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Samsung PN51F4500BFXZA 51” Class 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent TV for cheap! 07/16/2014

This review is from: Samsung PN51F4500BFXZA 51” Class 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV

Pros: Beautiful picture. If you're a sports fan, you will appreciate that this TV refreshes at 600 MHz which virtually eliminates all motion blur. The menus are easy to access and the settings are straight forward. I bumped up the brightness a bit from factory settings. This will use a bit more energy I'm sure, but will maybe cost me a few dollars a year.

Cons: The screen is "glarey". Like most Plasma TVs, because of the glare, it's better in a darker room. I can't get the sound output to go to Dolby digital for some reason. This may not be a TV for an audiophile, but sounds great with PCM output to my home theater sound system. It only has HDMI inputs.

Other Thoughts: I got it cheap locally. Plasma TVs are on their way out due to improvements in LED/LCD technology which is cheaper to manufacture. If you like the rich nuanced colors of Plasma, you better get one while you can.

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SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 1GB Memory 8GB 7.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice big beautiful screen. Android Jelly Bean. Came in new condition. Great value for the price. Battery charge lasts seemingly forever.

Cons: Can't seem to upgrade to Android 4.4. Hopefully Samsung will release an upgrade for this tablet.

Other Thoughts: Does almost everything a laptop can do, yet small and lightweight. I checked to make sure it would charge after draining the battery completely and it did. This has been the knock against this tablet.

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EnGenius ENS200EXT High-powered/Long-range Wireless Outdoor AP
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Pretty Good Actually 06/18/2014

This review is from: EnGenius ENS200EXT High-powered/Long-range Wireless Outdoor AP

Pros: Seems to work well once you have it set up. Highly configurable for advanced users. The unit itself is solidly constructed and weather proof. The specs show it tolerates temperatures from -20 C to 70 C, and humidity up to 90% and is designed for outdoor use. The ENS200EXT Supports 2 common modes of use: AP, and Client Bridge, as well as WDS AP, WDS Station and Client Router. It has a high power radio transmitter that you can boost all the way up to 26 dBm (400 milliwatts). This really helps when you have a large area to cover.

Cons: The ENS200EXT is not user friendly at all, and as such I would not recommend this for novice users. When you make changes to the configuration, they get applied all at once when you click on Save/Reload. To see the results of your configuration changes, you have to scan through the log entries, or just figure it out by looking at the status pages to see if it is working the way you want.
The default IP address for the unit in both AP mode and Bridge mode is 192.168.1.1, if you forget to change this, it will clash with most routers and not work right since 192.168.1.1 is usually the default gateway address. It even gave me a warning when I tried to change the IP address which was odd.
The reset button did not work right. The manual said to press the reset button for > 10 seconds to reset to factory. I literally had to do this a dozen or more times before the unit reset. I wonder if this is because the unit appears to use Luci which has had some issues with saving data permanently to flash. If your unit doesn't reset, just keep trying.
As others have mentioned, it’s hard to understand why they use a proprietary PoE injector.
My other beef is it only has 150 Mbps which is slow by today’s standards.

Other Thoughts: I tested both the bridge mode and client mode and they worked fine after a bit of fiddling. When testing the bridge mode, I put in the password as TKIP when it was actually AES. I had to figure out the error myself due to limited feedback. Also, I had to change the ENS200EXT’s IP in both cases away from the default to make it work.
Overall I would recommend this product for people with a solid knowledge of TCP/IP networking and configuration. For the price, you get quality hardware with a high power transmitter. Let’s face it, 50 or 70 mW just won’t get you very far in a commercial installation, or even in a larger home or apartment.

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