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This review is from: Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 Game Drive for Xbox STEA2000403
Pros: This is a pretty fast and resilient external drive. It's marketed as an external drive for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, but it works out of the box on PC as well once formatted to your OS of choice. I found it to have excellent read and write speeds for a 5400 RPM drive over USB 3.0, and it would be more than enough to install games to, play media and movies from, and store files for a computer. So far no issues with plug and play compatibility on Windows, OS X, or Linux (It appears to be a pretty standard USB controller.
For the sake of science I decided to crack open the enclosure to find out what drive was used internally and found it to be a Samsung Spinpoint HN-M201RAD/AV1. The drive has excellent native speeds over SATA III and has fantastic reviews from users who have used it in laptops and as an expansion drive for consoles.
Cons: The only issue I have with this drive is that the whole bundle (The Seagate 2TB drive as packaged here) has a 1 year warranty, whereas the base drive that's inside (Samsung Spinpoint HN-M201RAD/AV1) has a 2 year warranty. I'm not sure why the warranty period is reduced on the whole enclosure, but it was worth noting.
Other Thoughts: Just about any external USB drive will work for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, but having one designated specifically for those two consoles at the same price as buying another external drive is great. I would definitely recommend this if you needed to expand your storage or just use this drive as an external portable drive for a laptop or desktop.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
Pros: This router is pretty standard, supporting most of the bells and whistles you'd expect from an AC router. Just about every standard feature involving networking and wireless access controls are present in the management console, and the speeds are fast and stable. I've had zero problems with the LAN and wireless features and speeds when using this device, getting great range and solid connections throughout my home.
Access controls and quality of service features are quite extensive on this device. It would be good for a parent concerned about children's access to sites or how much bandwidth is used on certain sites or services. There were quite a lot of granular controls for access on both the standard and guest networks.
Added features like the USB file sharing and internal print server are handy for anyone who would like to add both options to their home network without adding a dedicated computer or server to provide the service. File/print sharing was quick and easy to set up and hasn't had an issue so far.
Cons: You cannot wall mount this router or allow it to lay flat. It must stand up, as all of the ports are on the device in a a way that prevents this. As someone who likes to hide their networking gear in a closet where everything is wall mounted, this was a major letdown. It's possible this is intentionally done this way because the device can get warm when running fully loaded. When running every possible feature and running a lot of tests on the network the router got a quite warm. I wouldn't expect it to do any damage long term, but it was unusually high for a router.
This device does not directly support any services providing Dynamic DNS, should you wish to use something like DynDNS or DuckDNS, you'll have to use a computer to update the dynamic DNS provider when your IP Address changes.
Other Thoughts: I could not find anywhere in the documentation or manuals what the router's maximum switching capacity was, and it was hard to fully benchmark by overloading the wireless connections. It appears to be high enough to not impact the wired gigabit ports and the wireless antenna at the same time, so I would assume it's at least 16Gbit/s.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA860RE V2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, Wall Plug Design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
Pros: I've had a rough time using Wi-Fi range extenders, and for the first time since trying to extend my network I've found one that's easy to use and doesn't have to many issue. It's fast to connect with WPS, it has an extra power connector to avoid using up a power outlet on a low-powered device, and the speed and latency is close enough to the base station that it doesn't feel like you're connected to an extender.
Cons: The device is only single band Wireless N, and it's great for extending to phones and laptops out of range for web access, but it's too slow for anything regarding local HD media streaming over certain bitrates and gaming. You won't have any issues with HD YouTube or Netflix, but streaming 1080p MKV files and Video TS files gave me problems. This is an issue with extenders, but not necessarily with this device, mostly because throughput is about half or less of what the base station operates at.
Inherently, as with every device using WPS, if you use MAC address filtering, you'll have to manually enter the device into your router or access point before trying to connect.
Other Thoughts: This is fantastic if you need a device to extend range on Wi-Fi. I have areas of my house and back yard where people are often on my Wi-Fi but the base station doesn't have a strong enough signal to be useful, this extender has fixed the problems with the best performance I've seen so far. I would highly recommend this to anyone in need of getting Wi-Fi to weak signal areas.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Daniel C.
Date Joined: 11/30/07
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