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Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Computer KJ2B#001-NA Intel Atom X5-Z8500 (1.44 GHz) 2 GB LPDDR3 32 GB eMMC Windows 10 Home
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Runs smooth
Responsive
It does what I need it to just not as well as I would like

Cons: I bought this to be a wireless DLNA computer to stream movies to my dumb-tv. It handles small/low quality video files just fine however when you start getting into 720p and above it begins to skip periodically. Checking the wireless speed the device claims it is getting 180 mbps while my S5 phone is getting 800+ mbps from the same location. When I disable the wireless and re-enable it initially (for 10 seconds) it will show 800+ mbps and then a drop to 130-200 mbps. It is as though the wireless in this device is a low end antenna or somehow limited in speed within the firmware. For the price this could be expected. If the video file is copied directly to this device it runs smoothly with no issues. But while streaming higher quality it tends to skip quite a bit (think scratched dvd's). I know it's not the router because the same files/links stream just fine to other devices.

Other Thoughts: The reason I went with this product was because of the wireless AC and I got tired of waiting for the ChromeCast, especially since there was no public comments from google/asus. The morning after this product shipped google came out with a statement that they were releasing the ChromeCast in 2 weeks.
If I could change 1 thing about this it would be a better wireless AC adapter inside. Other than the wireless skipping this product is great.
When the files are native on the device it displays great 1080p quality videos and 5.1 surround with great clarity.
I set this up with an HDMI out to my receiver and then an HDMI from receiver to TV for the video only. Receiver handles the 5.1 audio. I may just have to get a USB 3.0 nic and run a cable under the house to get the streaming to a quality I was hoping for.

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Corsair Flash Voyager Slider USB 3.0 64 GB, Capless Design, Plug and Play (CMFSL3B-64GB)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very fast
Decent price for specs

Cons: USB 3.0 quit working after 9 months. (see other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: This drive quit being recognized in any USB 3.0 slots. Recognized in USB 2.0, just not 3.0. I've tested the USB 3.0 on several different machines. All recognized the drive in USB 2.0, none in USB 3.0.

This is my second USB 3.0 drive from Corsair and both have died/quit working properly in under a year. They have amazing RAM and other products, but maybe USB 3.0 flash drives aren't their thing.

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NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Speed, Range, Setup, honestly everything I've seen/experienced about this router is a Pro.

Cons: The only 2 Cons I could think of was 1: Price is a little high. 2: No link aggregation, but that's not a big deal considering this isn't a managed switch.

Other Thoughts: I got this on a "get a free cable modem with purchase" deal. I didn't need the modem, but my uncle did. So I sold him the modem for retail price, and sold him my old router making this router half-price to me.

The range is very impressive. I was able to stream (via wireless LAN) a movie on my phone and another movie on my tablet from the middle of the road on the other side of my neighbor's house. No lag, no skips. The birds-eye distance would be a good 100-130 feet. The blinds were all closed, and the signal went through several walls. Previously the range, on my old wireless N, barely made it upstairs with any doors closed.

From un-boxing to "fully setup" with all the security settings set I spent a total of 30-45 minutes. Considering I've never setup a Netgear device before, thus not familiar with their GUI/interface, that's pretty impressive to me. After changing settings the apply/reboot time on this router was very fast compared to any linksys or dlink router I've setup.

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Display Name: Richard R.

Date Joined: 09/14/04

  • Reviews: 50
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  • First Review: 11/22/05
  • Last Review: 01/07/16
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