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NETGEAR EX7000 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs NETGEAR EX7000 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender 04/07/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR EX7000 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: It does connect to my NetGear R7000 access point at its maximum 1300 mbps speed, but....

Cons: Ultimately since it works I kept the EX7000. That said, I remain very disappointed that it didn't solve all my perhaps specific problems and almost as much so with its interface. People who opt for this device should recognize both that its interface differs from ALL prior NetGear devices. More on this shortly.

For me it did not solve lockups encountered with the EX6200 that required power cycling seemingly monthly; they still occur with the EX7000. Another objection I had to this device is its interface's departure from all my other NetGear devices; that causes a degree of compatibility with several my main router (WNDR4500, access point R7000 router, and other NetGear extenders/bridges (EX6200 and WHNDE111). Specifically, first, all my other NetGear devices use the fixed 'admin' user name and your password signin combo, but this one does away with 'admin', substituting instead a user e-mail address. NetGear claims improved security, but this is questionable since e-mail addresses are rarely a secret and are can be well-known especially amongst neighbors regardless of their Network device choice. This also makes this device an orphan to the remainder of my NetGear network. Better security would also result if NetGear allowed any user name and any password for all their devices; that way, both admin or the e-mail address could be used. Second, the web interface firmware has been redone, miserably compared to that for the EX6200 extender; the latter's web interface is not only better, but includes a signal strength indicator that allows router and extender antenna tuning. Why NetGear couldn't keep the same interface especially for the same class of device is beyond comprehension.

Other Thoughts: My use of this device is perhaps different than other prospective users in that I have migrated completely to 5G so I use it more as a bridge to deliver an Ethernet signal from the R7000 router to several devices including a Ceton Windows Media Center Extender. Since I use this EX7000 more as a bridge, I don't use it to provide either 2.4 or 5G wireless for other devices. My source R7000 AC access point router is more than an adequate for that in my situation. The R7000 passes to this device its wireless 5G signal and in so doing delivers HDTV about 20-25 ft through two walls for a situation where wired Ethernet was impractical. The Ceton has a tuning feature that measures and displays its TV signal via the EX7000 on the TV or back to the computer monitor. That signal is stronger and less susceptible to HDTV dropouts than was the dual antenna EX6200, but it is not without issues too. In my case those dropouts still occur, just are less frequent. Moreover, something in this circuit or this location causes either the EX6200 or the EX7000 to require power cycling monthly. Moving the EX6200 for use with a different device may have fixed this problem for the EX6200, suggesting it might be application/device- as opposed to firmware-dependent. I had hoped to fix the needed power cycling with the EX7000, but it appears now not to be the case. For other users during setup I also quickly discovered that one must activate and use 2.4 G wireless to setup this device even though I coulod deactivate it after setup. Why cannot this device be setup with an existing 5G network?

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APRICORN VEL-SOLO-X2 Extreme Performance SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs and MacPro
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Didn't work on the Asus P6X58D Premium 05/09/2013

This review is from: APRICORN VEL-SOLO-X2 Extreme Performance SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs and MacPro

Pros: I reviewed this well for use on an Asus P7H57D-V EVO. I indicated I was going to try it with an Asus P6X58D Premium. Both the card, then after a restart, and the SSD installation processes went well.

Cons: But I encountered about 66% of all the speeds with the same OCZ Vertex 3 SSD (DiskMark 3.02 x64) when installed on the Apricorn. I contacted technical support. It seems there must be a conflict with the Marvell drivers for the two different Marvell chips on the aging Asus P6X58D Premium and the newer Apricorn. Seems the Apricorn doesn't show up in the Device Manager either, so trying a direct route for driver installation seems out too.

Other Thoughts: Gave it three eggs, because I would try it again, if I had another mainboard. It just seems motherboard dependent.

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APRICORN VEL-SOLO-X2 Extreme Performance SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs and MacPro
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Worked fine on Asus P7H57D-V EVO 04/29/2013

This review is from: APRICORN VEL-SOLO-X2 Extreme Performance SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs and MacPro

Pros: Installed the card fine, started the computer, shut the computer down after it recognized the card and booted fine, moved the existing SSD to the Apricorn, restarted the computer and it worked fine. The Apricorn cut boot times by 30 seconds using the same Crucial M4 128 GB SSD on a LGA 1156 mainboard that has the hamstrung first generation Marvell SATA 3 connector using Windows 7-64 bit Premium.

Cons: Not the devices fault, but Windows 7 boot delay still takes nearly a minute.

Other Thoughts: Bought a second unit several days ago to increase SSD speed on a Asus P6X58D Premium that has the same SATA 3 Marvell limitations while awaiting the rumored X99 LGA 2011 mainboards supposedly happening next year.

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Date Joined: 11/28/07

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