Friday, May 20, 2016

Linksys WRTACS1900 review stock vs DDWRT firmware

1)Intro
2)Features
3)Setup
4)Comparison
5)Throughput tests (Wireless)
6)Closing Notes
Intro: The Linksys WRTACS1900 is a consumer  level wireless router that is  Targeted at the high end consumer market, has an average amount  of features and can tolerate a lot of heavy usage that pro-sumers require. You get even more features and twice the throughput with DDWRT.
Features: The Linksys WRTACS1900 features the following:
1) Dual band 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz operation with 4x4 MIMO connectivity at up to 1900Mbps
2) 4 wired Gigabit LAN ports
3) 4 x 4 mimo dual band external high gain SMA antennas with 30dBm output power for great wireless coverage.
4) VLAN configuration
5) Fixed and DHCP client address assignments
6) QoS controls
7) Guest networks
8) USB sharing
9) Firewall
10) VPN
11) And lots more
Setup:
Setup for both was easy. The DDWRT firmware was quicker to get into the UI. The stock firmware does have a nicer look to it, however that’s subjective.  Both UIs have a snappy feel, however DDWRT’s feels more responsive and there’s a whole lot more options. It’s practically a new router.
Comparison:
I’ve posted a bit of comparison of key pages.
Status (Default firmware)

Status (DDWRT)

Wireless settings  (default firmware)

Wireless settings (DDWRT)

Throughput Tests: (Wireless)
I will be using LAN Speed test for the throughput tests and PRTG to generate the graphs. It also is a comprehensive enterprise level network monitoring software and it can record uptime, transfer rates, errors, etc.
Test environment: (Set 1)
Specs of Building: This is going through about 32 ft through 2 walls, a solid all-wood dresser, and a chimney. The room has plaster walls in some places.
Specs of server :(my machine in the same room as the Linksys ACS1900): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
Specs of client: (remote machine in other room): AGNXAndrakon/AMD Phenom 9650/4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/ASUS AC53 USB WLAN connection:USB3 via a PCI-Express addon card.
Stock Firmware:
5Ghz 802.11anac mode: Channel 149+ -56dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 6Mbytes/sec or 48Mbits/sec

2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 1 -53dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: xMbytes/sec or xMbits/sec
Unable to stay connected to get results:
DDWRT Firmware:
5Ghz 802.11anac mode: Channel 36+ -70dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 31Mbytes/sec or 248Mbits/sec

2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 1 -48dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 3Mbytes/sec or 24Mbits/sec

Test environment: (Set 2)
Specs of Building Test Run 1: 16Ft away thru a wood door hallway right outside the office where the Linksys ACS1900is located.
Specs of server (my machine in the same room as the Linksys ACS1900): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
Specs of client: HP2000-412NR/AMD E300/8GB DDR3 RAM/500 GB SSHDD/AMD RADEON 6310/Windows 7 x64 Home Premium/RalinkRT5390 WLAN
Stock firmware:
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 11 -38dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file 4Mbytes/sec or 32Mbits/sec

Same system WLAN USB (Edimax AC600)
5.0Ghz 802.11anac mode channel 149+ -58dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 7Mbytes/sec or 56Mbits/sec

5.0Ghz 802.11ac mode channel 44+ -58dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 8Mbytes/sec or 64Mbits/sec

DDWRT firmware:
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 1 -38dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file 4Mbytes/sec or 32Mbits/sec

Same system WLAN USB (Edimax AC600)
5.0Ghz 802.11anac mode channel 36+ -77dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 16Mbytes/sec or 128Mbits/sec


Conclusion:
The throughput drastically increases with DDWRT. The amount of options in that firmware make it into a sorta enterprise class router.
Stock:
Pros:
Ø Easy controls and options
Ø Decent throughput
Ø Basic Guest networks
Ø Basic QoS controls
Ø High signal strength
Cons:
Ø Lacks some options for configuration
Ø No RADIUS authentication support
Ø Not so great 2.4Ghz performance
DDWRT:
Pros:
Ø Robust controls and options
Ø Excellent throughput
Ø Detailed Guest networks
Ø Very detailed QoS controls
Ø High signal strength
Cons:
Ø Must complete flashing with IE and not Firefox.
Ø Not so great 2.4Ghz performance
Rating:  7/10 stock and 9/10 DDWRT
Recommended: Yes

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Orico Q1 battery pack review



1)Intro
2)Look and feel
3)Charging times for Various devices
4)Conclusion

Intro

The Orico Q1 is a very affordable 1 port Qualcomm Quick Charge USB Battery bank. It has 10,400mAhs which is enough to get you through a long time off the charger for most devices.  

Look and feel
The Q1 looks very stylish and has a very sturdy feel to it. It’s hefty but not too bad. It has an easy status button, 4 easy indicators of battery level, and a USB in and out port. I wish they would have included 2 ports on a pack this size, because it has enough juice for 2 devices. 


Charging times for Various devices


Charge time Kyocera hydro icon (from 5%) : 1hr45mins 
Charge amounts per bank charge: 2 full per 1 bar 
Hydro Icon mAh rating: 2000

Charge time Samsung galaxy s4 i9507v (from 5%): 1hr50mins
Charge amounts per bank charge: 1 full per 1 bar
Galaxy S4 mAh rating: 2600

Charge time Samsung galaxy nexus w Hyperion extended battery (from 5%): 2hrs50mins
Charge amounts per bank charge: 1 full per 2 bars
Galaxy nexus mAh rating: 3500

Charge time Insignia Flex 8inch windows 8.1 tablet (from 10%): 2hrs15mins
Charge amounts per bank charge: 1 full per 2 bars
Insignia mAh rating: 4000

Charge time Anker Astro E1 battery pack (from 1 bar): 3.5 hrs
Charge amounts per bank charge: 1 charge per 2 bars
Astro E1 mAh rating: 5200

Conclusion

The Orico Q1 is a pretty decent charger for the money (19USD) and it provides a good amount of juice to get through the day or several depending on the devices used. 

Pros:

Small form factor

Low price

Connections feel secure

Clear LED indicators


Cons:

No flashlight function to easily find ports or other devices

Only one USB port


Overall rating: 8/10
Recommended: Yes



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Luxul XAP-1410 review



1)Intro
2)Features
3)Setup
4)Wireless configuration
5)Throughput tests (Wireless/Wired)
6)Firmware notes
7)Closing Notes
Intro: The Luxul XAP-1410 is a pro-sumer level wireless access point that is  Targeted at pro-sumers market  has an average amount  of features and can tolerate a lot of heavy usage that pro-sumers require.
Features: The Luxul XAP-1410 features the following:
1) Dual band 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz operation with 2 x 2MIMO connectivity at up to 1200Mbps
2) 1 wired Gigabit LAN ports
3) 2 2x2mimo  dual band internal antennas with 30dBm output power for great wireless coverage.
4) SSIDs with configurable VLANs for each one providing more security then standard guest networks
5) Full VLAN configuration
6) Fixed and DHCP client address assignments
7) And lots more
Setup:
Setup was very easy and it connected pretty fast and got an IP quickly.
Let's take a look at the really helpful status page that tells us all our status.

Wireless Configuration:
Here’s the WLAN config screens:
Radio Settings:

Security Settings:

The Luxul XAP-1410 supports WPA/WPA2 security.
Throughput Tests: (Wireless)
I will be using LAN Speed test for the throughput tests and PRTG to generate the graphs. It also is a comprehensive enterprise level network monitoring software and it can record uptime, transfer rates, errors, etc.
Test environment: (Set 1)
Specs of Building: This is going through about 32 ft through 2 walls, a solid all-wood dresser, and a chimney. The room has plaster walls in some places.
Specs of server :(my machine in the same room as theLuxul XAP-1410): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
Specs of client: (remote machine in other room): AGNXAndrakon/AMD Phenom 9650/6GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Asus AC53 USB WLAN connection
5Ghz 802.11anac mode: Channel 153+ -52dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 12Mbytes/sec or 96Mbits/sec

2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 6  -77dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 5Mbytes/sec or 40Mbits/sec (note:this is all the longer I was able to run the test. The adapter seems to have some issues with this.)

Test environment: (Set 2)
Specs of Building Test Run 1: 16Ft away thru a wood door hallway right outside the office where the Luxul XAP-1410 is located.
Specs of server (my machine in the same room as theLuxul XAP-1410): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
Specs of client: HP2000-412NR/AMD E300/8GB DDR3 RAM/300 GB HDD/AMD RADEON 6310/Windows 7 x64 Home Premium/RalinkRT5390 WLAN
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 6 -38dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 3Mbytes/sec or 24Mbits/sec

Same system WLAN USB (Edimax AC600)
5.0Ghz 802.11ac mode channel 153+ -60dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 5Mbytes/sec or 40Mbits/sec

Conclusion:
Pros:
Ø Easy controls and options
Ø Decent throughput
Ø High signal strength
Cons:
Ø Lacks some options for configuration
Ø No RADIUS authentication support
Ø No QoS controls
Ø No detailed client statistics like error rates, data-link rates, HOSTNAME, etc. Only displays MAC add and sig str.
Rating:  6/10
Recommended: Yes