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Linksys CM3008 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (8x4 Bonded channels)
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3 out of 5 eggs Linksys CM3008-A Basic No Frills Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem 07/19/2016

This review is from: Linksys CM3008 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (8x4 Bonded channels)

Pros: Modem is smaller than comparable other brands
Works well with plans that are well under 100Mbps
Does work with Comcast

Cons: Generates way too much heat. You have to be sure it has very good airflow around it. Since it is smaller and more compact, the components that generate the heat are closer to the casing.

Not really any better than the class standard Arris/Motorola modems which are widely accepted by all internet providers

Other Thoughts: I tested this briefly on my Comcast internet system connected to a TP Link router. Performance was good, but I did have some dropouts in signal that I didn't have with my Arris modem I put it in place of. This would be an acceptable router to use in most basic situations, but it would not be my first choice as a Docsis 3.0 modem. The small size may be a plus to some, but the fact that you really have to give space around it for airflow negates the small size gain. The signal dropouts I had with it, made me test it less than a week and I just couldn't put up with it. It didn't seem to work well in my situation. When it did stay connected, the signal was good, but no where near my Arris.

I will give this Linksys modem 3 eggs, and that is being generous. It needs to have a bigger case with more airflow internally, and for the price, there are just better options out there.

TP-LINK TL-NC230 HD Wireless Day / Night Surveillance Home Security Camera Motion & Sound Detection 150Mbps Wi-Fi Expansion
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2 out of 5 eggs I don't think I would rely on it. Software has many issues. Camera a few as well 06/27/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-NC230 HD Wireless Day / Night Surveillance Home Security Camera Motion & Sound Detection 150Mbps Wi-Fi Expansion

Pros: It was fairly simple to set up. and that's about the best that I can say at the moment.

Cons: Picture even though it is supposed to be 720p, is still grainy because it's only a 1 megapixel camera.

Software interface is super "buggy". You virtually have to use a web interface to get the camera set up halfway decent.

Day, Night, Automatic setting is buggy. Sometimes picture blinks in and out until you toggle it back and forth between the settings

Only operates on 2.4 Ghz

Has to have a wall wart attached. Would be better if it was battery powered by lithium cells.

Just about useless as a range extender. Don't even bother

Other Thoughts: I typically like TP-Link products. I have been using their AC-routers and AC-wifi adapters for some time. Those items are some of the best on the market. This, not so much. Very easy to get working, very hard to get working properly. The smartphone app doesn't work that well, and frankly, to me after using it for 30 days I was greatly disappointed.

I give it two eggs, and that is being generous. There are other options out there that cost a little more money, and will do a better job.

TP-LINK Archer T1U Wireless AC450 Nano USB Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update
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This review is from: TP-LINK Archer T1U Wireless AC450 Nano USB Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update

Pros: Very small size for use with laptops

Works very well with Windows 7, requires drivers to be loaded for Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

Range is very good for it's small size (also see Cons)

Price is well within reason

Cons: Adapter is 5 Ghz only, hence 802.11AC only

Range, though good for it's size, is not as good as slightly larger units that protrude more

Even when connecting to a TP-Link AC compatible router, the dongle would only achieve AC150 speeds when used in a USB 2.0 port, no matter what the range. Would only do 433Mbps connection rate when used in a USB 3.0 port.

Best to use the drivers on the disc or from the TP-Link website for all Windows versions

Other Thoughts: I am a firm believer in TP-Link 802.11AC networking products. I use them almost exclusively in my home. This little nano adapter does work well, but for the same money, you can get a comparable adapter that works on both 2.4 Ghz and 5Ghz bands. To me that is the only way to go. Not everywhere you go will have 5Ghz networking available, so if you travel a lot, look for a different adapter. If you use this it home on your 802.11AC networking system, it should work well as long as you are in a reasonable distance. I tend to stay away from the super small nano adapters like this because of the range limitations they have.

This is a nice little adapter. In several weeks of trial, it has not faltered but works very well for its intent. I give it a solid 4 egg rating. Not the best in the world, not the worst, but a quality TP-Link product.


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