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Pros: This is a great item from Engenius, who I have discovered in the last few years and find their items to be well designed and user friendly.
For starters the configuration menu is simple and yet advanced at the same time. It allows you to configure 8 SSIDs for use as well as set up guest networks separate from the main network. There is a VLAN setup for virtual and VPN connections, remote setup, remote logging, remote monitoring, and a host of other useful features too numerous to name. The software for remote montioring, configuring, and logging is great for what it does and is free.
Security features are a plenty in this AP. This works well for a SoHo Environment or bridged in a larger office building. The 3x3 array and bandwidth monitoring (sharing, beamforming, etc.) is great for getting to the farther reaches of the environment while still maintaining throughput.
Access to the menu is easy to get to and configuring the setup is done through a few clicks. Which leads me to the con.
Cons: The menu has you save every setting TWICE to get it configure. This quickly becomes a pain with a few changes and the change log annoys me to no end (personal).
Not a fan of security being turned off by default. As an AP which is meant for business use this should be turned on from the factory. Setting security is easy and not a hassle, just requires saving the settings...TWICE.
The included Ethernet cable really is too short to do any configuring with. I had a hard time trying to use it to connect to my desktop PC. I connected it to my wife's laptop but it literally sat on half of the laptop to do that. What really needs to be included is a 6' or 12' Ethernet cable. As this device is supposed to be mounted on the ceiling/wall the included cable makes it impossible to setup if you somehow go that route first (at my business they put the device in the loop and then connect to it to configure it).
Another thing I noticed is it uses the standard 192.168.1.1 IP to login to the device and that is something used by Netgear, Linksys, TP-Link routers as well. I use a D-Link which has 192.168.0.1 as the standard IP to login with but it did present a problem with my Netgear R6100 that I have in AP mode. I had to wind up getting a longer Ethernet cable, hooking it to my wife's laptop and then configure it from there.
Could never get PoE to work. Instructions state to use either the PoE Cable or an AC Adapter but not both. A b it further down in the instructions and they say to use both. Bit confusing but just know PoE doesn't work with the included cable or my 5 over Ethernet cables (Cat 5e - of course this could be my failure to have the correct cabling).
Other Thoughts: I did update the firmware to the latest available. This was a painless process that updated rather quickly. Afterwards I could tell it had a bit better range and connectivity. I did not get a chance to mount this to my ceiling yet but where I have it setup it reaches my Roku and Phones about 35' away and through several walls. I have fairly strong AC 5GHz signal and the speeds are remarkable.
If Engenius can get past the inital PoE, Redundant saving of settings, and minor goofs, this kit will definitely be worth its price tag.
One note, I never did get the PoE to power the device but like a previous reader mentioned it might ne an PoE injector cable.
Pros: Extremely Fast.
Cool red color (prefer blue or white, lol).
Instant recognition when installed in Gigabyte X5 Gaming Motherboard.
Correct profile settings.
Cons: Price but won't knock an egg off for it.
Other Thoughts: I couldn't wait to get this item home to review.
I had been talking at work to my buddies about being selected for this memory and was extremely anxious to try it out.
It did not disappoint. This was instantly recognized in my Gigabyte board and correctly set itself to the timings and speed profile from the XMP spec.
It really flies and you can tell a different with the higher clock memory when it comes to bandwidth and memory intensive tasks like modeling, drawing, gaming, and compressing.
This, coupled with my Haswell-E and Samsung 840 Pro really makes my system scream.
HIghly recommend you pick up the pair.
Have yet to test them out for a RAMDISK setup but I will update when I do.
This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
Pros: Huge amount of storage space. Excellent software included, Efficient. Extremely quiet, like quiet quiet. No lights (also a con to an extent). Fast in bursts. Long, included cable. Long power supply/cord. Quality enclosure. Heft=solid.
Cons: Sharp edges. Heavy (both a pro and con). No Lights (hard to see if it is actually plugged in and working - I prefer a light to notify me of status). Speeds aren't up to part with USB 3.0. Software is somewhat limiting (Seatools, etc.) Unique plug in cable - makes it hard to pick up a replacement with any USB 3.0 cable.
Other Thoughts: I took some tests last night. I transfer 378 GB of data form my 1.0 TB WD Black Drive via USB 3.0 to this 5 TB Drive. Largest file I had was a BluRay movie at 48 GB (NON 3D). It stated, via Windows Copying, that it would be about 5 hours. This thing completed in about 1:45 to 2:00 Hours. That is pretty impressive for an external mechanical drive. I imagine simple transfers of a single file of 20 GB or less would complete in mere minutes. I also took down some speeds.
Copied 378 GB
Windows 8.1 Estimate About 5 hours
Total Time: 2.25 hours
Speed: Max - 125 Mb/s
Speed: Min - 56 Mb/s
Speed: Avg - 92 Mb/s
Despite a low of 56 Mb/s the drive hovered around 92 Mb/s for the most part. I haven't ran any HD TACH or anything on it but from what I can tell from my use it is a solid drive with a cheap price. While I do see some drawbacks in the proprietary cable, limited software (Trial of SeaTools Pro) and lack of firmware updates (does it really need it?) this is priced accordingly. I gave it 3 eggs because I expected a bit more and the fact that it cut me, lol.
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