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FREMO P100 10400mAh Power Bank Charger & Dual Port USB Car Charger for iPhone, iPad,  Galaxy S5, Note, Galaxy Tab, Nexus, HTC One, One 2 (M8), PS Vita and other Smartphone and Tablet (made by SCUD)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Large power reserve
Feels solid
Aluminum case
Included car charger

Cons: No AC charger
Short cable

Other Thoughts: I already have an extended battery on my Galaxy S4, but this is very nice to have at your disposal for extended times without a power source. We had a power outage a few days after receiving the unit and it helped keep a few cell phones charged.

It can take awhile to charge depending on what you charge it with.

I was able to charge my 7500mAh S4 battery in about the same amount of time as the factory charger.

I was able to also charge a Galaxy Note 3, iPad, and iPhone without issue.

TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Convenient
Easy to set up
Useful software
Good throughput

Cons: Capacitor whine
Less than stellar directions

Other Thoughts: These are very simple devices, largely plug and play. They all come with a default encryption key though, so that should be changed during setup. The manual details the process - press and hold sync button until PWR LED starts flashing, do the same to any other units within 2 minutes. The software utility lets you do this as well. The utility also lets you see connected adapters and their link quality and even update their firmware. 8 devices can be connected into one network.

The devices have a 100 Mbps full duplex interface (100 up, 100 down = 200).

I recently updated a lot of wiring and our breaker box so I have a good mix of old and new wiring.

I ran some testing with LAN Speed Test using a packet size of 10 MB over 100 packets.

Testing over new 12ga wiring:
Minimum upload - 50.98.79 Mbps
Minimum download - 32.84 Mbps
Maximum upload - 55.79 Mbps
Maximum download - 46.21 Mbps
Average upload - 53.79 Mbps
Average download - 42.67 Mbps

New and old (knob and tube) mix, with power strip:
Minimum upload - 33.13 Mbps
Minimum download - 26.80 Mbps
Maximum upload - 42.57 Mbps
Maximum download - 36.09 Mbps
Average upload - 40.87 Mbps
Average download - 30.90 Mbps

TP-LINK Archer C7 v2 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 3 External Antennas (5 GHz, 5dBi)
Provisions for wall mount
2 year warranty
802.11ac speed
Gigabit ethernet ports all around
Wireless on/off switch
Two USB ports (for file and printer sharing)
Guest network capability

Cons: 3 Internal Antennas (2.4 GHz)
Mediocre 2.4 GHz performance and range
Bulky power supply could rob you of outlet space
Router is very wide, dimensions listed as 9.6" x 6.4" x 1.3"
USB ports are only USB 2.0, not 3.0
No ability to set channel width on 5 GHz band

Other Thoughts: Max wireless connection speeds are 450mbps over 2.4 GHz with compatible adapter, 1300mbps over 5 GHz with 3x3 802.11ac adapter.

The box clearly states that 802.11ac only applies to the 5 GHz band.

There's a sticker over the LAN ports advising you to run the included CD. I never run those, but I imagine it should be a simple matter.

You will need a 3x3 client adapter to connect at 1300mbps on the 5 GHz band. I don't have one of these, but my existing wireless devices connected with no issues.

I did not perform any speed testing other than with my ISP which was the same as I got with my previous router. If you want some

detailed test results, check the review on the smallnetbuilder website.

No ability to set channel width on 5 GHz band, though you can do so on the 2.4 GHz band. The 2.4 GHz range doesn't appear to be as good as my Netgear.

The interface is pretty simple to use, but seems to be a bit watered down. The router must be rebooted to apply a variety of settings, though some settings seem to apply on-the-fly.

My only real gripe with this unit is the lack of external 2.4 GHz antennas.

I decided not to replace my primary Netgear router with this simply because I have DD-WRT installed on my Netgear and I can run this as a secondary wireless access point to gain all the wireless advantages that this router offers. Hopefully some third party firmware will show up for this router soon and unlock it's full potential.


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Display Name: Shane A.

Date Joined: 03/14/03

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  • First Review: 12/31/04
  • Last Review: 08/14/14
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