Handy comparison of common linksys routers



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Note: table is wide.

Features Linksys Wi-Fi Routers
E800 E900 E1200 E1500 E1550 E1700 E2500 E3200
Bands 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz
Tx/Rx* 2×2 2×2 2×2 2×2 2×2 [missing in original table] 2×2 2×2
Antennas 1 internal 2 internal 2 internal 3 internal 3 internal 2 external 4 internal 6 internal
Ports x Speed 4 x 10/100 4 x 10/100 4 x 10/100 4 x 10/100 4 x 10/100 4 x Gigabit 4 x 10/100 4 x Gigabit
USB No No No No Yes No Yes** Yes (Shared Storage and Virtual USB)
Speed Up to 300 Mbps Up to 300 Mbps Up to 300 Mbps Up to 300 Mbps Up to 300 Mbps Up to 300 Mbps Up to 300 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + 300 Mbps (5 GHz) Up to 300 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + 300 Mbps (5 GHz)
Technology Wireless-N, 2.4 GHz Wireless-N, 2.4 GHz Wireless-N, 2.4 GHz Wireless-N, 2.4 GHz Wireless-N, 2.4 GHz Wireless-N, 2.4 GHz Wireless-N, Simultaneous Dual-band 2.4 + 5 GHz Wireless-N, Simultaneous Dual-band 2.4 + 5 GHz
Compatibility Wireless-N/B/G devices Wireless-N/B/G devices Wireless-N/B/G devices Wireless-N/B/G devices Wireless-N/B/G devices Wireless-N/B/G devices Wireless-N/B/G/A devices Wireless-N/B/G/A devices
Dimensions 7.43” x 5.97” x 1.23”
(188.7 x 151.7 x 31.2 mm)
7.43” x 5.97” x 1.23”
(188.7 x 151.7 x 31.2 mm)
7.43” x 5.97” x 1.23”
(188.7 x 151.7 x 31.2 mm)
7.43” x 5.97” x 1.23”
(188.7 x 151.7 x 31.2 mm)
7.95” x 1.34” x 6.3” (202 x 34 x 160 mm) 7.43” × 5.97” × 1.23” (188.7 × 151.7 × 31.2 mm) 8.86” x 1.38” x 7.09”
(225 x 35 x 180 mm)
6.69” x 0.98” x 7.48”
(170 x 25 x 190 mm)

*Tx/Rx values on your router means the Transmitted traffic and Received traffic.
** Applicable to Linksys Wi-Fi Router, E2500 v3 only.

Hi-End Desktop PC Comparisons

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In Jan 2014, we’re talking 4g Intel i7 processor (or equivalent AMD processor, but probably not). These CPUs should last 6-8 years (so until 2018-2020) and i would not expect to reach that grind-to-a-halt state until 8-10 years (2022).

With Intel Core i7, you want to watch the socket. More likely to get an upgrade processor in the future that fits that socket, rather than a whole new mother board.

Today 4GB is enuf to run widows 7 adequately. It doubles every 2 years, so

  • 2014: 4GB
  • 2016: 8GB
  • 2018: 16GB
  • 2020: 32GB
  • 2022: 64GB
  • 2024: 128GB

You dont need all that memory now, but you want to be able to upgade to it, so you want the motherboard and chipset to support it.

Also you want to make sure your memory is taking advantage of dual channel, then means 2 (or 4) memory cards, 1 (or 2) in each channel.

If you’re going hi-end, you want a large SSD. 256GB are available, even 512GB. I even saw one ~700GB. And now 1TB.

For flexibility, get 2 x 5.25inch bays. That way you dont have to swap disks if you’re copying. Many PCs these days come with only DVD-writers, maybe blu-ray reader-only. Eventually, you are probably going to want a blu-ray reader, and/or writer. This is a $100-$200 upgrade plus installation now. If you want to watch blu-ray movies now, the upgrade has to be now. If you want to wait, the upgrade will be $50-$100 plus installation.

USB 3.0 is getting more popular. Almost everything in existance is USB 2.0 right now. So get USB 3.0. At least 4 ports. There’s a faster version of 3.0 coming out very soon (out already? Jan 2014?), but even today’s USB 3.0 is 10x USB 2.0.

You want *ALL* SATA III ports, no SATA II.

The 11 Places I shop:

  • TigerDirect
  • newegg
  • Best Buy
  • Walmart
  • Staples
  • OfficMax
  • OfficeDepot
  • JR.com
  • CDW
  • overstock.com
  • Beach Audio
  • b h photo video?

Here are the choices available from different vendors in this price range for this performance. Note date of price check for each PC listed.

Table Notes:


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choice number
as_of
price
shipping
product
vendor
OS (home/pro 32/64bit)
processor
chipset
Motherboard
memory
memory pre nstalled
max memory
mem type, speed
mem slots total
disk
disk size
disk rpm
disk SATA speed (II 3Gb/s, III 6Gb/s
disk SSD
disk 3.5 bays total
disk 2.5 bays total
optical drive / 5.25 bays
optical drive (blu-ray rd/wr? / dvd-wr?)
5.25 bays total
usb 3.0
usb 3.0 – front
usb 3.0 – rear
usb 3.0 – top
usb 2.0
usb 2.0 – front
usb 2.0 – rear
usb 2.0 – top
ports slots net power
hdmi
dvi
pci slots
sata ports
Ethernet RJ45 100Mbps or Gigabit 1000Mbps
power supply
Warranty
Small Form Factor (SFF)?

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List of Intel Chipsets <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_chipsets>

Notes

    Processor

    The difference between 3rd Generation and 2nd Generation intel processors is not that great:
    EG,

    Feature 2nd Generation 3rd Generation
    Graphics HD 2000 HD 2500
    Graphics HD 4000
    Mem Speed 1333MHz 1600MHz 20% faster

    Store Notes

    2/12/2014: BestBuy had no 4G Core i7 by HP (they had 3G Core i7, 4g Core i5, and Xeon, but not 4G Core i7)

    Example Decision :

    tbd

    proc
    item plce price + shipping note shipping time

    Product variations :

    prod id processor memory form factor os other os
    e1z89ut i74770 4gb tower win 7 pro 64bit win 8 64bit
    e1z??ut i545?? 4gb tower win 7 pro 64bit win 8 64bit
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    f4k11ut i74770 4gb tower win 7 pro 64bit win 8.1 64bit
    f4k13ut i74770 4gb tower win 8.1 pro 64bit win 7 64bit
    f4k93ut i74770 4gb sff win 7 pro 64bit win 8.1 64bit
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    g5r??ut i74770 4gb tower win 7 pro 64bit win 8.1 update 1 (i guess) 64bit
    g5r46ut i74790 4gb tower win 7 pro 64bit win 8.1 update 1 (i guess) 64bit
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    j6d??ut i74770 4gb tower win 7 pro 64bit win 8.1 update 2? 64bit
    j6d83ut i74790 4gb sff win 7 pro 64bit win 8.1 update 2? 64bit
    j6d87ut i74790 4gb tower win 7 pro 64bit win 8.1 update 2? 64bit
    j6d89ut i54590 4gb tower win 7 pro 64bit win 8.1 update 2? 64bit

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    How to extract a single file (or a few files) from Paragon Backup and Recovery 2012 Free archive

    The picture below is the initial Paragon Backup & Recovery 2012 screen.

    1st-jvked

    Click “Restore”.  The screen appears to disappear.  Dont panic.  It’s just launching the restore program.

    It will take a few seconds for the Initialize screen below to appear.  Then a few more seconds until it initializes.  Only then will “Next” be clickable as in this next picture.

    restore_init-jvked

    Click “Next”.

    This will bring up a list of archives available, as seen below.  If there’s one not shown, you can click add_archive_button to browse for another to add to the list.  This is NOT where you select the file in the archive, that comes later.

    archive_list_add-jvked_with_arrow

    Select the archive you want.  Consider dates.  Most recent is often best.

    Click “Next”.

    what_in_archive_1st

    This brings up the hierarchical selection window as seen above.

    Here you can select the whole “Basic MBR hard disk” to restore you entire disk.

    Or you can click on the + to the left of the C drive and keep clicking + to drill down to a specific file, or files, or directory you want to restore.

    what_in_archive_to_restore_A

    To be continued…

    Online Storage

    Video files are huge. 100MB. 1GB. 5GB.  Depending on resolution, frame rate (frames per second, or “fps”), and length.

    Trouble is, everything online limits files size.  Facebook (currently, Oct 2013) limits videos go 1GB (=1000MB).  GoDaddy WebsiteBuilder limits videos to 150MB.  That’s low.  Email systems limit the size of file you can send. Sometimes to 20MB. That’s even lower.

    Consider an example:

    Say a 1hour video file is 2.5GB. Let’s say we want to put that on our website hosted by GoDaddy. We would have to break it up into 17 separate chunks of 3 minutes 30 seconds each. Hardly convenient.

    So, what to do?

    I think the best answer is paid online storage.  (Un-paid (“free”) online storage, like flickr.com or facebook take ownership of your images and scan them and sell your profile to 3rd parties.)

    Here are the two options i think are the best.  (Dropbox, while paid, is excluded because i sense they sell your profile):

    I think box.net is the best. They have privacy. And not too expensive. $5 for 2GB max file size, 100GB max total storage.
    box_net_prices
    full-size image (via screen capture) | Live Page (link was live on 10/20/2013)

    Another favorite of mine is zoho.com. But in this case their “docs” is too expensive. $25 for 2GB max file size, 250GB max total storage.
    zoho_docs_prices
    full-size image (via screen capture) | Live Page (link was live on 10/20/2013)

    Entry Level Desktop PC Comparison

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    You can find PCs for as low as $299 and $399. These PCs use updated versions of old microprocessors, eg Pentium 4, or Centrino. Or they use laptop microprocessors–in a desktop. They’ll work just fine, but they’ll be noticeably slower.

    For a while…

    Such PC’s i predict will usable for 2 years (it’s 2013 now, so til 2015). By 4 years (ie in 2017), i predict they will become unusably slow, taking 2-4 minutes to boot, with surfing the web requiring a significant wait (30-60 seconds) per page.

    OTOH, for about $500-$600 (or, $100-$200 more) you can get a 2G or even 3G Intel Core-i3, i5, or i7 processor or equivalent AMD processor. These CPUs should last 4-6 years (so until 2017-2019) and i would not expect to reach that grind-to-a-halt state until 6-8 years (2021).

    So that’s like 2x the life for 25% more cost.

    8/25/2014: i can find 4G i5’s for only as cheap as $750 at best. Thus that’s now $250-$350 more.

    Example of processor variations from Intel

    • Intel Core i5-4430 – lower number, lower cost, lower perf
    • Intel Core i5-4570 – lower number, lower cost, lower perf
    • Intel Core i5-4670 – standard, neutral
    • Intel Core i5-4670S – ‘S’ means low power
    • Intel Core i5-4670K – ‘K’ stands for “unlocked” meaning hobbyists can “overclock” it

    I don’t think the average user needs 2 of 5.25inch bays. All these low end PCs come with DVD-writers. Eventually, you are probably going to want a blu-ray reader, and/or writer. But this will be a $50-$100 upgrade plus installation 2-4 years from now. If you want to watch blu-ray movies now, you’ll have to make that upgrade immediately after purchasing.

    USB 3.0 will be big soon. (update 2014: “soon” is now.) Almost all USB is 2.0 right now. USB 3.0 is available now and good to get now. There’s a faster version of 3.0 coming out very soon in 2013, but even today’s USB 3.0 is 10x USB 2.0.

    The 11 Places I shop:

    • TigerDirect
    • newegg
    • Best Buy
    • Staples
    • CDW
    • hp.com
    • Walmart
    • Costco
    • OfficMax
    • OfficeDepot
    • JR.com
    • overstock.com
    • Beach Audio
    • b&h photo video

    Here are the choices available from different vendors in this price range for this performance. Note date of price check for each PC listed.

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    choice number
    as_of
    price
    shipping
    product
    vendor
    OS (home/pro 32/64bit)
    processor
    chipset
    Motherboard
    memory
    memory pre nstalled
    max memory
    mem type, speed
    mem slots total
    disk
    disk size
    disk rpm
    disk SATA speed (II 3Gb/s, III 6Gb/s
    disk SSD
    disk 3.25 bays total
    disk 2.5 bays total
    optical drive / 5.25 bays
    optical drive (blu-ray rd/wr? / dvd-wr?)
    5.25 bays total
    usb 3.0
    usb 3.0 – front
    usb 3.0 – rear
    usb 3.0 – top
    usb 2.0
    usb 2.0 – front
    usb 2.0 – rear
    usb 2.0 – top
    ports slots net power
    hdmi
    dvi
    pci slots
    sata ports
    Ethernet RJ45 100Mbps or Gigabit 1000Mbps
    power supply
    Warranty
    Small Form Factor (SFF)?

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    Notes

      Processor

      The difference between 3rd Generation and 2nd Generation intel processors is not that great:
      EG,

      Feature 2nd Generation 3rd Generation
      Graphics HD 2000 HD 2500
      Graphics HD 4000
      Mem Speed 1333MHz 1600MHz 20% faster

      Office Depot & Office Max & Staples

      Office Depot had nothing <$600 with intel processor.

      Office Max had a p7-1410 and p7-1510 both have H61 chipset.

      Staples lowest price intel was envy h8-1430 $799

      10/24/2013: newegg didnt have any non-small-form-factor (SFF) hp pc’s. They had very few, but did have 400 or so refurbished hp pc’s.

      10/25/2013: OfficeMax only 2 refurbished PCs with windows 7 according to their search

      10/28/2013: completed search for win7 32bit on TigerDirect, newegg, best buy (with marketplace), walmart, staples:

      • Genuine Windows 7 Professional (17) (DONE)
      • Genuine Windows 7 Professional Upgradable to Genuine Windows 8 Pro (15) (DONE)
      • Genuine Windows 7 Professional Upgradable to Genuine Windows 8 Pro (English) (1) (DONE – was an AiO)
      • Windows 7 Professional (121) (abort-have to click on every one to see os version, too inefficient)

      office max, office depot, beachaudio (could not search) or is it beach camera? jr.com, next bhphotovideo.com?

      Example Decision : 2014-05-27:

      e1z75ut HP ProDesk 600 G1 Core-i54570 Q85 w8 alt
      f4j95ut HP ProDesk 600 G1 Core-i54570 Q85 w8.1 alt
      f4j92ut HP ProDesk 600 G1 Core-i54670 Q85 w8.1 alt
      f4k88ut HP ProDesk 600 G1 Core-i3 Q85 w8.1 alt
      e1z94ut HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Core-i5 Q87 w8? alt
      e1z89ut HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Core-i7 Q87 w8? alt

      Example Decision : 2013-12-10:

      core i5
      C6Z98UT TigerDirect $714.55 = $699.99 + Ground (2 to 6 days) [$14.56]
      C6Z98UT TigerDirect $730.94 = $699.99 + Second Day (2 days) [$30.95]
      C6Z98UT best Buy $722.30 = $722.30 + free shipping 6-9 days
      C6Z98UT CDW $753.00 = $729.99 + UPS Ground 2-3 business days $23.01
      HP D8C53UT Desktop PC, Core i7-3570 (really i5) Stpales $692.07 = $728.49 – $36.42 free shipping
      HP® D8C57UT 6300 i5-3470 Staples out of stock
      HP® D8C57UT 6300 i5-3470 newegg discontinued out of stock
      HP® D8C57UT 6300 i5-3470 jr out of stock
      HP® D8C57UT 6300 i5-3470 overstock.com $???.?? = $739.18 + ???? $??.?? BUT OUT OF STOCK
      HP® D8C57UT 6300 i5-3470 office depot $???.?? = $658.90 + ???? $??.?? BUT OUT OF STOCK
      HP® D8C57UT 6300 i5-3470 beach audio out of stock
      HP® D8C57UT 6300 i5-3470 CDW $700.00 = $676.99 + UPS Ground 2-3 business days about $23
      core i3
      D8C62UT Staples $639.99 = $639.99 + free shipping 3 days
      D8C62UT Office Depot $645.95 = $645.95 + free 3-5 days
      D8C62UT CDW $671.24 = $649.99 + UPS Ground 2-3 business days $21.
      D8C62UT $ = $ +
      D8C62UT $ = $ +
      D8C62UT $ = $ +
      D8C62UT $ = $ +

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      Firefox menu-less, unsizable windows–Annoying–Prevent them!

      Sometimes you’ll get a window which has no features. No menu bar.  No scroll bars.  Can’t be re-sized. No close button. No reload/refresh button.  No File -> Print.  No File -> Print Preview.  That can be annoying.  You can prevent that (at least some of the time).

      The following solution worked for me, 4/2/2013 on the website Star991.com. That website had a “Listen Now” link which opened a new, feature-less (ie, features disabled) window.

      1. In the address bar, type about:config
      2. It will warn you saying, “This might void your warranty!” and “You should only continue if you are sure of what you are doing.”about_config_warningMake sure you only change what’s discussed in this post.  Go ahead and click the “I’ll be careful, I promise” button.  Again, make sure you only change what’s discussed in this post.
      3. Type “dom” into the search bar.  That’s probably enuf to reveal the settings below.  If not, type more, like “dom.disable” or “dom.disable_window”.  Do not type the double quotes into the search bar.
      4. Right click the one(s) you want and click Toggle, to set them from false to true.  That might be a little confusing.  You’re turning on the disable.  And you’re disabling (preventing) the webpage from disabling features (like menu).  You’re disabling the disablers.  It can be confusing.
      5. You then have to re-do the click that opened the annoying window.
      6. You might want to then turn it back to false, so all the rest of your browsing will stay the same.  Or maybe you like having this new-found control 😉

      Quoting my source http://kb.mozillazine.org/Prevent_websites_from_disabling_new_window_features:

      Prevent websites from disabling new window features

      This article describes how to prevent websites from disabling certain new window features by changing the related Firefox or Mozilla Suite preference setting.

      Web pages can disable a number of features in new windows opened via JavaScript. The new window or “popup” may not be resizable and other features such toolbars may be missing, as discussed here. Advanced users can prevent these features from being disabled by editing configuration via the user.js file or in about:config. For example, you can set the dom.disable_window_open_feature.resizable preference to “true” to prevent popup window resizing from being disabled, so that you can resize popup windows that may open too small. Other “dom.disable_window_open_feature.*” preferences are listed below:

      (From the About:config entries article, under DOM.)

      Meaning of Values (all these values are type “Boolean”)
      Web page authors can disable many features of a popup window that they open. Setting these preferences to true will override the author’s settings and ensure that that feature is enabled and present in any popup window.
      dom.disable_window_open_feature.close: Prevents the close button from being disabled.
      dom.disable_window_open_feature.directories: Prevents the bookmarks toolbar from being hidden.
      dom.disable_window_open_feature.location: Prevents the address bar from being hidden
      dom.disable_window_open_feature.menubar: Prevents the menubar from being hidden.
      dom.dom.disable_window_open_feature.minimizable: Prevents popup window minimization from being disabled.
      dom.disable_window_open_feature.personalbar: Prevents the bookmarks toolbar from being hidden.
      dom.disable_window_open_feature.resizable: Prevents popup window resizing from being disabled.
      dom.disable_window_open_feature.scrollbars: Prevents the scrollbars on a popup from being disabled.
      dom.disable_window_open_feature.status: Prevents the status bar from being hidden.
      dom.disable_window_open_feature.titlebar: Prevents the title bar from being hidden.
      dom.disable_window_open_feature.toolbar: Prevents the navigation toolbar from being hidden. (eg the favorite and reload buttons, and the history drop-down menu)

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