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Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps
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2 out of 5 eggs EggXpert Review - Netgear AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit 06/29/2015

This review is from: Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: This is one of the slimmest powerline adapters I've seen, so it can easily fit behind furniture. If it is out in the open, the smooth white exterior with rounded edges actually looks quite nice.

It comes with two 6 foot long cables, one for each adapter, so it has everything you need but the devices you're trying to network right out of the box.

They are very easy to set up, in that you just plug them in the wall, attach the provided cables to your devices, and press the security buttons on the sides for 2 seconds, then you're ready once they have paired to one another.

Cons: These are advertised as being capable of speeds up to 500 Mbps. Let me set the record straight; They are not, as they only have a 100 Mbps Ethernet port. This is downright false advertising. To top it off, even if they did have a 500 Mbps capable port, they would not likely come anywhere near that speed. (See other thoughts for details.)

There is no pass-through outlet, and only a single Ethernet port for each adapter, not that it doesn't claim to be any more than what you see, but those features would be nice to see on more of these powerline adapters, in my opinion.

No vent holes. I have a few different Powerline adapters and all of them but this pair have vent holes because they do get quite warm when in operation. I don't know how much difference it really makes, but computing equipment tends to burn out faster when faced with high temperatures and poor ventilation.

Other Thoughts: I tested these by transferring a 1GB test file from my main computer, to my NAS server in the same room. These were placed on the same circuit, with only a dozen or so feet of wire in-between.

First, I tested the Netgear Essentials Edition Powerline Adapters that this review is about. I plugged them in, synced them up, and checked to make sure I had a connection. I did, but both the NAS server and my computer were reporting a 100Mbps connection speed, NOT 500Mbps like this product claims to support. In total, it took about 1 minute and 33 seconds for the 1GB file to transfer over this powerline with a maximum reported speed of 90.4 Mbps, and an average of 88 Mbps. That's not bad considering these are only capable of 100Mbps max, but since they claim speeds up to 500 Mbps, this isn't quite 1/5th of that speed. This is actually quite similar to another powerline kit I tested recently, in both the fact that they were advertised as being up to 500 Mbps speeds, but were only capable of around 90. Obviously, it's nothing more than a marketing gimmick used by multiple companies, and 500 Mbps looks better on the box than 100 Mbps.

Next, I tested it against a 1 Gbps Powerline I have lying around. Both the NAS and my computer reported it being a 1 Gbps connection, as advertised. It managed to transfer the file in a little over 1 minute, with a maximum speed of 127.2 Mbps, and an average of 121.2 Mbps. That is a bit faster , but it does not manage to achieve anywhere near it's advertised speed, either.

Lastly, as a control, I tested using a direct wired connection between my computer and the NAS server. Connection speed registered on both machines as 1 Gbps, and the transfer took only 10 seconds to complete with a maximum speed of 992 Mbps and an average speed of 800 Mbps. In other words, it is entirely capable of nearly saturating the 1 Gbps bandwidth, but it appears any sort of Powerline adapters are inherently slow.


Now, this isn't a bad product. It is a basic, easy, inexpensive way to connect a wired computer to a network in a different area of your house, but I can't really recommend it because there are faster alternatives, and because of the false advertising of 500 Mbps. So, a note to the companies making these claims: Please stop making claims of speeds much higher than the hardware you manufacture these powerline adapters with actually allows!

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TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps
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2 out of 5 eggs EggXpert Review - TP-LINK AV500 Nano Powerline Starter Kit 06/02/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: The adapter itself isn't too thick, meaning it should fit behind furniture without too much hassle. It's vent holes are along the sides anyway, so no need to worry about blocking airflow.

Speaking of airflow, it only gets slightly warm to the touch. My wireless router is hotter than this thing is.

It comes with two 6 foot long cables, one for each adapter, so it has everything you need but the devices you're trying to network right out of the box.

It's very easy to use; Simply plug them in a nearby wall outlet, hook up your device to one of them, and hook the other to your router or modem and push the pair buttons on the front of the adapters. They synced up immediately for me and I was ready to go in a minute.

Cons: These are NOT the advertised 500Mbps. Even if they were, I doubt they'd be able to actually achieve anywhere near that speed. See "Other Thoughts" for details.

There is no pass-through outlet, and only a single Ethernet port for each adapter.

They're... light grey? I'm not too picky about this, honestly, but light grey is an odd color to be stuck to your wall. While the sides are white, the front of the adapters are a smooth, shiny light grey. I'm not deducting any eggs for this, I just thought I should mention it.

Other Thoughts: I tested these by transferring a 1GB test file from my main computer, to my NAS server in the same room. These were placed on the same circuit, with only a dozen or so feet of wire in-between.

For starters, I tested using these, the AV500 Nano Powerline Adapters, that this review is about. Before I even transferred the files, something didn't seem right; Both the NAS server and my computer were reporting a 100Mbps connection speed, NOT 500Mbps like this product claims to support. So regardless, I started testing. It took about 1 minute and 30 seconds for the 1GB file to transfer over this powerline with a maximum reported speed of 90.4Mbps, and an average of 86.9Mbps; Not even 1/5th of the advertised speed.

Next, I tested it against a 1Gbps Powerline I have lying around. Both the NAS and my computer reported it being a 1Gbps connection, as advertised. It managed to transfer the file in a little over 1 minute, with a maximum speed of 127.2Mbps, and an average of 121.2Mbps. That is a bit faster than the AV500 Nano, but it does not manage to achieve anywhere near it's advertised speed, either.

Lastly, as a control, I tested using a direct wired connection between my computer and the NAS server. Connection speed registered on both machines as 1Gbps, and the transfer took only 10 seconds to complete with a maximum speed of 992Mbps and an average speed of 800Mbps. In other words, it is entirely capable of nearly saturating the 1Gbps bandwidth, but the Powerline adapters are inherently slow.

On a final note I'd like to say that this isn't an entirely bad product, but it is falsely advertised to be 500Mbps when it is only capable of a maximum of 100Mbps, if it even manages to saturate that speed. It is overpriced for only being capable of 100Mbps, as you could get much better results for a similar price using an inexpensive WiFi router and wireless adapter, or a similarly priced 1Gbps powerline adapter if you cannot manage a direct wired connection. This product is just not worth it in my opinion.

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CORSAIR 64GB Flash Voyager GS USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVYGS3B-64GB
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4 out of 5 eggs EggXpert Review - Corsair 64GB Flash Voyager 05/04/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR 64GB Flash Voyager GS USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVYGS3B-64GB

Pros: Very fast data transfer speeds! I tested this drive with CrystalDiskMark, and got very similar speeds to the advertised 295MB/s - 170MB/s read - write speeds.

I managed to get 275.9MB/s sequential read, and 168.3MB/s sequential write speeds. That's close enough to the advertised speeds that I'd consider it within margin-of-error, and is faster than a typical hard disk drive, even if it isn't as fast as a solid state drive.

For comparison, I tested my Samsung 830 SSD, and got 368.7MB/s sequential read - 250.3MB/s sequential write speed. I also tested my Seagate 3TB NAS HDD and got 158.2MB/s sequential read - 156.1MB/s sequential write speeds.

The amount of storage on this is pretty sweet for a flash drive. 64GB is plenty of room. While you won't quite be able to install GTA V on it, you could use this for an OS install and still have room left over for quite a few movies, pictures, games, or whatever you want - I'm not asking, and I'm not judging ; Boot speeds would still be faster than a typical HDD.

The casing, although a little too wide in my opinion (see cons), is still small enough to comfortably fit in your pocket, and has a very sleek overall design. It is rigid and I don't fear bending or breaking it. I haven't tried this, nor do I advise it, but it looks like the kind of flash drive that could be run over by a truck and survive intact.

The actual USB plug is capped in the same rigid material with a rubber 'seal', which although I don't think it's waterproof, it will keep out dust and dirt just fine, and the plug is sturdy and doesn't wobble around in the casing, and that is exactly the kind of high-quality I have come to love and expect from Corsair products.

Cons: The only con I can see is the size. More specifically, the width of the drive is just enough that it will block any adjacent USB ports, depending on your motherboard/case configuration of course. In my case, the USB ports on the front of my computer case are all laid out in a way that it will not block any other ports. However, on the back I/O panel of the motherboard where the USB ports are much tighter together, I had to remove one of my less-necessary USB devices to fit the drive so I could test it on a USB 3.0 port. It also blocks the neighboring ports on most laptops, which may be a huge problem for some people considering USB ports are very limited on a laptop, which is why I deducted one egg from my review.

Other Thoughts: I really like this drive, it's high speed, large storage capacity, and it's high quality build that I don't have to worry about breaking. If only it wasn't so dang wide!

When I first started testing this drive I was getting much slower than advertised speeds. Somewhere around 30MB/s sequential read and 20MB/s sequential write. I was thinking I had a dud drive and was starting to feel rather disappointed. However, I switched ports on my motherboard to the now empty USB port that I had to free up to get this thing to fit; Then, it got me close to advertised speeds, so it turns out I have a dud USB port on my motherboard. Strange... but it's not the drive's fault, and I'm relieved because of that. Well, sorta... except for the bad USB port, you know.

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