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Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 Backup Plus Slim Portable External Hard Drive for Mac Model STDS2000100
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Compact

Seems well built and sturdy

Large capacity

Fast on USB 3, OK on USB 2

Lots of backup features (Time Machine, Flicker, Facebook, portable devices)

Small while LED on top for power notification (not too bright at all for once, does not flash when accessing)

Cons: need separate driver for it to work on Windows.

Other Thoughts: The separate driver issue is not enough of a con to take an egg off for (it is a software/OS/formatting issue), but a bit of a hassle if you switch between mac and PC. I had no download/install issues with the software like another review did.
Problem I see with this is if you use a Mac at home and save files then bring it to work that only has PC; if you can't install the needed driver due to install restrictions on the work PC, you can't access the files.

If you only have PC's, then just reformat the drive and your good to go on any PC. (what I ended up doing, I don't have a Mac).

Transfered almost 1tb of files and drive was barely warm, and is inaudible from 18 inches away (and just a minimal whisper 6 inches from your ear).

I am using this for a server backup device, my old drive ran warm and made a little buzzing noise most of the time.

If your looking for a great out of the box Mac compatible drive for Time Machine plus a few extras, then this is a great drive for that. If your a Windows/Linux user that does not need the extra features, there are cheaper options out there for you.

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TP-LINK TL-WN725N  Nano Wireless N150 Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Price

Very small

Easy setup

improved speed over wireless g

decent range

Cons: Green blinking light

Other Thoughts: I am using this on a older laptop that only has built in wireless g.
I have upgraded the CPU, RAM and the HDD to a SSD, wireless n was the last step in upgrading it.
My download speeds on my laptop are now double what they used to be.
old wireless g: ~ 17-20 Mb/s
new wireless n: ~ 40-42 Mb/s
Ethernet: ~ 50 Mb/s
No change in upload speeds (~ 5-6 Mb/s), but that is what my wired speeds are.

So far no connectivity issues, wakes up like it should. no random disconnects, hopefully it lasts a long time.

This is a great little nano USB adapter for an older laptop. There are other options for around the same price that perform better if you need something for desktops. No need to take off any eggs for that.

Setup was easy. Plug in the adapter, put the CD in the drive and it autoruns the setup file. go into the adapter settings and turn off your old wireless and your good to go.

The green activity light is a little annoying, but not real bad or bright, just depends on where your USB port is. I may put a little piece of black tape over it if it bothers me (has not so far).

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TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 USB 3.0 Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a great router, I finally found a replacement for my old trusty WRT-54GL.

This router does everything my old one did with DDWRT but with the stock firmware.

Has 2 USB ports, 1 being USB 3.0! I have had several routers that I have tested, but none have had this. Speeds are not great off the USB 3.0, but better than with 2.0

Simple to set up and get going. You can do very basic plug and play setup if you want to or you can really get into the settings and make some fine tune adjustments.

Has built in guest network (both a 2.4 and 5 ghz that can be set up seperatly) that allows disabling for specific times.

Parental controls are easy to set up and work well.

Excellent range on the 2.4 ghz range, pretty good on the 5 ghz range.

Cons: Only 1 way to stand router up, would have rather laid it flat, but design will not allow that. Not a huge deal or worth knocking off an egg for.

Other Thoughts: While this is a little pricey, it is a really great router. I can see this being my modem for the next 5+ years (or more). Hopefully is lasts that long.
If you want a basic router, this may be more than you need, but if you want to have room to play with and have lots of options and an overall great router, this is one to get.

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Display Name: Nolan H.

Date Joined: 03/25/07

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  • First Review: 04/18/07
  • Last Review: 01/06/15
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