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Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem
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5 out of 5 eggs Good Choice for Any Plan! 10/19/2016

This review is from: Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem

Pros: Excellent choice for those that have a high bandwidth service of 100 Mbps and up through their ISP!

Will also work fine with slower bandwidth plans, and allow you to effortlessly transition to a higher speed plan later with no need to upgrade your modem again.

Simple to setup or swap out with any current cable modem you may be using. Some ISP’s make the change over a breeze, while others may be slightly more difficult. In my case all I had to do was call my provider and supply the MAC address, within a few minutes I was up and running.

While it is a bit tall at 8 inches, and there is about 3 inches of space above the main board inside, this will ensure that it has plenty of air flow. After running the modem for several hours streaming movies to multiple devices within my network it was only slightly warm to the touch.

With 24 download bonded channels, and 8 upload bonded channels, you will always have the maximum speed your connection will offer. Also DOCSIS 3.0 ensures you have the most up to date modem. While this modem is certified by all major cable ISPs, those that use smaller cable ISP providers may want to check ahead of time that they support this particular model within their system.

Status/Diagnostics menu can easily be accessed even when in front of your router with no special router configuration needed. Type into any browser to gain access to the information page within the modem.

Cons: No cons for me, it worked as it should right out of the box!

Other Thoughts: For those that currently rent a cable modem from their provider if you do the math it really makes sense to purchase a cable modem as it will pay for itself in the long run. This will also pair up nicely with one of the many Linksys routers available here on Newegg.

Always place your modems/routers in an area that is well ventilated to ensure they have maximum airflow and to prevent overheating! Overheating will cause a shorter lifespan in most electronics, and in some case’s even errors and connection issue's!

General information: HW Version 1A, SW Version

Acer 15.6
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Pros: While right out of the box this notebook is very fast, there is plenty of room for upgrades to beef it up more if needed!

8GB of Kingston DDR4 2133 260-Pin installed. The 2 RAM slots will support up to 32GB RAM. Since it has Windows 10 Home 64-Bit, 32GB of RAM will be recognized by the OS if using two 16GB bars of RAM.

2.4MHz and 5.8MHz wireless capability, 802.11ac with MU-MIMO technology. While not everyone may have a MU-MIMO router yet, this feature assures that when you do get one you will be able to utilize this feature. LAN jack supports 10/100/1000Mbps for those that prefer to be hardwired, or when wireless is not available. Built in Bluetooth 4.1, which is also backwards compatible with older Bluetooth devices.

Some bloatware, and this notebook can always be wiped and loaded with Win 10 from scratch. Or just sort through all the extra programs and remove what you do not want. Just be sure to utilize the Acer Recovery Management program first to create a Factory Default Backup on a USB stick in case you want to go back to the Acer Factory Image.

Even if you choose not to remove the extra programs, there is still plenty of space on the SSD drive to install a few of your favorite games to maximize the speed/performance of your game play. After running disk cleanup and removing some programs I still have 97GB free on the SSD. For heavy graphic dependent games you can tweak out the NVidia GTX 950M 2GB video with the NVidia control panel!

The 128GB SSD drive is a Form Factor M.2 2280 by LITEON model # CV1-8B128 with Sequential Read/Write speeds of 520/160 MB/s. While it is a fast SSD drive it can always be upgraded to something that has a larger capacity and a much faster read/write rate. Just be sure that whatever you replace it with is the same form factor or you will have problems! ALWAYS do your homework before attempting any upgrade!

While the 1TB drive is only 5400RPM it will produce less heat than a faster platter drive. It can also be upgraded to an SSD drive for increased performance since it has an SATA interface. The 1TB drive is a Seagate model# ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB/AC2 with 8MB Cache.

Cons: For what it offers in this price range I really could not find any cons that are worth mentioning!

Other Thoughts: Give some of the Acer Apps a try, some are very good! For instance, Acer Quick Access allows you to charge a device on a designated USB port even if the notebook is off or in hibernate mode. Bluelight Shield reduces screen bluelight to help protect your eyes. Acer even gives you cloud space for your data if your into those kind of storage options.

For the price this notebook gives you some bang for the buck! And as I mentioned there are few upgrade options to increase the overall performance and speed!

Latest system bios firmware is version 1.12 released on 08/23/2016

Linksys EA8500 Max-stream AC2600 Mu-Mimo Smart Wi-fi Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Solid Performance with some Great Features! 10/17/2016

This review is from: Linksys EA8500 Max-stream AC2600 Mu-Mimo Smart Wi-fi Router

Pros: Nice design, four large antenna‘s, and a 5th antenna that is built in which will help with signal saturation. Convenient on/off switch on back, one touch button for turning off WiFi, one touch button for WPS.

I added over 30 different device’s on my network from TV’s to tablets, phones, smart devices and computers with no issues. Many useful options within the User Interface to choose from depending on your needs. I will touch on a few here.

Parental Control will allow you to block a selected device from accessing the internet, block specific websites per device, or block internet access at certain times. Great for limiting when your kids can have online access! Or block them from visiting certain sites per device. A specific time block can also be set to keep your kids offline at night or when they should be doing their homework! This can also be used along with the Wireless Scheduling to shut down the Wi-Fi automatically at night or whenever you desire.

The max amount of devices that can be blocked from accessing the internet or using the address blocking feature is 14! This should be enough for most users. If for some reason you exceed the limitations you will get a pop-up warning. And there is a limit to site blocking, only 10 can be entered per device.

Wireless MAC filtering feature has become a standard option on Linksys routers. If you really want to lock down your wireless network you can add each wireless device by its MAC address so only those specific devices have wireless access. A bit time consuming but worth the trouble and ensures that unauthorized devices cannot connect to the Wi-Fi in the long run even if they have the password.

Speed Test shows the correct speed I am paying for from my provider. When running speed tests through a browser on devices connected to this router, speeds will always vary, depending on your Wi-Fi signals, length of LAN wire, and what is running in the background on any particular device you may be using.

Cons: The maximum web sites or IP addresses that can be blocked per device are 10! While most may not need this feature, the web site blocking limit per device should be higher if you have kids with tablets, etc., as there may be more than 10 sites you would want to block them from having access to.

When changing/setting up the admin password to access the device, there is no double entry for a password check. So if you make a mistake you will need to reset the device. While it does have the show password icon, mistakes can still be made, so make sure you verify that you have entered your password correctly the first time or you will need to reset the router!

Other Thoughts: MU-Mimo is a great feature! Many older devices will not have the capability to utilize this technology. By purchasing this router now you will ensure that any future gear you acquire that has this feature built in will be able to fully utilize what this router has to offer!

Latest firmware update version which was released on 07/01/2016.


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