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TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Dual Band Wireless N600 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 300Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Gigabit ports all provide gigabit speed according to my tests.

Superior wireless range compared to my dual channel Linksys E3000.

Far better wireless speeds than my Linksys E3000 and equal distances. In most cases, the TP-Link is at least double my Linksys.

Guest network after firmware update.

On/Off button.

On/Off button for wireless, no need to go into the settings and change things there.

The reset button doesn't require a pin.

Each frequency can be set up individually or identically. This can give you 4 separate wireless networks.

Cons: I needed to do a firmware update to get the guest network and the extremely limited, makeshift QOS.

This is my biggest issue so far. The QOS type feature is a joke. It's basically a bandwidth limiter, which you need to setup for every machine connected. See "Other thoughts" for more detail.

The lights are distracting. I have the router on a shelf, about 1 foot from the ceiling, with the front toward the wall, the thing lights up the room.

A firmware update will wipe your settings. This isn't all that abnormal, but there is no warning about it.

Other Thoughts: My network setup includes (wired) a few switches, IP network cameras, 2 desktops, printer, 3 TVs, HTPC, a NAS, XBox, PS3, Wii, Roku and various A/V components. (Wireless) Some laptops, tablets and phones.

My router must have a decent QOS option or I cannot stream shows and movies. I must be able to have specific programs have priority, not entire machines, which is what this router does.

This is a good router that could be much better with decent firmware. There are alternate firmware options out there that provide all of the options most would need, but I have not tried them on this router.

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WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The WD Green series is a great option for storage or media playback.

I have this drive in my HTPC and have not had any issues with it streaming video to multiple sources.

It runs much cooler than my Reds and Blacks.

It's quieter than my Reds and Blacks.

Cons: If the drive has been inactive, it takes a little longer for it to spin up and serve up data then the Blacks.

It's not as fast as most other drives, but that's an intentional design.

This is an OEM drive, it does not come with a retail box, mounting hardware or instructions. All OEM drives are like this.

The two year warranty is pretty short, most of my other drives have had five year warranties. I've never had any of my WD drives fail before ten years, so I'm not concerned about this.

Other Thoughts: I have several WD Greens, Reds and Blacks. I use the Greens for storage and media playback, the Reds are being used in my NAS and surveillance system, the Blacks are my main drives.

This drive shouldn't be used as a main drive, it should be used for storage. It should not be used for virtual memory either. It is not a performance drive and shouldn't be compared to data transfer rates of other drives. I see comparisons with SSDs and can't help but wonder why anyone would make comparisons between the two, they are each meant for significantly different things.

This drive is being used in my HTPC, and I wasn't concerned with doing benchmark tests on it. Streaming video isn't a very data intensive activity.

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Kingston Black/Gray 1800 mAh MobileLite Wireless MLW221
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Not as good as I had hoped 10/08/2013

This review is from: Kingston Black/Gray 1800 mAh MobileLite Wireless MLW221

Pros: It's a nice looking device and kept my phone going for a bit longer than it normally would.

Cons: The Android app constantly crashed on me, on every device.

Any time more than one device connected to the MobileLite the app would crash on each device.

When the app would crash, I would usually need to restart the MobileLite in order to be able to connect to it again.

I was only able to get moderate reliability when using the web browser to access the MobileLite.

Finding the IP for the MobileLite took some minor digging, since it's not noted in the instructions. I was able to get it from the app.

The MobileLite will occasionally show up twice in the app, with different IP addresses.

The longest the app has stayed running for me, on any of my devices, was for about 10 minutes.

The internet passthrough option does not work well. I've only been able to access the internet with the pass through one time.

Transfer speeds are painfully slow. It's significantly faster for me to plug into a computer and transfer files.

There is no charger included, and only a short micro USB cable. You have to use your computer or a phone charger to charge it.

Other Thoughts: I reviewed the MobileLite with Android devices, an HTC One, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.

I used USB memory, SD cards and Micro SD cards.

I've had the MobileLite for 2 weeks and have worked with it every day.

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Mathew L.'s Profile

Display Name: Mathew L.

Date Joined: 12/29/04

  • Reviews: 22
  • Helpfulness: 15
  • First Review: 01/28/06
  • Last Review: 11/23/13
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