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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I have replaced my older N router with a new AC router, but fortunately I kept my old N wireless router so I could give a fair test to this N repeater.

Setup was easy, especially using the WPS buttons. It was also easy to enter the repeater’s address in your browser and get into its administrative settings. You can configure the device to simply repeat your router's SSID.

I could detect about a 1 bar increase in signal strength using the repeater.

The unit is small and plugs right into a wall socket.

The blue LED lights are useful and decent looking.

This repeater is universal, it should work with any N (or older) router. It is dealing with the signal from the router, which should be router brand agnostic.

Cons: As you would expect, the repeater slowed my data transfer speeds.

This repeater is N protocol, so it would not help an AC wireless router.

Other Thoughts: I do not have any sophisticated equipment to measure signal strength, only the bars on my wireless devices.

Looking at other reviews, people having trouble getting a signal to go between floor seem to be the happiest with this repeater.

If you are having signal strength issues I would consider upgrading to a new AC duel band router, minimum 300Mbps. That would give you much more of a signal boost than a repeater. This would be the way to go only if you cannot afford a new router.

The repeater is nicely finished and packed. There was an installation CD, but I did not use it. The quick start installation guide and WPS worked fine for me.

Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great Professional Quality 12/06/2014

This review is from: Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset

Pros: The Corsair H1500 Gaming headset is my first really heavy duty professional high quality head set.

They are powered (and get sound and transmit from the mike) solely from the USB port on your computer. Since they are powered, they can deliver much more volume than a person with normal hearing can stand.

The H1500 headsets are BIG! My ears are not small, but the ear foam does not come close to pressing on my ears. These are headsets you can wear for hours without any discomfort. The headsets do not seem to heat up – I guess their size accounts for that.

The sound quality from these headsets is remarkable. The base is much more than I would expect; on some music it almost seemed like too much, but nothing worth adjusting my balances.

The surround sound was a surprise, but I guess I should have expected that with Dolby. I just was not expecting an explosion from my 6 O’clock. The 50 mm drivers on this headset pick up the low end very well.

There are lit digital volume and microphone controls (off/on) well placed about 2 feet below the headset. The sound/power cord is about 4X the thickness of the plastic cord on most headsets. The cord appears to be enclosed in a cloth-like sheath for better protection..

The headsets appeared in my output devices a few minutes after I plugged them into a front USB port. I was puzzled when the headsets did not appear right away, but I of course my Win8 system had to go find the required drivers.

It might have been quicker to go out and get the drivers myself.

Cons: I would not want to use these headsets with a computer that was not on AC power. The currency draw would be excessive for a batter powered dev

I don’t use the mic very often, so I would like to keep it on mute.

The flashing red lights on the control to indicate mute are annoying.

I asked a friend who loves listening to classical music to give them a try. She said they were better than most headsets, but lost a little bit of detail.

Other Thoughts: My other experiences have been decent quality Plantronics and Sennheizer, but neither measured up to the quality of this Corsair set.
I use earbuds at the gym on a daily basis, playing MP3 files from my Shuffle. Obviously in that context I don’t need very high quality – my main concerns are that the buds don’t hurt my ears and they don’t fall out while I’m exercising.

But at home when I’m ready to just relax and enjoy some of my favorite tunes, or movies, or games, comfort and quality are most important.

I’m listening to some YouTube favorites right now as I do this review.

TP-LINK Archer C2 AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs TP-LINK dual channel AC750 wireless router 10/01/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C2 AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network

Pros: Our local Cox cable company has been upgrading our Internet speeds, advertising twice the speed at no additional cost. A friend asked me to help him replace his aging Linksys WRT54G wireless router so he could take advantage of the additional speed. The Linksys had provided about 15 Mbit/sec down (connected by Ethernet) which was already respectable.

The TP-LINK dual channel AC750 router quadrupled his Internet speed for both wired and wireless computers.

The dual channel worked nicely with streaming video. It was nice to be able to devote the 5 GHz to streaming, leaving the 2.4 GHz open for everything else.

I have always had good luck with TP-LINK wireless routers; after the initial set up they just seem to work without problems. I realize that the chipsets for consumer routers are made by the same company (Atheros), so in theory wireless routers with similar specs can be expected to perform about the same.

I’ve installed dozens of wireless routers, and I’ve found them all to be similar in performance, within a given protocol and speed rating.

So when I go router shopping I look mostly at the price, chipset, and features. Most recently, all of my router shopping has been for dual band AC protocol routers.
The 802.11ac standard was ratified by the IEEE although the Wi-Fi Alliance in 2013 and products with the 802.11ac protocol have been on the market for well over a year.

Now that the price of the latest protocol (AC) routers has dropped south of a C-note, there is very little reason to buy an older protocol N router unless saving money is your priority.

Although your networked devices probably support only the N protocol, they will transfer data 2 – 4 times faster using an AC router. Like all past protocols, AC is backward compatible with the older N protocol.

The TP-LINK dual channel AC750 is a sleek looking shiny black wireless router that provides the next-generation protocol (AC) at a reasonable price.

The two detachable antennae are large and help put out a powerful signal. There are 5 faint blue slits of light on the front of the unit reflecting use of the 5 Ethernet (4 out) router ports.

The 2.4 GHz band is rated at 300 Mbit and the 5 GHz channel is 430 Mbit.

Setup with the included mini-CD was effortless. I liked the setup wizard taking me straight to a window that allowed me to accept the provided SSID (network name) and password or provide my own simply by editing the fields. It took some searching to find the tab that allowed me to reset the admin password.

The AC750 included some features that are not found on entry level routers.

The router has its own power switch, and an on/off switch for the wireless broadcast.

The USB 2.0 port would be good for networking a printer or optical drive, but a little slow for connecting storage.

Cons: The unit is very light, and the weight of the Ethernet cable was almost enough to make it slide off my desk. Some rubbery feet would have been a nice feature.

The unit seems to be more designed for wall mounting (who does that?).

A 3.0 USB port would have been nice.

Other Thoughts: Although installation of the router went perfectly, and a strong secure wired and wireless network was established, the connection to the Internet was lost.

Modem and router resets appeared to be working but after 3 tries no Internet. I had to call the cable company, Cox in this area, and a reset from their end fixed the Internet issue.

I don’t know if I can blame the AC750 for this little problem; it has been a couple of years since I have had to contact Cox customer service for anything other than a new modem installation.


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