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NETGEAR EX2700 N300 WiFi Range Extender Essentials Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Best WiFi Range Extender I've Tested to date 09/22/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR EX2700 N300 WiFi Range Extender Essentials Edition

Pros: Incredibly simple to setup (i.e. no Software or CD required). Simply: [a] connect (e.g. via your Laptop) to the device (as you would to any other WiFi network) but Unsecured, [b] then using your Web Browser and the devices GUI, enter your Router SSID and Password, and you are done. The device automatically reconnects in Secured mode saving the SSID and Password on the device you used to set it up (e.g. your Laptop).

The device includes a full GUI with menus for Setup, Maintenance, and Advanced (and their corresponding sub-menus), but using these is optional. That is, full control is there is you (e.g. an expert) wants to use it, but is not necessary for the typical setup. The default IP address is 192.168.1.250 (but is DHCP) and can easily be changed via the GUI).

Performance is good, about half the Bandwidth (MB/sec) and twice the Latency (Ping Time) direct connection to my Router WiFi. When connected at 72 Mbps, I measured 7MB/sec with my Router, and 3.5MB/sec with the Range Extender. Ping Time (to a PC attached Wired) was ~1ms (Router) and ~2ms (Range Extender).

Four Status Lights (Power, WPS, Router, and Device) so you can tell exactly what the device is doing.

Includes an actual On/Off button (in addition to the WPS button).

Two External Antennas (for performance), but these are not Industry Standard nor removable.

Includes a Wired Ethernet port, which can be used to connect a Wired only Ethernet client device (i.e. without WiFi support) as wired to the Range Extender, then wireless to your Router.

Came out-of-the-box with the latest Firmware Version V1.0.0.16.

One year Warranty, with free 90 day technical support.

Cons: No support for the 5GHz band (only 2.4GHz). The inherent range of 5GHz WiFi is much less then that of 2.4GHz (per simple physics). Therefore, there is more need for a 5GHz band Range Extender. However, none of the WiFi Range Extenders I've tested support the 5GHz band (only the 2.4GHz band).

The device seems to take longer to Boot, than other devices I have Tested (but its worth the wait -lol).

Other Thoughts: Also see my 1/28/2014 review of NewEgg product N82E16833704192 (another WiFi Range Extender), and my 4/13/2014 review of NewEgg product N82E16833704165 (a Power Line Ethernet Adapter pair).

This is the best WiFi Range Extender I've tested to date, therefore I recommend this product.

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NETGEAR GS308 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch in Metal Case - Essentials Edition
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4 out of 5 eggs metal eight port Gigabit switch 08/27/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR GS308 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch in Metal Case - Essentials Edition

Pros: The case is metal (not plastic). The matte gray finish looks nice. The unit feels solid, but still weighs less than one pound. Sometimes a little weight helps Switches stay-put, where you want them.

Very bright green Status LEDs (the brightness may be a plus or minus for you). One LED per port; each LED is either: Off (nothing attached), On (attached and idle), or Blinking (attach and active).

The power adapter is 12V (some other switches are 9V) but the Switch runs cool (3.8 watts maximum) and quiet (no fan). This indicates the Switch should last (i.e. not burn itself out) and be inexpensive to operate.

Power savings, with energy-efficient technology. This is becoming standard, but not all Switches have it yet.

Has all the features of a modern day Ethernet Switch: Gigabit data rate (auto-negotiating). Non-blocking (Layer 2) 16Gbps maximum. Jumbo Frame support. 4K MAC address table. Auto-MDI/MDIX for crossover.

Performance is good. Over 100 MB/sec transferring large files. Ping times less than 1MS (depending on the paired device).

Register your product on the MyNetGear web page and receive 90 days of free Installation Support. One year Warranty.

Cons: I don't believe there is a 10/100 Vs Gigabit speed indication. Some Switches have a yellow/orange/amber LED to indicate 10/100.

The GS308 costs about $10 more than the least expensive (plastic) 8 port Gigabit switches.

Costs about $15 less than the Business-Class GS108. However, the GS108 has a lifetime warranty, and two status LEDs per port, to indicate 10M, 100M, or Gigabit.

Other Thoughts: The power adapter plugs into the rear of the Switch. The Ethernet cables plug into the front (the side with the LEDs). Many other switches have the cables plug into the rear of the unit, with the LEDs in the front.

I had zero issues installing and operating the Switch. I therefore recommend this product.

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SteelSeries Sensei 62150 Grey 8 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 11400 dpi Gaming Mouse
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4 out of 5 eggs High end gaming mouse, but at a price 07/29/2014

This review is from: SteelSeries Sensei 62150 Grey 8 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 11400 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: 1. Ambidextrous (good for you left handed people).

2. Can be used right out-of-the box, with the default settings. Or use the Bottom LCD display to select one of up to five Profiles you can load into the mouse. Just hold the CPI button down for three seconds and release, then select the desired Profile with the Up/Down mouse buttons.

3. To create Profiles, download the latest SteelSeries Engine software from the Web, which includes:
[a] ExactSens (for CPI), [b] ExactLift (for lift distance), [c] ExactAccel (for acceleration), [d] ExactAim (for deceleration), [e] FreeMove (for path correction/aim), and [f] for Polling Rate.
This software is also used to program the mouse buttons, colors of the LEDs, etc.

4. Eight mouse buttons (Left, Right, Wheel, DPI-toggle, two on the left side, two on the right side). All but the DPI-toggle are programmable.

5. Two nearly infinite adjustable DPI/CPI settings (up to 11,400). A small button on the Top is used to toggle between the two settings (and their color).

6. Three LEDs you can program the color of your choice (and brightness/contrast). [a] the Logo on the face, [b] the Wheel, and [c] the CPI speeds (with a different color for each of the two speeds).
You can also load a BMP file (128x32) into the Bottom LCD display.

7. High end laser sensor, and 32-bit ARM processor. Allows CPI doubling from 5,701 to 11,400, and polling rates up to 1000 Hz (1ms).

Cons: 1. I kept clicking the Top right hand side button, by accident, when sliding the mouse to the left. So I disable both buttons on the Right hand side. By default these two buttons are Up and Down (which you can do with the wheel).
I did like the default Forward and Back programming on the two Left hand side buttons.

2. Not an inexpensive mouse.

3. No DVD or CD (minor). Just download the latest SteelSeries Engine from their Web site. I had zero issues using the software on Windows 8.1 Pro Preview.

4. Does not include a case (e.g. for traveling to LAN parties). Some other gaming mice include a case.

5. No removable weights.

Other Thoughts: I found the multiple color LEDs can be a distraction when using the mouse. You can tune down the Brightness, or load Black as a color, to eliminate any distraction.

I am not a serious gamer, but recommend this product for its program-ability (but it comes at significant cost).

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