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SAMSUNG 1TB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs 04/13/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 1TB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1

Pros: Extremely fast
Very small
Light
Seems to be well built
Strong AES 256 encryption

Cons: Short USB cable
Sticker shock

Other Thoughts: In order to use the drive, you have to run the setup utility included on a small startup partition. You can name

the drive and set a password for encryption or choose to not encrypt the drive.

The included USB cable is short, but seems to be pretty tough.

The drive itself is about the size of a credit card, but 5 or 6 cards deep.

Wow this thing is fast. It's almost as fast as my internal SSD and with the capacity seems great for backups or

video use. The limiting factor on it's speed seems to be the USB 3.0 interface, but if you need a USB drive,

this is one to have!

I had some solid performance over USB 2.0 as well, however if you don't have USB 3.0, this drive would be a

waste of money in my opinion.

Enabling encryption can really hurt performance depending on usage, so if speed is a top concern leave the

encryption off.

The drive also gets warm to the touch. I hope this won't affect longevity.

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TP-LINK Archer C5 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 867Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Affordable 802.11ac router
Solid performance
Good range
Wall mountable
Print/FTP/DLNA server capability
Dual USB ports
Gigabit WAN and LAN ports

Cons: Bulky power adapter
No beamforming
No external 2.4 GHz antennas
USB 2.0 only

Other Thoughts: The configuration of this router is similar to my Archer C7. The hardware is also nearly identical. This router is a very solid performer, especially at it's price point.

The power adapter is very big and may overhang outlets depending on your setup.

This router stacks up well against similar routers and should be more than adequate for all but the most intense use.

I didn't really gain any extra range with this router vs several others. I would recommend a router that has beamforming capability if range is a concern.

There are a lot of options available for advanced users and the router is virtually configuration free. This is a nice product priced right.

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TP-LINK TL-SG105E 5-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch with 5 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45 Ports, MTU/Port/Tag-Based VLAN, QoS and IGMP
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Affordable smart switch
Sturdy metal case
Includes rubber 'feet' for table mounting
Has a Kensington security slot to secure from theft
side facing power adapter won't hog an outlet

Cons: Configuration utility is Windows only
No paper template for wall mounting

Other Thoughts: Unlike a normal unmanaged switch, this one must have an IP address assigned. This is done statically by default, however it can be changed to obtain by DHCP in the configuration software. Mine defaulted to 192.168.0.1 which was also unfortunately the same IP as my primary router and caused an IP conflict (intermittent internet access) until changed.

The only way to configure this switch is with a Windows PC using the included software. There is no Web interface.

The ability to manage each port is a great feature. I purchased a 24 port TP-Link TL-SG1024 unmanaged switch and playing with the features in this little 5 port switch makes me regret not buying a managed 24 port switch.

Avoid this switch if you want a simple plug-and-play switch. Do consider this switch if you want control over individual ports, cable diagnostics, QoS, etc.

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Date Joined: 03/14/03

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  • First Review: 12/31/04
  • Last Review: 03/04/15
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