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ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: >LGA2011 in an mATX
>All right angle SATA ports

Cons: >Chipset heat sink seems a tad lacking in surface area for the x99
>Too many SATA ports for the form-factor?

Other Thoughts: This is going into a new LAN box for me. It takes the massive GPUs of today, and I can interface more SATA devices with this board that I think you can realistically fit in a mATX chassis (a chassis you couldn't also fit a a standard ATX board). But if that is my only gripe, then this is a pretty solid board. Not really sure why I would need quad channel memory with only 2 DIMMs... and I am somewhat skeptical of the chipset heatsink. I'm sure ASRock did the math, and it has enough surface area for the chip heat, but more surface area never hurts, and I'm staring at a large flat surface on the heatsink. A few more fins would ease my mind about the longevity of this board (especially since small form-factor board tend to have short life expectancies right off the bat)

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NETGEAR EX2700 N300 WiFi Range Extender Essentials Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: >Close to 'plug-n-play' as you get with networking
>Can be stashed pretty much anywhere

Cons: >Plug design means you're taking up two sockets
>Range and speed wasn't the best (by repeater/extender standards)

Other Thoughts: If all you're looking for is something to boost your WiFi range, so your low-data apps on your smartphone (weather, news, and what not) can still make a connection and stay up to date, this would be exactly what you're looking for.

If you're looking for a wireless bridge, or a solid extension to your WiFi coverage, look elsewhere. I have one repeater in my home network (aside from this one), and it is pretty much just so my Xbox can connect to Live - but I don't play games or stream music over Live.
At this price point, consider just buying a new or second WiFi router. Range has really improved over these past few years, and so has speed. $40-60 can land you a decent router that will probably blow your old one of the water in terms of coverage, speed, and software. Just make sure that your hardware is compatible with the newest WiFi standards(N and AC). If you have thick/concrete walls, use 2.4Ghz. If you have thin/sheetrock walls, you can probably use 5Ghz. Just remember lower frequencies travel further and penetrate walls better, and higher frequencies can carry more data.

Before buying, make sure an extension is really all you need - consider buying a new router, if you're willing to spend this much. Even then, I've found comparable and better extenders for $30~.

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NETGEAR GS308 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch in Metal Case - Essentials Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: >metal body
>plug 'n play
>low power
>weight of product is actually from switching components

Cons: >power adapter feels cheap

Other Thoughts: There is not too much to say about this switch. It is a very solid, 8-port switch. It is advertised as a "small business" switch. It really is more of a high-level "home" switch, or a home business class device.
This switch has a noticeable heft to it. Opening it up, you see that the weight is from the components themselves. I've had cheaper switches, where the feel heavy, but opening them up reveals a bar steel just slapped in there. Between the quality components and the metal case, you have a switch that should last you quite a while. The power adapter may be another story.

The plastic on the power adapter feels cheap. It is also the smallest possible that could be safely used with this device. The switch lists 12v, 1A as it's power draw, which is exactly what this adapter will allow through. Should you feel like it - or should the adapter fail - you can swap in any adapter that fits, and offers 12v, and 1A or more of available current. Just don't try to use one that offers less than 1A, or anything other than 12v - that would be a fire hazard.

All in all, a solid switch, but for $50, I expect a better power adapter.

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