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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
This review is from: CORSAIR 64GB Flash Voyager GS USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVYGS3B-64GB
Pros: There is little to say about the packaging and shipping of the Corsair Voyager GS flash drive, as it’s quite compact and not exactly prone to possible mishandling damage as most other computer components very much are. Suffice to say it arrived rather quickly, within a few days, as nearly everything I have ever ordered from Newegg has been shipped.
I had not realized this was a rather hefty drive, not only in storage capacity, but in actual physical dimensions as well. It also has a bit of weight to it compared to every other flash drive I’ve ever owned or used. Obviously that has quite a lot to do with its Zinc Alloy housing versus many other drives being constructed of mostly plastic. The flip away metal protective covers on some drives pale in comparison to the “armored plating” feel of this drive. I have no worries about this drive breaking any time soon. I haven’t run over it yet, but I almost want to just to see if it will withstand the pressure. None of my other drives could and I won’t even bother putting them through that test!
Speed of the drive is directly related to how it’s connected, and what it is communicating with. I ran quite a few tests to find the best overall combination.
1. Front USB 2.0 port on my Antec 1200 case to a NAS on my Gigabit home network.
2. Front USB 2.0 port on my Antec 1200 case to a USB 3.0 external drive connected to a USB 3.0 port on the NAS on my Gigabit home network.
3. Front USB 2.0 port on my Antec 1200 case to a USB 3.0 external drive connected to a USB 3.0 port on the back of same case (a Seagate P3 to be exact).
4. Front USB 2.0 port on my Antec 1200 case to the Intel 730 SSD on a SATA III connection which is my current boot drive.
5. Rear USB 3.0 port on my Antec 1200 case to the Intel 730 SSD on a SATA III connection which is my current boot drive.
6. Both front USB 2.0 ports, one the Corsair USB 3.0 drive, the other an Adata USB 3.0 drive.
Which transfer was the fastest? Correct, it’s #5. This actually blew me away, until I actually calculated the real speed over what Windows 7 x64 Ultimate was claiming (the calculated speeds were still impressive nonetheless. When transferring an 11GB mov
Cons: The housing has one potential drawback. It’s size. While it will easily fit in the front USB ports on all the PCs I work on or have at home, such is not the case when attempting to utilize some of the rear USB 3.0 ports on some computers, as in some laptop docking stations, especially if all or most of the other USB ports are already in use! This isn’t exactly a huge problem, as it’s often easy to simply remove one or more USB devices occupying those USB ports, troubleshooting actually necessitates that very action. If it was just a little narrower however, this wouldn’t even be an issue. Most people probably won’t have any problem, as I do not when using the drive on my own systems at home. When using it in the field, it may be at one time or another, if only being an annoyance making room for it to fit.
Other Thoughts: Quadruple tests to usbflashspeed.com recorded consistent write speeds of 165 MB/s and read speeds of 275 MB/s, give or take up to a single MB/s on either one.
The USB 3.0 to USB 3.0 via motherboard ports come in second, and the motherboard port to gigabit networked USB 3.0 limited by the network bandwidth, topping out at ~100 MB/s though average was around 95 MB/s, then the USB 2.0 to anything limited by the paltry 480 Mb/s speed of the USB 2.0 port itself.
So, keep that in mind when reading reviews of this drive, (or any USB 3.0 drive for that matter), you will NOT attain manufacturer claimed specs if you’re connected to, and writing to, or from certain drives depending on HOW both drives are connected! In reading some reviews on any and all drives over the years, it seems some people forget that critical factor.
*All drives but the Adata were formatted NTFS, the Adata 3.0 USB flash drive was formatted FAT32.
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