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TP-LINK TL-PA7020 KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV1000 2 –Port Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit, up to 1000 Mbps
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5 out of 5 eggs Great product, easy set up and reliable. 09/26/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA7020 KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV1000 2 –Port Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit, up to 1000 Mbps

Pros: -Easy Plug and Play setup
-2 Ports on each adapter
-Ethernet cables included
-Over the period of 1 week the speed is consistent and has not dropped once

Cons: -Not getting the model with 3 ports is my only con but that isn't reason to knock any eggs

Other Thoughts: I have 130Mbps down and 5Mbps up through my ISP. With every powerline kit I have tested I have never been able to get over 36Mbps until now. With this powerline kit I am able to get almost 80Mbps down and I get my full 5Mbps up from one side of the house to the other (1900SF). In my living room I have my modem, HD Homerun Prime, an ASUS wireless router with a 4TB external hard drive attached to it. Transferring files through the powerline from my PC to that external drive connected to that router I get 18Mbps to 23Mbps but that said the USB port on the ASUS router is 2.0 so that definitely plays a role. All that said I was close to giving up on powerline adapters but this kit has given me renewed hope that the technology is evolving and is an extremely affordable means to running internet on the same power grid where WiFi is an issue.

Lastly I would like to point out that I have tested quite a few different adapters and if you are having an issue where your speed is really low I have found the cause to be too much noise in that receptacle. Try to use a receptacle where no major appliances are plugged into it because they create too much noise in that receptacle. Never attach a powerline adapter to a power strip as that will also have a big impact on speed and reliability. Its no secret TP-Link makes solid networking hardware and I can definitely recommend this product to anyone without a doubt. This product has earned its place in my home network and I will continue to use it going forward. 5 Eggs!

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GIGABYTE GA-X99-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: A lot of high-end hardware on this motherboard including quad-GPU capability, eight USB 3.0 ports, up to six drives in a RAID configuration, M.2 for both a drive and a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth add in card and headphones amplifier. All digital power design that utilizes International Rectifiers PowlRstage MOSFETs and 4th generation Digital PWM controllers. The board itself is built like a tank and has a very desirable look. One of most affordable X99 motherboards you can purchase.

Cons: The BIOS leave a lot to be desired. Simply put its a mess. The board occasional refuses to boot and instead sits in a boot loop before the bios even loads until i remove power from the PC and try to turn it on again. Occasionally the USB ports don't work on boot. Of course you don't know this till the computer is fully booted and the devices connected to them just seem to have dissipated from the computer. My keyboard and mouse are USB so i had to pull the power cord to correct that to.

Other Thoughts: When it works this is a great board with a lot of high-end features packed on it, but like with most affordable boards, certain compromises have to be made to keep it affordable. Most of the cost cutting measures are extras like built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and on-board On/Off and reset buttons. On the surface and on paper this is an absolute bargain for a X99 motherboard but once you actually get around to using it you realize that there was a lot more compromised than just a few features which become apparent with all of the software issues. Until there is a revision and Gigabyte can iron out the issues I can not recommend this as your next purchase.

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Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router
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4 out of 5 eggs Easy to Set Up and Great for Home Users 01/12/2016

This review is from: Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router

Pros: *Setup is easy. I was up and running with just a few settings made within a couple of minutes.
*Coverage through the house is good and what I expected from previous using Belkin routers previously. No issues getting 3 bars on my smartphone behind 3 walls in my living room.
*Compared to my last router me and my wife have noticed the speed increase on our smartphones and tablest. It also works very well with our Chromecast and game consoles throughout the house. All in all, a very solid performance.
*2 Year Limited Warranty

Cons: *Only 90 days technical support
*It did restart once by itself within 2 weeks time span.

Other Thoughts: It's a good router and one that will meet the needs of most people. It's really easy to use and set up, so the average person will be up and running with it in under 5 minutes, but probably half that time. This isn't a cheap router, nor a top of the line, but it will be a very good option for most. The only reason I docked an egg is because I feel it should be priced a little less. The 2-Year Limited Warranty is a great piece of mind but it only comes with 90 days of live technical support. I would have been nice to see that extended to at least a year. That said the ease of set up and use along with great performance is enough to warrant your consideration as your next router purchase.

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Display Name: Carlos A.

Date Joined: 09/15/08

  • Reviews: 37
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  • First Review: 08/19/11
  • Last Review: 09/26/16
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