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TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Wireless AC (gen 1) capable
- Simultaneous dual band
- Ability to receive on one band (2.4 ghz for example) and broadcast on another (5 ghz for example)
- Dedicated LAN port (only 10/100 though).
- Excellent packaging
- Very elegant design
- Does not get overly hot when in use
- Easy to setup and configure
- Fast speeds

Cons: - I wish this was also capable of being JUST a wireless bridge. As of right now 2/26/15, the firmware is not setup to do this. I know that this isn't the main purpose of a device like this, however there would be many use cases in which I could see you not wanting the repeater option. Minor annoyance.
- After each major change in the firmware settings you have to reboot to apply the settings. Again not the end of the world since most should just set it and forget it, but can get annoying when trying to test features.
- Ethernet port is only 10/100. Not the end of the world, but with AC I can normally get to over 100 megabit so that does limit you.

Other Thoughts: This is almost a perfect product. The last TP-Link product I looked at was well packaged, but the device looked clunky, and just cheap. This is far from it. It feels great, was packaged really well, and performs admirably.

I tested both the 5 GHZ and 2 GHZ with my laptop that is running a Core i7, 16 gigs of RAM, and a Samsung 840 Pro SSD to limit all other factors. The wireless card is an Intel 7260 ABGNAC. Using this in conjunction with the 5 GHz band at AC, I was able to achieve what I would consider wired speeds. Speeds were consistent and stable. The file transfers were done utilizing files both large and small in separate and simultaneous testing. It is also important to note that I am using an ASUS RT-AC66R as my main access point for this test.

On the 2.4 GHz, speeds were what I would consider normal. Nothing flashy but not bad at all.

Speeds on the ethernet port were very similar to the speeds I saw using my wireless card in the laptop. Most file transfers topped out at 10-11 megabytes a second probably due to the 10/100 limitations of the ethernet port.

For the price, performance, and for the ease of use I highly recommend this product. Aside from the minor annoyances I experienced, you can't be the price for what you get.

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Corsair  MM600  CH-9000084-WW  Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent double sided mouse pad. Large surface area. 02/07/2015

This review is from: Corsair MM600 CH-9000084-WW Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: I really enjoyed my time with the Corsair Gaming Mouse pad. It's really one of the better mouse pads I've ever been able to use or see in person. It has a large surface area which is really nice, smooth, and because it's on metal and not rubber it stays flat even on an uneven surface. The rubber feet give it a nice, light lift from the surface of the table.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Honestly, it's a mouse pad there's not much to say except that it's very nice to use and I like it so much I'm going to buy one for my wife. My mouse is a Logitech MX Revolution, but I also used it with some of the older red light style mice and it works excellent for that as well. Honestly if you're looking for a high quality mouse pad, this is one that should top your short list.

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Linksys E8350 AC2400 4X4 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router, Optimal for HD Video Streaming and Lag-Free Gaming
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Good packaging
- Good ventilation on the router. Doesn't get too hot.
- Not sure why some reviewers on other sites say that there are no lights to indicate the router is on. They are simply on the back which I don't mind. Keeps it clean and simple and unobtrusive if it sits on a desk.
- 4x4 Wireless AC
- Uses the "old school" non EA router firmware. IMO it's nice and clean this way.
- Supports VLANS! (I can't tell you how LONG I've waited for a consumer router that had this built in)
- Gigabit ports including the WAN
- USB2, USB3, ESATA

Cons: - 4x4 Wireless AC Adapters are expensive and are not mainstream, yet. Something to keep in mind.
- Average AC speeds with a 3x3 adapter
- 5 Gig band options do not provide option for AC only mode or N/AC only mode. Nor does it allow for a 80 mhz width option. Everything is either 20, 20/40, or 20/40/80. Again not the end of the world, but I wonder if the compatibility that they are trying to go with actually hurts speeds. I get that out of the box you want to be the most compatible, but for power users Linksys seems to never give the option to have more control of the radios.
- Expensive

Other Thoughts: All in all I like the router. I think the price is way too high for what you get, given that for the same price or less others perform better or just as good but with more features. That said, it's still a good piece of hardware. Not sure why the others who commented here were having issues but I didn't have any, to be honest.

My 2.4 gig speeds at 20 mhz widths were about what you would expect from any router now a days on that bad. Speeds were consistent between my main floor and the upstairs (router located on my desk upstairs). My basement is where things started to slow down but they were still decent for normal web browsing. My wireless adapter of choice for these tests were with an Intel 7260 AC adapter.

My 5 gig speeds were fantastic when close to the router. I was pushing 750 Megabit with my card (real speeds around 250-300). Again, I don't have a 4x4 card to test with but this router performed just as good as some others I have. Moving away from the router speeds were still good on the main floor but in my basement were downright awful. If distance is what you are going for you may need two of these if you have a big house, or perhaps locate the router on the main floor. Unfortunately in my setup this was not possible.

The NAS speeds via USB 3 were actually quite good. I was surprised to see it pushing around 70-80 megabytes a second via file transfers. USB 2 performance was so so, only getting around 20-25 megs a second. I did not try the eSATA port.

I really didn't have a lot of negatives to say about this router in particular more than just I don't like the fact that I can't be more granular with Linksys. That said, that's a choice they've made. I'll just hope that the DD-WRT team can come up with firmware for this thing since that would give you much more control over the router than the stock firmware. I DO have to give Linksys props for adding VLAN support with native firmware. Now keep it up and keep adding more advanced features for power users.

Speaking of firmware I was on version 1.0.1 as of this writing.

All in all it's good, but not great and the price makes it hard to swallow. Should still make your short list, but IMO there are better options at this price point.

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