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WD Blue WD10JPVX 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Ultra quiet, compatible and reliable 04/05/2014

This review is from: WD Blue WD10JPVX 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I've tested this Western Digital hard disk drive for over month. Model tested was WD10JPVX. It was installed in both Windows and MacBook Pro machines as well in external Transcend 2.5 inch enclosure. It performed in all equipment very well, was always properly recognized, formatted and performed. This HDD runs cool and quiet compared to my other 2.5 inch hard drives. 1 TB of storage gives you plenty of storage space and it will take some time to fill with files before you run out of disk space. Consumes only 0.55 Amps of current (3 times less compared to Samsung Solid State Drive that I own). In United States Western this HDD is covered with 2 years warranty.

Cons: I could not find cons. It does what it is expected to do and it does it well.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this HDD to anyone who is looking for small, reliable, quiet and cool running hard disk drive covered with 2 years limited warranty. It is great HDD if you need to replace (or add secondary drive) damaged HDD in your notebook. Compatible with MacBook Pro (2012 model) and external Transcend enclosures.

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LINKSYS RE2000 Selectable Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Easy to setup and well designed 04/05/2014

This review is from: LINKSYS RE2000 Selectable Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender

Pros: This range extender is available in two hardware versions: 1.0 and 2.0. This review is for version 2.0. Simplistic design with 2 mounting options: it can be plugged into free outlet or connected to outlet by means of included power cord. When plugging in directly into dual outlet, this router does not obstruct second outlet. Included accessories are optional power cord, Ethernet cord and Software/Manual CD. Router shipped with up-to-date firmware, version 2.0.00.

Cons: Included on CD software is not compatible with current Mac OS 10.9.2. At the time of writing (March 2014) there were no compatible Mac OS Setup software available, even from support section of Linksys website.

Other Thoughts: User Manual on CD is multi language PDF file and you’ll have to scroll to page 94 to read it in English.

Attention: RE2000 has 3 ports open: 80 (used for administration), 49152 (this returns 404) and 5xxxx (this exposes extender’s identity: manufacturer's name, model number, serial number; also this changes after each reboot) - this might be an security issue for some.

Unable to use provided software, I found a way to setup this extender in different way. Following steps were taken:

1. Connect to WiFi network created by this extender, named LinksysExtender

2. After success connection go to address 192.168.1.1 and login with blank username and password “admin”

3. Click on “Wireless” tab and extender will perform survey of available WiFi network automatically

4. From list choose network that needs to be extended, and if it is secured network you will be prompted to enter password

5. Allow extender to finish configuration, place it halfway between your primary router and site where extended WiFi is required

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Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Linksys router EA3500 comes well packaged and protected from shock that might occur during shipping process. Kit includes all parts necessary to start wireless network right away: wireless router itself, power adapter, 5 feet long ethernet cable and an setup CD. Included power adapter is of switching type which is more energy efficient that conventional step-down transformer type and does not emit much of heat. Power adapter is designed in such a way that it does not obstruct your second power outlet. Rear panel is clearly marked and you will find there 5 ethernet ports (each with own Link and Activity LEDs), USB 2.0 port, WPS button, power indicator and power adapter port. All of antennas are builtin and there is 6 of them in total, 3 for 2.4 Gigahertz band and 3 for 5.0 Gigahertz band - this design saves desk/floor space compared to routers with external antennas. Ability to turn off port lights is nice and I’ve never seen this before in D-Link, Linksys or TP-Link routers. Also worth mentioning modern looking interface and builtin speed test utility. Router ships with latest firmware.

Cons: Router is equipped with an USB 2.0 port that will be your bottleneck if you intend to use this feature along with builtin Gigabit ethernet ports. Included user manual contains 531 page in various languages in alphabetical order, beginning from Arabic. Actual user manual in English for EA3500 begins on page 114 and contains 16 pages. This is the first wireless router that I could not manage to set up without supplied CD. Older Linksys routers were much friendlier to end user and did not require use of CD.

Other Thoughts: Included setup CD is compatible with Windows and Macintosh machines, however like with most standalone routers use of such CD is not required unless you setting up first wireless network in your life. This product comes with 12-months limited warranty in USA and Canada. External USB disk attached to this router must be formatted in FAT, NTFS or HFS+ file system in order to work with this router. By default, WPS button is disabled. I’ve conducted simple network speed test through this router: an notebook with Gigabit port was connected to ethernet port of this router and Totusoft’s LAN Speed Test Server was launched. Then I’ve placed another notebook 10 feet away and connected to wireless network provided by this EA3500 router. Writing speed I’ve achieved was 195 Mbps and reading speed as reported by software was 161 Mbps.

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Display Name: Volodymyr Y.

Date Joined: 02/05/07

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  • First Review: 04/10/07
  • Last Review: 04/05/14
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