21 February 2014

Review ASUS AC66R wireless router

Review ASUS AC66R wireless router

  I picked up a refurbished ASUS ACC66R wireless router in June 2013 for 119.99 from newegg. The only difference between the AC66R and AC66U is that the R version is sold in brick and mortar retail stores and the U version is sold thru online channels.

  It had been running great until I moved it in Feb 2014 and then it did not like to stream 5GHz thru 3 walls (2 outside ones). However, upgrading the firmware to the latest and upping the 5Ghz transmit power to 110 mW stabilized the connection.

  • Simultaneous Dual Band (2.4 and 5GHz)
  • Gigabit LAN
  • Supports draft AC
  • Has guest networks that are isolated from your network
  • 2.4GHz range is much better than my old E2000
  • Stable, has needed very little rebooting (I think twice in 6 months)
  • Sleek looking
  • 3 adjustable external antennae (recommend 45, 90, 45 degree oreintation)
  • Supports IPv6

  • Not final AC

Other thoughts:
  • Have not tested AC streaming as I don't have any clients

20 February 2014

Review Canon Powershot s110

 Canon Powershot s110

  I was looking for a higher end point and shoot that works better in lowlight than our older models. I had a couple choices that I narrowed it down to:
  • Canon Powershot s110
  • Nikon Coolpix P7700
  • Sony DSC-RX100
  However Amazon and Bestbuy put the s110 on sale for $219.99 including a 32GB and a carrying case. This was enough to seal the deal.

  • Flash is bright, but does not give our dogs zombie eyes
  • Camera starts up quickly
  • Touch screen works well
  • Zoom is quick

  • Flash pops-up right where you want to put your left hand.
  • Lots of controls, made finding the timer shot difficult

Other thoughts: