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Pros: This new look Seagate Barracuda drive is slim, light, quiet and fast for a mechanical HDD. Newegg packaging was excelling using a pregis full air bubble sleeve in an exact-fit cardboard box. Very secure with no chance of damage due to handling.
Cons: 500GB is extremely low capacity. I am just not sure what the point of making a 500GB mechanical drive is especially when SSDs are pretty affordable now for 500GB of much faster, lower power, silent storage.
Other Thoughts: If using a mechanical 3.5" I would go for a larger capacity for archival. Laptops should look at 2.5" which come in higher capacity but ideally you go with an SSD for smaller form factors.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C2600 Wireless AC2600 Dual-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
Pros: The TP-Link Archer C2600 provides multiple antennas and streams to feed all of your wireless devices and has the power to extend the range to all areas of your house and even your yeard.
I'm using this TP-Link AC2600 router to supplement my Verizon FIOS router which tends to drop out on the 5G network due to insufficient antenna power or when multiple devices are streaming. Set-up was much easier than in the past with other routers and performance has been much better too.
+Easy to set-up. In the past I've had to set-up dynamic IP addresses and port forwarding to get a 2nd router working in Bridge mode, and while it was not totally plug and play it was easier this time. The key is to plug in a PC to the network ports on the Archer first, then you can use the 192.168.0.1 IP address to connect and configure the router. Just plug in one of the LAN outputs on your ISP router to the INTERNET input on the Archer. Then walk through the set-up steps, I left it as dynamic and it worked no problem.
+Long power cable and no wall wart. Its got a long beefy power cable maybe 10-12' and just a standard AC plug that saves room around your outlet or wall strip.
+Good looking unit with 4 antenna, easily readable LED lights that aren't obnoxious. Even came with a Cat5E cable which is a nice bonus.
+App worked without too much effort, once again be sure to walk through SSID and network setting first, then connect your mobile device to that SSID and not your ISP router's SSID.
+Has the necessary bandwidth and latency for in-home game streaming via Nvidia GameStream or Steam Game streaming. Hardcore gamers will still want to hardwire or locally process gaming but this is a nice option for casual gaming.
Cons: Nothing really worth taking eggs off for but
-No link lights on the back LAN ports.
-Uses a decent mount of power compared to other routers, but I guess higher performance requires higher power consumption.
-I can't connect to the unit from my main PC to the assigned IP address, may be a port forwarding issue I'll have to look into it but everything is working now so its not that big of a deal.
Other Thoughts: Solid unit as usual from TP-Link, happy with the performance, aesthetics and interface of this router, will be happy with it for years to come.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LINKSYS SE2500-NP Smart 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
Pros: Linksys and Cisco have a solid pedigree in home and business networking and this 5-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch continues that legacy.
+Auto-sensing, gigabit speeds for devices that support 1Gbit throughput
+Backplate LEDs that show link light activity and speed connection
+Non-blocking ports, you get the full 1Gbit on all 4 ports, 1 in, 4 out
+Small, good looking, low profile and footprint. Plastic chassis but high quality
Cons: Nothing worth taking eggs off for but no Cat5e or Cat6 cable included, no network cable included at all.
Other Thoughts: Simply effective, if you need more drops in a single room this is can be the answer for you. Would not spend more than $30 and this switch hits the spot, can't go wrong with Linksys/Cisco.READ FULL REVIEW