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TP-LINK TL-WDN4200 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, One-Button Setup,Windows XP/Vista/7/8
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Connected to my 2.4GHz network at 450Mb/s without a problem.

Gives a better signal and a better connection than some of the other USB adapters I've tried, but still not as good as ones with an external antenna.

The usb extension cable was nice, it allowed me to position the adapter in a better location to get a better signal.

Cons: This adapter is big. It is so big I couldn't plug it directly into the USB ports on the front of my computer because they are recessed behind a door. However, the included extension cable allowed me to use it with those front USB ports.

The biggest issue I had with this adapter was that I could not get it to recognized any 5GHz networks. I have two, from two different routers, in my house and my neighbors have several more. None of them showed up with this adapter. My other 5GHz adapters find them and connect to them just fine.

Even if I could connect to the 5GHz networks, I don't believe this adapter allows you to combine the two connection into one 900Mb/s connection. Which is kind of false advertising, IMO. And if you want proof they never expected you to get anywhere near 900Mb/s just look at the fact that this is only a USB2.0 adapter. USB2.0 only allows 480Mb/s maximum, so enough for 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz, but not both at the same time. This adapter would need to be USB3.0 to get 900Mb/s.

Despite the utility claiming I have a 450Mb/s connection to my router, I was only able to transfer files at ~19MB/s which translates to only a ~150Mb/s connection. My internet connection also suffered. Speed tests went from 105Mb/s with a wired connection down to 85-90Mb/s with this adapter.

The adapter does get a little warm when in use.

The shiny finish looks nice at first, but it gets covered in finger prints very easily. I much prefer a matte finish on anything that gets touch a lot like a USB adapter.

Other Thoughts: Some of the other reviews say this adapter is big, and it is larger than some other USB wireless adapters. However, it is typical size for a dual-band adapter. It is also priced pretty competitively with other dual-band adapters. Most of the smaller adapters are 2.4GHz only.

I'm not sure if I got a defective unit or what, because my adapter will not detect any 5.0GHz network. This is mainly why the adapter only got 2 eggs. It would have been 4 eggs if the 5.0GHz had worked. If TP-Link wants to contact me and get me a replacement unit, I'll gladly try again and post an updated review.

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ASUS RT-N12/D1 Wireless-N300 3-in-1 Router/AP/Range Extender IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n manufactured recertified
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice and cheap, no frills wireless N router. It does what it is supposed to do.

Wireless speeds are acceptable, much better than routers with smaller antennas I've used. I couldn't tell the difference between connecting to this router and connecting directly to my cable modem with a wire while browsing the internet. Large file downloads were a little slower over the wireless, but I expect that. I was still getting 10MB/s easily, which is about 100Mb/s .

The detachable antennas are nice. I've upgraded mine to 7dbi antennas and I can now pick up the signal and connect 4 house down from me with my smartphone.

This supports all the 3rd party firmwares. I use Shibby TomatoUSB. But DD-WRT also works with this router.

Cons: It would have been nice if this router was dual-band with a 5.0GHz band. But I don't really miss the 5.0GHz really.

Gigabit network ports would have also been nice. I have a 105Mbps internet connection, and I feel that the 100Mbps WAN port is every so slightly limiting my speeds.

Other Thoughts: If you brick this router flashing the firmware, you don't know what the heck you were doing. It says it is the D1 version right in the title of the newegg page, and it says it when you log into the administration page. ASUS doesn't hold you hand through the process because they are an enthusiast brand. They expect you to actually know a little about what you are doing. They also don't build in a firmware checking system because they support 3rd party firmware, this is a selling point of their routers. You are expected to know what you are doing when flashing the firmware.

If you are getting poor wireless speeds with this, use a different adapter. If you adapter doesn't have an external antenna it is garbage and will give you poor speeds with any router.

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D-Link DCS-5029L HD 720P Pan/Tilt  Night Vision Motion Detection 2 Way Audio Wireless  mydlink enabled Surveillance Cloud  IP Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: HD video, pan and tilt control, night vision, and good mounting hardware.

The video is clear in HD.

The SD slot is nice for internal recording. There are several options on how to record to the SD card. You can set the camera to record when motion is detected, or take a picture when motion is detected.

Setup was very simple. Signing up with DLink Mycloud was super easy and pairing the camera with it was painless. There was not even any require to install software on my computer, the download simply runs and does everything you need.

Connecting the camera to my WiFi was very easy. The setup walked me through it, I picked my SSID and put in my password and the camera connected to my WiFi right away.

The two way audio is fun.

This camera streams the video in several different formats. By default is streams in 1280x720, 640x360, and 320x176.

The configuration page that you get when you browse to the IP address of the camera on a computer is very nice, and offers a lot of tweaking options.

Cons: I was a little disappointing to find no ability to record to a computer or external network storage bundled with the camera. I had to go out and find my own solution. I ended up finding a piece of software called iSpy, which is free. This allowed me to connect to the camera over the network and record from it though a PC onto my network storage. But even this was a little tricky to set up, as originally the software would not detect the HD stream, it would only record the 320x176 video stream. It took an hour of trial and error and manual setting up the connection to the camera in the software to finally get the software to record the HD stream.

No matter what I did, I could not get the MyDlink app on my android smartphone to detect the camera as a local camera. This meant I was stuck watching the camera on the app in remote mode, which leads to my next issue.

When viewing the camera in remote mode using the smartphone app, you can not watch the HD video stream. You are limited to the low quality video.

Controlling the camera's pan and tilt is almost impossible with the smartphone app. It is very laggy, and will just stop responding after a short time. Controlling the camera through the web interface built into the camera works though, but this obviously isn't an option if you are away from your home.

Other Thoughts: I think with some software tweaks this camera can be perfect. I really think the camera should come with some kind of software to record video to your PC. DLink shouldn't expect people already have a DVR or always record to the SD card.

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