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This review is from: Sony ILCE-3000K/B Alpha a3000 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera 20.1 MP Black
Pros: Well-designed controls
Wide variety of interchangeable lenses
Default installed lens is a wide-angle to 'normal' zoom, perfect for travelers who want to take pictures of places they've visited.
Cons: Obviously, this camera will NOT fit in your pocket, so you have to really WANT the features and versatility it provides over your smaller point-and-shoot camera or your smartphone.
Other Thoughts: I purchased many SLR cameras with interchangeable lenses while I was in the US Navy overseas, and I really enjoyed them, but lugging around the camera and its accessories was not so pleasant due to the weight. The newer SLR cameras are made with lighter material, and this Sony does NOT have the feel of a cheaply made camera. While lighter than my older cameras, this new addition will give me great flexibility in what and how I shoot when I travel, without weighing me down.
I owned one of the early Sony digital cameras, and this is definitely a quantum leap in digital imaging technology that I will enjoy for many years.
Pros: Dual Band (2.4GHz/5.0GHz);
Easy to set up, and with a large and varied feature set;
Allows for a guest network without access to your home network;
Two USB 2.0 ports for attaching discs or printer;
Personal VPN to allow access to your home network from outside
Cons: Designed to stand upright (for best visibility of indicator lights), but has all its connection jacks at the top of the unit, meaning that all your CAT 5/6 cables, USB cables and power are sprouting from the top of the unit. You can lay the unit down, with the connectors then coming out the back in a more conventional fashion, but then you would not be able to see the indicator lights easily. Unless you spend your time watching the lights, this is not a big deal.
Other Thoughts: ASUS has had 4 firmware updates since I've owned the unit, so support is good. Many of the updates were to fix the secure web protocols that have recently been revealed to have active exploits in the wild. The router will not perform the updates automatically without you logging into the administrator console. The firmware is supposed to alert you then that there is an update pending, but I have manually visited the ASUS web site to find that an update is available that the router did not detect for me. It's not a big deal, and I submitted a case to ASUS about the issue. I thought they had it fixed, but had to manually download the most recent update. So your persistent vigilance is advised, and not just for this particular router.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR XE104-100NAR Powerline 4-port Ethernet Adapter Up to 85Mbps
Pros: Almost no setup at all. If you live in an apartment, where your power lines may share some common circuits with other residents, you may want to use the included software to link multiple XE104s together into a group with a unique name and password. But for single-family homes, all you need to do is connect one to your router, then plug in others where you need some connectivity. Voila! Instant network without having to run CAT5 cable.
I use these successfully to connect my router to my media room (where I can stream Netflix without problem and connect my DirecTV HD DVR just fine). You can use the included software to monitor the data rate on all units at the same time. Do I get 85mbps? No, but I do see data rates at or above 65mbps at times. Just remember that you must plug these directly into the wall...no surge suppressors or UPS units. Some of those who have experienced problems *may* have some faulty wiring (bad grounds, reversed polarity). It works for me...no complain
Cons: LEDs are bright, which may be distracting if they are within your field of view while watching TV or trying to read.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: David B.
Date Joined: 01/03/05
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