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General fileserver (feeding PXE diskless booting machines), compiling/developing open source software, photo editing.

Virtualization I have on a different computer for now, might move there.
 

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Bye bye dual band 3200 wifi 5 hello tri band 7800 wifi 6e ....


Mmmm beefy
 
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8 antennas, should pick up a lot of signal. Have some TP link stuff here too, but not that "beefy".

Think my latest buy on WiFi was this, some long time ago.
EA6900
I put DD WRT on it, but box not in use atm.

Son also picked up some TP link 940 box, he said it runs well.
 
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What will you use it for?
Let's assume he'll use it for memes and arguing on the internet like the rest of us do

8 antennas, should pick up a lot of signal. Have some TP link stuff here too, but not that "beefy".

Think my latest buy on WiFi was this, some long time ago.
EA6900
I put DD WRT on it, but box not in use atm.

Son also picked up some TP link 940 box, he said it runs well.
Depends how they're setup - my primary router has two visible external aerials, but they're actually for the 4G LTE backup - but internally it has heaps
4x4 for 2.4GHz and 5GHz, so it's a chaotic mess internally with SMA jacks and mini-aerials all over the place

Usually anything designed for mesh or tri-band has the extra aerials, but if often just means more devices can connect problem free vs more speed
 

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For £26, landed this morning. Believe it or not, my first ever portable mini vacuum cleaner and just a few uses later I can't believe i've been without one all these years. Perfect desk companion!

The keyboards sea bed easily cleaned with the brush attachment (literally took me ~20 secs). Easily pulls away dust between the key caps.

Enough power to pick up the occasional crumbs, ciggy ash and other bits n pieces with a single gentle swipe. Not that loud either.

It wasn't in the listing description but USB type C charger port/cable (bonus)

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if interested: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0917FL9MW?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details
 
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Think my latest buy on WiFi was this, some long time ago.
EA6900
I put DD WRT on it, but box not in use atm.
Inspired I became. Took out the Linksys EA6900 to be used as a 2nd WiFi client bridge.
Damn, it was not easy, wonder why, done this many times with other routers, but this one has quirks, anyway it works now, fast WiFi too.
 
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For £26, landed this morning. Believe it or not, my first ever portable mini vacuum cleaner and just a few uses later I can't believe i've been without one all these years. Perfect desk companion!

The keyboards sea bed easily cleaned with the brush attachment (literally took me ~20 secs). Easily pulls away dust between the key caps.

Enough power to pick up the occasional crumbs, ciggy ash and other bits n pieces with a single gentle swipe. Not that loud either.

It wasn't in the listing description but USB type C charger port/cable (bonus)

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if interested: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0917FL9MW?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details

nice. I bought my first handheld cleaner this year too. i got a Dirt Devil, its wired though, but its powerful as fuck all because of that. it works great. only issue is cleaning it when im done... filters are expensive...
 
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nice. I bought my first handheld cleaner this year too. i got a Dirt Devil, its wired though, but its powerful as fuck all because of that. it works great. only issue is cleaning it when im done... filters are expensive...

oh man im sick of wired devices.... i got too many but seeing how useful this portable vacuum is, who knows maybe one-day i'll have to compromise on the spagetti clutter and go for a more powerful wired option. I just hope this bugger lasts a bit on a full charge. The only downside so far, no spare filter provided hence i share your concerns.
 

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oh man im sick of wired devices.... i got too many but seeing how useful this portable vacuum is, who knows maybe one-day i'll have to compromise on the spagetti clutter and go for a more powerful wired option. I just hope this bugger lasts a bit on a full charge. The only downside so far, no spare filter provided hence i share your concerns.

i understand, i don't mind the wire personally, i have outlets everywhere in my house, i just like that it is handheld and powerful enough to get anything I need it to get, i am not confident wireless ones have the power I desire
 
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best feeling? it was an auction that finished around 3hrs this morning and i won it for 90chf for the RAM and SSD :D all 3 piece will cost 99.90chf, the RAM alone is listed around 125€ on Corsair official website (90chf promo at my local retailer but without the bonus :laugh: ) and the SSD is around 140chf (hilariously cheaper than the 160chf that the 2.5" Sandisk 3D Ultra 2tb cost )
 
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Inspired I became. Took out the Linksys EA6900 to be used as a 2nd WiFi client bridge.
Damn, it was not easy, wonder why, done this many times with other routers, but this one has quirks, anyway it works now, fast WiFi too.
what bridging method did you use?

If you can get proper mesh setups they're a *lot* faster than standard repeater modes (less duplicated traffic, less interference, better client handoff for phones etc)
 
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Just plain Client Bridge provided by DD-wrt. (& wpa2 personal and yada daa).
The 1st bridge is an Atheros chip box on dd-wrt, the 2nd is a Broadcom box, but they work pretty good.
Lot of radio/WiFi signal activity here in the neighborhood.
Have not picked up on mesh yet, I should study a bit on that.
 
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Just plain Client Bridge provided by DD-wrt. (& wpa2 personal and yada daa).
The 1st bridge is an Atheros chip box on dd-wrt, the 2nd is a Broadcom box, but they work pretty good.
Lot of radio/WiFi signal activity here in the neighborhood.
Have not picked up on mesh yet, I should study a bit on that.
Summary:
One DHCP server is best, so you avoid double NAT issues, and your local network isn't segmented.
Mesh has hand-off, so a device that moves around (phone) could be on a call, change from one router to another - and it doesnt know. No dropouts, no packet loss etc.
They also route the traffic smarter, like a switched ethernet hub - so in a setup with say 5 mesh repeaters, traffic only takes one route - it's not duplicated along all of them

In your setup, traffic isnt duplicated - but it is segmented, so devices on network 1 cant see or talk to devices on network 2, but they both have internet access.
The second router is limited in without port forwards, inbound traffic cannot reach those devices - it hits router one who says "what? i dont need this" and ignores the traffic (P2P games and anything player hosted can utterly break, here)


Edit: If you can get "client bridged" working, DD-WRT solves half of this by keeping them on the same local network, but the wifi aspects are independent - no client handoffs, and they can't coordinate to reduce interference (so they'd need to be seperate channels) and if the hardware doesnt support multiple networks you're gunna have bandwidth issues (see repeater bridge below)
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WDS seems to be their preferred method, but requires matching hardware on all devices
Linking Routers - DD-WRT Wiki


Client is meant to be used as wifi->many wired, and works great there (especially in bridged mode), but if you add it's own wifi network it's simply going to act like a seperate wifi network, and not part of a unified network like mesh

Repeater (of any kind) is always a bad choice because the wifi hardware of the second router is being used in both directions at once on the same channel - so at best you halve your speeds, but in a noisy environment it can be even worse
 
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@lexluthermiester the 6900xt has a terrible coil whine. :D Super glue purchase time.
 
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Bought a new headset cause my previous one was on its last legs + me accidentally damaging one of the wires did not help. :oops: 'still works but I called it time to replace'
Hama uRage Soundz 900:
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Its a German brand and this is their 'gamer' branch, not that uncommon in my country cause they have a smaller factory here.
Not my first tech stuff from them or in my family, generally they are not bad within the budget and I didn't feel like experimenting again.
Also I wanted something that has no PU leather on it or anything that stucks to my head/ears cause it does get really hot in my room during summer 'no ac..' and this has a very soft breathable fabric on the ear cups/head part.

Perfectly comfortable straight out of the box, also comes with a USB sound card/Dac that works with any jack headset and its clearly better than what my crappy onboard does on its own.
Paid ~55$ for it and for that I can't complain, I paid about the same for my old HyperX Stinger a few years ago and that one made my head hurt for 1+ month cause it was crushing the top of my head and to my ears it sounded worse too.
Mic is removable, I rarely use voice chat nowadays so thats a bonus for me. 'Blue color too, fits my room's and PC's theme.:laugh:'

I also bought some random small stuff like this Xiaomi temp/humidity monitor and a cheapo smart light bulb cause I felt like 'modernizing' my room a little. 'that and my old bulb had a really weak light..'
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+ now I can look at the lovely 30 celsius displayed while I sweat my ass off in my room once its summer.:oops:
 
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welp, both legit, BNIB and sealed ... with full warranty (5yrs for the P3 Plus and 10yrs/Lifetime for the Vengeance Pro)
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but i knew i had to F' it up :laugh: the M2 ext. is SATA... DAAAAAAAAAAAAA fudge it!

by the POWER OF GREYSKU.... wait ... by the power of standard exchange, i shall ... send it back and pay 2chf more to get a NVMe one ... coming tomorrow luckily...

well ... they say MSI Mystic light compatible ... BOLLOCKS! iCUE or rainbow puke ...
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still they do look nice ... but as i mentioned about my CM Halo 120 White ... the hub white is more warm white than the rest of them :laugh:


XMP Profile 2 3600mhz (well 3596mhz) work, YAY! (CPU-Z still report 2666mhz as max bandwidth o_O )
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weeeee 32gb now ... if i want to upgrade more i can go 64gb instead of 32gb ... happy
 
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8 antennas, should pick up a lot of signal. Have some TP link stuff here too, but not that "beefy".

Think my latest buy on WiFi was this, some long time ago.
EA6900
I put DD WRT on it, but box not in use atm.

Son also picked up some TP link 940 box, he said it runs well.
Got this one on a sale for $59.
Not WIFI 6 but still a lot of router for the money.
Covers bi-level 2000sqf and outside too with tons of connected devices.
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Found the exact RAM kit like the one I used on my ryzen rig for more than a 3 years. The advertisement was 18 hours old, and I was checking the marketplace mostly out of boredom and thinking about buying the new 32GB kit. It was a nice day indeed.
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so devices on network 1 cant see or talk to devices on network 2, but they both have internet access.
yes.
One DHCP server is best, so you avoid double NAT issues, and your local network isn't segmented.
Exactly.
WDS seems to be their preferred method, but requires matching hardware on all devices.
That is why I never went into WDS, tried a couple times out of curiosity, but have so much wireless IT stuff here.
 
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