings before be directed to the admin login interface automatically.

#4 ADMINISTRATION INTERFACE WALK-THROUGH

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The router does come with basic features. You can tweak the wireless and other relevant settings via the panel given.

#5 WIRELESS PERFORMANCE

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Figure 15: The wireless settings.

Now, let’s get into the most interesting part of the test. Wireless performance.

For this test, we will be comparing this router, with a high end Brand X router that has MU-MIMO features and higher specification compared with the ASUS RT-N800HP. We will further separate this part into two. Distance (m) vs. Brands.

Device: ASUS ROG 752VT – 2.4GHz Wireless Test

Distance (Static): 8m from the router – Upstairs.

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Figure 16: Brand X Wireless test result.
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Figure 17: ASUS RT-N800HP Wireless test result.

Device: IPhone 7 Plus – 2.4GHz Wireless Test

Distance: 3m (Brand X & Asus RT-N800HP) – Upstairs close to the router.

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Distance: 15m (Brand X & Asus RT-N800HP) – Upstairs.

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Distance: 25m (Brand X & Asus RT-N800HP) – Downstairs.

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The outcome of the conducted wireless test:

Based on the wireless speed-test, the numbers speak for themselves. The router does promise what it claims to be. I amazed that, I can full speed from the ASUS router even at the distance of 25m. It performs well due to its high quality 7 dBi antenna. Hence, Asus RT-N800HP performs better than the higher end Brand X router that I am using currently.

Device: PC (30m Cat6 Ethernet Cable).

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Figure 30: LAN speedtest result of Brand X.

 

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Figure 31: LAN speedtest result of ASUS RT-N800HP.

#6 ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES

Advantages of RT-N800HP

  • Great design.
  • 4x7dBi antennas.
  • Stable.
  • Large ventilation holes at the both side of the router for airflow.
  • Comes with 1xWAN Gigabit Port & 4xLAN Gigabit port.
  • Able to handle 10 connected devices at one time with ease.

Disadvantages of RT-N800HP

  • No USB port.
  • Non-detachable antenna’s.
  • Small RAM capacity

Comparison w/ other routers (Only Wireless 2.4GHz)

Brand X

Advantage:

  • Great specifications
  • Available in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz band
  • Intermediate wireless coverage

Disadvantage:

  • Unstable speed
  • The connection sometimes halt

#FINAL VERDICT#

First of all, the router is easy to setup and very straight forward. For most of the novice users, they easily set the router up with given guidance. Next, the router does come with a powerful dual core CPU, which is better than most commercial routers out there in the same price range of this router. This router offers basic features to its users.

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Figure 32: The operation mode of the router.

Secondly, the router has excellent wireless coverage and suitable for larger houses, Semi-D houses, and small houses, of which has a few dead spots. I am amazed that, this router does perform better than ASUS RT-N14UHP router in terms of wireless coverage, although its small bro has 9dBi dual antennas. The router does support IPv6 and VPN supports.

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Figure 33: The router flashing its little led’s.

To summarize the points, this is the router specifically made for the users who wish to abandon the dual band router supplied by major ISP’s in Malaysia and replace with the routers which is affordable, yet promising excellent wireless coverage for budget users and users who using wireless internet to browse through the internet.

Hence, this router does deliver what it claims. If you don’t plan to use a 5GHz band (Dual Band) based router, then, ASUS RT-N800HP is the answer for your wireless router alternative. This router doesn’t need a wireless extender since it is a built-in beast for those who seeks for wireless coverage.

My Recommendations: 9.5 / 10

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ASUS BLUE-CAVE AC2600 DUAL BAND WIRELESS ROUTER [The best buck router you can get!!!] | REVIEW

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I would like to thank ASUS MALAYSIA for supplying the review sample“, – TechCyn.


Today we are going to look on ASUS BLUE-CAVE AC2600 Dual-Band Wireless Router.

Brand: ASUS

Model: BLUE-CAVE AC2600

Firmware version3.0.1.4.383.19145 (Latest pre-loaded out of the box)

ISP Package: UniFi-Pro 100Mbps (100dl/50ul) (Thank you Surprise)

Start Date: 1 April 2018

End Date: 11 April 2018

Test Duration (Days): 10 Days

Distance from router (Wireless): 15m (upstairs), 19m (downstairs)

Device used: iPhone 7 Plus (2.4GHz & 5GHz), ASUS ROG752VT (2.4GHz & 5GHz), PC (LAN)

DNS Server: 1.1.1.1 & 1.0.0.1 (CloudFlare DNS) – Testing as well.

Video LinkYouTube [Only includes Setup & Wireless Test]


I will be highlighting the thing that, I personally like about the router here. This will be a useful post for those who wishing to buy a third party router brand such as ASUS to be the part of their home networking.

#1 PACKAGING

Before un-boxing:

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The overall description of the router was summarized in a simple and attractive way. I like the creativity of ASUS showing the initial perception of this router to their user. To support my statement here, the front looking box is plain without any information apart from the transparent plastics that gives the router’s look.

Most customers, in general, they won’t look at the back of the box of the router since most manufacturers put everything on the front. Most customers won’t be bothered to read other relevant information regarding the router.

However, I applaud the creativity of ASUS for attracting my attention to read the fonts in every inch of the box.

Verdict: Pass.

After un-boxing:

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I am amazed at how they perfectly arrange the items in that small box. Well done.

Verdict: Pass

#2 ROUTER SPECIFICATIONS

The router does come with the following specifications:

 

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Figure 6: The specification of the router.

#3 SETTING UP FOR FIRST USE

The setting up process quite straight forward, however, you might find it quite new experience when you setup the router with its new interface. Don’t worry, once you successfully set-up the router, you will be greeted with ASUS’s stock firmware user interface.

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#4 ADMINISTRATION INTERFACE WALK-THROUGH

Though the initial setup process of the router was quite new due to the new interface, however, once you finish setup the router successfully, you will be greeted with the stock ASUSWRT interface. Do note that, this router currently running on the latest firmware out of the box.

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Figure 13: The login interface.

#5 WIRED & WIRELESS PERFORMANCE

One. Wired Performance.

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Figure 14: The floor plan of my house (upstairs only).

I, personally, use a physical connection, LAN cable connected from the ASUS router to my TP-LINK 5 Port Gigabit Ethernet switch. However, the total wireless client connected to the router is 7 devices including 2 wireless printers. I can say, the wireless coverage from the router is excellent. To be precise, the dead-spots in my house, is now covered by the wireless signal from the router.

Speedtest result w/ CloudFlare DNS Service:

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Figure 15: The wired speedtest from my pc.

Two. Wireless Performance.

Now we will focus on the most important part, the wireless coverage of the router. The image below is the sample blueprint of my house. Note that, its 20×70 Square feet.

2.4 GHz Band

For both of this test, I would strongly suggest you to use the Wifi Analyzer (beta) to scan your home network to see which channel of yours is congested to allow you to choose the right channel for you.

I’ve set the channel width to 20MHz and let the router itself to broadcast the wireless signal in channel 11.

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Figure 16: The 2.4GHz wireless settings.

Speedtest result w/ CloudFlare DNS Service:

  • Upstairs (Same level w/ ASUS BLUE CAVE router)
  • Downstairs:

Since this is a new router on the market, hence, I’ve done a unique test this time. I focus the wireless signal by testing both at upstairs where the router currently located in the downstairs.

Surprisingly, the device able to get above 80++Mbps for download and 45++Mbps for upload at downstairs which is good. My house is full of electrical appliances and I am amazed with a such result.

5GHz Band

I am amazed that, there are more standard wireless channels for Malaysian firmware. I’ve set the channel width to 40MHz and let the router itself to broadcast the wireless signal in auto mode.

Speedtest result w/ CloudFlare DNS Service:

  • Upstairs (Same level w/ ASUS BLUE CAVE router)
  • Downstairs:

As for the 5GHz test, I’ve done the same testing. What I find was, there is an increase in 1++Mbps speed at downstairs compared to the upstairs.

Overall, I am amazed that, the device able to hit solid 100Mbps at downstairs. This router does have a hidden “magic” in it.

Results:

I can fully utilize the wireless signal at upstairs and at downstairs. It is miraculously for a router that has a built-in antenna to broadcast the wireless signal for the device to fully utilize the subscribed bandwidth.

Verdict: Pass.

#6 USB READ & WRITE

One. Copy Process.

The copying process was smooth and the speed was consistent w/out any drops in terms of writing speed to the attached USB stick.

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Two. CPU Load during the copying process.

The CPU load was high when the writing speed happens, but, the router’s interface doesn’t seem to hang and I can access to other features.

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The most important question will be asked by the users are, can the video, image or audio be played without lag when copying process was done at the same time?

The answer is, Yes. You can play the video, image or audio without any lag. However, if you played a 4K video while copying the file, you will face the lag issue.

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Figure 32: Playing the video while copying the file over LAN.

The CPU load during the time of testing not static, it changes according to the “pressure” given to its processor.

Verdict: Pass

#7 Ai PROTECTION

One of my favorite crucial feature of a router is, what type of protection method does a router’s manufacture brand give to their loyal customer who choose their product to be as a part of their home network or office network.

This is by far, the first time, I came across with such details for the type of protection given by Trend Micro via ASUS’s networking products. I’ve been acknowledged that, the built-in antivirus licensed for life time. Which means, even if you use the router for 5 years or more, you will still be protected.

I must opt, the router does the job well for this part. Previously, I’ve tested other built-in antivirus, and there is no much detail was given, however, I like the way this router has been coded and the details given for each of the sub-protection.

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Figure 37: The real-time block of an infected website.

This is the real time blocking by the built-in antivirus, preventing from visiting the website. The URL is given and perhaps, you can try testing your router’s built-in antivirus.

In other word, it protects you from accessing to a website that contains malware.

Verdict: Pass

#8 OPERATION MODE

This router does come with three operating modes, Router by default, access points and media bridge.

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#9 TRAFFIC MONITOR

As usual, this router does come with “Traffic Manager” encoded in the firmware, however, there are two major changes in this feature. Do note that, #9 and #10 are related. The standard feature of QOS was encoded in the “Traffic Monitor” section as usual, but we are going to look at an awesome feature here. Yes! Now, you can see your client’s web history here.

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Figure 40: Web history of the clients.

One of the best feature about this router is, it doesn’t only comes with awesome QOS features, but it also tracks the domain your clients (users) access to. In this way, you will get an exposure of what your clients (user) access to and can block that specific domain in future.

Via this awesome feature, you know what your child currently doing on online and block the access to the specific website.

Verdict: Pass.

#10 TRAFFIC ANALYZER 

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Figure 41: Traffic Manager vs Traffic Analyzer.

There new feature added to this router is, “Traffic Analyzer“. In this feature, you can view the client’s profile and apps used by the device.

Traffic Analyzer -> Statistic -> Clients:

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Traffic Analyzer -> Statistic -> Apps:

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Traffic Analyzer -> Traffic Monitor

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Figure 46: Traffic monitor stats (Daily).

This feature is common in ASUS routers. Three options were given to the user to view, either in real-time mode, last 24 hour mode and daily mode.

Remarks:

Do note that, the result has shown results for 3 days, this is due to I have to reboot to test the settings I changed.”

Verdict: Pass.

#11 ALEXA & IFTTT

One. Alexa

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Figure 47: ALEXA’s tutorial.

For more understanding, please watch this video.

Two. IFTTT

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Figure 48: IFTTT Tutorial.

For more information on IFTTT, please pay a visit to this website.

#12 IPTV

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The hypptv experience using with this router is decent. I don’t use hypptv much, but, for the purpose of this test to deliver the pure review on the router, I do include this as the part of my review.

#13 ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Advantages:

  1. Creative design.
  2. Excellent wireless coverage
  3. Only takes small space.
  4. Can be a decorative item if you are staying in a semi-D or bungalows.
  5. The built-in antivirus is by far, the most excellent security features a router company that has to offer to their end user.
  6. The router has a web history feature that tracks your clients (users) activity.
  7. Presence of ventilation holes at the rear of the router.
  8. LED controller given in the firmware for the cave surface.

Disadvantages:

  1. No LED indicator for LAN, WAN (Globe / “E” sign), USB & WPS.
  2. The router will get hot if the LED were at its maximum brightness (The cave alike surface).
  3. Color of the router. I prefer the standard black-blue combo. White is nice, perhaps, ASUS can supply both colors at the same time.
  4. No built-in speed-test.

#FINAL VERDICT#

As a conclusion of today’s review, I will use a new method of expressing my summary in a simple manner.

This router is light, able to fit even in a small place. The router doesn’t come with an external antenna compared with other ASUS router, but, the wireless coverage is great for this kind of router. Next, the router is stable and it can handle the heavy usage like a boss and the router suitable for small business enterprise.

Next, the router does come with built-in antivirus under AiProtection. If you are concerned about the internet attacks, don’t worry because this router not only can be your physical being (network layer in OSI) that connects you to the internet, but, it also acts as the “first” defender for your home network and devices. The built-in antivirus does a perfect job.

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Figure 51: The router setup ft. cable management

Finally, this router does track your browsing history, not only yours, but your clients (users) in your home. With this, you can actually monitor your children’s activity in online by looking at the web history. There is some good news. The IFTTT works well in this part where, it will notify the ASUS app installed in your phone if your children connect to the internet, and you can look at the activity they are doing.

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Figure 52: The router view in the dark environment mode.

Last but not least, this router, simply the best. Costing around RM990 at Viewnet, Lowyat, you can buy this router. You can get a discount if you have a membership card, if you don’t have, you can pay RM12 to buy the cards, and guess what, you can get free drinks too.

My Recommendations: 9 / 10


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EDIFIER R1000T4 (The best budget 2.0 Speaker in the market)- REVIEW

Good day everyone. Today, we are focusing on another speaker from EDIFIER, the bookshelf speaker, EDIFIER R1000T4 speaker. It is a 2.0 speaker for music lovers.

 

 

The speaker currently retails at the price of RM219.00. You can use their official website to directly purchase from them. I, personally, used their official website to purchase a 5.1 speaker from them, and the way I receive the parcel from them were well packed and it was perfect. Trusted.

#1 PACKAGING

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Let me summarize in the shortest explanation as possible. Simple and elegant. The information of the product was well shown to and the customer able to make the right choice to choose EDIFIER as one of their RIG’s “family”.

#2 SPEAKER REVIEW

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The right speaker is the “master” and the left speaker is the “slave”. The speaker does come with two knobs, volume knob and the bass knob. The buttons feel pretty solid and although this is a low range speaker in the 2.0 Book-shelf speaker series, the button was well built and the I like perfection of EDIFIER of developing a good speaker that delivers what you’ve payed for. Some consumers may not happy with the speakers they bought from Brand X or Y. But, I personally feel that, they won’t feel regret if they tried out the masterpiece of EDIFIER speakers.

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I will further divide this part to 3 simple sub – parts.

One. Volume

Rating at 24watts, this speaker does produce high sound. Although not up to 2.1 speaker level, but it is decent enough for those who wish not to disturb their neighbors.

Two. Bass

This speaker comes with a 4” bass drivers and ¾” silk-diaphragm tweeter drivers which delivers a decent amount of sound quality.

Three. Treble 

This speaker doesn’t come with a treble control knob. Hence, it depends on how nice you tune your stock equalizer or your sound-card equalizer. From my point of view, the songs I always played rated at 320 Kbps, hence, this speaker does deliver the quality of the songs in a decent manner. To prove my statement, I’ve personally tested the speaker with 3 tracks which focuses mainly on, balance, bass and treble.

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#3 AUDIO TEST

For this test, I’ve used 3 tracks.

One. Bass I love you

Two.

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#4 ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES

Advantages:

  1. Simple design.
  2. The tweeter & woofer driver were well built.
  3. Awesome sound quality.
  4. Suitable for music and movie lovers.

Disadvantages:

  1. When watching movies, some of the dialog couldn’t be heard properly.
  2. Proper location needed to fully utilize the bass performance. You need to place your rig or laptop at the corner of your room to direct the bass sound in your room.
  3. No treble control knob.
  4. The jack cable is too short. For laptop users, the length is fine, but for PC users, they might find difficult to place the speaker at a right place.

#5 EXTERNAL LINK

I’ve uploaded the audio performance of the speaker on my YouTube channel.

Final Verdict:

Most computer users using the stock built-in soundcard in their motherboard. Only few using third party soundcard such as from Asus’s XONAR or CREATIVE’s Sound Blaster.

Previously, when I was having my gaming rig, I use ASUS STRIX SOAR soundcard. The audio quality has improves drastically showing more positive results from stock soundcard. The bass is deep and the treble sounds crystal clear. But, don’t be sad, even with stock soundcard, you can fully tune the speakers performance by tweaking your equalizer settings.

As a conclusion, this speaker is made purely for music lovers and movie lovers. If you are planning to build your own custom rig’s, perhaps, you can choose this speaker as your starting point to fully utilize your audio experience.


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EDIFIER H850 Hi-Fi Headphone – Review

Happy belated April Fool guys. Today, let’s have a look at one of the best headphone that I ever came across. EDIFIER H850 Hi-Fi Headphone. The headphone costs around RM159.00. From what I see, this is a simple headphone compared with Asus Cerberus Headphone which I’m currently using for my Asus G752VT gaming laptop. This headphone has heavy bass and suitable for the gamer. Besides that, this headphone doesn’t come with volume control, hence, you have to fully rely on the windows or your multimedia interface to control the volume. The obvious thing about this headphone is, this headphone does not come with a microphone, hence, only focuses on music lovers.

#1 PACKAGING

First, let brief through the packaging of this headphone.

 

The packaging was simple and nice. There is not much complex information or unwanted graphics given and mostly, it does follow the rule of “Keep it Short, Simple” or KISS term. Well done, EDIFIER.

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Figure 3: The headphone jack port.

#2 SOUND QUALITY

As mentioned in the introduction, this headphone doesn’t come with a microphone or a volume control knob compared to other reputable gaming headphones brands such as Asus, Logitech, HP, Razer and many more, but, the sound quality from this headphone, can be on the same par with gaming headsets that currently in the market.

Normally, since from the year 2008 until now, I always purchase EDIFIER speakers because of their speaker quality and I really do satisfied with their sound quality of their speakers which mainly focuses on music lovers.

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Figure 4: The final view.

#3 CONCLUSION

This headphone, simply the best in its price range. For music lovers, the headphone will perfectly suit for your needs to listen to high quality musics. Next, for gamer, you might find it hard to control the volume manually by changing the levels of your multimedia interface when gaming, but, the headphone will suit your gaming desire.

My final view on this headset is, though it is not a beast headphone, but it is comparable with high end headphones.


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TP-LINK TL-SG1005D, 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch Review

Happy weekend everyone. Today we’re going to have a look at the most affordable switch that currently available on the market, TP-LINK TL-SG1005Dv2. This post follows the principle of KISS, “Keep It Short, Simple”.

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Figure 1: The “hero”.

#1 PACKAGING’S

 

The most important way of presenting your product information to the user is very important, especially if you’re providing a service to the user. Hence, the information delivery should follow the Keep It Simple, Smart (KISS) method. Based on the box, the usage of fonts was okay and I feel there is some correction that has to be done.

#2 DESIGN

The design of this switch is simple and attractive with a curvy look on the front of the switch. On the back, the switch comes with 5 LAN Gigabit Ethernet port for your devices that will use a physical connection via cable. LAN 5 Port is reserved for the connection from the router’s LAN Port to the switch LAN 5 port.

Currently, in the market, there are two version, that being sold out. The differences are:

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Another common difference between these two switches are:

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#3 REVIEW

This is an unmanaged switch that only allows Ethernet devices to communicate with one another that uses the mechanism of “plug-and-play”. On the other hand, a managed switch, gives you more control over your LAN traffic and some advance features to control a specific traffic.

I would strongly justify that, this is not a managed switch which offers you, advance performance, it is based on “plug-and-play” switch.

Performance:

Performance wise, it is the same way of using the stock LAN ports on the router itself. More devices connected to the switch, the more bandwidth will be distributed to the connected devices. If you’re using QOS, it won’t affect your device even if you’re using the switch and the same goes to those who uses an automated QOS known as “NAT BOOST”.

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Figure 10: The switch.

Remarks:

The blue cable from my main router while the white cable connects from switch to PC.

Final Verdict:

This switch suitable for small houses that rented by students whose gives priority on physical connection instead of wireless, small business offices, schools (office) and small shops. If you’re living in a bungalow or in a Semi-D houses, then this is not something you should consider as if you having a plan to create your own personal home network, then I would recommend to buy a smart switch (have interface and supports VLANS) or managed switch as to future proof your home network.

Where to buy?

There are few options.

E-Market such as Lazada: You can check in here.

Shops: Lowyat Plaza.


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