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WD Red 4TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40EFRX
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Pros: Both of the hard drives worked perfect out of the box. It was tested in a seagate 2 bay NAS that I had received for a review last year. The drives went in no problem and I set up a raid 1.

I could list all the speeds but when doing something like this the hard drive is not the determining factor in those speeds it is the hardware that is supporting those hard drives so the numbers would be altogether useless information.

The drives ran slightly above room temp (1c) which is great for long term viability in my opinion.

The drives are quiet, I can barley hear them operate which is also a plus in my book if it is going to be in something that is going to be on 24/7.

Overall these drives performed as one would expect them to and I had no issues with them.

Cons: None that I'm aware of. If one were to die or run into issues I would probably update with another review.

Other Thoughts: These are great server / nas drives and the only real advantage I see with these over green drives is that they were designed to be operated in RAID arrays and on 24/7 without hybrid sleep states which cause all sorts of problems with raid arrays.

The 3 year warranty is nice although i still remember when 3 was typical and 5 was the nas / upper level drive warranty terms

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ASUS RP-AC56 AC1200 Wireless Dual-Band Repeater / Access Point/Media Bridge
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5 out of 5 eggs Works great for a repeater 03/03/2016

This review is from: ASUS RP-AC56 AC1200 Wireless Dual-Band Repeater / Access Point/Media Bridge

Pros: I tested this as just a wireless dual band repeater.

In terms of that it works well. It functions much better than the previous repeater that I had reviewed but it is just a repeater. A repeater depends largely on how good your original wireless router is. If you need a repeater, your original router probably isn't that good to begin with which will mean that the repeater does not function too well either.

That aside the setup was as simple as the instructions dictate. If you set it up near your router and then follow the instructions for pairing it works very easily. Otherwise you might run into some issues getting it to work well. Following the directions, setup took me about 5 minutes.

Once it was setup I did have considerable better coverage of my WiFi but that mainly meant that outside I had coverage on the side of the house that I set up the extender. It would definitely be useful for something like that given you wanted internet outside during say the summer.

Cons: None that I came across

Other Thoughts: Overall as a repeater this product is great. It works great and I had no issues with stability unlike some other ones that I have reviewed.

I would have no problem suggesting this to someone who already has a good router and wants some extra range, this is by no means a solution if your router has bad wifi though because it is dependent on that wifi being decent to operate well.

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Netgear C3700 N600 WiFi Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 In 1
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2 out of 5 eggs Ok Modem, Mediocre Wifi 03/03/2016

This review is from: Netgear C3700 N600 WiFi Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 In 1

Pros: Setup was simple. I did have to call my internet company to switch out the modem but that took me all of 5 minutes which is one of the shorter interactions I have had with them so that was a non issue.

Wired speed test there is no difference between this and a direct connection to just my previous modem. The wireless is where it starts to fall apart.

Cons: Wireless is horrible.

It works fine for a day then needs to be power cycled to get any reliable speed. It would drop wireless rates to that of dialup internet.

The range on the wifi left much to be desired also, I previously had a netgear router and had no problems reading from one end of my apartment to the other and this one barely reached my bedroom on the other side of the apartment. When I did get reliable wifi the speed was sub par and made it hard to stream anything like hd hbo go or netflix.

Other Thoughts: Overall this router/modem is not worth picking up.

Even after updating the firmware the wifi is mediocre at best and dialup speeds at worst. The more annoying part is when you power cycle this compared to just a router it has to re-establish connection with the cable company which takes significantly longer than just restarting a normal router.

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Display Name: Ryan B.

Date Joined: 09/30/05

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  • First Review: 11/03/05
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