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Belkin WeMo F5Z0489 LED Lighting Starter Set, 2 WeMo Smart Light Bulbs & WeMo Link, Control Multiple WeMo Bulbs from Anywhere, Wi-Fi Enabled
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The app installs easily. The wireless setup is easy. The app controls the lights correctly. The packaging is well designed, both to protect and display the product. Everything works as it should.

LED lights are very efficient. The LED bulbs in this kit claim to use 9.5W to make light equivalent to a 60W incandescent bulb. I used a power meter to compare various types of 60W equivalent bulbs. An incandescent bulb used 61.0W, a CFL bulb used 12.5W, and the WeMo LED bulb used just 8.1W.

The bulbs operate as normal bulbs when the wall adapter is not powered up.

Cons: I used these WiFi bulbs in my home’s front porch sockets. They do an absolutely great job, with one caveat. It may sound silly, but its really difficult to train your household not to use the light switch. People keep shutting off the switch, and then the bulbs can’t turn on. I’m thinking about taping the switch up.

Because of the wireless control, the kit is ALWAYS drawing a little bit of power, even when the lights are off. The idle power consumption of each bulb was 0.3W. The wall adapter uses 1.3W. This means when the lights are off, the whole kit is still using ~1.9W.

The app is mostly good, but the timer settings are a bit strange. It took a while to understand how to configure the timer.

Other Thoughts: While I was able to verify the claim of low power consumption, I did not verify the claim of 60W incandescent equivalent light output.

The price seemed a bit steep at first, but the kit works really well and the bulbs should last a long time.

I’m very afraid that this kit is going to get me hooked on home automation. The WeMo lineup is pretty awesome. Appliances, switches, lighting, irrigation, etc. This “Internet of Things” thing, seems to be happening.

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Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with 1-Meter Thunderbolt Data Transfer Cable, Designed for Thunderbolt 2 Technology with 4K Resolution (F4U085tt)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The dock integrates seamlessly into a 2010 MBP and looks just as good as the laptop itself. I was able to support multiple monitors and additional USB accessories that you use around your desk but wouldn’t carry with you such as dock station fans, external hard drives, etc. It also supports audio ports so the headphones I leave at my desk are always connected when I am working.

This product worked great to tidy up my desk and make docking to do work a single connect!

Cons: If Belkin really wanted to make this an all in one docking station, they would include a power source interface that would allow someone to set their laptop down and have everything ready to work without having to dig out their adapter and plug it into the wall.

The price is ridiculously high. Maybe not compared to other thunderbolt devices, but certainly compared to most USB docks/hubs.

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Linksys E8350 AC2400 4X4 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router, Optimal for HD Video Streaming and Lag-Free Gaming
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It provides reliable high-end performance. It looks beautiful. It has many flexible features. It is easy to set up.

I compared the data transfer speed of this Linksys E8350 router to my old Netgear R6250. I studied file transfer speed using each router while varying several conditions:
-Distance from router (5 ft vs 80 ft)
-Computer (old laptop vs new desktop vs server vs USB port on router)
-Wireless adapter (internal N vs external AC)
-File size (1kb eBooks qty 1,000,000 vs 10GB HD Video qty 1)
-Direction (read vs write)

In a majority of conditions, the Linksys 8350 had faster transfer speed. It also achieved the highest speed in the tests.

Cons: The biggest problem I have with this unit is price. It’s a premium router, and it comes with a premium price.

On average, over 48 separate speed tests, I found the Linksys E8350 to be 15% faster than my old Netgear R6250. However, the Linksys is currently 55% more pricey. Depending on how you use your network, and your budget, it may not be a good return on investment.

I couldn’t get my thumbdrive to work in the router’s USB port with any format except FAT. USB HDD worked great with NTFS format.

Other Thoughts: The quick way to use the router’s USB port is to simply connect the external HDD, then browse to \\192.168.1.1 from a PC on the network.

While wireless networking has come a long way, the fundamentals are still true. My speed tests ranked the overall impact in this order:
1. File size (large files transfer faster, consider zipping small files before transfer)
2. Distance from router (closer is faster)
3. Wireless adapter type (AC adapters are faster than N adapters)
4. Computer (more powerful computers transfer files faster)
5. Router (Linksys E8350 was faster than Netgear R6250)

If you can zip your files and move a bit closer to the router, you may not need to upgrade.

Keep in mind, this was my network with my stuff. Your mileage may vary.

I love the way it looks. It looks like it will fly up behind you to make sure you always have a good signal.

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ANDREW H.'s Profile

Display Name: ANDREW H.

Date Joined: 06/09/03

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  • First Review: 04/22/09
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