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CORSAIR CX-M series CX550M 550W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply
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Pros: Solidly constructed power supply. Feels like it is high quality and has a very simple build. Modular cables are supported allowing flexibility with cable management. Cabled secured into the PSU snug and made proper seals when connected to ports onto the mobo. Quiet, does not make a lot of noise and no whining noise either. Fans push out air adequately with no obstruction

I had spend a few weeks testing this PSU because due to prior experience building rigs, anything can go wrong. Safe to say that there were no failures and this unit held its ground with moderate to high load functions. I had only one discrete graphics card connected to draw out enough power for a high load graphics benchmark test. Attached a GTX 680 to my rig running an Ivy Bridge i7 3770K. Performed wonderfully.

Cons: I was surprised to see a paltry amount of ports for modular cables. This PSU definitely has enough room to utilize more cables and the Wattage also allows for support of greater internal peripheral devices.

Other Thoughts: Overall a solid PSU for its price point. Not for hardcore enthusiast gamers or for those looking for power but for moderate usage with mild to moderate gaming here and there. 80 Plus BRONZE certified is good but if you are looking for for greater flexibility with stability go for a 80 Plus SILVER or higher certified PSU with much more modular cable ports included.

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TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps
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5 out of 5 eggs Excellent powerline adapter! 04/17/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: Small, portable and very compact. Extremely easy to set up. They can be plugged in either way into the outlets. Comes with an installation CD and ethernet cable. Has a 300 meter wired range within the household but that is an estimate and real world tests will probably show a lower range. Pair button makes it easy to pair the adapters and support for 16 total adapters is included. I am glad this one includes 128-bit AES encryption because the first adapters that did not come out onto the market did not include such encryption. Ran a few tests with my router plugged into the basement adapter and my laptop connected to the receiving end on the main floor. Connection was smooth with no slowdowns whatsoever. Video streaming, file sharing etc all worked without a hitch. There is a speed limitation though and I will explain that in the Cons section.

Cons: The advertised speed of 500 Mbps cannot be realized with a 10/100 ethernet port plus given the fact that real world tests almost never reach theoretical advertised speeds. In effect you are limited to speeds less than 100 Mbps. However this is enough for most forms of streaming such as HD 1080p. If you are looking to push that limit then you are out of luck.

Other Thoughts: The biggest selling point of this device is that you don't need to run large cables from room to room and to bypass any interference or limitations that wireless connection may have. However range is a big limitation when it comes to the wiring throughout the house. The greater the length of cable, the more resistance and signal degradation you are going to see. This is a standard powerline adapter overall and should suffice for most networking needs of those in the market to get one.

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ASUS RP-AC52 AC750 Repeater / Access Point / Media Bridge
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5 out of 5 eggs Great Range and Speed! 03/10/2016

This review is from: ASUS RP-AC52 AC750 Repeater / Access Point / Media Bridge

Pros: Typical ASUS diamond styling. Goes well if you use a lot of ASUS products like myself. Small, unobtrusive, plugs into any wall outlet, no need for any cables.

Setup was pretty easy. Just login and select whether you want to extend an existing network or establish a new one. Instructions for the LED notifications were pretty clear. Utilizing a Wireless AC network via a Verizon Fios Gateway router. The range extended connected perfectly and displayed a clear signal.

My router is currently situated in my basement. Not the most ideal location but allows for a range extender like this one to come in handy. Had this plugged into a wall outlet on the main floor of the house. LED signal strength indicators lit up for 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz with 5Ghz showing up as a lower bar naturally. Without the range extender I would get 4 bars typically on the main floor for 2.4 Ghz and 3-2 bars for 5 Ghz. With it now shows up with 5 bars for 2.4 Ghz and 4 bars for 5 Ghz which is a very good improvement. No change in speeds and pages loaded up perfectly as well as video streaming. Used it for about a couple of weeks with no changes in connection, speed. Everything remained consistent

Supports wireless music streaming. Not sure how many individuals utilize the AiPlayer app, seemed gimicky at first but it is a nice touch for streaming music wherever you are in your house.

Acts as a nightlight.

Cons: Doesn't support the latest AC speeds, would require more streams and thus make this product a bit pricier, maybe a bit bulkier as well.

White only, wish black was available.

Other Thoughts: Overall a solid range extender. Speeds are average but you get what you paid for. Every device that I connected to it, smartphone, iPad, Smart TV etc has performed the same and without a hitch. It does what it is meant to do.

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