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TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Decent Extender for Hard to Reach Spots 02/09/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)

Pros: Basic configuration is a breeze. If you just want to extend a 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz network the wizard is fine.

Advanced options give some nice flexibility.

I already get decent coverage in a small/medium two story house with a wireless router in the basement. However, due to the old construction, brick, stuff in all the walls, etc., I get poor reception outside of my house even immediately outside my door. However, with this device configured and then plugged in near the back of my house on the first floor or second floor I get good coverage in the back corner of my yard, roughly 50 feet away. I'd have tested further, but the neighbors don't like me climbing their fence and lurking in their yard.

When you plug this into a wall outlet the second outlet is still open for use. *Unless you plug an ethernet cable into the device.

Opinions on style will differ but I give TP-Link credit for at least not making an ugly black box.

Cons: When using the wizard to configure only one network (in this case, 2.4GHz but not 5GHz) some of the behavior was unexpected. If you use the wizard and choose a 2.4GHz network to extend, but choose not to connect to a 5GHz network, then the device still creates a 5GHz network that is the same name as the 2.4 GHz network but appends "_5G" to the name. Even if you changed how you want the extended 2.4 GHz network to be named, it uses the original + "_5G". I can't think of any situation where this would be the expected or even desired outcome.

Plugging an ethernet cable into the device makes your second power outlet unusable.

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend changing the default admin username and password. Also, it's worthwhile to at least look at some of the advanced options. But if they give you a headache, if it's not your cup of tea, stop looking and don't change anything.

I didn't test setup via WPS. WPS has security issues, so I turn it off on all my routers.

If you only want to extend one network, use the non-wizard settings. You can set the device for "high speed" or single-band mode. Basically, this will allow you to connect the device to one of your Wi-Fi's networks on one band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz), and offer up a network on the other band. For example, you can connect to a 5 GHz network broadcast by your router, and set this device to broadcast a 2.4 GHz network. Devices will connect to that 2.4 GHz network, and this device will connect back to your router over the 5 GHz band. This is the setup that was ideal for me, as I still have devices that can't use 5 GHz. And it allows the device to operate at faster speeds because each band has its own CPU and in High-Speed (Single Band) mode both CPUs are used for single band communication. The documentation claims this operates twice as fast as Dual Band mode.

Note this this device is an extender. As such it will not be able to match performance when connected directly to your router and is therefore best suited for use in places where you would not otherwise be able to make a reliable connection to your router's network. For this reason, I'd recommend changing the broadcast name from this device - that way you can control which network your devices connect to. You won't have a seamless transition if, for example, you move outside the range of your router but are still in range of this device. So for some that may not be ideal. But for me that's a small issue compared to being able to control whether I connect to the router or the extender.

Here's the manufacturer's explanation about why the device's transmission speed is decreased, even though the signal is stronger: "In compliance with the wireless transmission protocol, all the Range Extender devices are set to work in half-duplex instead of full-duplex mode. In other words, the Range Extender has to process one-way communication between your root Wireless Router or AP and the terminal clients; so the transmission time will be double-increased, while the speed will be decreased. TP-LINK recommends that you connect to the Range Extender when your home network connection is poor, or when you want a larger wireless coverage to eliminate 'dead zones'."

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My Passport Ultra Anniversary Edition 1TB USB 3.0 premium storage with style Model WDBTYH0010BCG-NESN
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a very small drive. It's sleek looking, if you like the aluminum chassis. It's USB 3.0 and benchmarked faster than the last couple external drives I've tested. Testing on USB 2.0 it was only marginally faster than other drives I've tested.

It's extremely portable - small and very light. And it's powered by the USB cable.

It's an external hard drive, so as long as it works there's not a lot of things that can really be said. But this gets high marks in my book for its portability and relative speed.

Tested using Crystal Disk Mark v 3.0.2
Here's my USB3 results:
Sequential Read : 114.686 MB/s
Sequential Write : 114.174 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 44.781 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 61.231 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.564 MB/s [ 137.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.427 MB/s [ 348.4 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 0.606 MB/s [ 147.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.446 MB/s [ 352.9 IOPS]

And the USB 2.0 results:
Sequential Read : 36.316 MB/s
Sequential Write : 34.806 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 22.704 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 28.919 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.539 MB/s [ 131.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.374 MB/s [ 335.5 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 0.533 MB/s [ 130.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.389 MB/s [ 339.1 IOPS]

Cons: The drive is 5400 RPMs. The cable is short, around a foot and a half, maybe less.

Neither of these are big issues to me. While it was a real pain plugging in the back of my desktop, this drive is built for portability So it's most likely to be used with my laptop or tablet.

Other Thoughts: If you need 1TB in your pocket, this may be the drive for you. It's about twice as thick as my phone and a little wider, but not as long. It could easily replace a couple of USB thumb drives while requiring only slightly more space.

As a 5400 rpm, it sacrifices some speed. But it should be priced accordingly and in return provides an extremely compact and classy package, high in reliability while still benefiting from a fast USB 3 connection.

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SteelSeries Flux In-Ear Mobile 3.5mm Connector Canal Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good sound, comfortable, easy to untangle 08/18/2014

This review is from: SteelSeries Flux In-Ear Mobile 3.5mm Connector Canal Headset

Pros: These produce great sound. I don't want to oversell this, as you can surely get better sound from more expensive over-ear headphones, but for its price range it is as at least as good as some of the expensive in-ear competitors and better than what comes with most phones.

They are also very comfortable. As is expected with any mid-to-high end headset, these come with 3 different sized ear pieces so you can find the one that fits you best. I found the headset to be very comfortable for long listening sessions.

The microphone also worked very well. I took numerous phone calls using the headset and didn't receive any complaints that I couldn't be heard and was not asked to repeat myself.

I cannot agree with the 'no tangly mess' claim. However, this is by far the easiest headset to untangle that I've used. The number of tangles are few, and knots are virtually non-occurrences.

Cons: The headset comes with a mute button for the microphone on the cord, and that's it. If a skip ahead/back button is a must-have then you'll need to look elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: The addition of a carrying case is a nice touch. And, even though I find fault with the 'no tangly mess' claim, I found that when using the case the already low number of tangles were further reduced.

These quickly became my daily headphones.

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