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TP-Link RE590T AC1900 Touch Screen Wi-Fi Range Extender
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3 out of 5 eggs Awesome Extender, though needs improvement! 06/21/2016

This review is from: TP-Link RE590T AC1900 Touch Screen Wi-Fi Range Extender

Pros: Mounting this guy to the wall just makes me feel like the coolest guy in town. I mean who else has a touch screen wireless extender that looks this awesome. TP-Link really did a 180 on this wireless extender and I love it.
Setup took about 5min and was as simple as simple could be. You just have to connect the extender to your router via the host network, and tell it to pass the information along to your devices via the extended network. Or if you want you can tell it to broadcast a different SSID name and give it a new password.
The Touch screen was responsive and I had no issues with it at all. The interface was easy to use, and if I wanted to configure the device from there I could do anything and see anything I needed to.
The RE590T extended my range out about 75ft or around 5,000+ sq ft before I started to have a poor connection. Though from there advertised 10,000sq ft this is quite a good number as you will never get their perfect lab results at your house.
TP-Link did a good job with the web interface as well as it is very simple to use and provides just the right amount of information. I like the fact that they added an access control section that allows you the ability to block clients from your network with a click of a button.
I also like that idea that you can tell the extender what radio to use when providing data to the Ethernet ports. By default it will use the 5GHz channel.
Overall I love the look of this wireless extender. The case feels awesome and well-built and the ability to extend my wireless network range almost too advertised distance is an A+ in my book.

Cons: Now I do have my issues with this wireless extender. First is the fact that I was not able to login to the web interface of this device when I was on a different network. Now before you say anything, I can ping the device and I can reach the web interface login page. Though when I would enter in the credentials nothing would happen, the login button would just press down and that was it. I tried from multiple browsers, firefox, chrome, IE, Edge… and nothing worked. Only when I had an ip address on the same network as the extender would it let me login. Now here is the interesting part, all the logins that I tried from a different network were never logged by the device.
Next would have to be the main Status page, when I log into the web interface I get an ! point next to the extender, now this is telling me there is a problem, though an ! point by itself means nothing. You can’t click on the ! point either. When I look in the device logs there is one error only about “DNS probing failed, DUT can not get a dns server”. This occurs when I reboot the device and it tries to obtain its DNS settings before it has connected to the host network. But about 15sec later you can see in the log how DNS detection succeeded. So either there still is an issue that the extender is experiencing or the issue is gone and the Status window won’t clear it.
Moving on to some simple things is that the extender does not support DST (daylight savings time) so for me I had to set my time to central instead of mountain to get it to appear right. Another issue I have come across is how the screen saver does not go to the clock after enabled and the screen just goes black. It would be nice to have the clock appear when the screen is idle. Though on a side note I should also not have to login to the extender just to click on the clock app, anything else I can see though I shouldn’t need the admin password to look at the clock.
Next big thing is the firmware upgrade, when I download the updated firmware (multiple times) from TP-Links website I would constantly receive “Failed Checksum Error”. Now why is this an issue? Cause even if TP-Link releases firmware to fix all of these issues how are you supposed to update it!
System Version: 1.0.0 Build 20151010 Rel. 33054
Firmware name: RE590T_EU_V1-up-ver1-0-0-P1[20160125-rel57542].bin

Other Thoughts: I am not removing an egg for this as I don’t think the device was designed to be wall mounted but it just looks so good on the wall. Down side is the power cable and is not a 90 degree bend, so you can easily notice the cable coming out of the device.
Now I won’t be recommending this device to anyone mainly because of the firmware problem and silly issues such as no DST, no NTP, poor logging, and much more. I feel like if they didn’t include standard things such as DST or a little more robust logging in their configurations then this device either won’t be supported for long or is a consumer demo that is being thrown out to see if people will like it. Other words TP-Link you need to show your customers that this device is worth the money and that it will be updated when issues occur.
TP-Link did a great job with this wireless extender though when you start to dive into the settings you start to find things that are either just annoying, broken, or just flat not supported at all. TP-Link really needs to take advantage of this device as it has a lot of potential but with silly issues and the big firmware problems, they are going to get a lot of frustrated customers that will just drop it and walk away. TP-Link good job on this device but you have some work to do before I am fully sold on this.

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SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Controller
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5 out of 5 eggs Well-Rounded Controller with little to complain about 06/20/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Controller

Pros: When I received this device, the first thing I wanted to do was pair it with my android devices (S7 and Nexus tablet 2013) and see how it would perform. Seeing as how this controller was built and designed around the apple OS, I fully expected this controller to either not work at all or the controls would be so strange that it wouldn’t be worth it to use.
Well I can tell you that it does in fact work with the S7’s Gear VR headset. I played Anshar Wars 2 and Darknet with the controller, and yes the controls were a little weird at first. Though after some time had passed I started to get the hang of the buttons and overall feel of the controller, and neither spacecraft’s or networks stood a chance against me. The one thing that I really love with this controller is that it lets me remove my hands from the headset. Now I just use the headset for looking around and the controller takes care of the rest. SteelSeries did a good job with this controller, it feels great in your hands and the overall quality of the controller makes it feel just like an Xbox controller.

Cons: Not much of a con, but it would be nice if they included a cable for charging in the box. Though besides that I really don’t have anything I can knock this controller for, though I will continue to use it and if I find anything you will be the first to know.

Other Thoughts: SteelSeries did a great job on this controller. It feels great, handles well, and overall this is one well-made controller. I am excited to see where they will go next with their products. Keep up the good work!

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TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update
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Pros: The TP-Link AC1750 really amazed me with how simple it was both to setup and use. Connecting the T8E to my next-gen AC Linksys router I was seeing speeds just as good if not better than my average Intel gigabyte wired NIC.
What do you get?
In the box you will find the adapter itself along with a standard driver CD and user manual. Though as usual I don’t suggest using the driver CD as it was outdated and you will just have to update it anyone once you install it. So word to the wise always go to the manufactures website and get the latest and greatest driver and save yourself the headache.
Install Process:
As simple as simple can be if you only install the driver and not the utility. Now I can’t comment on the utility as I did not install it, for I saw no reason to. In my honest opinion the software the comes with wireless adapters in next to worthless and is just another program to install that does nothing but take up HDD space and requires you to update it all the time.
Moving on, I went to TP-Links website downloaded the latest Windows 10 driver and installed it. The whole process of installing the card and driver was about 5min. After the install everything went great and I couldn’t be happier.
I was streaming 4K sample video with no issues, download huge files (5gb+) from both the internet and my local network and never really noticed a slowdown.

Cons: I really don’t have any.

Other Thoughts: I saw that a few people had issues installing the driver and getting the adapter to work properly on their computer. Now I can’t vouch for their reviews as my install process was very easy and straight forward. Like I mentioned earlier I downloaded the latest Windows 10 driver, installed it, and that was it. The TP-Link AC1750 worked great, and I couldn’t be happier with it.

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