RIDGID R2800/R2802 REFURBISHED:
The R2800/R2802 are two models of the same product line from Ridgid. They have similar features and specifications but differ in price. The main difference between them is the amount of RAM (Random Access Memory) they come with.
The R2800 comes with 4 MB whereas the R2802 comes with 8 MB RAM. Both routers support 802.11bgn wireless networking and both are capable of running Windows 7 Professional or higher.
The R2800 and R2802 are compatible with most major operating systems including Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate, Apple Mac OS X 10.4 Leopard, Linux Mint 18, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and many others.
Both routers support WPA2 encryption. The R2800 supports up to 128-bit security while the R2802 supports up to 256-bit security. Both routers are able to connect to each other over Wi-Fi Direct which means no need for additional hardware such as USB adapters or Ethernet cables.
There is a built in web server included with both routers so users do not require any special software packages or drivers to access their Internet connection through these devices. There is also a built in FTP server so that users can access files on the web via an FTP client. There is a basic firewall included with both of these devices to prevent unwanted access to the user’s network and both have Quality of Service (QoS) settings to prioritise gaming, VOIP and other important network traffic.
The R2802 has a slightly more powerful processor than the R2800 due to it having 8 MB of RAM rather than 4MB. This means that it can handle a slightly higher workload however most users will not notice much of a difference.
The R2802 has four Ethernet ports while the R2800 has two Ethernet ports and two Fast Ethernet ports. There are two USB 2.0 ports on both routers, one for connecting external storage devices such as hard drives or flash drives and one for connecting a printer via a USB cable.
The R2802 also has a USB 3.0 port which allows for faster access to connected storage devices.
The R2802 has a higher output when it comes to Wi-Fi signals. It is able to broadcast 802.11ac connections at a maximum speed of 1300Mbps while the R2800 can only broadcast at a maximum speed of 867Mbps.
The R2802 also has an external antenna that can be replaced or re-positioned to improve WiFi signal strength in areas with low signal interference.
Overall the R2802 is slightly better than the R2800 in every way and is more future proof due to it’s superior WiFi antenna and faster USB 3.0 port.
RIDGID R8300 REVIEW:
The R8300 is a very popular router from the well-known tool company, Ridgid. It has a sleek design, powerful processor, dual cooling fans and a large LED display. It’s also very expensive and probably overkill for most users.
The R8300 is compatible with most major operating systems including Microsoft Windows 7 and 8, Apple Mac OS X 10.4 and higher and even Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS.
It has a built in FTP server, a built in web server as well as a basic firewall to prevent access to the user’s network by unwanted devices. It also has a Quality of Service (QoS) setting to prioritise gaming, VOIP and other important network traffic.
The R8300 has two USB 2.0 ports, one for connecting external storage devices such as hard drives or USB flash drives and one for connecting a printer via USB. It also has three standard RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet ports for fast, wired Internet connections.
The R8300 is able to broadcast simultaneous dual-band WiFi signals. The 2.4GHz band can broadcast at a speed of up to 600Mbps while the 5GHz band broadcasts at a speed of up to 1,300Mbps which is fast enough to stream HD video.
The R8300 also has an external antenna that can be replaced or re-positioned to improve WiFi signal strength in areas with low signal interference.
The R8300 has a 1.
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