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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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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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Display Name: Michael J.

Date Joined: 11/05/04

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