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ZyXEL PLA5206KIT HomePlug AV2 AV1000 Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, Up to 1000 Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's easier to set up than it is to walk up to the fridge and opening it.
Cannot stress, again, how easy this is. It should not even come with instructions.
The wireless speed with the ISP provided router is not even half of what this gives, and it is quite a big space to cover. Would have not thought to buy a couple of these before receiving this review sample, but I now keep recommending them for those dead spots around the house. Do not understand why someone would pay more for wireless extenders that don't match this speed and coverage. Hooked this right up to a 1Gbps switch and off we went with all the computers and devices in the downstairs game room.
If you can turn on a phone and plug it in to charge, you can set this up, hassle-free. Besides providing an almost flawless connection, and telling you exactly what range of speeds you are getting (with built-in indicator), they look nice enough to be out in the open

Cons: Expected slightly higher speed, and I would like the users to be informed that they will not see 100% of the speed they get when wired directly next to the router/modem. It might be unrealistic to expect better, but I would hope a kit of these (at this price) would do the trick.

Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent for its price 03/04/2015

This review is from: Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)

Pros: As mentioned by other users, this is quite easy to set up and get running. Took about 15 minutes to have it working as my other more expensive router, with very similar range. Had my wife set it up a 2nd time after resetting, to see how easy it would be for a less tech-oriented person, and I was not disappointed. It's quite refreshing to see how brands are now catering to users with less experience, but still offering great support and options for set up. Any device that does not require me to call in due to confusing instructions is a plus in my book. Application on the phone is easy to navigate, but lags at times, could be fixed in future revisions.

Options given also require some experience if trying to use manual settings, but VPN is quite easy to set up and configure further, not a problem for a user with just basic router knowledge.

Only have a 1000+ sqft area to go by, but the signal was pretty consistent across the floor plan, and speeds did not change much even when using multiple streaming services.

Beamforming is very welcome, as it redirects signal better throughout the space and there is not much room to improve there.

Cons: This would be twice as good if DD-WRT was supported, but I have hope of it being compatible soon. Not the manufacturer's fault, so no eggs are taken off.

I have to say the price is a bit steep, and needs mention, but it wouldn't deter me from purchasing it knowing of its capacities, use of use, and limitations beforehand.

Seagate 500GB USB 2.0 / WiFi Wireless Mobile External Hard Drive STDC500402 Red
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Tons of space- 500GB might not sound like much, but most users would not have a problem loading all their vacation photos, family videos, and all your converted vinyls.

Portability- It is an extreme welcome to my network of other gadgets, as I can grab this on the go and take it out the house without having to deal with wires or worrying about connecting to other networks to access the drive.

Connectivity- Extremely easy to set up to your home network, do not really want to expand on this, as I'm sure there will be no problems at all.

Other Device compatibility- This feature is great, I use a couple of 3rd party apps to stream to the Chromecast on the network at times, but the Seagate app is lagless and feels very smooth overall. Have not tried to access it with more than 2 devices at a time, but have had no problems as of yet, and don't expect any.

Cons: Price tag is a bit high, but it was just released, so I'm expecting a price drop or capacity upgrades to 1TB and 2TB soon.

Network connectivity is a bit lacking for me, as I would have expected AC compatibility at this price point; however, I'm sure most people would not be affected. Only problem with this, is that I have to disconnect my controlling device form my 5.0GHz wifi, to then connect to my 2.4GHz signal and be able to access the data on the drive. Otherwise, it can also be accessed wifi-less for direct viewing on the controlling device.


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Date Joined: 08/27/11

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