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

Pros: - Extremely easy to use, perfect plug and play.
- Rapidly connects and detects other units.
- Stayed stable in next room over for 2 weeks of testing.
- May bring misleading advertising to heights never before seen by mankind! Wait thats a con....

Cons: As others may have said its really 100% is NOT 1gbps as far as speed goes, i even went through the extra effort of hand making an A/C toroidal RF filter and literally soldering the 2 devices together on said RF shielded supply to find out the absolute maximum performance this can remotely possibly give... and at 1 inch apart they topped out at around 240mbps (around 30MB/s).

And a 2 week test by approximately 20 feet direct to wall connection (no power strips/surge protectors) to PC in side by side bedroom on same circuit breaker.
End Result: Average transferred max rate of 6.4-7MB/s (51.2-56mbps).

Link light was green ON ALL TESTS (supposedly means greater than 80mbps connection).

Other Thoughts: It seems apparent the manufacturer thinks its okay to say that its '1gbps' just because that's the connection type the device says it is to windows even though they KNOW its not possible to transfer at that rate through these devices, naturally the chip internally must say that it is 1gbps cause it is actually a 1gbps chip, but due to the nature of the devices in a real world environment its virtually impossible it could ever even reach 100mbps let alone 1000.

Considering mine were directly attached to each other its safe to assume that it would take nothing less than a miracle to even get these devices to perform up to 100mbps in a real world situation, it did however keep a stable 50mbps room to room but its worth noting that itll be likely worse than that even from an upper floor to a lower floor which i was unable to test.

On a side note its not just this manufacturer apparently all brands of these powerline based adapters arent matching to the listed speeds.

Extra Test**
Through power strips/surge protectors to PC in same side by side bedroom on same circuit breaker.**
Result: Transferred max rate of 3.5-4.5MB/s (28-36)
**Notes: Link light was also green, This extra test is not in cons since it warns of bad speeds if through any type of protection and naturally it would be worse through protection because any good power strip filters RF signals, which this device relies on.

Considering it wont realistically get near 10% of its listed rate there's just no way i could suggest buying this, if they really cared about customers they'd explain its not going to get 1gbps and not sell it named like it'll achieve 1gbps, unfortunately its not false advertising since it says 'up to' but its definitely misleading on purpose.
This is as bad as selling gold plated jewelry as 'contains 18-24k gold'.

Seagate  STDE16000100  16TB  NAS Pro 4-Bay Network Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Reliable and fast transfers all around, 1.7Ghz dual-core Intel 64-bit - 2GB DDRIII.

- Open API and custom application support integrated.

- Easy to setup as a personal cloud and able to transfer android/iOS devices data through seagate's Sdrive application.

- Seagate's NAS drives seem amazingly reliable** (see cons) and while at a lower RPM manage to perform nearly as fast as 7200RPM drives.

- Free seagate MyNAS dynamic DNS which makes it easy for http access anywhere.

- MANY methods of accessing files, email/printer server, streaming media server (UPnP A/V, DLNA, iTunes DAAP, MTP/PTP).
- Supports protocols/services using CIFS/SMB, NFS v3, AFP, HTTP(S), FTP/sFTP, SSH, SNMP, SMTP, NTP, UPnP, Bonjour, WebDAV, DFS-N.

- Can be setup as a download box and automatically download torrents/weblinks.

- Supports alot of backup solutions/security methods, volume encryption, SimplyRAID Raid 0, 1, RAID 5/6/10 various configurations.

- Has a network surveillance manager (NVR), network recycle bin, scheduled power on/off, can autoboot after power outage, UPS support.

- Many more capabilities especially if more third party applications get developed.

Cons: 1. Automatic... firmware... updates...
Major major con in my opinion, Whose idea was that anyway, i mean sure the odds are unlikely it would auto update during a thunderstorm or whatever but you never know, I personally think firmware updates should always be manually initiated due to the major damage that can occur if it fails, and its not that hard to just have it noticeably say that there's an important update available, seagate should force it only if there's some critical security risk that's been detected or something.

2. Minor con which wont be relevant soon, i apparently discovered a bug in Seagates sdrive application (posted it on their forums), sdrives 'S:\' auto mapped drive is bugged to 14gb file size max on windows, they are working on a fix as of my writing this, make sure to map your drives yourself through windows SMB/apple AFP if attempting to transfer large files, no confirmation if that bug will affect the sdrive ios/android applications although i seriously doubt anyone would transfer a single file over 14gb in size from an android/ios device to the NAS anyway.

3. Minor con personal preference the External PSU, has a big HP printer style brick on a cord as a PSU, id prefer it internal.

4. UPS shipping, if you ever buy a hard drive off newegg or online anywhere always pay the extra for fedex, UPS handling sucks had a noticeable amount of damage to the packaging, by that i mean damage to the NAS's box itself INSIDE the newegg box, was worried at first all the drives surprisingly tested fine (hence the pro of NAS hard drives reliability), when i first booted it up it had a warning that the fan failed even though it was running perfectly fine, cant be sure if its related to UPS handling or not, after i rebooted the NAS the warning went away and fan is still working fine.

Other Thoughts: Seeing as i haven't had any actual issues so far this thing is great.
I'm very annoyed about the automatic firmware idea due to bad past experiences and the fact that when i first started the thing it downloaded and started installing new firmware, (firmware updating always makes me paranoid), then when it finished installing it said it failed which had me panic, then when it started up fine and i clicked check for updates it said it was perfectly up to date?? I don't know what to think about that.
I love the amount of supported protocols and capabilities this device has to offer, hard to say if the NAS PRO bay itself alone is worth the retail 500$ seagate says its worth, but it does a remarkable job at making it easy to setup the device to do what you need it to, id give it 4.5/5 not 5 simply because of the idea of automatic firmware updates, but i have to round it to a 5 since its too good to be given a 4.

For more details/specs on the device google "seagate nas pro" and click on seagates site and then click on support, specs and details sheets and even source code for developers are on the support page.

Friedrich AP260 5-Stage Air Purifier (HEPA, Carbon, Plasma, Pre-filter, Multi-filter)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Felt like it cured my very severe allergies, haven't sneezed since Ive been running it.
- Main filters last long (yearly) and clean air amazingly.
- Took only 5 minutes to setup and get it running and on high 5 minutes later the room already smelled cleaner and completely different.
- The carbon filter manages to filter out strong smells (for me that would be from the cats litter box in the hallway).
- Lightweight and easy to carry, small and fits quite well anywhere.
- Uses only 60 watts? maybe??** (see cons)

Cons: - Pricey filters
Yearly filter replacement will run around 100-150$ to replace them, this is of course if you have it on automatic 24/7, id guess you could go 2-3 years if using it periodically for seasonal allergy control.

- Sensor Oddities
Normally the air sensor should fade from blue (clean) to green to yellow to red (bad), i have a faulty one or i have the worst air ever, anyways heres how it goes, i turn on the purifier in closed airtight room, it works normally, the light fades properly from yellow to green to blue after a half hr and stays blue and seems fine, after a few hours hours of running it flat out turns red and never changes, i checked the sensor for dust/dirt etc cleaned it in accordance with the manual and didnt work, i guess its possible the air is just THAT bad, but it doesnt make sense that it does that, if i power off then back on turns to blue nearly instantly again then after several hours suddenly red with room shut the entire time. The light from the sensor can be annoying at night anyway so i just turn it off.

- Power Usage Uncertainty
The back of the device states it only uses 60 watts which is hard to believe since most fans half as strong as the one in this use 200-300w some as high as 800w, the manual says nothing about power usage, manufacturer brochure on their site states it should be be on a 15 amp breaker which is odd considering this thing supposedly uses less electricity than a single standard lightbulb so it shouldnt matter what breaker its on if the 60W wattage is true.

Other Thoughts: This made my seasonal allergies virtually nonexistent when in a room with this thing and the airs noticeably better in general, the price is stiff as is the yearly costs of maintaining it, i didn't take any eggs off because the cons arent that big of a deal, it does what its supposed to do and will freshen up a smaller room in minutes.

Overall if you have allergies/asthma this WILL HELP ALOT, really up to you to decide if its worth the cost of buying and maintaining.


Michael D.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael D.

Date Joined: 03/23/08

  • Reviews: 18
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  • First Review: 05/26/08
  • Last Review: 11/20/14
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