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OCZ Trion 100 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Probably not the SSD you're looking for. 10/25/2015

This review is from: OCZ Trion 100 2.5" 240GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN100-25SAT3-240G

Pros: Price per capacity, this is one of the top 5 or 6 drives on the market; similar to the Kingston V300 240GB, Crucial M500 240GB, SanDisk Ultra-II 240GB, and Corsair Force LS 240GB. Formatted capacity is 223.57GB - or roughly a 6.9% loss from raw.

Basic everyday performance is not too shabby, either. On a near empty drive, reads and writes compare similarly to other drives of this capacity at ~525MB/s read, and ~500MB/s write (formatted NTFS @ 16Kb block). However, when the data becomes larger, performance drops quickly... see cons below.

Updating firmware via downloadable OCZ SSD Guru software was super simple. Click the Maintenance tab, then click the Update button. That's it! There is also Over Provisioning and TRIM support built into the SSD Guru package, if you so need it.

This SSD is built on the latest triple-level NAND flash tech, aka TLC. This allows for higher density, but sometimes at the expense of performance!

OCZ has a fantastic ShieldPlus warranty program. They cover return shipping cost and do advanced replacement service should you have a warranty claim. Most manufacturers would never do that!

Cons: For only a couple dollars, you can get another 10-16GB more capacity by going with the Crucial BX100, SanDisk Ultra Plus, Adata SP920, or Samsung 850 Evo.

The Trion 100 is a poor performer compared to other SSD's in this capacity. The effective speed is cut in half when the drive has reached >60% capacity. Also, during larger (2GB+) write jobs, performance suffers a major blow. For that reason, I would not use this drive for large data. I think it's best served as an O.S. drive only.

There are no accessories included with the drive (no bracket, no SATA cable, no hardware.)

Other Thoughts: This SSD is targeted at the very budget conscious casual PC user that is looking to upgrade an older machine from a conventional HDD (while using SATA 3 6gbps). You're not going to find this SSD at the top of any benchmark lists. The only list it will top is GB/$. I personally would feel better off with the OCZ ARC 100 that uses the Barefoot 3 controller, or a competitor like Samsung 850 Evo, Sandisk Ultra-II, or Crucial M500 - All are fantastic SSD's for this bracket.

I updated the firmware from 11.1 to 11.2 just prior to reviewing this product. At time of this review, I have 61 power-on hours and 31 power cycles on this drive. I have written a total of 194.87GB of data to the drive.

From my research, this is first OCZ labelled SSD that is purely a Toshiba made product, including the new Toshiba A19 flash controller driving it.

Thank you to and OCZ/Toshiba for providing the review sample!

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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE V1.2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Setup is extremely simple. Just plug it in, hit the WPS on the device once it is ready and then again on your WiFi router. The default configuration will simply repeat/extend your 2.4GHz SSID, and security settings. Once configured, you're free to pickup and move the device to another location in your home/business to find the most effective broadcast location. Use the Smart Signal indicator light on the front of the device to help find the best location.

The extender is compatible with 802.11n, as well as being backwards compatible with older standards g and b. Maximum advertised speeds are 300mbps, but realistically you'll achieve around 200-250 depending on the use.

You can save multiple network profiles in the configuration web GUI. This allows you to bring the device with you and quickly setup in commonly used locations, i.e. home, office, friend's house, etc. The extender can either be programmed to mirror the host's SSID, or have a custom SSID of it's own, which is very useful if you only want certain devices allowable to connect.

The web GUI has a small handful of advanced configurations. DHCP can be set to auto (default), on, or off. You can also set this device to a static IP on your network, if you do not use DHCP. Channel width can be forced to 20 or 40MHz for compatibility. Security options include WPA/WPA2 personal, or WEP. MAC filtering using either inclusive or exclusive rules is available to keep unwanted clients from connecting. The beacon interval can be set between 40ms and 1s, though default is 100ms.

There is a throughput monitor built right into the web GUI, which I really like. It displays Tx and Rx in Mbps plotted neatly on a line chart. Start and stop buttons control the logging.

Cons: This range extender is only compatible with 2.4GHz bands, and not 5GHz. It is also not compatible with the latest WiFi standard, 802.11ac.

WAP2 Enterprise security is not supported.

The channel cannot be manually set. It follows the channel that your router is set to.

Range is very limited due to the single integrated antenna design. This extender will cover 1, maybe 2 rooms radius inside a typical residential home before the signal tapers down to <50 Mbps speeds.

Other Thoughts: Although this extender is not the most robust model that you will find on the market, it does have significant bang for the buck sitting at the currently listed price of $23.99. For that reason, I found it very difficult to take any eggs off. It does what it advertises. No more... no less.

Thanks to and TP-Link for providing the review sample!

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TRENDnet TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Good little travel router. 08/16/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router

Pros: The TEW-817DTR travel router is very compact. Dimensionally, it’s the height and width of a credit card, and about 2in thick. There is no external power adapter to drag around, as the router plugs directly into any US, Euro, or UK power receptacle. It’s rated for up to 3.2 Watts of continuous power draw.

This router has a physical switch to toggle from a standard router mode (connected directly to your modem) to AP/WISP mode. This allows you to use the travel router as a simple access point, or even a wireless repeater if you’re just patching dead zones in your home network.

The router supports both 2.4 and 5GHz bands, with multiple SSID’s allowed on each. Security settings are on a per SSID basis, meaning you can have one network set for WPA2-PSK while another is non-password protected but has MAC filtering. There is also a guest network ability for both frequency bands. The combinations are very exhaustive.

The wireless standards include everything from 802.11a through 802.11ac (433Mbps), which makes the router compatible with just about every WiFi device made in the last 10+ years.

The firmware is full-featured. If it wasn’t for the ultra-small form factor and lack of external antennas, I would hardly call this a travel router. There are some very useful settings on this router that you won’t even find on more expensive desktop routers. To name a few:
- DHCP reservation table and MAC filtering
- Parental controls and website whitelist/blacklist filtering
- Application layer gateways (ability to allow or block certain types of content, i.e. streaming media, VPN tunnels, FTP, and SIP/VoIP traffic)
- On/off schedule per SSID or application
- Port forwarding (virtual server), and DMZ for direct Internet pass-through to certain network devices
- Dynamic routing to other local gateways

The user manual is extremely thorough, and gives background information on each and every setting, and not just how to enable or configure them.

Cons: The LAN port is only rated for 10/100 Mbps… so don’t plan on connecting your NAS or media server on this port. You’ll be bottle-necked for sure!

My wireless speed tests of both the 2.4 and 5GHz networks proved to be less than stellar… While on the 2.4GHz band using wireless N, two PC’s in the same room as the router were only able to accomplish about 36Mbps between them. While on the 5GHz band, I was getting much better speeds, but still nowhere near the advertised 433Mbps (802.11AC standard) advertised. Instead, I saw a maximum transfer rate of 88.7Mbps. So, while the speeds are by all means very usable, don’t expect anything near the advertised specs of the device.

With a lack of external antennas, the 5GHz frequency band suffers from degraded signal quality very quickly. I would not recommend attempting to connect devices on this frequency if more than 1 or 2 rooms away (given this is in a home environment and you don’t have steel reinforced walls.)

Considering this is marketed as a “travel router”, why TRENDnet did not include a small protective carry case is beyond me. Seems like a no-brainer!

Other Thoughts: TRENDnet provides a 3 year warranty against defects on the router, and a 1 year warranty on the power supply.

I’m giving this router 3 out of 5 eggs because it is very full featured as far as configurable settings go. However, the lack of wireless and Ethernet bandwidth makes this device impractical for connecting multiple streaming media type devices.

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