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Nyrius Aries NPCS549 Prime Wireless HDMI Transmitter & Receiver for HD 1080p 3D Video Streaming
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Can't see much of a need for this but.... 07/20/2014

This review is from: Nyrius Aries NPCS549 Prime Wireless HDMI Transmitter & Receiver for HD 1080p 3D Video Streaming

Pros: It does work and can be easy to use. You need to understand the product, use it as it's intended and have realistic expectations. With that, you'll be very happy with this product if you have a need for wireless HDMI.

Works with any device that has an HDMI out and if you only want to pass video (no audio) you can run this through a VGA or DVI to HDMI adapter. That can be good for slide shows, surfing the web on the big screen or in business, showing powerpoint/briefings where no audio is needed.

Cons: "Plug and play" depends on the device you're hooking it up to. If you're connecting it to a laptop, you will most likely need to go into your video/audio settings to get it to work properly. While not difficult, not everyone will have the know-how to do this and they'll just assume it's not working properly.

If you have several wireless devices around the transmitter, you will get interference and the range is drastically reduced. Line of sight is the key to getting the most out of this device. If it's not in direct line of sight with no interference, you won't get anywhere near the advertised 30ft range. In a "normal" environment however, there should be no issues.

No "legacy" support....meaning if you don't have an HDMI out on your device, you're out of luck. Would be FAR more useful if there was an audio adapter tied into the device (see other thoughts below).

Other Thoughts: I have 3 laptops in my household ranging from 6+yrs old to less than a year. While the transmitter that connects to your laptop comes with a USB power adapter, it would be great if there was an audio (SPDIF or headphone jack) adapter as well as a VGA/DVI to HDMI adapter. This would make the product much more useful for older laptops that don't have HDMI and take care of the issue of not being able to pass audio over VGA/DVI. Whie we're talking adapters, it would be nice if there was a min-HDMI adapter for phones and tablets.

There is potential in this device and it does meet a very niche market with a specific need. With work, I would recommend this product but as it stands I just couldn't justify it for the cost.

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TP-LINK TL-PA6010KIT 600 Mbps AV2 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Fantastic upgrade over AV200 05/26/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA6010KIT 600 Mbps AV2 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros: Extremely easy to setup and install. Connects to other brands powerline connectors (worked with my existing Netgear setup at least). Marked improvement over AV200. Never dropped a connection. Power saving feature is a nice touch for when not in use and smaller footprint over existing AV200 and other brands AV600 powerline models. Excellent connection range through home wiring…much better than my prior setup! Handedly beats all other powerline setups in terms of overall speed, range through wiring and a trusted company/warranty behind to stand behind their product should something go awry.

Cons: None! I spent a lot of time trying to come up with a “con” and the only possible complaint would be the price depending on what it’s currently listed for. At under $70 it’s an absolute steal but at $99 it’s a fair bit higher than AV500 and generic AV600 models. However, you get what you pay for here. This rendered my old Netgear equipment obsolete. Con…now I feel obligated to replace the other 2 AV200s I still have in my home…..

Other Thoughts: I originally had my 3 story home wired with a Netgear AV200 setup in every room along with a solid router (Nighthawk) that covers all wireless devices. I’m paying for 50Mb download speed and with the AV200 the FASTEST connection I could manage was 34Mb with only a few feet away from the “source”. The SLOWEST connection I had with the TP-Link was 46Mb and I was hitting nearly 60Mb (over my advertised speed) at times. All tests performed through Speedtest.net for consistency. If you can get this kit for under $99, jump on it and enjoy your new found speed and range (if in large home or have shady wiring)!

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LINKSYS RE1000-NP Wireless-N Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Could be better - RE2000 may be the way to go 04/05/2014

This review is from: LINKSYS RE1000-NP Wireless-N Range Extender

Pros: Once setup, it does give an appreciable boost in coverage. Did not have any "random" connection failures accept when power is cut to the host router. In my garage I went from 2/5 bars to full coverage and my speeds (via cellphone connected wirelessly and laptop) were as fast as they were in my main living area. That is impressive. Works with routers other than just Linksys, but setup may be more difficult if not matched.

Cons: Setup disc is worthless and misleading. Not user friendly upon initial setup and not something I could recommend for a novice. I have family and friends that would not have been able to get this extender connected to my network if they tried. Limited to the 2.4GHz band (crowded) and the "N" is misleading to some as most associate 5GHz with "N". Will not automatically reestablish connection to host router if power is lost to the router (although it looks like the extender maintains all connection settings, it just needs to be told to reconnect). Inconvenient as it should automatically reconnect to the network it was setup to run with.

Other Thoughts: Step one - throw out the included install disc. Attempting to setup a connection using that disc made things much more difficult than they needed to be and flat out didn't work, for me at least. I have a Netgear Nighthawk router that I was using to connect this with, so perhaps the included disc will work if you have a linksys router? The only way I was able to get this extender connected to my network was by using a hardwired connection from the extender to a laptop which was connected over the 2.4 band. Once you login to the extender, setup was straightforward. I moved the router and extender to different locations to check the range and each time the router is unplugged, you have to setup the extender from scratch all over again as if it was a new connection. Most won't be moving their router or extender several times, so that most likely won't be an issue for the average user. Overall, it does work and has a reliable connection if you set it and forget it. Had the included disk worked/connected right out of the box, if the extender would remember all connection settings if/when power is lost preventing setting it up from scratch again and not limit you to the 2.4 band, this would be a 5 egger. The RE2000 seems to address most of those issues and with that, I can't recommend the RE1000. If you want a Linksys extender, you're better off looking at the RE2000 for nearly the same price.

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