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LINKSYS WUSB6100M Next-Gen AC AC600 Mu-Mimo USB Adapter
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5 out of 5 eggs Easy to install and great price 10/15/2016

This review is from: LINKSYS WUSB6100M Next-Gen AC AC600 Mu-Mimo USB Adapter

Pros: So, I needed to get a wireless adapter for my desktop for quite some time. When I received this to do a review I was a bit skeptical because my history with Linksys has not always been the best, BUT...I must say, this is one of their better products. Just to give some background: up until now, I was using a power-line connection to get internet to my desktop as my modem and router are located in a different room. Before getting this I was maybe getting 20-30 Mbps of my ISP's 60 Mbps which wasn't too bad, but file transfers to my NAS were horrible. Out of the box, you just get this and a little bit of paper work. I plug it into my desktop thinking I might have to go through some sort of setup process...but as soon as I stuck it in, 20 seconds later (windows installing driver) nothing happened. Curiosity took a hold and I was wonder if it was working, so I unplugged my power-line connection and BAM, it was connected to my Wifi network. I sat there flabbergasted wondering what just happened. No setup process required, just plug and play? So amazing. Next I tested the connection and this is what blew me away: I was getting 50-60 Mbps. Tested a few games (WoW) and had no connection issues what-so-ever and no drops. I was amazed. I tested file transfer speeds to my NAS next and also saw a vast improvement over my power-line connection. So I said goodbye to my power-line connection and hello to Wifi. If anyone was wondering if this will work with other routers other than Linksys routers, I can say this works wonderfully with my Google/TP-Link Hub Router, so I am sure it will be friendly with most other routers.

Cons: No cons.

Other Thoughts: I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to supply Wifi connection to their PC without Wifi. It is about the size of a normal thumb drive and the small little indicator light in it does not distract me what-so-ever. It is a great price for a great device that just works. Good Job Linksys!

Seagate FireCuda ST1000DX002 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: Out of the box, this is a great option for those who need a good amount of space and can’t afford an SSD of this size. This will never beat an SSD in speed, but for those on a budget, it might give another option for those trying to save on their builds, but still need 1TB of storage. Basically, I’ll be using this for storing videos on my HTPC at home. Testing the speeds, I was getting around 130-140mb/s reads, while writes averaged around 170mb/s…not the best in the world, but what I was using it for with my HTPC, it will do nicely. It comes with a nice 5 year warranty, so any issues will be covered. I did notice the amount of noise this produces is considerably less than other mechanical hard drives. It works with SATA 6.0Gb/s and has a big 64MB cache to try and speed things along when working with similar files.

Cons: This drive is not meant for 24/7 activity. If you like keeping your PC on all of the time, then you probably want to go for a NAS style drive. For my HTPC which is only on when I am home and wanting to watch something on my TV, it was a perfect solution.

Other Thoughts: Overall, if your looking for speed, just invest in an SSD. If your looking for storage, this is your best friend. It probably won’t be the best as a boot drive, but as a storage drive to keep all of your movies, music and photos stored, this is a fantastic product. Just keep in mind, like my cons state, this is not meant for 24/7 use.

D-Link DCS-2136L 1.3MP 720P HD White LED W/ Color Night Vision Wireless Cloud IP Camera
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5 out of 5 eggs Great camera with great phone apps. 10/15/2016

This review is from: D-Link DCS-2136L 1.3MP 720P HD White LED W/ Color Night Vision Wireless Cloud IP Camera

Pros: So, I have had this unit for about a month and have been very pleased with the performance. Out of the box, it was a pretty easy setup process. The apps on both iOS and Android were really phenomenal at viewing my apartment while being away. It offers 2-way communication, so you can scare a burglar by telling them the police are on their way and you now have his picture using the snapshot feature on the app or just talk to your kids when they get home from school. It offers 3 resolutions, but I would recommend using 480p or 720p…240p offers less detail. If you position this camera where no one will notice except you, then you can used the SD card slot to do recordings. The real neat feature of the camera with the app is it can detect motion and notify you through the app. It offers day/night modes to see clearly in light or dark settings. In the app, you can pinch and zoom in and view a specific area of the video feed. Firmware updates can be done through the apps on your phone, so no longer do you need to FTP the update to your camera.

Cons: For the cons of the device, compared to D-Link’s other models, this one feels a bit top-heavy. I own 2 other D-Link cameras and they are not as bulky as this one. If wanting to use this standing on something like a shelf, you might want to invest in some velcro. Positioning this camera is a bit difficult at first to get it to stay in the position you like. Night mode on the camera is not true night vision, but still isn’t that bad.

Other Thoughts: Overall, despite the cons, I still love D-Link’s cameras because they provide a great way to keep an eye on your property when you are away. The phone apps are an awesome feature, easy to use and interface with. If you want to get more technical, there is an option to FTP images to a folder if needed.


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