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This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-408E2K Powerline AV2 AV600 Adapter Kit, Up to 600Mbps
Pros: The TRENDnet TPL-408E2K Powerline AV2 AV600 Adapter Kit contains two adapters. Connection is as simple as plugging each into a wall socket and connected the included 5 ft ethernet cables from the adapters to the router/switch and computer. It automatically establishes a connection and there is no need to download/install drivers. The plug only takes one outlet slot, leaving the one above open, and the entire adapter is only 2.2 by 3.4 by 2 inches. The white plastic color does not stand out against a common outlet.
The power consumption during use is about 4 Watts per adapter and confirmed with a Kill-a-watt, hibernation is lower. The units do get somewhat warm and there are ventilation holes on the plastic case. The product is well supported and the warranty is listed as three years. The connection is gigabit and is possible to get up to 500 Mbps. The actual transfer rates depend on quality of wiring, length of connection, noise, etc. In my use, I found in use transfer rates of about 7 MB/s (megabytes per second). During testing, I added additional extension cords, power strip adapters, and as expected the transfer rates decreased. Although the transfer rates are not as fast as a direct wired connection, this is sufficient for my uses and easily streams HD media files. The connection has been highly reliable over a period of several weeks and did not need resetting or any other intervention.
Cons: It gets warmer than I expected and perhaps could benefit from a larger heat sink for cooling, but the 3 year warranty indicates the heat should not be a concern.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300 Mbps range extender boosts the wireless signal, which in my usage is at the opposite corner of my house from my wireless router. Within the same room, it increases the signal strength from 1-2 bars to the maximum. Setup is quite easy, either via the WPS button or via the web interface. I used the latter so that I could customize the name and also , of course, change the default password for the admin login. It remembers previous networks, so it is simple to switch between different wireless routers, without the need to reset and reconfigure. It is compatible with 802.11 n/g/b, and thus only with 2.4 GHz, not the 5 GHz on dual band routers. The transfer rates were reasonable in typical usage, which for me was about 16 Mbps (2 MB/s) through a closet door and several walls at the two extremes of my house. Moving to closer outlets the transfer speeds increased, as expected.
The shape is a sleek white, rounded plastic, making it unobtrusive when plugged into a power outlet. The instructions are well written and easy to follow. The web interface and a domain name login is intuitive and easy to configure. It was highly reliable, in about 3 weeks of usage, I did not need to make any changes or interact with it in any way, making it a set and forget sort of device. In comparison to some of the other reviews, I did not have a single issue over in the time I have used it to connect several Android tablets and a notebook PC.
Cons: Depending on your needs, the lack of a Ethernet port could be an issue if the goal was to connect a desktop PC, Blu-ray player, printer, etc. that required a wired connection. There are other similar wireless extenders with that capability, if needed.
Other Thoughts: The LEDs are a bit bright and constantly on, so if this were placed in a bedroom it would be a source of unwanted light, but those would be easy to cover up.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SF1008P 10/100Mbps 8-Port PoE Switch, 4 PoE Ports, Metal case
Pros: The TP-LINK TL-SF1008P is an 8-port 10/100Mbps switch with 4 PoE ports and 4 normal ports. The hardware part of this switch is the unique part to notice compared to normal lightweight plastic cased switches. The case is a sturdy metal, grey in color. It has ventilation holes on the side for additional cooling. It supports up to 15.4 W for each PoE port, but is limited to 53 W total, so one could not max out each port. The sizeable external brick style DC power adapter has a thick high-current style wall plug and it outputs 48V at 1.25 A. This inspires some confidence that it could deliver enough power that is near an old style incandescent light bulb. This is enough to power some, but not all PoE devices like wireless access points, switch, cameras, and/or phones.
It complies with typical IEE802.x standards, duplex, and has a 1K entry MAC address table. LED indicators on the front panel inform about the status of the connections and also one for POE max. The latter I was unable to test, but if it is red it is above 46W and flashing red it is above 53W. There is some overload power protection and port priority built in.
In use, transfer rates were up to 11.1 MB/s, which is reasonably close to the maximum (100 Mbps, 12.5 MB/s). These transfer rates are nowhere near a gigabit switch, but that is not the purpose of this good pricepoint PoE switch, which is more suited to IP cameras, IP phones, etc. where maximum transfer speed is not required. It has been highly reliable in my usage so far over a couple weeks.
Cons: The limit of 15 W is below that required for some wireless access points of other companies, which specify +16 W. Be sure to check the requirement for your particular PoE device.
There are no built in mounting holes, just rubber feet, therefore wall mounting is a bit more of challenge.
Other Thoughts: Others switches should use this style of metal case, but include mounting holes.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Michael L.
Date Joined: 01/05/06
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