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TP-LINK TL-WA860RE V2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, Wall Plug Design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The TP-Link TL-WA860RE Wi-Fi range extender is a simple yet very effective means to extend your wireless signal in your home or business. The TL-WA86ORE operates in the 2.4GHz band and is 802.11n/g/b compatible. The two external, and spatially adjustable, antennas help to ensure that wireless coverage is maximized as compared to other wireless extenders that only use internal antenna(s).

Setup is as simple as plugging in the extender into an outlet near your main router and pressing the WPS buttons on each until they connect. If you do not have WPS capability, or want to manually perform setup, then connecting the extender via Ethernet cable to your computer and using the built in web interface to setup is simple and straightforward. The included quick install guide walks you through this process. Once the extender is on your wireless network you place it in your property in via means of the LED color and status (blinking orange meaning the extender is too far from the router, solid orange meaning too close to the router, and solid green meaning it's in a good location).

Another nice feature about the TL-WA860RE is that there is an Ethernet port on the bottom of the unit to enable it to function as a wireless bridge so you can plug a wired device (blu-ray, tv, cable box, etc.) into it with an Ethernet cable and use the wireless capability to bring coverage to that device. You can do this and use the normal wireless extending function simultaneously.

The front of the TL-WA860RE features an electrical outlet so you will not lose the functionality of your wall outlet - though the size of the device will cover both sockets in a typical 2 socket wall outlet cover. At least you can recover one outlet with the device.

Achievable transfer speeds using 802.11n and 802.11g are nominal for each standard. Watching HD video across the 802.11n channel is seamless and works well. Encryption standards supported are the normal WEP, WPA, and WPA2.

Cons: The wireless bridge functionality is only using Fast Ethernet (100BASE-TX). The speeds of this wired port is well above the notional bandwidth of the wireless standard, and this is still plenty of speed to transfer HD audio and video. This does not warrant the loss of an egg in my opinion.

Other Thoughts: If you need a wireless range extender that is easy to setup and maintains a stable connection, you would be hard pressed to find one as reliable as the TL-WA860RE for the price. Included in the box: the TL-WA860RE, an Ethernet cable, resource CD, and quick install documentation.

NETGEAR A6200-100NAS Dual Band Wi-Fi Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300/867Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs 802.11ac dongle that works, but nothing spectacular 11/03/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR A6200-100NAS Dual Band Wi-Fi Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300/867Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: The Netgear A6200 is a wireless dongle that operates in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi bands to connect to the latest wireless 802.11ac draft standard as well as legacy 802.11a/b/g/n networks. With USB connectivity the A6200 is geared towards upgrading a laptop computer to the 802.11ac standard, but will work with any computer running Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8 (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions).

The physical design is gray and black with the capability to rotate the USB connector on the top portion of the device. The rotatable USB connector makes great sense and is handy when plugging it into a USB port to avoid interfering with other devices plugged in nearby, but the rotatable top portion of the dongle appears gimmicky and merely adds to the overall size of the device. The intent is to extend the internal dual radio antennas in order to increase signal quality. If this is true the impact is too minor to note with mere applications measuring SNR at the source and destination.

Inside the box you will find the dongle, a USB cradle with a 3 foot cord to extend the device away from its host (great feature), installation documentation, and a resource CD (includes drivers and Netgear software).

Though the A6200 is advertised having a throughput of 867 Mbps (megabits per second) using its two internal antennas (equaling two 433 Mbps streams, one for each antenna), I was never able to achieve anywhere close to that in my testing. The reason being is that the USB connection is using USB 2.0 - which is a bus that is limited to a throughput of 480 Mbps. The USB 3.0 could easily meet the bus speed of the 802.11ac standard. Either way, the USB 2.0 limiting factor does come into play if you're transferring large files across your network, it does not impact the capability to stream HD video and audio content through the air.

Cons: The included software, called Netgear Genie, is absolutely horrible. Connections were intermittent and the application would hang for long periods on end before responding. Recommend not installing it and just using the native WiFi features within Windows to connect to networks.

The A6200 does not work on Windows 10, Macs, or Linux - only Win XP/Vista/7/8.

Depending on your own specific network, the environment, and even your local weather, link speeds will vary for everyone. In some instances the speed of 802.11ac does do well, other times you will get link speeds that equal the 802.11n standard.

Other Thoughts: Wireless dongles generally suffer from the same issues across all manufacturers - the small form factor makes it difficult to jam in antennas and keep a strong connection. The A6200 suffers from this as well. While the A6200 will satisfy the need for a point-to-point solution to occasionally stream HD content and move files, it does not meet the true capability of the 802.11ac standard.

Single point-to-point connections over distance this is a great solution, close networking solutions I would look elsewhere or stick with a quality 802.11n dongle (you are paying too much $$$ for the speeds of 802.11n).

WD Black WD6001FZWX 6TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Cavernous 6TB hard drive that's speedy and reliable 09/27/2015

This review is from: WD Black WD6001FZWX 6TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Performance Storage

Pros: The Western Digital Black 6 terabyte (TB) hard drive (model number WD6001FZWX) is a 3.5” mechanical hard drive with 128MB of cache, a SATA 3 interface, and spins at 7200 rpm. There is not much differentiating mechanical hard drives when you get into the multi-terabyte range, but the WD Black WD6001FZWX distinguishes itself in the marketplace by offering the largest cache available on a consumer grade hard drive; the 128MB of cache allows for speedier reads and writes. The 7200 rpm speed ensures efficient transfer that is still quiet and the drive runs cool.

In my testing on a SATA 3 interface I was able to achieve read/write speeds averaging 532 MB/s - that's megabytes per second. Remember there is a difference between megabytes and megabits. These speeds are completely within the norm for the SATA 3 interface and I am happy with the results.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: This is an OEM hard drive. It does not come with cabling and mounting screws/hardware. Newegg did an excellent job on packaging the drive with the drive in an anti-static bag and suspended in rubber-ish (soft plastics) supports inside a small box. This box was then packages in the shipping box filled with plenty of foam peanuts. Good job to Newegg on shipping hard drives - I remember when their shipping of OEM hard drives was abysmal, they have certainly improved greatly.

While the speed of a mechanical hard drive can never match that of a SSD, this 6TB monster is perfect for storing large amounts of data as a secondary drive within a desktop system (i.e. duty as mass photo/video/music storage, or a game library). Western Digital offers a 5 year warranty on this drive which is one of the best in the consumer mechanical hard drive market.

Testing was performed on a X58 Asus mobo in the SATA 3 channel (Marvel controller).


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