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bCODA CODA One Black Bluetooth Handfree car unit for Cell Phone
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good choice 07/08/2013

This review is from: bCODA CODA One Black Bluetooth Handfree car unit for Cell Phone

Pros: As a person who is not a fan of the in ear type bluetooth devices, I was looking for something I could use in my car to take calls safely while on the road. This turned out to be quite an ideal solution.

-Easy and strong magnetic mount makes removing/charging it super easy.
-Good volume that makes hearing your call not difficult.
-Good battery life.
-Pairs with a phone almost instantly (as you would expect).

It works pretty much as well as you can expect any device in this category to perform. You can answer a call by simple saying "answer", no hands or taking your eyes off the road required.

This includes a car power port with a USB cable so if you have a modern android phone, you are essentially getting a phone charger as well. This is nice because you save money by not having to by a separate car charger (if you don't have one already) and it's good to have since your phones battery wear down faster while connected via bluetooth as you would expect and no one wants their phone dying while out.

Cons: It's expensive (however in my opinion you get what you pay for here). I would much rather have this than an in the ear type device.

The power button could be a lot more user friendly. It's a tiny little toggle switch on the upper left of the device. They should have made the power on/off button much larger and easier to operate (without looking) since most people will be using this in a car.

Other Thoughts: Over all this is a good buy and I would still prefer it to any other the other devices that I have seen on the market. It's recommended.

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NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB5101)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good Unit 07/08/2013

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB5101)

Pros: When I first hooked up this I was unsure how well it would actually perform. I originally had my file server connected to my HTPC via a Gigabit Ethernet cable and as you can imagine, that has worked flawlessly for many years. However, I did not like having a cable being run between rooms so this seemed like a great solution. Setup was virtually instant. You can literally have this setup and working in 1 minute and even someone with zero technical knowledge is capable of carrying it out.

My HD media was able to stream over this system great. I noticed a very slight lag when loading a new file that I did not experience over wired gigabit but this was very small, maybe half second to a second. Once the media was loaded there was no lagging at all even with HD content.

With this solution you can move it around if needed without rerouting cables. It's very convenient and great for temporary or permanent use.

Cons: It's more expensive than a cable but then again its more convenient. This is a trade off you will have to think about. If a cable is not an option, this is a great way to go. It's slightly slower than running a gigabit cable but in real world use you will probably not notice and if you do it will not be a problem, even with streaming HD content it performs very well.

Other Thoughts: After using this setup for a few weeks I am going to stick with it. Not more Ethernet cable being run. It's quite a nice solution and I would recommend it for someone looking to do this. High quality device.

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TP-LINK TL-WDN3800 Dual Band Wireless N600 PCI Express Adapter, 2.4GHz 300Mbps/5GHz 300Mbps, IEEE 802.1a/b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It works and that is exactly what you are looking for when in this market. Installing this Wi-Fi card will be no different than any other card you may have used in the past. Make sure you have an open and available PCI Express port on your system before purchasing this model.

1. I shutdown my PC and plugged in the card. Then attached both antennas from the back.
2. Booted up PC, went to device manager, choose the adapter, went to upgrade the driver, and pointed it to the CD.
3. Driver was successfully installed and I connected to my Wireless Network.
4. Done.

The whole process will only take a couple minutes from start to finish. The build quality of this device is nice and its from a brand that has a reputation of being reliable these days. I would recommend a card from this brand before some of the "really cheap" options you may find. This card will work both newer N based networks or the older more common G networks.

Cons: I did not see any faults with this hardware itself.

Note that this card uses the PCI express port (different that the traditional PCI port you may be used to). Be sure to check your system and make sure it has a PCI Express port (smaller than regular PCI) before going with this model. Also make sure that your port is open and not being blocked by other hardware/heatsinks/etc.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a N desktop Wi-Fi card, you should consider this card from TP-LINK. However, TP-LINK also offers a N Wi-Fi card for about half the price that would be perfectly suitable for most users. If you are someone who transfers files between systems inside your home or work network than you will appreciate the faster speeds offered by this model. If you only use this to connect to the internet and not to transfer files on your network, than you may notice any benefits of going with this more expensive model.

After installing the driver from the CD and testing that the card works, it is always best practice (no matter what the hardware) to go to the manufactures website and see if an even newer driver is available. Depending on when you make this purchase a newer driver (than that one offered on the included CD) may be available.

System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
ISP: Verizon FiOS

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Display Name: Matthew D.

Date Joined: 01/11/06

  • Reviews: 19
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  • First Review: 06/19/06
  • Last Review: 07/08/13
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