if You just returned from a long Christmas and New Years vacation : You’ve missed-out on ipTime’s latest top-of-the-Line wireless router’s early reservation discount of about W100,000 again as is when the first batch of their most expensive device rolls out . it is now selling as the most expensive ipTime router at W145,000 with credit card and accumulation point discounts .
exterior-wise You won’t be able to tell the difference between its predecessor A3004NS, to which this latest model will be now compared .
ipTime A3004NS wireless router introduced last April 2014
and now selling for W115,000 at larger On-Line discount outlets
4-ports for regular RJ45 LAN connectors – Broadcom Cortex-A9 chipset – 800GHz CPU – 2.4/5GHz wireless frequencies from 5 5dBi power antenna via 802.11ac/n/g/b/a protocol at GigaByte (1Gb/s) speed – WOL wake-on-LAN support – NAS exteror disk connection – Jumbo Frame – WPS AC1600 QoS
[ A5004NS IMPROVEMENTS OVER A3004NS ]
- single-core CPU upgraded to dual,
- 128MB RAM increased to 256MB,
- 8MB Flash Memory increased to 32MB,
- A5004NS supports DLNA,
but above are hardware specification comparison only, and keeping-in-mind : Korean manufacturers rarely spend on R&R research and development, and instead pass onto early consumers the role of Guinea pig or beta tester umph ~ so be ready for some unbearably sensitive sleepless nights ..
even a popular company in this specific field, like ipTime is no exception as people don’t upgrade or buy a new router every other year so their profit is on the down-slope, and they had to come up with a superior ditto expensive model as Global brand-names in Asus, NetGear, D-Link and TP-Link were threatening their higher-end models . nerds and geeks were buying-up these foreign models even though they cost over twice the most expensive ipTime models .
[ CURRENT ISSUES ON INITIAL A5004NS FIRMWARE ]
- A5004NS becomes a (recoverable) brick (i.e., goes dead) when trying to connect in USB 3.0 mode ⇒solved January 3 2015, by firmware version 9.36
- LED lights much brighter than A3004NS, maybe too bright
- no speed increase over A3004NS ..
so the verdict is : Not Yet, unless You’re a die-hard early-adopter
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