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Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good stable connection, never@500Mbps 07/10/2015

This review is from: Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: -Small footprint
-Consistent speeds
-Reliable connection
-Solid build quality
-Only takes up the one outlet without obstruction the second outlet
-Kit includes 2 x 6.5ft. ethernet patch cables
-Encrypted if you are paranoid :)

Cons: -Rated @ 500Mbps but built in port is 10/100Mbps. Although most networking product ratings are theoretical, this product can not and will never be able to exceed it's ethernet port's 100Mbps rating.
-Like all powerline networking devices power strips are not recommended.

Other Thoughts: I was sent this product for review. At it's sub $50 price tag I would recommend it but there are less expensive models that perform just as well. Powerline networking is simply not made for pure speeds. They are a simple and reliable alternative to WiFi. I have two rooms in the house where my WiFi coverage is spotty at best. This causes relatively low sustained speeds and plenty of temporary disconnects. For average browsing this is not a huge issue but when online gaming even a drop of a couple of seconds can kill your game.

In my past experience with other powerline models as well as this one, they create a very stable but not overly fast connection. With this NetGear until the setup could not have been easier. I plugged one unit in downstairs and connected it to a ten port switch which is connected to the router. Went upstairs and plugged the second unit in. Almost instantly the unit's built in display LEDs confirmed a connection. I plugged a laptop into the upstairs device and was online right away. Super easy. No disks or installs required on the laptop and no sync buttons to press. 100% plug and play. Each device has a "Push-and-Secure" button. This supposedly encrypts the signal so that if someone was able to intercept your signal on your power lines they would not be able to read your traffic. I have not real way to test this but I did push the button on one device and then the other. It took about 10 seconds and the connection came back up, presumably encrypted. This had no negative effect on speeds.

Now for speeds. Remember, the device only has a 100Mbps port which means it is hardware limited to this speed regardless of it's 500Mbps rating. I was able to pull files from my NAS at a consistent 70-80Mbps (about 9.5MB/s average). I was also able to max out my 50Mbps cable connection while doing internet speed tests. I was able to stream 1080p Netflix and YouTube videos without any issues as well as streaming 1080p video files from my NAS on the local network. After several weeks of testing I never saw a single disconnect which in my eyes is key for this product's philosophy of use.

In my eyes, all these powerline networking devices are best used to get a stable solid internet connection for everyday use. This NetGear model does this perfectly. I would NOT recommend any powerline networking if you are planning to move lots of large files on a regular basis. It is simply too slow.

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TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Solid units if expectations are not too high 07/10/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: -Very small footprint. Will not block the second outlet.
-Consistent speeds
-Reliable connection, even at range
-Solid build quality
-LEDs for connection information
-Two ethernet patch cables are included.

Cons: -Rated @ 500Mbps but built in port is 10/100Mbps. Although most networking product ratings are theoretical, this product can not and will never be able to exceed the ethernet port's 100Mbps limitation.
-Like all powerline networking devices power strips are not recommended.

Other Thoughts: I was sent this product for review by NewEgg. At it's sub $40 price tag I would recommend it in most situations. Powerline networking is simply not made for pure speeds. They are a simple and reliable alternative to WiFi. I have two rooms in the house where my WiFi coverage is spotty at best. This causes relatively low sustained speeds and plenty of temporary disconnects. For average browsing this is not a huge issue but when online gaming even a drop of a couple of seconds can kill your game.

In my past experience with older powerline models as well as this one, they create a very stable but not overly fast connection. With this TP-Link the setup could not have been easier. I plugged one unit in downstairs and connected it to a ten port switch which is connected to the router. I pressed the button, went upstairs and plugged the second unit in and hit the button on that one. Almost instantly the unit's built in display LEDs confirmed a connection. I plugged a laptop into the upstairs device and was online right away. Super easy. No disks or installs required on the laptop.

Now for speeds. Remember, the device only has a 100Mbps port which means it is hardware limited to this speed regardless of it's 500Mbps rating. I was able to pull files from my NAS at a consistent 60-70Mbps (about 8MB/s average). I was also able to max out my 50Mbps cable connection while doing internet speed tests. I was able to stream 1080p Netflix and YouTube videos without any issues as well as streaming 1080p video files from my NAS on the local network. After several weeks of testing I never saw a single disconnect which in my eyes is key for this product.

In my eyes, all these powerline networking devices are best used to get a stable solid internet connection for everyday use. The TP-Link model does this perfectly. I would NOT recommend any powerline networking if you are planning to move lots of large files on a regular basis. It is simply too slow. My son is very happy now though because he is no longer experiencing the dropped weak WiFi signals and the unit goes faster than my internet connection so there is no bottleneck for these purposes.

Overall, these devices are a godsend for households that have issues with WiFi coverage and require a stable connection for everyday computer use. Just remember the port limitation of 100Mbps so you will never get more than about 12MB/s of actual transfer speeds even in the best of conditions.

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Seagate STDF12000100 12TB NAS Pro 6-Bay Network Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Sleek and fast NAS 04/09/2015

This review is from: Seagate STDF12000100 12TB NAS Pro 6-Bay Network Storage

Pros: PROS:
-Plenty small with a nice black glossy finish
-Dual LAN
-Browser based install and software is nice and works well
-Good setup and monitoring tools (Temps, transfer speeds, fan speeds, etc.)
-9.9 TB of available storage using their "SimplyRAID" mode which claims to allow one drive to fail
-Faster real world reads/writes than my GBit LAN
-DLNA worked great serving media

Cons: -Had one hiccup (software) when deleting a large folder via the File Manager. After some time the folder remained. When I tried to delete it again I received an error about certain child folders not being empty. I believe it was permissions based. I was able to enable the device's SSH service and run some commands with Putty to remove the folder.
-At 16+ pounds it is not light. Just be aware when thinking about placement.
-Could not get the Add-on camera app to find my cheap HooToo wireless IP cam.

Other Thoughts: I really like this NAS. I have been testing this for about a month. This thing is virtually silent even under load. I have had it sitting on the floor next to me about 3 feet away and have yet to hear it. Very sleek and seems to be well built.

The browser based suite is well designed and easy to use. Install was all browser based and went smoothly. Took about 8 min total and that included a firmware upgrade. I went with the default "SimplyRAID" mode. This should allow a single drive failure without losing data. Replace the drive and rebuild. If a drive fails later I will add the experience. Plenty of real time refreshed data available in the software. File manager works well, no surprises. I also had no issues mapping this as a lettered drive to other PCs on the LAN.

Transfers on my GBit LAN were about as fast as can be. During large image file transfers it was sustaining 110-120 MB/s. Same pulling off the NAS as well. I am sure it would do more as that is close to theoretical max for GBit. Under heavy load drives maxed out at 36C and CPU got up to 50C. The unit remained virtually silent even with fans all spun up.

As stated in cons I could not get the "app" for camera monitoring to find my cheap HooToo wireless IP cam. Even knowing it's static IP and trying manual setup. Your mileage may vary with more mainstream units.

Was able to connect fine via FTP and SSH once the services were enabled in the browser based settings. Enabling DLNA made the music files visible on the LAN.

Great device and I would recommend it to anyone.

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