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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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SAMSUNG 1.5TB Wireless Mobile Media Streaming Device STSHX-MTD15EU (HX-MTD15EU/G2)
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5 out of 5 eggs Neat OTG media solution 12/15/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 1.5TB Wireless Mobile Media Streaming Device STSHX-MTD15EU (HX-MTD15EU/G2)

Pros: An absolutely brilliant solution for providing a media library to a car full of kids. It streamed movies to five different devices at once as advertised. Has a sleek appearance and very small footprint. The USB3 connection makes transfer of files to device extremely fast. WiFi pass-through is available in app settings. Device comes with an additional female USB port for charging your phone/device. Browser interface is fast and responsive

Cons: You cannot use this drive wirelessly while attached to a computer. Samsung Wireless Android app wants lots of personal, and I would think unnecessary, information. It took me a while to get used to the Samsung app. The device’s battery indicator is in the App/browser; I would have preferred a physical indicator on the drive itself. The battery is not user replaceable. Drive has a spinning platter so you shouldn’t be too rough with it. I’m not sure who is actually responsible for this drive? It has a Samsung name but Seagate’s name is also featured in the manual.

Other Thoughts: While this media drive is listed as 1.5TB, per normal, you’ll only see 1.36TB of usable space. Device only has one button (unless you count the reset button), and one indicator light. There is no physical copy of the manual, only a digital copy on the drive. Battery should last for up to seven hours in theory, though it will last less when streaming higher bitrate video. All-in-all, this is a decently priced and convenient way to bring a large amount of media with you when you’re travelling.

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LINKSYS RE6300 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs BOOSTed Extender 11/13/2015

This review is from: LINKSYS RE6300 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: This extender has two fairly large adjustable antennas that produce a powerful signal and pick-up a decent number of foreign APs. Has WPS options available for easy setup. Gigabit Ethernet port for connecting a non-wireless device. Light on front serves as a quick uplink-connection indicator. Dual bands can be cross-banded for devices that can utilize both bands. Firmware upgrades can be done automatically. Beamforming technology focuses WiFi signal for fastest possible speeds.

Cons: No Outlet pass-through. Extender has a fairly large footprint, probably because of those chunky antennas. It’d be nice to have an out-of-the-box option to mount it somewhere other than an outlet. Web interface feels very stock. Not the fastest extender Linksys offers.

Other Thoughts: Once the extender was setup properly, it ran absolutely flawlessly. Spot finder in web interface lets you hone in on the perfect placement location for maximum results. It proved helpful to use an extension cord to place the RE6300 nice and high away from the actual outlet, after which the antenna position was manipulated until maximum results were achieved. Ethernet port is not for up-linking the device, only for connecting non-wired device. The nice part of this extender is the ability to make the extended WiFi networks the same as the originating AP’s network, which makes your extender transparent and reduces the number of polluting APs. This extender will do an excellent job helping you to knock out those low or non-existent coverage areas.

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Display Name: Michael J.

Date Joined: 11/05/04

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