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Linksys MAX-STREAM AC5400 Next Gen MU-MIMO Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router with 8 Gigabit Ports and Seamless Roaming (EA9500)
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5 out of 5 eggs Awesome coverage and speed. This thing is as agressive as it looks! 06/21/2016

This review is from: Linksys MAX-STREAM AC5400 Next Gen MU-MIMO Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router with 8 Gigabit Ports and Seamless Roaming (EA9500)

Pros: - 8 Antennas (Great coverage)
- 8 Gigabit LAN Ports (A first for a wireless router)
- Supports many wireless devices
- Superior build quality
- Easy Setup
- QoS Configuration
- Mobile app for Android and iOS available
- Packaged well in attractive branding/packaging

Cons: - Not wall mountable
- Pretty large footprint

Other Thoughts: When I got the opportunity to review this item, I was so excited. This. thing. is. a. BEAST! First let's talk about it's appearance. The build quality looks excellent and the design is great. The design is very sleek looking and modern feeling. This router has 8 antennas. 8. I have a 1,616 square foot home and have full coverage everywhere with the signal dropping to 77% from my workshop out in the backyard. With my previous router the connection in the workshop was pretty spotty and would drop on occasion. Keeping with the number 8, this gal has 8 Gigabit LAN ports. 8. I believe this may be the only router on the market to have that many LAN ports. I can see this many connections being very useful for a person that has a home office and may have more than 4 hard wired devices that they don't want to buy a separate ethernet switch for. This thing is huge but I will address that here in a second.

The only 2 things I can think of that may be an issue with someone choosing this router is the fact it's huge (think larger than a standard sheet of notebook paper) and there was no mount points on the bottom for mounting the device on the wall. This would not be a deal breaker for me as I have a dedicated room for all my networking devices and machines (think broom closet turned server room). However, if you are cramped for space, this may be a hard sale. I didn't deduct any eggs regarding these two points because they are not truly issues to me. I imagine the device is so large because of the serious peice of powerful hardware it contains inside. Also, they probably didn't make it wall mountable due to the weight (it's heavy).

In regards to the admin software/web page it's pleasing to the eyes. I really like the widgets on the home page and love the network map, showing all the currently connected devices. You can rename the devices to a more friendly name and can even change the icons (printer, scanner, mobile phone, tablet, thermostat, etc). This little added detail was important to me because I have a lot of IoT and wireless devices in my home and this made it look more organized. Everything is laid out rather well in each category to the left of the page and most of the items are easy to find. I would have liked to see a router reboot button on the home page versus having to go find it in the troubleshooting category, however. I do like the built-in speed test though.

After setting up the router I ran a quick test to see what I was getting, from a wireless desktop. My internet service provider claims I get 50Mbps download and 5Mbps upload. I ran three different speed tests and came up with an average 49.7 download and 4.99 upload speeds. This looks like getting what the ISP says I'm paying for. The router can handle far higher speeds but my bottleneck happens to be with the ISP teir I am paying for. Network transfers were quick and performed as expected with some test dummy files being moved across a few devices.

This thing handles many connections at one time with ease. I currently have connected wirelessly: 4 Desktop PCs, 1 laptop, 4 Android tablets, 2 Android smartphones, Android Wear Moto360 smart watch, 2 Chromecasts, 1 Nexus Player, 1 IP camera, 1 Nest thermostat Gen3, 1 smart TV, 1 Raspberry Pi 2, 1 inkjet printer, 1 laser printer. Wired connections include a server, a PoE IP camera and a desktop. The router handles all of those connections with ease and the network map looks great in the admin website seeing all the connected devices.

The QoS function is nice and is easy to configure what devices get priority over all devices. I added my Raspberry Pi 2 to be at the top of the list, as my children have their streaming devices and seem to always be connected.

The Android application is pretty robust and allows for a lot of functionality and the ability to configure the router nicely. You can connect over the internet to access the router without being on the same network.

Overall, this thing is a true beast when it comes to performance and isn't too hard on the eyes to look at. It is extremely powerful and can handle a lot of wireless devices at once. This will be crucial in the next 3-5 years as more and more household appliances and devices are becoming internet/network connected devices.

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LAVA HD-8008 Outdoor Omni Directional HDTV Antenna
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1 out of 5 eggs It doesn't work as it should... at ALL! 05/25/2016

This review is from: LAVA HD-8008 Outdoor Omni Directional HDTV Antenna

Pros: - None proven with this specific purchase. (See Other Thoughts)

Cons: - Only receives 3 channels
- Signal booster that comes with the device is dead and renders 0 channels when connected

Other Thoughts: I don't know much about LAVA's brand but I can tell you I will never purchase an item again by this manufacturer. I bought this item because about 17 channels face a certain direction at my house and another 20 face close to the opposite direction. Omni-Directional sounded awesome. It sounded awesome. I originally had a GE attic antennae in my attic but then swapped this one out. I was getting 17 channels in the direction I had the GE antennae facing. Connecting this one gave me 0. I rescanned and still 0. I removed the booster and was able to get 3 channels. Don't get it twisted. I adjusted and scanned. Re-adjusted and scanned. To no avail. Unfortunately, we had just bought a house and I didn't have time to think about sending this guy back, so now it's in the box and will be sold as a non-working unit locally. The GE antennae is still going strong and I only need to adjust it or move it when the NFL season is upon us. Don't waste your time or money on this item.

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Transcend 16GB Compact Flash (CF) 400X Flash Card Model TS16GCF400
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5 out of 5 eggs Great speed for a great price 05/25/2016

This review is from: Transcend 16GB Compact Flash (CF) 400X Flash Card Model TS16GCF400

Pros: - Fast
- Never get a busy warning on the camera (even when rapid shooting)

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I would totally recommend this item to any photographer that is photographing high speed events (sports, weddings and even children). Great price for the quality of the item (purchased for my wife).

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