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Silicon Power 128GB Elite microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 75MB/s (SP128GBSTXBU1V20NE)
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Pros: This SP card is a Class-10/UHS-1 microSDXC card with a flashy front side and whole lot of storage space. Read/write speeds are very fast. Comes with SD adapter. And although I’ve only had it for two weeks thus far, it has handled all the reads/writes I’ve thrown at it.

Cons: I hate not having one real con to list, but this card literally performed flawlessly during its two weeks of testing. Not one read/write issue during use. Initial loading of over 100GB data onto this card took over a day. Didn’t exactly reach the advertised on package 75Mbps data transfer. Both of the latter points are more likely caused by my taxed workstation.

Other Thoughts: I’ve put this card through the paces. Loaded it up with my entire music collection and as many movies as I could fit while leaving about 16GB for photos and etc. Photos were quick to be written during testing, and I’ve yet to dump them with all the space this card affords. Tested it with my phone during which the card performed without issue in outdoor Midwestern high humidity and temperatures. Also had it in wet conditions while kayaking (phone is IP68 certified, so that might’ve helped). Placed it in my raspberryPi Media Center and it read and played high bitrate (>=320kbps) audio tracks and HD movies (720p or 1080p MP4s) without issue. I heard this card chuckle at my dSLR camera. Offers rescue software online, but since I had no trouble, I didn’t have an opportunity to test said software. Although I think based off the silicon-power website the software is now called recuva.

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TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs Good extender solution 07/06/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: Simplest and most direct wireless extension I’ve ever experienced. Setup was a breeze and worked the first time through. Has provided stable operation throughout its use so far. Dual band goodness. Gigabit Ethernet port available. Aesthetically pleasing with informative yet subdued blue lights. Powerful enough retractable/foldable antennas completely filled the weak wireless spots in my home.

Cons: This extender does have a big footprint, but you will be able to use your other outlet if you’re smart about it. No outlet pass-through. Takes a bit to boot. Additional configuration can be a bit trickier than initial setup as you have to make sure you are on the extender’s network.

Other Thoughts: TheTP-Link RE355 serves its purpose well. It indicates the connection status via the indicator ring light and has separate LEDs to confirm 2.4 and 5Ghz connectivity. The extender has indicator LEDs that aren’t very bright, and while this does not affect the actual operation of the extender, it is a huge plus in my book. While you can setup the extender with a separate SSID, why would you if you’re extending your existing wireless network? Aside, I found it easiest to simply reset the router to default and set it up again when configuring for separate SSIDs. I also found it painful to use it with a separate SSID as it is a truly seamless experience when the SSID is cloned. The TP-link tether app is available for device based setup/configuration. WPS is available, if you and your router are into that sort of thing.

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TP-Link Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter
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5 out of 5 eggs Superior Signal 03/16/2016

This review is from: TP-Link Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

Pros: Powerful, yet fairly small-profile adapter with a clean appearance. External, detachable (RP-SMA) high-gain antenna provides excellent signal. Comes with 1M USB extension cable. Very reliable and easy-to-use adapter that provided near advertised speeds and no problems during the testing period.

Cons: Green indicator LEDs; my personal preference is blue. Like any adapter with an external antenna, the T2UH feels somewhat bulky and off-center even with its overall small footprint. Adapter with extension cable makes a laptop a lot less portable.

Other Thoughts: This adapter works astoundingly well in sending/receiving data. Even with the automatically installed windows 10 drivers, I was picking up my router’s signal in the furthest reaches of my house at no less than 50% according to the provided software. The TP-Link supplied software worked well enough, giving you a fairly real-time readout of your signal strength. Another neat feature is the ability to create a soft AP to allow other WIFI devices to connect to your computer to use the internet. It also provides you with a signal strength meter in your task bar.
The biggest disappointment, which is not exclusively the fault of the device itself, was the lack of automatic support in Ubuntu/Linux. While Ubuntu did see the device via the lsusb command, the drivers were not automatically loaded and I was forced to find the driver on TP-Link’s website and compile and load it. It felt very archaic and 20th century. Though at least TP-Link makes available Linux drivers.

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Display Name: Michael J.

Date Joined: 11/05/04

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