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Pros: -Easy to setup (cables are even already plugged in)
Cons: -Extremely low speeds
-Frequent connectivity drops on wireless devices
-UI may be too simple for advanced users
Other Thoughts: The Belkin AC1750 was extremely easy to setup. The only issue that I can see even the most technologically unsavvy person having is opening the router's homepage. However, problems were immediately apparent, especially when upon doing an internet speedtest for Intellistream (Belkin's version of QoS), my download speed was 20 mbps lower than with my other router. Our now 97mbps DL speed (from 118) was still pretty good by US standards, but you wouldn't believe it when using the Belkin router. Youtube videos would take ages to buffer at max quality when previously they wouldn't stop at all, streams had to have their quality lowered in order to even be watchable, and while downloading a game on Steam would have it's speed initially rise up to 9mb/s a second or so (still slower than before), it would quickly plummet down to less than even 1mb/s and stay there. As if the speeds weren't bad enough, the router would frequently lose connection to a smartphone that's roughly fifteen feet away.
I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and assume that it might be something wrong with my internet, but upon plugging my old Linksys router back in, every problem went away and my connection was as fast and stable as it's always been. Videos could be watched at max quality with no interruption, streams would load in with barely a moment to buffer throughout, Steam would download games at 12mb/s or more without trouble, and wireless devices would remain connected. If the router was much cheaper then it may not be a bad choice for someone without very good internet to begin with, but at this price? There are far better routers out there.
This review is from: Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps
Pros: You need a network connection but the thought of running cables down the stairs and through the house doesn’t fit your idea of a good looking home, let alone safety, what with the possibility of your kids tripping over those wires? Wireless connectivity just too weak and/or the location you have in mind isn’t all that wireless friendly? The Netgear Powerline 500 will take care of either of those situations.
Installation could not be easier. Simply plug the adapters into an electrical outlet, plug one end of the Ethernet cables into the adapters the other ends into your router (or switch) and the device you wish to use on your network! One more step secures the connection, simply pressing the security button for 2 seconds on one adapter, then within 2 minutes, press the security button on the other adapter for 2 seconds.
Speeds are adequate considering I’ve connected both of my adapters to power strips, and the wiring in my house is ancient (built in the 70s). I usually notice about 80MB/s or slightly slower speeds. Due to limited electrical outlets in my house, I’m pretty much limited to these speeds using this device, unless I forked over the dough to install two more electrical outlets. If I was going to do that, I would just run Ethernet cables in the the walls! So, for practical purposes, this nifty little device (or technically devices as there are two adapters necessary to make the connection) does a pretty good job creating a network drop out of an electrical outlet!
You can easily add more network drops by adding additional adapters. Both Powerline 500 devices and Homeplug AV certified adapters are compatible, with a total of up to 16 devices!
You may not see speeds you will experience if you used an actual Ethernet cable, depending on your network setup (I have a 1GB network, so I’ll never match that speed with this device, but I don’t expect to, either), but you’ll get decent speeds and have access to your network and internet in places a cable just isn’t feasible or wanted!
Cons: I didn't experience anywhere near 500Mbps speeds, but then again, my wiring is old as I stated above, plus I'm using the adapters in a power strip.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: BYTECC BRACKET-25525 HDD Accessory
Pros: Easy installation. Simply fasten your SSD(s) to the mounting plate, then slide the plate into the drive bay and fasten it to your case. Spent all of five minutes adding an SSD to my system.
Construction is of quality material, no cheap flimsy tin here. I've installed it in the 2nd drive bay, just below my Lite-On iHAS120 DVD writer, above the Soundblaster I/O drive. This helps keep my SSD at a cool 26 degrees C, whereas my mechanical HDDs, located in the bottom half of my Antec 1200 are ~ 34 degrees C.
Cons: None really.
Other Thoughts: It could have been designed so one could add maybe front USB 3.0 ports or card reader, or perhaps even included a fan to pull air in, but any and all of those would obviously just add to the incredibly low price, which was actually the main factor in my purchase at the time. But it's just an idea.READ FULL REVIEW
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