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NETGEAR ProSAFE 5-Port PD Pass-through Gigabit Web Managed (Plus) Switch (GS105PE) - Lifetime Warranty
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4 out of 5 eggs Convenient and easy to use POE Switch 10/14/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR ProSAFE 5-Port PD Pass-through Gigabit Web Managed (Plus) Switch (GS105PE) - Lifetime Warranty

Pros: Great little switch. This is a prosumer POE switch. It does that job perfectly. I have several POE cameras that I have been using POE injectors for. I moved two of them over to this switch and it has performed perfectly. You can configure the switch using the Pro Safe Plus utility. This switch has VLAN support and QOS support. I played around with the VLAN configuration, segmenting some of my devices. The VLAN configuration is straight forward and easy to do using the management utility. QOS support allows you to prioritize traffic depending on the traffic type. You would use QOS if you were using voice over IP for phone calls and wanted it to have priority over your web browser traffic. Firmware upgrades are done through the Pro Safe Plus utility.
Before you purchase this switch, understand what you are getting. This switch has no AC plug. You must power it using POE. You can run a maximum of two Class 2 POE devices or one class 0 or class 3 device. You can power the switch using 802.3af or 802.3at. If you power it using 802.3af, you can only power one class 1 or 2 device. To power 2 class 1 or 2 devices or a single class 0 or 3 device, you have to power this switch using an802.3at power source. Check the class of the devices you want to power.

Cons: You will not be able to run multiple class 0 or class 3 POE devices, even if the devices consume less than the power limit for this switch. The devices will report what class they are. If it is a class 0 or 3, the switch will only send power to the first POE port. This is because two class 0 or 3 devices could potentially draw more than the switch is rated for. The switch does not measure actual power usage, that is why I gave it 4 eggs.

Other Thoughts: The GS105PE fills a specific niche. If you are looking to extend a network with the requirement to add some low power POE devices, this switch is for you. If you just need a five port switch, look for a different model. I have used it for several months with several models of cameras. As long as I was aware of the devices and the POE classes, I have had no problems. This is a 5 port, gigabit switch. One port will be feeding the power and the network so you will be left with 4 ports for connecting your other devices. This switch has a metal case and feels like a solidly built device.

TP-LINK TL-WA860RE-E 300 Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender / Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator (Easy-open package)
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Pros: The setup was easy. I connected a network cable from the extender to my Win10 laptop and then plugged the range extender into a wall outlet. I opened the browser and it took me to the extender login page. I logged in with the default username and password. The quick setup wizard started by default. You need to select the country you are in. The extender then scans for wireless networks. It detected all my wireless networks. I selected one and entered the SSID passphrase. You can choose to use the default SSID or give it a new name. That was it. I disconnected the cable and then connected my laptop to the access point.
If you have multiple access points using the same SSIDs, the setup screen will display the different channels and MAC addresses of the other APs. You can then choose which AP you will connect to. You can also specify the SSID and MAC manually if your AP is not broadcasting. Choose the wireless network.
The quick setup wizard does not ask you to change the default username and password. Just a reminder, never leave the default username and password intact. Always change them. Once the extender is configured, there are a lot of options you can go in and setup. You can set a static IP address, set the channel width, set MAC filtering among other things. There is a physical on/off switch on the unit so you can turn the unit off without unplugging it.

Cons: The extender will make it difficult to share the outlet with a three prong grounded plug in the other socket. A two prong plug plugged in next to the extender without issue. I had no problems using the pass through power plug in the extender.

Other Thoughts: The WA860RE produced good transmission speeds in locations that had little to no signal coverage. I tested with a laptop 50 feet from the access point. At this location the signal has to go through a floor and 3 walls to get to the AP. I then installed the access point at this location and moved my laptop 50 feet further away. Network speeds and thru put were identical (80Mbps). The extender does what it claims. It allows a wireless network to be extended to areas that had weak coverage.

TP-Link TC-7610 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
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5 out of 5 eggs Great product that is easy to set up and use. 07/18/2016

This review is from: TP-Link TC-7610 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Pros: DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem - Download speeds up to 343 Mbps
Compatible with many cable providers - Called the cable company, provided them the MAC address and I was up and running instantly.
Easy to install - All I had to do was unbox it, plug it in to the AC outlet, my router and the coaxial cable feed. I was able to add the port forwarding I needed for my network.
End modem rental charges - Purchase this modem once and stop paying the monthly charges from the cable company to rent their modem.
TP-Link quality – I have used and recommended TP-Link products for many years. TP-Link has a great reputation. They build quality products and stand behind them. I have yet to have any issues with any of their modems, routers or access points.

Cons: There are no technical issues with this modem. The only issue I have is that the modem stands vertical. It is so small and light that the cables have a tendency to pull it over on its side. If the modem was designed to be horizontal, that would eliminate this issue.

Other Thoughts: . I have been running this cable modem for a few months. I have not had any issues since I installed the modem. The TC-7610 has been rock solid. I have not had any dropped connections or slowdowns that required a reboot. The speeds are the same as with the rental modem from the cable company. Just a friendly reminder, this cable modem does not have a firewall. It also does not have a router built in. This is purely a cable modem. You will still need a wireless router if you want to share this connection with wireless devices.


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