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EDIMAX EW-7811DAC AC600 Dual-band USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter with Directional High Gain Antenna and a Free USB Extension Cradle for Longer Distances, Higher Performance Connections
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I bought this to test on a Raspberry Pi B+ running Kodi (formerly XBMC) on Openelec (dedicated XBMC/Kodi OS). Support for this adapter worked right out of the box.

5GHz signal is much stronger than typical thumb-size adapters. I have an old house with heavy plaster walls (some brick) and this little gem can stream mpeg2 HD from the basement to my 2nd floor across the house.

I have been running all-day streaming stress tests and find that the adapter performs very well.

This adapter also runs straight off the Raspberry Pi and doesn't seem to require a powered USB adapter. I run the whole setup off my TV's USB.

The separate stand is a nice touch. How they can sell all of this at this price point is beyond me.

Cons: A little large, but you know what you're getting into buying this adapter.

Other Thoughts: Many are buying this because they are pushing the limits of 2.4 GHz and probably have not used 5GHz before. Here are some helpful tips.

Name the SSID of the 5GHz network separate from the 2.4GHz. This is common mistake I have seen others complain about. They think they are seeing poor 5GHz performance when in reality their OS chose 2.4GHz. I like to add a "5" at the end of the SSID I use for 2.4GHz. example: mynetwork & mynetwork5

Don't let your OS auto-connect to 2.4GHz. Usually a "forget" setting, many OS's will assume 2.4GHz signal is a stronger, better connection and auto-connect to the 2.4GHz. They don't take into account other factors that limit 2.4GHz bandwidth like channel crowding from neighboring networks.

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3Dconnexion 3DX-700028 Silver/Black 2 Buttons USB Optical SpaceNavigator SE
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Nothing comes close to increasing your CAD productivity like a 3D mouse. 3Dconnexion pretty much owns the market. This little guy is easy to transport, It's also got enough weight to stay seated on your desk.

Cons: Needed to update with firmware that wasn't available on their site. I had to contact tech support to get it. Prior to the update, I could not leave it plugged into my PC when booting up or it would seriously hangup the PC for a while. I'd be forced to unplug it prior to boot, and then plug it back in once windows loaded. Driver loads oddly with Autodesk Inventor occasionally requiring me to restart the app again.

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VisionTek 900505 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Still works after 2 years

Is fast

Is quiet

Cons: none

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Kenneth J.'s Profile

Display Name: Kenneth J.

Date Joined: 10/14/01

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 02/01/10
  • Last Review: 02/21/15
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