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TP-LINK TL-WN823N Wireless N300 Mini USB Adapter, 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Nifty if you do not have 802.11n already 08/20/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WN823N Wireless N300 Mini USB Adapter, 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2

Pros: Tiny, fast, lightweight. This adapter is pretty good for what it is and for the price. If you are running a machine that was manufactured within the last 4 - 5 years, chances are it has a wireless card installed already and that wireless card supports 802.11n. If you do not, this is a viable option for you to add/upgrade wireless capabilities on your computer. This usb network adapter is much better than older products which were large, clunky and often times required having to carry around an extra usb cable. This device is smaller than most thumb drives and can easily be added to a laptop bag or even just in your pocket. Speeds were fairly consistent with what I would expect as far as a usb network device is concerned. The theoretical maximum speed for the USB 2.0 specification is 480 Megabits per second. While this is faster than the 802.11n standard, you will be hard-pressed to find a machine that is capable of transferring data at this speed. My typical experience with data rates over this (and other) 802.11N devices is roughly 150 - 200Mbps which is still really quick. This figure varies greatly however depending on the quality of signal, proximity to the access point, quality of your usb controller, etc.

This device will perform well when you want it and where you want it with some exceptions noted in the con section. One other nice feature of this adapter is that you can mount it on an extension cable to a parabolic dish to use as a wok-tenna or wi-fry receiver (funny names for home made radio dishes that utilize the adapter as the receiver for wireless signals). search instructables.com for more info on those types of DIY projects.

Cons: Range. The range on this unit is much more limited than an internal wi-fi card with longer antennas. As noted above, this can be rectified if one is so inclined to take a DIY approach, but at that point you might want to reconsider your use of a usb wi-fi adapter in the first place iunless you have no choice. On my internal wireless cards on my Macbook, Asus UL80VT laptop and my internal Asus 802.11n wireless card in my desktop PC I am able to detect and connect to quite a few more networks than I was able to within the same radius using the USB adapter. This is to be expected due to the lack of external antennas but if you're looking for something for at home or a small office, should work just fine.

Only 2.4GHz band. While the average consumer does not care about 2.4GHz vs 5GHz wireless spectrums, I find that utilizing the less crowded 5GHz spectrum to be very beneficial to my home environment where our neighborhood is flooded with other 2.4GHz signals from both inside and outside of my home. Having a dual-band option would have been nice.

None of these negatives would prevent me from purchasing this device, especially given the price point of < $30.00 at the time of this review. They do detract slightly from the overall rating.

Other Thoughts: If I could have said 4.5 stars, I would have.

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TP-LINK TL-SF1008P 10/100Mbps 8-Port PoE Switch, 4 PoE Ports, Metal case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Decent PoE Entry-Level Solution 04/02/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SF1008P 10/100Mbps 8-Port PoE Switch, 4 PoE Ports, Metal case

Pros: This unit is very well constructed. The case is very solid and feels like it would stand up to a couple knocks and some accidental abuse should it encounter it. Most switches I've seen do not have a desktop configuration, so it was nice to see that the cabling plugs into the rear of the device. As I only have one PoE camera, I was not limited by the power restrictions others have mentioned. The device functions properly and as expected. I did not notice any issues regarding lag or anything like that while using the switch. The interface (read: LEDs) are easy to read and pretty standard as you'd expect.

The switch is nice to be able to have 8 ports which is sufficient for a small office, especially if needing the PoE capacity. Setup is short and sweet since the switch is unmanaged and is truly plug and play.

Cons: The restriction on power supply is a tad limiting as you would not be able to use four standard devices at max capacity. The switch is only 100MB as others have mentioned, not Gigabit. As Gigabit has become the defacto standard, it would have been nice to have the extra bandwidth when utilizing the switch. I can't really fault the device though because with the PoE, it's a nice addition to a small office setup.

Other Thoughts: Others have mentioned the lack of alternate mounting options. This device is advertised as a desktop switch, not rack/mountable --though some keyholes would be nice to be able to mount the switch on a wall or underneath the desktop if necessary.

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CORSAIR Flash Voyager GO 32GB USB 3.0 OTG Flash Drive Model CMFVG-32GB-NA
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Small Package, Huge Performance! 02/27/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager GO 32GB USB 3.0 OTG Flash Drive Model CMFVG-32GB-NA

Pros: The Voyager GO 32GB drive is fantastic. I was really surprised by the size of the unit when I received it. The drive is roughly 1/2 that of other drives I own (Kingston DataTraveller comes to mind). The casing on it is metal and feels very durable with the exception of the cap. The cap covers the micro-USB end of the device which can be used in certain Android devices to transfer data. The unit is lightning quick as advertized when utilizing a USB 3.0 port, but definitely holds its own when using USB 2.0 as well.

Overall I am very happy with the unit. Its primary use is as a mass storage device for music. I put a vast majority of MP3 files onto the unit and then plug the unit into my vehicle's USB port and abra cadabra, I have ~32GB of music available at my finger tips in a very discrete package.

If you want to "stylize" the unit you can use the included yellow cap instead of the standard black.

Comes with a key ring adapter for easy attachment to your keys or a lanyard.

I would highly recommend this item if needing something durable, small, fast, and uber portable.

This device has become a surprising edition to my every day carry items.

Cons: The main con with this device is that to utilize the micro-USB end, the device to which you are connecting the flash drive needs to have USB Host mode enabled for mass storage devices. I have three different Android powered phones: HTC One, HTC Rezound, and the HTC Incredible. The Rezound and Incredible had both been rooted and had the CyanogenMod ROMs installed. On these two devices, I was able to utilize the USB drive without issue. However, on my stock HTC One (Sprint), I was unable to access the device from within the system. The system recognizes it, but I was unable to browse the device or transfer files.

The other downside of plugging this device into your phone or other mobile device is that it leeches power. You are unable to charge your device while utilizing the flash drive so any transferring operations would need to be brief to avoid excessive battery usage.

The other downside of this device is that there is no added security for the main USB end of the device --the terminal is always exposed. While the unit feels very durable, I am concerned that having the device in my pocket all the time would lend to some destruction of the terminal at some point or another.

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