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Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
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4 out of 5 eggs Solid choice for MU-MIMO router 04/25/2016

This review is from: Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Pros: Crazy fast wireless throughput
MU-MIMO (great for multiple users)
Beamforming (great speed at long range)
USB 3.0 port
USB 2.0 port
A few unique features

Cons: Odd configuration
Funky manual configuration layout
Bulky and thick
Outlet-hogging power adapter

Other Thoughts: I haven't touched a Linksys router in sometime. The interface sure has changed for me.

I expect for most users, this will be plug and play. For the rest of us that want to dig into things, the interface is oddly laid out. For example, firmware updates are under the Connectivity category.

One neat feature that I've never seen before is "Bridge Mode" for Internet connection type. This quickly and easily lets me configure this as an access point and disables NAT, firewall, etc and also removes those elements from my view. This seems to work as well as a LAN to LAN connection so far.

Some other features in the same area are "Wireless repeater" and "Wireless bridge". Wireless repeater should work like a wireless extender, but turning an expensive router into a repeater would not only be silly, but would also cut throughput considerably. Wireless bridge mode seems to use one of the router's wireless bands to do the same function as the wired bridge mode, with the exception of course that there is no Ethernet cable required and the wireless band used will not broadcast to clients.

There seems to be plenty of options available including VLANs, a built-in speed test, a really neat network map, guest networks, USB file sharing, DLNA server, etc.

Throughput is as good or better than my TP-Link Archer C3200.

I also ran into an issue that required me to reboot the router where the upload speed on the 5 GHz band was limited to 5 mbps or so.

I'd say that this is a pretty solid choice for anyone looking to get in on a MU-MIMO router. The features beyond that aren't anything to really write home about though.

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TP-LINK HS110 (Energy Monitoring)  Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled, Control Your electric equipment from Anywhere, Energy Saving
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Pros: Easy setup
Physical power button
Power usage stats
Runtime stats
Scheduling
Away mode
Timer

Cons: Bulky
Covers both outlets

Other Thoughts: This is an impressive device that doesn't require a smart hub to function. It has all of the features that I could want like on/off scheduling, timer, power monitoring, etc.

I've been converting a lot of my home's switches to smart switches and putting some appliances on z-wave appliance modules. For more modest control, this fits the bill nicely. Without requiring a hub, you get a lot of great features.

I did run into a snag at first in figuring out which app to install for this as I lost the little paper insert for a day, but did end up finding the Kasa app eventually without it. The only real hangup I can see most people having with this is in remembering their wireless password.

I ended up connecting this to my Blu-ray disc player that has a tendency to freeze up while streaming video. This saves me the hassle of getting up and unplugging the thing and plugging it back in.

I didn't test out the scheduling or timer functions too much as I don't really need them currently, but they seemed to function alright.

I found that the app will even let you assign a picture to the device so that you know quickly what it is powering.

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APC BGE90M 125 VA 75 W 3 Outlets UPS
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5 out of 5 eggs 12/23/2015

This review is from: APC BGE90M 125 VA 75 W 3 Outlets UPS

Pros: Wall mountable
3 120v outlets
Two 2.5A USB charging ports
3 voltage sensitivity settings

Cons: Not grounded (can't accept 3 prong plugs)

Other Thoughts: This seems like a nice backup. I really like the wall mount provisions.

I tried this with a few routers and didn't have any trouble keeping them online. I have a rack mount UPS though for most of my stuff, but this should make a nice backup for my cordless phone.

I have had several routers that use a three prong cord which would require an adapter to use this backup. This isn't a huge problem as most routers don't come with such power adapters, but it is worth noting.

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Display Name: Shane A.

Date Joined: 03/14/03

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  • First Review: 12/31/04
  • Last Review: 04/25/16
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