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TP-Link RE590T AC1900 Touch Screen Wi-Fi Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs EggXpert Review - TPLink RE590T WiFi Range Extender 06/26/2016

This review is from: TP-Link RE590T AC1900 Touch Screen Wi-Fi Range Extender

Pros: Extremely easy to set up. It probably didn't even take 5 minutes after opening the box to have it put together, plugged in, logged in, and ready to go.

After logging into your existing WiFi network, it can repeat the exact same name and password, which means that any of your existing devices can connect effortlessly to the extended network area, without you needing to do anything.

Expands your network range quite a bit. It would be excellent for those with larger, multi-story houses or large properties where you would want access to the network outside of your house.

Compatible with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz network connections, and shows all the network information you'd ever need at the tip of your finger.

Keeps up to pace with online gaming and streaming video, I see no difference in the speed and capabilities of the extended WiFi or my original network.

Cons: Just one complaint... and it may be a little strange. The ventilation holes on top of the unit are definitely unique and out-of-the-ordinary. Some people may like it, but I don't think it's very aesthetically pleasing. There's no real pattern... just chaos and rectangular holes everywhere. It of course doesn't affect how the unit works, but it's just a personal issue with the appearance.

Other Thoughts: My current WiFi router has an approximate range of maybe 40-50 yards, and taking this extender to the edge of that range, it extends the signal about another 20-30 yards as far as I can tell, and strengthens the signal in-between making coverage overall more reliable and consistent.

The touchscreen is a little smaller than the average smart phone. It's not too small, but just big enough to get the job done.

This WiFi range extender is powerful and easy to set up and use, and I would recommend it to anyone who can work a smartphone and needs a little more range with a lot of speed out of their wireless network.

SAMSUNG T3 Portable 500GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive
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5 out of 5 eggs EggXpert Review - Samsung T3 Portable 500GB SSD 05/09/2016

This review is from: SAMSUNG T3 Portable 500GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive

Pros: VERY fast USB 3.1 transfer speeds for an external drive.

Decent capacity for the price, all packed up in a sleek looking case.

It's a Samsung, and they make some of the best SSDs around. I've been using their internal SSDs for about 4 or 5 years now and I love them!

Since it's an SSD, you don't have to worry about dropping it or knocking it off the table like you would with a traditional external hard disk drive.

Cons: The only problem I can see with this external hard drive is that the USB cord you are supplied with it is terribly short. It might be about 1 foot long at most. This can be a real problem for desktops, especially those below the desk, and even more troublesome if you need to plug it into the back of your desktop. Trust me, I have a case with no USB 3.1 front ports so I had to plug it into the back. it was bad enough I had to crawl under my desk with a flashlight to find the USB 3.1 ports, but when I have to do the same just to plug the SSD into the cord because it can't reach my desk or at least toward the front of my case where it would be more accessible, it's downright aggravating.

Other Thoughts: The USB port on the drive itself is the new USB Type C connection. It is nice to see these starting to be used, but since only the newest computers (motherboards, specifically) have any USB Type C connectors at all, the cord adapts to a USB 3.1 port to fit the "old" style of USB ports. It will be a while yet before technology migrates to the new Type C connectors, as they are not backwards compatible like previous USB connections have been, but not having to flip the cord over when it doesn't fit the first time is a thing that I look forward to.

In case you were wondering what's tucked away inside, it appears to be an mSATA Samsung 850 Evo. I can't say that it is easily removed from the case to use as an internal drive, however. In fact, I never completely got it out, though there are reviews on various sites showing the T3's opened up for the world to see what's inside. If for some reason that was your plan, you better stick with buying an internal drive.

I performed a couple of tests on this SSD, both benchmarking it with CrystalDiskMark as well as testing and timing a real-world data transfer, writing to the SSD on both USB 2.0 and 3.1. My average results are as follows:

USB 2.0 (results are in MB/s)

Seq Read: 41.70 - Write: 44.48
512K Read: 41.15 - Write: 44.13
4K Read: 12.87 - Write: 15.07
4K QD32 Read: 27.69 - Write: 27.85

A real-world transfer was a little slower, but not far off from the average speeds of the benchmark at exactly 40 MB/s.

USB 3.1 (results are in MB/s)

Seq Read: 435.1 - Write: 395.5
512K Read: 402.8 - Write: 385.6
4K Read: 25.83 - Write: 40.93
4K QD32 Read: 143.6 - Write: 159.5

As you can see, there is a world of difference between USB 2.0 and 3.1 in the benchmarks. A real-world transfer averaged out at about 263.16 MB/s on USB 3.1, showing us once again that it is slower than the benchmarks, but it was still several times faster than USB 2.0, which is still a win in my book.

I think this is a nice external SSD for the price and would recommend it, but I would also suggest adding a longer USB 3.1 to USB Type C connector to your order if you plan on using this with anything other than a laptop.

TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update
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4 out of 5 eggs EggXpert Review - TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 04/06/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update

Pros: Small, low-profile design should fit in most (if not all) desktop computers. Comes with the full height bracket installed but it can be replaced with an included low-profile bracket if necessary.

It is fast enough that I have not noticed any difference in speeds compared to a wired connection. Streaming movies, online gaming, and downloads are just as fast as ever. This wireless adapter will handle anything you throw at it. Except a cup of water, probably. Wireless adapters don't like cups of water.

It's got a nice heatsink. Does it really need a heatsink? I don't know, but it doesn't matter because it has one anyway, whether you like it or not. This combined with the dark PCB prevents this unit from becoming an ugly green eye-sore through my gaming computer's side window.

Cons: Driver install software on the disk is terribly slow. I wasn't sure it was even working when I clicked on the install button and nothing happened until approximately a minute later. By that time it was too late. I had clicked it so many times it was trying to open a couple of dozen installers at once. Skip the install disk and download the latest drivers straight from the website if you can.

There seems to be some issues, possibly driver related, with it automatically connecting to my 5GHz wireless internet signal. I have a 5GHz/2.4GHz wireless connection, and after installing the card and latest drivers, it would connect to the 5GHz band fine. However, if I shut my computer off or put it in sleep mode, upon restarting it would no longer connect to the 5GHz band until I reset my router. This is not an issue with my router as all my other devices stay connected and reconnect when they're needed just fine, and this wireless adapter is the only device that has an issue with my 5GHz band. Attempting to reconnect to the 5GHz band after a restart or waking up from sleep mode would result in a continuous "Checking Network Requirements..." message. This issue does not affect the 2.4GHz band.

Other Thoughts: The drivers on the disk that came with it are outdated, but they worked for getting it set up initially. They are an older Windows 8 version of the driver, but I am using Windows 10 and I only installed it to be able to download the latest drivers from the website.

It is annoying that I cannot connect to the 5GHz band without restarting my router, but at least I can use the 2.4GHz band without issue. Still, this wireless adapter seems worth the money, and I am enjoying the freedom to place my desktop wherever I want to in my house now, without worrying about powerline adapters or long (really long) Ethernet cables.


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