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This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-406E Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter
Pros: good speed. Never used powerline before and never heard of it till a week ago. Pretty easy to set up. You need to by at least 2 units that will connect with each other. Buying one unit alone makes no sense. All units come with a default network ID so they will work out of the box - but it is recommended you change the ID (or anyone in the same building who might use powerline might end up on your network). To change the default network ID you just hold the button in for 3 seconds. The light will flash for 2 minutes and during that time you have to hit/hold the button on any other powerline unit on the network (I think up to 8).
Cons: None so far
Other Thoughts: Reason for purchasing: My ISP only allows 1 cable modem (1 mac address) or I have to pay extra. My condo is rather long so it is difficult to get good wifi coverage through out and there are a ton of electrical devices interfering. I bought 2 powerline + 2 wireless routers.
My setup is a cable modem in the front of the condo plugged into a wifis wan port. That wifi's lan port plugs into the powerline. In the back of the condo I have another powerline that plugs into a second wifi's lan port (NOT wan). Pretty simple to configure.
Below are my internet speeds. I have not tried benchmarking on my internal network which might be a better test of the powerline since it might be my ISP limiting speeds. In any case these speeds are good enough for my needs.
wireless front apt (router netgear WNDR3400v2)
ping: 31 ms
down: 21 mbps
up: 12 mbps
wireless back of apt (router:trendnet TEW-752DRU)
ping: 14 ms
down: 35 mbps
up: 12 mbps
wired back of apt (router:trendnet TEW-752DRU)
ping: 12 ms
down: 38 mbps
up: 12 mbps
Pros: Great price. 16GB ram. i7 processor. Good mobile video card. It is a beast of a laptop. I feel more like it is a portable desktop than a laptop which is good since I normally hate laptops due to lack of power. I didn't buy it for gaming but runs TERA at max settings pretty smoothly so I assume it will run most games well.
Cons: hate windows 8. MS is trying to convince the world to pay for them to develop a mobile platform - it just makes no sense on a laptop. please in the name of science give me back my start menu.
Second - Not a horrible issue but the SSD is split into 2 partitions (95GB and 121GB) and the 95GB partition is the C drive. You need to be careful not to install programs into the default location (C:\Program Files) as the C drive will run out of space. I didn't realize it till I had 2/3 of a very large game downloaded and had to start over completely. I know they probably do this so windows loads from the faster SSD drive.
Other Thoughts: excellent buy - got it on sale for ~1.3k. Plan to use it for software development and running servers. Needed the extra memory for experimenting with larger memory heaps on java based servers.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG 470 Series MZ-5PA128/US 2.5" 128GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: Pretty fast while it lasted. I dont have the benchmarks handy any longer (they were saved on the drive - oh the irony).
Cons: Crapped out after 1 year. Bios no longer recognizes a bootable drive. Tried reinstalling windows and it doesnt recognize any attached drives.
Other Thoughts: I went back to a 3 disk raid 5 array on non solid state.READ FULL REVIEW