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This review is from: D-Link DCH-M225 Wi-Fi Audio Extender
Pros: Setup is easy enough. Plug into Wall, hold down the WPS button, go hit the WPS button on your main router. Then just go to dlinkap.local./ and login (no password) It will prompt for updating the firmware. HOWEVER, after that, I couldn’t login, I just pressed “log in” over and over. It didn’t work in IE or Chrome. So I power cycled it, and then I could login. I went through the wizard and set up the rest of the stuff. So remember to power cycle it! I see the other reviewer here had the same problem. With you deal with DLNA stuff, there are always a mess of settings and it can get a little annoying. Any techy knows wifi stuff can always be a little wonky, but it’s certainly getting better. I tested with this my DLNA Onkyo receiver and it indeed worked just fine. I mean with the WPS button, connectivity was certainly a breeze. I tested this with a 1/8” jack (mini stereo) speaker plugged into the device and it worked fine too, even with my android. (I Used BubbleUPNP). I can certainly see this thing being useful for those looking for a wireless-ish solution to sending audio around.
Cons: I can’t think of much. It is a plug hog, meaning it’s so fat that it will hog up all other plugs around it, which can get annoying fast to take up 3 plugs instead of one.
Other Thoughts: houghts: With most things I can set them up without looking at the manual, but not this. But it’s super short and quick and to the point, so high praise for that. It also includes a little card and stickers to make setup and passwords easier. I did listen for hours and didn’t get any hiccups. When I unplugged it, it was warm, but not hot. The range is as good as your wifi range. It has other features too, wifi extending, etc.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: EnGenius ENS202 Long-Range 2.4GHz Outdoor Wireless N300 Bridge/AP
Pros: Setup wasn’t bad at all. They include a POE Injector, for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a power adapter you have near your router or switch that sends power over the ethernet since not enough power can be sent by router alone. So in speed testing this I used CAT6 and gigabit ports everything from PC to device. I copied large (over 1 GB) medium (2-4MB) and small (tens of thousands of tiny files) to and from a RAM drive to a RAM drive. This I tested it from about 6 feet away from the device, so you can’t expect to get faster speeds these these:
Large Files: 11.21MB/sec
Medium Files: 11.08MB/sec
Tiny files: 0.9MB/sec
Two things you will notice. While connected at Wireless N (300mbits) you can see that 100mbits is the bottleneck here. I bet you anything the wired port they put on the back is only a 100mbit port, not a gigabit port so that’s kinda stupid, but I’ve seen that a lot with these little devices. I don’t doubt it has a legitimate wireless N chip inside, but we all know it’s only as fast as the slowest component. The second thing you’ll note is it’s pretty awesome speeds copying medium sized files. Almost the same as large files, which is very impressive. I had to do the test a few more times in both directions to make sure. I would expect near half the speed of large files and have never seen anything so fast for medium files, albeit port limited. So hats off there. Now for range or distance, I had this mounted on the front of my house, and I went inside my neighbors brick house, about 130 feet away (NOT line of sight, about 40 degrees off). I could connect, but max speeds for large files were less than 1MB/sec. But that is some really impressive range. The antenna is certainly directional, but I still get a good signal in my house from behind the device, and to the sides. I would certainly consider this device, throwing this inside my house too, pointed inward so my whole house could get some wifi since this is a legitimately strong antenna.
Cons: 100mbit bottleneck, and no name Chinese are the only cons I can see for this device.But they get props for allowing it to be tested, and it tests well. That’s the only reason why I give it four stars. They include no Ethernet cables too, but that’s fine.
Other Thoughts: They put the default IP @ 192.168.1.1, but since half of routers have that as their default IP, and you’ve got the mess of POE injectors, they really should have put it somewhere, anywhere else. I had this outside over a month, in temperatures over 100 degrees F. It’s rock solid and fine. Who knows how it will hold up, but I am impressed and I am certainly going to keep this.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I am a Newegg Expert reviewer, and as a rule, I avoid ECS at all costs. BUT that was a few years ago, so I decided to try them again. Oh how I wished I hadn't. Price is right, but not for a board that doesn't work, no price is right for that.
Cons: See how "Anonymous" talks about 2 dead boards constantly rebooting, and Colin J.says the power supply is too small? It's the same problem. The power supply female port IS too small, and it won't lock in, Thus it will reboot often or not even turn on right.
Other Thoughts: IF you disregard the negative reviews, and get this board, here is a tip: If possible, try to get the main power supply into the motherboard BEFORE you put in the case. Since ECS didn't manufacture this correctly, It will take some serious hard work and luckily you may be able to get the power supply lock click on. Even then, you may have to "wiggle it" to get it to start, but then it's always going to be turning off and resetting due to the rotation of the earth the the breeze from the CPU fan. Just avoid this board and ECS in general. their RMA process is hair pullingly annoying. I didn't RMA this board, because ECS's ports are defective so I had to go with a different manufacturer.READ FULL REVIEW