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TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N300 Router, Gigabit, 300Mbps, USB port, 3 Detachable Antennas / IP QoS/ QSS Button
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: No way to update reviews, so this is a new one. In my prior review I said the con was that I had to reboot the router every 7-10 days. But now, as of today I haven't had to reboot it for at least 4 months. I did get a new modem from the cable company about 3 months ago that is more up-to-date and faster. This seems to have made quite a difference in stability.

Cons: None.

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TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N300 Router, Gigabit, 300Mbps, USB port, 3 Detachable Antennas / IP QoS/ QSS Button
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It works. Fairly easy to set up. Cables were long enough for my needs.

Cons: Needs an occasional reboot

Other Thoughts: This is the first router I've owned, and to date I still don't understand or know much about the settings or much of anything else, but after 3 months of use it is still working fine. About once every 7-10 days it drops connection to the Internet, indicated by either no light or a solid light under "SYS", when it should be blinking if everything's normal. For this, I deduct an egg. Easily fixed with a reboot. I suppose changing a setting would fix this issue, but don't know what that would be since my tech knowledge of routers is so limited.

When I first hooked it up I had no Internet connection on the PC, but after a call to Cox, I was reminded that the modem must be rebooted when first connected to the router. Problem quickly solved.

I use this router for only 2 devices; my first smartphone, acquired at the same time as the router, and my smart TV, also bought at the same time, which is also my first LCD TV. Finally, I'm up to date with all this fast-advancing technology! Both connect flawlessly to the Net. The TV is in another room, about 30 feet away in a direct line, but there are 2 walls the signal must pass through. No problems at all. I use it for Netflix, and all programming streams perfectly as if watching regular cable programs.

Satisfied with this purchase; after reading numerous other reviews of people's problems with routers, I guess I'm lucky, especially considering my tech knowledge of routers is so limited. Deducted an egg due the need to reboot occasionally, but would give 5 eggs if that issue went away.

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Seagate Backup Plus 1TB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs After 3 months, no problems 07/16/2013

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 1TB 2.5" USB 3.0 Black Portable Hard Drive

Pros: Fast, quiet, small, easy setup

Cons: Clunky software

Other Thoughts: After doing extensive research, I settled on this HD with considerable wariness after reading all the reviews of problems people have had. After 3 months, it is functioning normally. I use it to back up my data and to create a disk image of my desktop PC.

On one occasion, following bootup the drive was not "seen" by the PC although the drive, which rests on my desk, was powered up. That problem was solved by merely unplugging the USB cable and plugging it back in to the 3.0 port.

Since the stock cable is very short, as repeatedly mentioned in other reviews, I bought this USB 3.0 cable at the same time as the HD:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200802

My review of this cable is the most recent, and it was an EGGcellent choice. A 4 GB file transfers in 44 seconds. I see that this cable is now out of stock, but there are other choices similar to it.

The only downside would be the software that comes with the HD. It's not sleek at all, rather rudimentary, but I do use it because it does the job of backing my data. Not that tough to figure out. For creating disk images though, I use Win 7's backup program, which I've found is useless for doing data backups.

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Display Name: John S.

Date Joined: 11/01/12

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  • First Review: 04/16/13
  • Last Review: 04/28/14
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