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This review is from: Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
Pros: I was very excited to receive this product to review. I am currently using it at my work to extend our wifi upstairs from our downstairs wireless router. Setup was super easy. I just plugged it in, followed the instructions and it was up and running within less than 5 minutes. The signal strength is excellent upstairs now in our office. We have had it up and running for almost a month now and it has not lost any signal strength or dropped the signal. The brand being Linksys was a bit of a shocker to me as I have not always had the best of luck with their products in the past (especially routers), but I must say that this is the best range extender I have tried over the past couple years. One thing you don’t immediate realize is that this provides a passthrough outlet for the one it takes up, which is great for those of us that might need to use the outlet to vacuum or use it for something else. The color being white is also great as most homes have close to white colors for their walls which makes this blend in and not stick out like a sore thumb. One of the neat features of this product is you can stream music to it and have speakers connect to the audio jack to play the streamed music. The spot finder feature is great to place it in the best possible position to give you the best results. The ethernet port is great if you really need a hardline faster connection to upload/download files or game.
Cons: I could not find too much at fault with this device other than an issue where the 5GHz band does not perform as well as the 2.4Ghz band during a couple tests of running speedtest on my computers.
Other Thoughts: It is a great device to get to help extend your network signal. Having the passthrough outlet is a great feature if you desperately need to have your outlets. I would recommend for those needing to extend their networks between floors, or if you want to temporarily use it to extend outside your home (it is not waterproof so bring it back inside during rain). Easy setup and easy firmware updates make this a wonderful device to work with.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 64GB Slider X1 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X1-64GB
Pros: I am reviewing the 64GB stick of the Corsair Flash Voyager Series USB 3.0 drives. Out of the package you get the USB drive itself and a saftey/warranty guide. Plugging it in suprised me with it's actual capacity the computer is showing (see cons) but through most of my tests this drive provided some decent results on reading data from it. Construction-wise, the slider to show/hide the connector is very nice and sturdy. It does not feel like it will wear down like other drives I have had.
Here are the results from my Crystal Disk Mark tests:
Computer: HP Envy Touch 15inch i5 2400M processor 8GB of RAM
Ran 3 tests over USB 2.0 port:
Sequential - 43.33 MB/s Read - 15.59 MB/s Write
512K - 39.98 MB/s Read - .529 MB/s Write
4K - 6.557 MB/s Read - .024 MB/s Write
4KQD32 - 7.001 MB/s Read - .034 MB/s Write
Computer: Custom Built i7 4770k OC'd to 4.0 GHz processor 16GB of RAM
Ran 3 tests over USB 3.0 port:
Sequential - 83.32 MB/s Read - 19.01 MB/s Write
512K - 78.19 MB/s Read - .527 MB/s Write
4K - 8.967 MB/s Read - .050 MB/s Write
4KQD32 - 9.045 MB/s Read - .022 MB/s Write
Cons: So when first plugging in the drive it suprised me that I only had 58GB of storage avalable. I am unsure why 8GB is missing from my drive. I could understand if 1-2GB wee used for some bloat-ware, but there is nothing on this drive. So, this is very strange and I am unsure if it is intended by Cosair. Next con is the writing to the drive is somewhat slow. When transferring a 2GB movie to the drive it was writing at 15-20 MB/s and took about 2 minutes on my custom built pc listed in the pros over USB 3.0. I tried it 3 different times with similar results. I have had other USB 3.0 drives that go close to 100 MB/s reads, so this one is way behind the pack.
Other Thoughts: For its price, it is a great drive to have to hold your music/movies you want to take with you on trips. I am a bit upset about the usable space being only 58GB and the write speeds being slower than most other USB 3.0 drives I have dealt with. I am giving this 4 stars as it is not perfect, but close to it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I was very excited to receive this router for review. Out of the box you get the router, the antennas for the router, a power adapter, an Ethernet cable and some instructions and setup CD. Initial setup had a hiccup (see cons), but after I was able to fix relatively quickly and had wifi working for my apartment. The range on the router is quite powerful as I still received a signal from it outside my apartment and in my car using my smartphone. The strength of the Wi-Fi is pretty strong (when it doesn’t drop..see cons) as I was able to game and stream Hulu and Netflix at the same time. The router does come with a USB 3.0 port to attach an external hard drive or printer to it to provide networking for those peripherals. This router is very savvy in the way that it provides very little LED’s on it (located on the back), which means you can stick this in your bedroom without having a lightshow occur every night.
Cons: There are quite a few downsides to this router, which is a bit upsetting since this is supposed to be a higher end router. From setup I had an issue where during setup it froze on the screen and sat there for more than 10 minutes not doing anything. I had to end the process, factory reset the router to factory settings and start all over. It did work after that, but I am not sure why I had to do that out of the box. Once setup the signal was just fine, but I noticed on the 2.4 GHz band that it did not perform too well and dropped the signal a couple times. I have charter internet with 60 Mbps speeds down and seemed to only be getting about half of that on the 2.4 GHz band. The power brick on most routers is annoying and this one is no exception as it hogs 2 spaces on my power strip. The Firmware update process is annoying as you have to go to Linksys’s website and download the firmware and then push it to the router. For a premium router, I should not have to do this. Screwing in the Antennas is a bit of a pain with the design of this router. Connecting USB drives and devices also proved annoying as sometimes they wouldn’t fit in all the way and the router would detect them different than what they were.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this hasn’t been my favorite product to review. For being such a premium router I found many issues with the design and software that leads me to say that I would not buy this router personally. I had the original Linksys WRT54GL when it first released and while it lasted a good 3-4 years, I still had various issues with it and I was expecting a bit more from Linksys with the new AC standard that is releasing today. With some firmware updates this could be brought up to 4 eggs, but for now I am giving it 3. If it was just with the firmware, then that can be fixed, but the design needs to be re-looked at by Linksys for future models with the issues of plugging in USB devices and the Antennas.READ FULL REVIEW
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