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NETGEAR GS316 16-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch
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5 out of 5 eggs Good Switch, Quite, and Decent Price 09/01/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR GS316 16-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch

Pros: Quite little switch, I almost didn’t realize this device was on. A+ with the fan less design, as putting a fan in this device would have been pointless. If you ever overheated this device, you should post it on here because I would love to see how that would even be possible.

What do you get?
Device comes with the standard manual and surprisingly, some wall mounting hardware which is a nice touch since this device will work perfectly in my raspberry pi dev network.

The Look and Feel:
Good sturdy device that will hold up to a beating. Metal based devices are the way to go, as usually when the device is plastic based the connectors tend to break a lot more.

The Setup.
So simple anyone could do it.
Step 1. Plug the power in.
Step.2 Plug internet cables in.
Done. Have a nice day

Performance?
Performance is just what you would expect for a switch like this. It can handle anything that you will be throwing at it. I transferred over 10TB worth of data over a 48Hr period to stress this guy out. As well as simultaneously connecting multiple other devices such as raspberry pi’s that would constantly pull data from various locations back to themselves and I never saw anything bog down or noticed any failed packets.

Cons: I can’t find anything wrong with this device.

Other Thoughts: Does this device impress me? Kind of, I really like the fact that it’s so slim and that it came with wall mounting hardware, though performance is nothing out of this world. Now don’t get me wrong, performance is great but it’s what I was expecting with a device like this. Its moderately priced though I feel you would get more bang for your buck if you spend 20-30$ more for a smart switch.
Overall this is a good device that would be perfect of a small office or home network where you don’t need anything more than this. I would recommend this product to people.

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Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1K)
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4 out of 5 eggs Good USB for the Price 08/01/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1K)

Pros: Good USB 3.0 Device. And right now it’s only 10$ which is not bad at all for a 32GB 3.0 USB stick. I got on average around 40-50 read/write with this stick. Not super-fast but still better than 2.0. USB. The male end itself will retract back into the housing to help protect it from bending which is nice.

Cons: I can only complain about one thing and that is the retract capabilities. It’s a nice feature but it’s really hard sometimes to move the device in and out. It would either get stuck and I would have to force it or I would have to push it back in so that it would re-seat itself in its tracks.

Other Thoughts: The USB feels like your everyday USB stick. It’s nice that its 3.0 and I am satisfied with the speeds and overall feel and look of the device. I would recommend this device to anyone since you will get that "bang for your buck".

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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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