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Pros: This WiFi adapter is relatively sleek looking, and successfully connected my computer to wireless networks.
The card does require that you install the drivers for it, Windows did not have appropriate drivers out of the box, but once the drivers are installed it works as expected. This really is no big deal, a lot of devices require drivers.
Throughput and connection reliability was decent, on par with other USB wireless adapters I’ve used in the past.
Cons: No reliable rock solid way to get this device working on Linux, which was a disappointment for me since Linux is the operating system I primarily use.
Performance was not impressive, but I don’t have an 802.11ac capable network set up so in that way I wasn’t able to fully benchmark its capabilities. WiFi isn’t a perfect technology to begin with. USB adapters have a tendency to be weaker than other form factors since they have to squeeze the hardware into a smaller space.
Other Thoughts: For a desktop computer (I assume this is what most people are using this for, since almost all laptops these days have integrated WiFi) I would just go with a PCI card over this. There are many PCI wireless adapters that are lower priced than this unit and would work better.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SteelSeries 69041 Sentry Gaming Eye Tracker
Pros: The eye tracker looks cool, definitely something that adds to a setup’s coolness factor if you’re one of those gamers who likes glowing lights on your setup.
It is very easy to mount on a monitor using the supplied mounting magnet stickers.
The software was fairly easy to install.
The eye tracking was pretty cool and accurate when it worked.
Cons: Only supports up to 27” screens. My gaming setup has a span of 3 monitors this size so I had to test this on another setup. I think a lot of gamers have setups with more than 1 screen or larger than a 27” screen, this seems to severely limit the usability of the product.
Had trouble keeping my eyes in range of the sensors or something. Even during calibration my eyes kept disappearing. It seemed like I had to sit at a certain angle in order to get them to be registered at all.
All in all this is way too much of a pain to use for me and it isn’t designed for my ideal setup, so I don’t find it useful.
This review is from: NETGEAR EX7000 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
Pros: This range extender has a lot more flexibility than I am used to seeing in a range extender, and has proven to be very useful in my setup. I live in an area which has a fairly dense population, enough that I have neighbors on every 2.4GHz channel. My previous 2.4GHz range extender did a decent job, but degraded a lot under heavy load probably due to interference, and the fact that it had to repeat 2.4GHz on the same channel as my router.
A lot of range extenders on the market do not support 5GHz, so massive points from me for that!
With this range extender, I have been able to connect to my router only on the 5GHz band (by my choice) and extend on to 5GHz and a new 2.4GHz channel as well. This has done wonders for reducing interference related performance loss on my network.
This has done wonders for improving my network capacity, and I no longer even notice whether I'm connected to the extender or the main access point. Before, when connected to the extender, it was pretty obvious that I couldn't take full advantage of my 20Mbps of Internet bandwidth, but on this new extender I am seeing no loss of performance whatsoever when I'm connected to it.
Cons: The range extender takes up a lot of space, it's actually bigger than my router. However, it is not relatively sleek looking, so I don't mind it too much.
The process of creating an account and logging in to the device is really weird. It's like I'm creating some kind of Netgear website cloud account and logging in with that. I would prefer a normal\changeable username like "admin". Typing an email address to login to a local network device is awkward. Regardless, the authentication does seem to work without an Internet connection.
Firmware seems a little bit limited. It's obviously designed for someone non-technical, which is fine, but I'd like to see some more advanced options. For example if I wanted to change my SSID or wireless password for my main network, I don't see any way to update that on the range extender other than running the "setup wizard" again.
Other Thoughts: For raw capabilities, this is an awesome device.
If the firmware had more advanced settings, the device would have gained more respect from me, I felt like I was mostly relearning how to do things I already know how to do "the Netgear way" to get this device working for me, but all in all I got everything up and working how I wanted it.
The extra capabilities like the USB port for printer sharing or networked drives is an interesting touch, but seems like overkill for a device like this. Mine is thrown in a corner of a room with no other technology in it, because this is a range extender. If I already had a bunch of technology sitting there, I would have installed wired infrastructure and I could have just put in another access point.