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This review is from: D-Link DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Thermal Protection, Energy Management
Pros: - Setup initially was a bit tricky but turned out very straightforward once you update the firmware
- The app allows you to switch any device on and off using the app, it also monitors power usage daily graphically and registers plug temperature
- Once you have registered via mydlink you can access the Smart plug from any mobile device using the app
- Reasonably priced
- Great for turning on/off lights, Christmas trees and outside lighting, I actually plan to use mine to turn on/off my fish tank’s light daily at set times simulating daylight while I’m away next week
Cons: - The Smart Plug came with outdated firmware which needed to be updated in order for it to connect.
- App software is a bit on the slow side when loading or updating between screens
- You are constantly reminded to log into mydlink, a bit of a pain but turned out to be useful after registration.
Other Thoughts: Newegg box arrived within two days and was packaged well as always.
The D-Link DSP-W215 retail box on the front displays a picture of the unit and clearly lets the prospective buyer know you are getting Wi-Wi SMART PLUG..
On the back of the box it gives you an overview of the functionality of the Smart Plug, where it plugs in and also the app you can download to control the plug and also monitor power usage. The app can be downloaded for both Apple and Android devices.
On the right side of the box it shows it shows what you need to make use of the smart plug. Off course you need a power outlet as well as an existing wireless network, those two are the minimum. The unit connects on the 2.4 Ghs WiFi frequency. It also lists what you get inside the box.
On the letf side of the box you get a couple of visuals on the product, its use and also the app you can download to run on your mobile device.
The retail box contains the Smart Plug unit, a quick reference card (looks like a credit card) and the standard D-Link GPL Code. The install guide (card) has on the front three steps how to connect to the unit and how to configure it. The back of the card has the particular unit’s Wi-Fi SSID name, and a pin code you will need to connect to the device.
The Smart Plud itself is about 3.5” long, 2.5” wide and 1.25” deep. It has a LED light on the right side, a on/off button on the front middle that lights up when the unit is turned on. On the left side is a WPS push button for easy connection to your home Wi-Fi network
Set up was initially trick, I used my tablet (Android) and could not get it connected. I then tried my Android and after that it became pretty straight forward. This is what you need to do:
- Plug in the Smart Plug into any open power outlet, wait until the LED on the right side blinks orange, it starts of as a solid red so wait a minute or so.
- If you want you can then push the WPS button on your router and then push the WPS button on the side of the Smart Plug until it flashes green, once connected it will turn to a solid green
- You can also establish connection to your router using the app software. Download the “mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug” from the app store, install and run the software. If you have already connected the smart plug to your home Wi-Fi network your device should see it. Now my tablet did not and I had to push a firmware update using my mobile phone to the smart plug before I could connect.
- In any event the connection setup via app is pretty straight forward. Once connected it will allow you to do a bunch of things, give the plug a name, change on/off schedules as well as see the plugs temperature and how much power you have used, you get a nice daily chart to see the usage. You can change the on and off times using a 24hr slider, you can set that daily.
Pros: Pros: - Massive 6 TB capacity with server type reliability
- 128 MB cache, about double than most high capacity hard drives out there
- 1.4 Million hrs - mean time to failure (MTBF), this should serve you with plenty of spare time, works out to 142 years which should last a few generations. I guess only time will tell how reliable the drive really is.
- This is a high workload drive designed for servers, if you looking for a high capacity drive for storing non critical files etc get a cheaper regular drive if you're on a tight budget.
-I got 208MB/s read speeds on average of 5 runs with ATTO drive benchmark tool, very impressive for a mechanical drive !!
- SATA III 6GB/s controller compatible to allow maximum transfer speeds
- Five year warranty
- Very low noise, could not hear any noise over some of my other high capacity drives
- Comes with all the security protection features you’d expect from a high end enterprise drive
Cons: Comes in OEM packaging, would expect a retail box for a $200 drive, then again most drives these drives come OEM style
- Drive is very pricey, you pay what you get though so for a 6TB enterprise drive the price is fairly reasonable, the loss of data has a much higher price, in the case of family pictures you cannot put a $ value to it.
- 7200 RPM, would have liked to see 10k RPM for a higher end drive.
- Still nowhere near the speeds that you get with a SSD, with prices on SSD's coming down a $200 mechanical drive is not such a great deal in my opinion.
That said for a 1TB enterprise drive you will have to fork out $2-6k, that is some serious cash. A 1 TB regular MLC SSD will cost you around $500 at the time of this review.
- Drive came un-formatted, not a big deal but still a minor annoyance, I do not like extra work.
Other Thoughts: The brown Newegg box arrived promptly as always via UPS. The drive came OEM in other words it came bubble wrapped in an anti-static plastic outer box instead of a retail box, so no details or info on the drive, not a big issue as most drives these days come OEM style unless you buy it at a brick and mortar retail outlet, then you pay at least 30-40% more.
This will be my second enterprise drive and I have to say these drives are very reliable and worth the extra cost if you want to protect data, I use it to store family pictures and videos which I have accumulated over the last 10 years since my kids were born
Installing the Seagate drive was straight forward, I did not have issues as reported by other reviewers. I then proceed to connect the SATA cable to the SATA III port and SATA power port. Once formatted to NTFS (yield around 5590 MB of free space) I ran ATTO drive benchmark tool to determine read and write speeds. An average of 5 runs via a SATA 6GB/s port yield the following:
Seagate ST6000NM0024 6TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache (review drive)
Read – 208 MB/s Write: 204 MB/s
Western Digital RE WD2000FYYZ 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB drive (Enterprise drive):
Read - 172 MB/s, Write - 168 MB/s.
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2 TB 7200 RPM 64 MB drive (regular drive):
Read - 137 MB/s , write - 132 MB/s (via USB 3,0)
My system specs:
Win 7 Ultimate
Intel i7-3770k @ 4.5 Ghz
Asus P8Z77 V-Pro with 4 SATA III controllers
512 GB SSD
16 GB DDR3-2133
2 TB Seagate drive
6 TB Seagate drive (this review)
Sapphire AMD R9 290 video card
(My home server does not have 6GB/s controllers, so I tested the enterprise drive in my gaming desktop which has four SATA III ports)
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster
Pros: • 2 year Warranty
• 24/7 7 days Unlimited technical support via toll free number
• Easy setup, you have a few options to connect to your router
• Slim modern design, also like the white color
• Does not obstruct the second outlet when plugged into a dual wall power outlet, some other WiFi extenders do
• Price is really very reasonable for a 300 Mbps
• Upload and downloads speeds very impressive for a $30 extender
• Has an Ethernet port so you can hardwire other devices such as Tivo, TV, Roku etc
• Once you have set it up you can unplug it and move to anywhere in the house
• Very good range when connecting to your router
• Blue LED lights in front gives you network strength, wireless status as well as Ethernet connection status
I'm putting the 1st part of my review here as I ran out of character space under the "Other Thoughts" section below.
Newegg delivered the sample for review promptly as usual via USPS.
After opening the brown Newegg box I was impressed to see the stylish and quality packaging, it has the look and feel of an iPhone box. The packaging consisted of an outer sleeve, inside was a box with the extender device, a white envelope with the quick installation guide and mini CD.
The TP-Link device is pretty slick, nice modern design, all white except for the ring of LED’s on the front lower right around the WPS button. One LED marked “Power” indicating the unit is powered up, another LED lighting up when the wireless is active, it is marked “Wireless”. A LED marked “RE” that lights up solid indicating the unit is connected to the router. Then a LED that lights up if you connect a device to the extender via Ethernet cable. On the right side of the button are six LED’s that light up to show the signal strength coming from the router, the closer the extender is to the router more LED’s will light up, less when you move the extender further away from the router.
At the bottom of the unit you will find the Ethernet port as well as a reset button, you can use a pencil to wipe any settings if you messed something up during setup
On the back is the two prongs for the power outlet.
Cons: • Not dual band, for the price I did not expect that however
• When connecting to your router via WPS option the extender assumes the same SSID as your router which is annoying, you don’t know if the extender is working unless you ran a signal baseline without it at some distance away from the router before you connect it
Other Thoughts: The quick setup guide folds out and covers a couple of installation methods I will go over below.
• This is the simplest and quickest method and make use of WPS protocol
• Plug the extender device in a power outlet near your router, does not have to be that close for this method, I actually plugged in the hallway outside my office where the router was situated.
• Wait until the wireless LED in the front of the unit is flashing, then press the WPS button on your router, normally at the back of the router
• Push the button on the front lower right of the extender, the RE LED will light up solid which indicates it is connected to your router, you will also notice the signal strength LED’s will light up.
• You can now relocate the router to any area, I would say within 30 feet or so, if the signal strength LED’s drop down to below three you are too far and it will impact you extending capability.
• Only problem here is that the extender will assume your router’s SSID, I suggest you change that following the instructions below.
• For this method you need to be close to your desktop or laptop as you will use it for option A
• Connect the device to wall power outlet, wait for LED marked “Wireless” to flash.
• You now have two ways of setting it up manually
Option A :
Connect the extender via Ethernet cable to your desktop or laptop, make sure the PC or laptop is not connected to your wireless network either via wireless or network cable.
Connect to the powered up extender via your laptop wireless, it will appear as TP-Link_Extender
• The rest of the setup is the same for option A and B above
• Go to your PC/Laptop’s browser and type in http://tplinkextender.net into your browser
• You will see a TP Link setup page appear, enter the username and password, both is admit by default, you can change it later if you’d like
• After logging in you just follow the quick setup guide, when you get to the area to select your router you want to connect to it will ask for a password, you need to enter your router’s password, once you have completed the setup you can go back and enter the extender’s password, you can also change the SSID.
• You can now move the extender to another power outlet in your house where you need to boost your wireless signal. I have mine in the master bedroom on the 1st floor where I also have other devices connected via Ethernet cable
• As in method 1 you will see the LED’s for the signal strength light up going from one to six, stay close enough to the router so you have at least three LED’s on the right side of the LED ring lit up.
I ran OOKLA speed test from my cellphone, about 30 feet away from both my router and the extender and I got the following transfer speeds (average of 3 runs)
Connecter to router : 24.9 Mbps download, 6.67 Mbps upload
Connected to the TP-Link range extender : 12.9 Mbps download, 5.88 Mbps upload