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Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n
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3 out of 5 eggs Linksys E1200 04/15/2014

This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: The Linksys E1200 is a great router for anybody who is looking for a router for a simple network. If you're looking to upgrade to wi-fi from a wired configuration, then this is a great start point. The E1200 has 2 internal antennas and 4 ethernet ports. The range is decent, not fantastic. It is actually right on par with some of their high end routers in terms of range and signal strength. The E1200 is compatible with most modern operating systems, everything from Windows XP to Windows 8 and most of the Mac OS's. I don't know much about Mac so I can't go into much detail there. I've got a 50 Mb internet plan and this router can handle all of that speed no problem. The E1200 is pretty small and it doesn't really get warm. It has a basic WPA2 wireless encryption that you have to set up, using the included disc, to get the full potential out of your router and it also has an integrated firewall. The E1200 is covered by a 2 year warranty. So for the price, you really are getting a decent router. No bells and whistles and nothing fancy. Just your most basic router for the average Joe, and the setup is as simple as it comes.

Cons: The 4 Ethernet ports aren't gigabit. They're limited to 100 Mb/sec bandwidth. Which really is enough for most people. There is no USB port, so no file sharing via USB. The wireless network is 2.4 Ghz band only, which isn't really a problem. However, when you start connecting multiple devices to the wireless network on this router it does start to bog down. If you like to stream a lot of HD video on multiple devices you might run into trouble. I was able to stream 1080P video on two devices and get decent bandwidth on the third device but if you're looking for a router to stream to more than 3 devices you may want to look at the next step up in this line of routers. The software leaves a lot to be desired. In fact I wasn't even able to install the software. I tried it on two separate computers and neither one would install correctly. I was able to setup my user name and password and that was the end of it. And even that took forever. The software is slow, really slow, when it's connecting with the router. And trying to trouble shoot with this router is a pain. There are no status lights to be found anywhere. There is no guest network and no parental software. Again, not really a problem, but I thought it was worth mentioning. So this router has a very limited feature set. If you want advanced features you're gonna have to spend more money.

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately there are a lot of cons, but, you also have to take into consideration on some points that I am used to a much better Linksys Smart Router that is sensational and also way more expensive. I actually really like this router. It is possible to use it as a range extender for your current router, you'll just need a really long Ethernet cable. For what you pay, you're getting a great piece of equipment from a brand that is known for reliability. I recommend this router to anyone who wants a basic wi-fi network or anybody who is a newcomer to wireless technology. If your plan is to run half a dozen wireless devices and file share across your network, then you may want to go with something a bit more advanced like Linksys Smart Router line.
I also have an E900 Router which is the router under this one in this line. This router is only a few more dollars, at the time of this review, and it's money well spent. For anyone who wants to run more than two wireless devices on their network.

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Linksys E900-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n
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3 out of 5 eggs Great for Basic Networks 03/19/2014

This review is from: Linksys E900-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: The Linksys E900 is a great router for anybody who is looking for a router for a simple network. If you're looking to upgrade to wi-fi from a wired configuration, then this is a great start point. The E900 has 2 internal antennas and 4 ethernet ports. The range is decent, not fantastic. It is actually right on par with some of their high end routers in terms of range and signal strength. The E900 is compatible with most modern operating systems, everything from Windows XP to Windows 8 and most of the Mac OS's. I don't know much about Mac so I can't go into much detail there. I've got a 50 Mb internet plan and this router can handle all of that speed no problem. The E900 is pretty small and it doesn't really get warm. It has a basic WPA2 wireless encryption that you have to set up, using the included disc, to get the full potential out of your router and it also has an integrated firewall. The E900 is covered by a 2 year warranty. So for the price, you really are getting a decent router. No bells and whistles and nothing fancy. Just your most basic router for the average Joe, and the setup is as simple as it comes.

Cons: The 4 ethernet ports aren't gigabit. They're limited to 100 Mb/sec bandwidth. Which really is enough for most people. There is no USB port, so no file sharing via USB. The wireless network is 2.4 Ghz band only, which isn't really a problem. However, when you start connecting multiple devices to the wireless network on this router it does start to bog down. If you like to stream a lot of HD video on multiple devices you might run into trouble. I was able to stream 1080P video on two devices but when I tried to add more than that the third device had hardly any bandwidth at all. The software leaves a lot to be desired. In fact I wasn't even able to install the software. I tried it on two separate computers and neither one would install correctly. I was able to setup my user name and password and that was the end of it. And even that took forever. The software is slow, really slow, when it's connecting with the router. And trying to trouble shoot with this router is a pain. There are no status lights to be found anywhere. There is no guest network and no parental software. Again, not really a problem, but I thought it was worth mentioning. So this router has a very limited feature set. If you want advanced features you're gonna have to spend more money.

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately there are a lot of cons, but, you also have to take into consideration on some points that I am used to a much better Linksys Smart Router that is sensational and also way more exspensive. I actually really like this router. It is possible to use it as a range extender for your current router, you'll just need a really long ethernet cable. For what you pay, you're getting a great piece of equipment from a brand that is known for reliability. I recommend this router to anyone who wants a basic wi-fi network or anybody who is a newcomer to wireless technology. If your plan is to run half a dozen wireless devices and file share across your network, then you may want to go with something a bit more advanced like Linksys Smart Router line.

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Sony SW2 SmartWatch 2 Black
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3 out of 5 eggs Rolex of the Future? 01/15/2014

This review is from: Sony SW2 SmartWatch 2 Black

Pros: The Sony Smart Watch 2 is an interesting little toy. But that's about all it is. It really is not much more than a Smart Phone enhancer, with watch features. If you're using a blue tooth headset you can use the watch to accept or reject calls without having to pull out your phone. You can use the watch to check your text messages, email, facebook or twitter. It also allows you to access your calendar from your phone. There are a fairly good amount of apps for the Smart Watch 2, but the vast majority of them are paid apps. The watch does come with a fitness trainer app named Runtastic. It basically just tells you how far you've run and how many calories you've burned.
The Smart Watch 2 is compatible with Android 4.0 devices and newer only. The screen isn't terribly impressive. The colors seem a bit bland and textures blocky. It has a 1.6 inch LCD screen that runs at a resolution of 220x176 which means 176 pixels per inch.
You can use the Smart Watch 2 to control your music app on your phone or pull up pictures from your phone and view them on the watch face. There are a number of optional watch faces to choose from as well as a number of customizable bands you can get for it.
To notify you of any incoming messages the watch will vibrate, very strongly. It was almost shocking at first how strongly it vibrates. Like any good smart phone you can use the backlight on the watch as flashlight in the dark. Its really not bad for such a small screen.
Sony claims the battery life will last up to 4 days, but so far it's been my experience that it will last about 30 hours depending on usage. So you should really charge it every night if you use it frequently. It comes with a micro USB cable that you use to charge it from any USB port. The display is scratch resistant and the watch itself is supposed to be water resistant up to 3.3 ft for up to 30 minutes. So you can't go swimming with it on, but it wont' fry itself if you're caught in the rain.

Cons: The number one problem with this watch is it is completely worthless if you don't have an Android phone to pair it to. I tried to open it up an play with it a bit when I first got it and it wouldn't even turn on until I paired it with my phone.
The strap is incredibly cheap. For $200 you'd think you get a much nicer strap.
The watch face doesn't display the date unless you go into the menu and find it.
Not enough free apps. Considering what you pay for this phone, most basic apps should be free.

Other Thoughts: The review title was, Rolex of the Future? And the answer is, Not yet. In the future? Almost definitely. I can imagine more people wearing smart watches than $1000 Rolex'. But they have a long way to go yet before they're really a must have item. As it is, the Smart Watch 2 is more of a toy than a necessity.

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