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Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: Fast access times (170MB/sec average)
Speed boost for frequent programs with the SSD portion
Tons of Storage space

Cons: Bit of an issue because of the size. Initially only had 2 tb usable. Drive needs to be set up as a GPT drive, not a MRB drive. A quick command prompt and diskpart utility in Windows fixed it though.

Other Thoughts: I am using this as a primary drive from my home server (WHS 2011).
I went from a 128 gig SSD boot drive, 2 tb WD Green for primary storage and 500 gb drive for tv recordings, to having everything on this and using the older 2 tb drive as a backup.
Since this thing only gets booted once a month or so, having the SSD was no real advantage. With this drive, I am getting quicker boot times than what I was with a WD green 640 gig drive, but not as fast as the SSD (but again, not a issue for my use).
Since all my stuff is remotely accessed, I have no idea if this hybrid drive is "faster" or not, but for my needs, it seems to be doing just a good as 3 separate drives.

Benchmark results from HD Tune
Transfer rates:
Minimum 107 MB/s
Maximum 188 MB/s
Average 170 MB/s
Access time: 11.1 ms

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Linksys EA2750 N600 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router
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3 out of 5 eggs It works, but there are better values out there. 04/04/2016

This review is from: Linksys EA2750 N600 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router

Pros: Simple Basic Setup
Gigabit Ethernet
USB for external drive
Guest Network separate from regular network (both in 2.4 and 5 ghz)
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi, nifty tool to check stuff on your phone or tablet
No blinding LED’s lighting up the room

Cons: Only USB 2.0
Only Wireless n

Other Thoughts: I don’t see anything about the router that justifies the price point it is at. It seems to be a solid router, but it really does nothing more than routers costing ½ the price. Sure it may last longer, but no idea at this time. If it were 1/3 cheaper, I could possibly recommend it over other devices. Also having only USB 2.0 when you have gigabit Ethernet is just wrong. Why have the high throughput of gigabit if you’re going to slow it down with USB 2.0. I do find it funny other reviewers take the no LED's on the front as a negative, but I see it as a positive.
If not for the high price and USB 2.0, I would give it 5 eggs, but as is, I am taking off 1 egg fore each. Either drop the price and keep USB 2.0 or keep the price and add USB 3.0.

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LINKSYS RE6400 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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3 out of 5 eggs An OK device 11/09/2015

This review is from: LINKSYS RE6400 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: Simple Setup using WPS. Press button on router, press button on unit, wait about a minute, 2.4 ghz is set up, if you have/want 5 ghz, just do it a second time.

Fast connection. I get the same speeds on the extender that I do straight off the router (59Mb/s down, 6Mb/s up), just a little delay in ping (22-26 ms on extender vs 5-6 ms on router).

Small, only takes up 1 outlet

Has gigabit port, nice if you want that. Can be set up to a switch for even more wired access.

LED light is not too bright

Spot Finder – lets you know if you’re in the right spot. Note: This is not an app for a mobile device, it is located in the “Wireless” section of the extender setup. You have to plug it in and set it up first, then it will let you know if you’re the right distance or not.

Cons: Log-in interface is messed up. It says use 192.168.1.1, which is the default for most Linksys routers, and is for mine. No big deal I thought, manual say go to http://extender.linksys.com, well, this brings me to the Linksys website, not my router (and I was hooked up through the extender). Finally got on by going to my router and seeing what the ip was for it then used that to log in.

Biggest con for me is it really does not extend my range. I am in a 1300 sq foot house, my router (Linksys WRT1900AC) is at one side of the house. I still get good signal at the opposite end of my house, but put the extender there since it was the furthest spot I could. It is all set up, and according to the spot finder, I am just to the right of the ideal spot (but still well within the green). When I go outside and start walking away, I lose the signal to the extender before my router. I still have 5Ghz from my router when I have lost all signal from the extender. So much for the extender extending my signal.

Default password for system settings is the standard Linksys "admin" and no prompt to change it, even on the first login to the extender settings (once you finally are able to get into it).

Other Thoughts: As another reviewer said, you may be better off just getting a really good router. If you’re stuck with the router you have for whatever reason, this may work for you.

A note on the networks, if you use WPS to set it up, it will copy the network name and password, but add “_ext” to the end of it, so you need to set up your device to use that new network. You do have the option in the settings to change the extender network to the same name as the primary, so you will get seamless transition with your current settings on your devices.

This being my first range extender to use, I have nothing to compare it too, but I have to say I am underwhelmed. No idea if it is better or worse than others out there, but for the money this cost, I was expecting better. The fact that the signal from my router (although one of the best routers available) goes further than this extenders signal is not a good sign. Maybe if I had a larger area or maybe a 3 story home with signal issues it would help, but for me this does nothing.

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