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This review is from: Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
Pros: Automatic setup, just follow some simple instructions.
Has a usable 56' radius for 2.4, closer to 27 for 5ghz.
Speed and throughput measure very well with speedof.me.
This device has a passthrough plugin, though I wouldn't recommend plugging your hairdryer in this. Probably should be restricted to use by 2Amp or less devices, and anything like radios, audio equipment, and similar might pick up noise or mess with the signal with emf.
It is a first-class wireless extender.
If anyone is looking to add airport or dlna support to a receiver, this device will do it - although there are $35 devices that do that as well. My experience with do-it-all extenders is this: They do everything poorly, or one thing well. So don't expect this to both extend wireless and be a media extender; pick one use and you'll be fine.
Cons: A significant flaw in the design and execution of this device is...Roughly half of the people I know who use one of these do so for the purpose of adding wireless to a tv or blu-ray with all sorts of smart features but no wireless. The wireless-to-ethernet traffic occurs ON THE 2.4 BAND ONLY. I frequently purchase and install another brand of device that allows the W2E traffic to occur on the 5GHz. The value of this is that almost every wireless device in the typical home uses the 2.4 band, and this can be fairly congested, especially if someone is attempting to stream video to a tv or bluray. It should be configurable in the web ui, but it isn't. For this reason, I will not buy or recommend this device. IF Linksys/Belkin were to make this a user configuration choice, I would then begin installing and recommending this device.
The user settings made available in the software are sorely lacking. Let me repeat that: The user configuration options are MISERABLY LACKING. You cannot turn off either or both bands of the client wireless access. This means that you cannot effectively configure this to use full duplex for the purpose of making it a W2E bridge. But I repeat myself. Again.
Other Thoughts: Appears to use half duplex as an extender. Down speed seems to be around 70% of source wireless, and up is no more than half. Although this is typical, it bears mentioning, because people would position this device more carefully if they understood how much signal degradation occurs when traffic goes through the extender. There are no "smarts" built in to the signal negotiation process, so this device should ONLY be used as a repeater when placed at the outer range of the source signal.
The appearance of the device itself, with antennae extended, is as if it were a personification of all network administrators: It looks at you, bug-eyed, mouth wide open, shoulders shrugging, palms up, saying "What did you do? It works for everybody else!"
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA860RE V2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, Wall Plug Design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
Pros: excellent throughput for a half-duplex device
has a passthrough ac outlet
does NOT attempt to take over dhcp randomly, like V1
Cons: like all repeaters, has an issue with range overlap where your connection seems to stall when you are equidistant to source router and extender. Only good solution for this is to not use as a repeater - give it a different wireless id.
Its lights and antennae make it look like a little alien on the wall. If you have small kids, I would expect them to want to fiddle with this.
Other Thoughts: I've tested both V1 and V2 of this model, and this one shines. Absolutely no reboots/resets in the 11 days of testing. Local network 20GB MKV stream experienced no drops at all, ever...Netflix, AMZ both stream at 5 bars consistently. The unit itself gets warm when streaming large files, but not overly hot or anything like that.
When I tested V1, it frequently attempted to take over DHCP duties on my network. I had to go into the web UI, and set DHCP to OFF (default is AUTO). I expected similar behavior, but even set at AUTO, this unit behaved.
This review is from: Seagate STCS8000100 8TB (2 x 4TB) Personal Cloud 2-bay NAS server
Pros: Relatively easy to set up and use.
Twonky media server built-in.
DLNA support is the best I've seen - even supports bitstreaming original source audio.
62MB/s transfer rate through gigabit network.
Relatively easy to perform a drive swap, should one fail.
Drives inside are NAS-rated drives, Model #ST4000VN000.
Marvell ARM dual core processor is snappy and sips power.
Cons: No SSH. I'm sure at some point someone will post instructions for enabling ssh, but unlike BlackArmor NAS devices, it isn't in the configuration as shipped. The clue I take from this is that the target market is people who love gadgets but hate learning how to use them.
Installer would not run on Server 2012, obviously using some version algorithm that needs to be fixed before Windows 10 is widespread. Should be an easy fix, but clues me in that this is in no way aimed at the corporate market, since it hasn't even been tested on server OSes.
SDrive app maps to the NAS, The app is hard-coded to use drive letter 'S' on windows systems, and actually remapped my current 'S' drive to the next open letter! This is unthinkable, in my opinion. I can't state that strongly enough - the nerve of an installer to remap my system! I have document links pervasively that refer to the S drive, and those are broken - if I want to use the SDrive program. Seagate, if you read these, please stop this nonsense and offer the user a choice of open drive letters to which to map the remote drive. I docked an egg for this.
Media apps for devices are pure skeleton. No playlists, very little in the way of functionality. But - you can just use the iTunes server.
Other Thoughts: The twonky media server included is configured so well that I am impressed enough to almost give that fifth egg back. It just works. I've played with virtually every DLNA server software package, including Twonky, and it is impressive as implemented here.
When I first hooked the device up, it appeared on the network briefly, then disappeared. The mini-guide shows an 8-minute setup time, so I waited 45 before shutting it down via the soft shutdown power button. After two more attempts, it "stuck" and I was able to access it in network neighborhood.
Case design is great. These drives will stay cool because of the surface area exposed to air movement. I'm not in agreement with all those people describing it as ugly. It is most likely going to be sitting under a router in most people's homes anyway. Now, routers, there's ugly for you.
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