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ORICO 6619SUS3 USB 3.0 & ESATA to SATA External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 or 3.5in HDD, SSD (4TB Support)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The build quality of the ORICO docking station seems to be top notch. It's constructed of very sturdy plastic, and is very stable on my desk even with a multi-platter 3.5" HDD cradled in it.

It included an USB3.0 cable about 3ft in length, as well as an eSATA cable of the same length.

Transfer speeds seem agreeable with USB3.0 standard - I get anywhere from 40MB/s to 150MB/s depending on the drive I am testing with and the file characteristics.

It seems to work consistently with several different types of HDD and SSD drives including Seagate, Hitachi, and Fujitsu. I have tested 7200rpm and 5400rpm drives of these manufacturers. I have tested with eSATA, USB3.0 and 2.0 ports. However, I cannot get reliable results with any Western Digital HDDs (see below).

Cons: I am having the hardest time trying to get WD drives to work with this dock reliably. In fact, at this point, none of my 7 different WD drives are being detected when docked in this device while using USB3.0 or 2.0 ports. I've tested with several different 80GB models, a 320GB model, and a 4TB model. I've tested on two different PCs running Windows 7 Pro and again with Windows 10 x64 preview. I have also tested with Linux Fedora v20 x64 with exactly the same results. Even my system BIOS does not detect when WD drives are in the dock. As soon as I switch to a Seagate, Hitachi, or Fujitsu HDD, the OS recognizes the drive immediately.

Other Thoughts: I'll be reaching out to ORICO for some technical support and answers for this issue. If I find out anything, I'll follow up with another review.

At this point, my recommendation for you is to avoid this dock if you have WD drives.

TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Setup is super quick and easy. Just install the adapter into an available PCI-E slot, pop in the driver installation disc, and follow the setup instructions. Drivers included on the disc cover you from Windows XP x86, through Windows 8.1 x64. I tested both Windows 7 x64 and Windows 8.1 x64 drivers without any problems.

TP-Link provides a very lightweight Wireless Configuration Utility for managing your Wi-Fi connections and connecting via QSS (aka WPS). I opt not to use it, as the Windows Network Connections utility does a fine job in itself.

The PCB is very small and unobtrusive inside your PC case, at about 4” in length. The adapter only consumes a PCI-E 1X slot, so it maximizes the ability for you to use any of the PCI-Express slots on your motherboard.

The triple antenna design provides enough gain to achieve superb signal quality inside your home, even on the 5GHz frequencies. I am now able to instantly stream 1080p low compression movies, 3-4GB in size, from my RAID-0 NAS device to my PC.

Online gaming is not a problem with this adapter. Latency is always less than 50ms on my favorite east coast servers. I am also getting the maximum download and upload speeds from my ISP package (60down, 12up).

Integrated aluminum passive heatsink keeps the device performing at optimum ability even under heavy loads.

Cons: The antennas are rather long and become obstructed by my GPU video cables due to their location on the I/O bracket. I have to turn them at funny angles pointed away from the back of the PC, which limits my ability to fine-tune the signal quality. This could vary from PC to PC, so no eggs lost here.

Keep in mind, there’s no low-profile bracket option on this device. This can be a deal-breaker for some of you using HTPC and other small form factor boxes, like my home built HTPC from a Dell mini-ATX case.

***There are no drivers on TP-Link’s product support page (at time of this review)!! Instead, they refer you to third party drivers in the following quoted paragraph:

“Some official firmware of TP-LINK products can be replaced by the third party firmware such as DD-WRT. TP-LINK does not provide technical support and does not guarantee the performance and stability of third party firmware. Damage to the product as a result of using third party firmware will void the product's warranty.”

I don’t know what this means for continual product support, but it doesn’t look good to me… I guess don’t lose your TP-Link resource CD, or you may be out of luck! Minus one egg.

Other Thoughts: Perhaps TP-Link has taken my advice after I reviewed the TL-WN881ND PCI-E 2.4GHz adapter on 8/15/2013, when I commented about the green PCB which was an eyesore inside my all-black gaming PC. If they did, kudos! If not, oh well, it’s still a win!

Although I didn’t, if YOU happen to experience problems on Windows 8/8.1 using the setup utility to install drivers and it cannot detect your OS properly, you can choose to manually install the drivers. Just go into the Computer Management console, under Device Manager, find the device listed under “unknown network adapter”, right-click on it, and then Update Driver Software. From there, browse the software CD and point the installer to the correct driver folder. This worked perfectly for me when I tested on Windows 10 Technical Preview Build v9841 using Windows 8.1 x64 drivers.

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

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TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Easy expansion to your Wi-Fi network! 01/27/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)

Pros: The RE200 range extender was super easy to setup. You don’t need to install any configuration software to get going. Just plug it in, connect to its SSID using WPS or the default password, follow the prompts on the Quick Setup Wizard and point it to your existing WiFi network. However, there is a resource CD included if you get lost along the way.

There are a couple different modes that this range extender can be configured to. The first is the most common – a 2.4GHz and 5GHz simultaneous networks repeater straight and simple. The other option, called “high speed mode”, which I found very useful, is a hybrid range extender that uses one band strictly for connectivity between the device and your WiFi router/access point, while the other band connects the range extender to your devices. This mode increases your throughput by allowing simultaneous ingress/egress traffic. You can choose to either repeat the 2.4GHz band, or the 5GHz band of your WiFi network.

This range extender allows for unique SSIDs for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bandwidths, meaning, you don’t need to repeat your router’s SSIDs if you don’t want to. You might find this useful in a multi-story home where you can designate all devices on a specific floor to connect strictly to the range extender for the best signal quality.

The RE200 supports being a DHCP server, or allowing pass-through to your router for IP assignments. It also can be configured for DHCP or static IP on the LAN side.

The RE200 reboots very quickly, so if you decide to move it around in your home to find the best signal strength compromise, it only takes about a minute for it to rebroadcast your WiFi network.

There are troubleshooting LEDs right on the face of the device. They show you vital information, like which network bands are connected, and how good the receiving signal strength is.

There are some fine-tuning settings that advanced users will find useful, like setting the beacon interval, or enabling wireless isolation.

Cons: The integrated Ethernet port on the RE200 is only 10/100M, which is technically less bandwidth than even the 2.4GHz wireless band. This may cause a bottleneck if you are connecting a high-speed network device directly to the LAN port on the extender.

At the current promo price at time of this review ($49.99), I see this device as being a bargain. But at full price ($79.99), it would be hard for me to justify purchasing one considering some WiFi routers can also double as repeaters, offer more options, and are less expensive. Just a thought.

It doesn’t come in black :-/

Other Thoughts: Maybe I’m missing something… but the range extender diagram of a home on the product webpage is missing a vital component – the “expanded extender coverage” is not visible. It only shows the existing router’s coverage.

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

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