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Pros: Wireless range - I was able to get stable signals from this router from about a 50’ radius, both indoors and outdoors; could be pretty ideal for those who have/desire an outdoor speaker system on a patio/porch.
The router’s homepage (192.168.0.1) was pretty intuitive to work with, and the user manual is easy enough to use to help even an average consumer use this thing to its fullest potential.
Aesthetically, it looks pleasing to the eye and fits in pretty nicely in an office or home theater environment.
Cons: I honestly didn’t really encounter much, in the way of cons, but one thing stood out; I noticed some micro stuttering when streaming a 1080p video from a computer with a dual band (ac) wireless card to a laptop with a single band (n) wireless card. 720p and lower resolutions worked just fine. I also tried streaming the same 1080p video to a desktop computer with beefier hardware and the same single band wireless card and still noticed a little bit of stuttering; perhaps there’s some issue with communicating between the two types of bandwidth? Given TP-Link’s reputation, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next firmware update solved this issue.
Other Thoughts: With the features available on the configuration page, I think this router is a solid mid-level purchase, and fits the $60 price point very well. I think you’d have a tough time finding a router at the same price point that would offer more (usable) features that aren’t simply marketing gimmicks.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: D-Link DSP-W110 Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Control/Schedule Your Devices From Anywhere
Pros: Easy setup with the WPS feature; although what D-Link product doesn’t have this. I used a tablet on my home network. The device is shaped such that it won’t block any of the other outlets in a standard 2-plug wall socket. I could see this kind of device having multiple different uses:
Non-programmable coffee pot? Set it to provide power for an hour in the morning.
Help waking up in the morning? Plug a desk lamp into this to turn on when your alarm goes off.
Curling iron/hair straightener? This ensures you won’t risk a fire hazard by forgetting to turn it off.
Heading lamps for reptile pets? Auto-set the day/night lamps (requires 2 devices)
Want to prevent kids from using devices at certain times? Use a hidden plug with the device.
Cons: Well, this is a pretty significant con; the tablet app wasn’t able to progress past the “choose a schedule you want to set up” portion of actually setting up a schedule. I could choose between 5 options: Basic 1, Basic 2, Advanced 1, Advanced 2, and Advanced 3. Selecting any one of them placed a Check in its corresponding bubble, and then… nothing. No “next” or “continue” button, pressing and holding on the option doesn’t bring additional menus, nada. I even logged on to my router to verify that the device was connected to the wireless network. Eventually I discovered that this area of the device setup was to choose between 5 pre-determined schedules as defined in the apps main settings menu; this generally seems like poor design to me. Personally, I’d prefer being able to set up the schedule for each device within the device settings. I suppose this could be nice for having multiple d-link devices on the same schedule, but I found it to be a little unintuitive.
You seem to be limited to the 5 schedules built in to the app. It also seems like you can’t have the plug operating continuously between days; i.e. you can set it up to operate up to 11:59pm on one day, then it will turn off for a minute and re-activate at 12:00am on the next day; could be problematic depending on what device you’re controlling. The scheduling just seems to be poorly implemented.
While the device is small enough such that it doesn’t block the second outlet in a standard 2-plug wall outlet, it will block at least one, possibly two (depending on which plug you need to use) on most standard power strips.
Also, am I the only one who actually reads the terms of service for the apps? Why in the living hell does the d-link app need to “view device activity, which apps are running, browsing history and bookmarks”??? How have we, as a society, become so complacent when it comes to giving away every last bit of privacy away to tech companies?
Other Thoughts: I was originally going to rate this device at 3 eggs due to the limitations of the scheduling portion of the app, but the unnecessary invasion of privacy the app “requires” caused that to drop to 1 egg. I recommend you look into the existing plugs which have a physical, manually settable timer.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cyber Acoustics CA3001WB 14 watts 2.1 Speakers
Pros: The size of the speakers are quite compact, allowing them to fit almost anywhere on a desk. They also have a pleasing / sleek look to them which compliments modern style work spaces nicely.
Cons: 1) Cheap and shoddy construction
2) The packaging left much to be desired to protect the item
3) The Blue LED light is *intensely bright*. No joke, I swear this light caused a couple headaches
4) The subwoofer never worked, and support forums / google searches didn't solve the issue
5) The right speaker began failing within a few weeks of use and started playing muted and static-y sound.
6) I spent almost as much on shipping sending these headache-causing paperweights back to Newegg for a refund as I did on the speakers, themselves; hooray for losing money on poor quality speakers!
Other Thoughts: Cyber Acoustics seems to be a relatively reputable brand, but this model of speakers is just horrible; I recommend spending an additional $10-$20 on a better model or different brand.READ FULL REVIEW
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