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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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TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps
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5 out of 5 eggs Easily extend your network with TP-Link. 04/22/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: The TL-PA4010KIT is truly a Nano setup. The kit consists of two small powerline adapters. They are plug and play. As soon as you plug them both in, they connect and establish a network. This takes less than a minute. You can increase security by using the pair button to establish a private group. Establishing the private group also took less than a minute.

I tested the powerline adapters using several locations around my house. I achieved my best speeds when the adapters were closer to each other. The farther away they were from each other, the slower the connection. The hardwire connection on this kit is 100Mbps. That limits the connection speed. I was able to achieve a 91 Mbps speed during testing. The best speed I could achieve with real world use was 81 Mbps. Those speeds are more than enough to stream an HD movie from the popular streaming services. I ran several online speeds tests. The test using my desktop connected to my router was the same speed as the test using a machine connected using the powerline adapters. My ISP connection is 35Mbps. The powerline adapter is faster than that.

You can connect a total of 16 of the TP-Link powerline adapters on the same network.

TP-Link offers a powerline utility to use with their adapters. The utility has a status tab that will show you the MAC address of an adapter, the network name, the password and the firmware version. The network tab shows you the connection speed and will allow you to change the device name and password. There is an advanced tab that has settings for Quality of Service(QOS) options. I did not notice a difference when I changed those settings. The last tab is the System tab. From here you can upgrade the firmware, reset the device or change the network name.

Cons: These adapters do not have a pass through for the ad plug so you will lose one plug in your wall socket. This kit is uses the AV500 standard. The 500 in the name comes from the theoretical speed of 500 Mbps when using the standard. TP-Link states this in the documentation. Just remember that no one gets those speeds in real life on any AV500 powerline adapters.

Other Thoughts: Powerline networking allows you to extend your network using the wiring in your house. There are several versions of powerline networking. Any powerline kit with an AV500 specification will operate between 70-90 Mbps. There are faster versions such as AV2 which can achieve speeds from 150 to 250 Mbps. There is a tradeoff. The AV2 kit will cost you more.
Powerline adapters fill a specific need. You cannot use them in an environment where you need high bandwidth. If you need to move large files around, like 40 GB Bluray files, it will take a while. For reference, a wired 1Gbps connection is 10 times as fast as the powerline connection speeds you will get with this powerline kit. For browsing the internet, checking email and streaming movies, this kit will get the job done.

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OCZ TR150 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Good performance from a budget SSD with a good warranty. 04/18/2016

This review is from: OCZ TR150 2.5" 480GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN150-25SAT3-480G

Pros: This SSD delivered consistent performance. I put the drive in my machine and installed Win8.1. I configured the motherboard to use AHCI. The O/S installation was quick. There were no issues or problems. OCZ has a utility for their SSDs called SSD Guru. SSD Guru provides you with information about your SSD drive such as drive health and temperature. SSD Guru will also tell you if you are connected to a Sata 3, 6 GB/s port and if you have AHCI enabled to take advantage of all of its features. You can also use SSD Guru to update the firmware on your OCZ SSD.
The drive is fast for the price point. The Trion 150 is a good choice for replacing a mechanical hard drive or a smaller slower SSD.
The Trion SSD drive comes with a three year warranty. Most drives in this price range come with a three year warranty. OCZ has improved on the standard warranty with their OCZ ShieldPlus warranty program. If there is a problem with the drive. You give OCZ the serial number and they will ship a new drive and a return label for the old one. No one ever wants to think about using the warranty, but if you do need to, it should be quick and painless. This is a great feature offered by OCZ.

Cons: OCZ did not include a spacer bracket for mounting this 7mm drive in a laptop expecting a 9.5mm drive.
Drive imaging software is not included.

Other Thoughts: This is an entry level SSD. There are cheaper drives and there are faster drives. If you go with a cheaper drive, you will lose some performance. If you want a faster drive, you are going to pay more. The Trion 150 contains TLC NAND. This is a cheaper variety of NAND. All of the drives in this price point contain cheaper NAND. TLC is not as fast and does not last as long as the more expensive SLC NAND, but then again, an SLC SSD would cost three times what this drive costs. For average, everyday use listening to music, reading email and browsing the web, TLC NAND is fine. The difference in lifespan would only be noticed if you tried to use a TLC drive for recording video from security cameras or used it as swap space in a database server.

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