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Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Good Router 04/26/2016

This review is from: Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Pros: +Supports the new MU-MIMO technology. Although this technology will only benefit you if the device its connected to also supports MU-MIMO, which I have none of. Apparently there are not many on devices on the market yet which support MU-MIMO. This feature is supposed to allow the router to send to MU-MIMO supporting devices at the same time, as if each device has its own router, instead of quickly alternating between each device separately. You can still use this router like any other router though, without having to use MU-MIMO.

+The router was easy for me to setup and use. Although I did make a mistake and wanted to start over, I pressed the reset button for 10 seconds to reset the router, like the instructions state, but ended up needing to hold the button for 20 seconds instead.

+You can set up its external storage as a Media Server, FTP, or with secure folder access to assigned accounts.

+I like how the interface displays all the connected devices on a screen in a graphical style.

+Fast internet speed for the Time Warner Cable that we have. Our Time Warner gives us 200MB/s download speed, but I did get 235MB/s download speed when I tested it on the router.

+It works fine with 3 Xbox One consoles hooked up at the same time, and we have had no problems, two on wifi and one wired. We have another family that lives with us so we have a lot of devices connected, the last I saw on the graphical display, there were 34 devices connected, from phones, tablets, desktops, notebooks, etc.

+The routers Media Player feature works fine for me. With the devices in the same room I was able to play a 28MB/s Blu-ray movie that I bought to 3 other devices at the same time, with no problems through wifi using the external USB 3.0 port, playing from an external SSD drive. I didn’t try more, but just wanted to see if it could play it.

Cons: -No status lights whatsoever on the front of it, just the illuminated Linksys logo on top which only flashes when being setup or something is wrong.

-I definitely do not like the power adapter used, it’s huge and takes up space of other outlets on my power strip.

-The user interface is very basic. Although it has pretty much what you need, I just wish it wasn’t so basic. This might be a plus to some people though.

-I think another person mentioned this also, but I was getting slow benchmarks on the internet speed test. It was fixed after I rebooted the router.

Other Thoughts: Overall I have been happy with this router so far anyways. Its not perfect but no router is. I give it 5 stars because it works good for me, despite the cons I had listed.

The wireless range was good to me in our 65’ house, that has an L shape on one end. That is one place where the 5ghz signals have problems reaching in our house, and other routers have had the same problem that I have owned, as this one does also at that same location. But it reaches fine most places.

The USB 3.0 port did get good transfer speed at around 80MB/s using a wired connection, with an SSD drive.

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5 out of 5 eggs Happy with this card so far 03/31/2016

This review is from: Patriot LX Series 128GB microSDXC Flash Card Model PSF128GMCSDXC10

Pros: +Good read/write speeds
+Good price with lots of storage

Cons: -None yet

Other Thoughts: I purchased this card from another merchant but only because I had a gift card for that merchant. But I like Newegg the best so I will post a short review here.

I know that Newegg is trustworthy so you should get a genuine Patriot card if you buy directly from them.

I bought this to use with a used Samsung Galaxy Note 4 that I purchased. Benchmarks were taken on my Intel i7 cpu and MSI Gaming 7 motherboard using Transcend TS-RDF5K card reader connected to a USB 3.0 port.

My CrystalDiskMark speeds:

Seq Q32T1 Read: 81.08 MB/s
Seq Q32T1 Write: 19.92 MB/s
4k Q32T1 Read: 3.414 MB/s
4k Q32T1 Write: 1.576 MB/s
Seq Read: 81.58 MB/s
Seq Write: 19.93 MB/s
4k Read: 3.319 MB/s
4k Write: 1.516 MB/s

The card writes 4k video files just fine on my Note 4 phone. So far its working with no problems for me. The higher priced cards do not perform any better, some are actually worse. The only cards that are faster are the U3 version of the cards, which are very expensive.

Hopefully I won't have any problems with it in the future. The Patriot brand is a well known brand, especially on Newegg, they have been around a long time. Its nice having 128gb for extra storage or to use for installing custom roms on the phone.

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TP-LINK NC200 Motion Detection Built-in Microphone Wireless Cloud IP Camera
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3 out of 5 eggs Ok camera but has some negatives 03/19/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK NC200 Motion Detection Built-in Microphone Wireless Cloud IP Camera

Pros: +Inexpensive – as long as this is priced lower than any other cameras.

+Good length on the power cord. It comes with two cords, and they can be connected together to make a longer or shorter cord. One cord is 5ft in length, and the extension power cord is 8ft long, making 13ft total.

+Easy to setup - Like all the TP-Link apps I have tried, the app software is very easy to use and install.

+Low energy use. Although I don’t know what other cameras use, this camera uses roughly 2w when on. Measured by using the TP-Link HS110 Smart Plug.

+The camera can be adjusted for different angles and seem to have a wide lens view.

Cons: -No night vision – Make sure you know this before buying this. TP-Link has another model which does have night vision, and I would pay a little extra for that. I can see it in a dark room but there needs to be some kind of light turned on, otherwise it will be totally black.

-Lower resolution – The resolution is low on this, although in my opinion not as bad as some make it out to be. In daylight its acceptable and better than a lot of those blurry store camera videos you see on the evening news.

-The sound this camera picks up is incredibly bad. Just speaking loud right next to it, and I can’t even make out what I said on the recording. I don’t know why they even added mic feature to this, it is pointless with that poor of a mic.

-There is no motion detection with this camera, which is a negative unless you only use this camera for constantly recording. There is no storage on the camera itself.

Other Thoughts: Overall I think this camera is ok but I personally would look for a higher end model. But if the price is low enough the camera is ok and not quite as bad as some reviews make it out to be. The lack of night vision is kind of a big negative to me.

There is a TPCamera app you download from the Play Store to setup and use for viewing the camera. You can just use it to view the camera, or click its record button to record to your phone, or to take a screenshot and save it to your phone.

There is also a PC desktop application you can download from their website which has more features. There is a separate manual on their website you can download to view what all is in the desktop application.

The Desktop application has more features but you most likely have to leave your PC on all the time to record video. You can set which days to record and the time-frame to record in. The recording lengths can be 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hour intervals.

This camera seems to be best as a camera to check in on something at home when you are away during the daytime or as a security camera but again, only during the daytime and using their desktop app for recording to your PC.

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