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This review is from: NETGEAR EX3700 AC750 Wireless Range Extender
Pros: The device is easy to configure. I was able to get this setup with WPS right out of the box. The manual configuration is pretty simple also. There really is not much to installation manuals anymore. The instructions for manual configurations are a very simple 14 steps.
The LED will notify you on the side of the device if the input signal is not very strong.
I load up many devices on my home network, I have never had an issue with the wireless. I run multiple smart tv options and stream constantly.
I often have difficult signal on my front porch with either band signal, I was able to plug this into the front outdoor outlet for testing purposes and it was able to re-broadcast the signal fine. I don’t recommend leaving the unit outside, it is not intended for outdoor use.
The Netgear Wifi analytics tool seems pretty handy. If you are looking to see where signal drop off begins, I would recommend holding the phone/tablet in the same spot for a few minutes and observe the results.
Cons: This is a bit wide, and would be difficult to plug into a surge protector strip. (I know it is not the intended usage)
The unit got rather hot for me. Although it is not alarming, I’m not sure I would really want to do massive file transfers over it. It was fine for normal usage, WiFi, gaming etc. But as soon as I tried to transfer a lot of data, it got rather toasty. I think this has to do with the lack of air flow in the device.
This unit takes up a plug, and does not offer the ability to plug another device in. Not a fault of the unit, it is how it was designed.
Other Thoughts: I’ve recently purchased a new house with plaster walls everywhere. I am eager to see the performance inside of the house.
I’m not sure if the external antennas help the device or not. Most likely this will be something that will get knocked around or broken by the animals. But time will tell.
The 100 Mbps port on it is plenty more than enough. It is really there to primarily configure the device manually.
Pros: I’ve been using this product for approx a week now. I have had little slowdown, no power fluctuations which I’ve ran into with other devices. And even at full load this does not really slow down or cause problems.
Having the lifetime warranty is pretty amazing for the price point. I think this is going to entice novice/home users to purchase this at a slightly higher price.
There are two ports for PSE which is fantastic if you’re trying to run any network cameras or something that is limiting on voltage. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, do research here. The real bonus of this feature is to extend PoE to other devices. There are two ports for standard Gigabit network. This is a great midpoint on a network if you do not have the ability to plug into an ac outlet to get power to another device. Keep in mind that the switch uses its own power, and cannot output 100% of what is coming in. It lists that its maximum power consumption is 21.95W.
Overall setup was nothing out of the normal. I did use the setup disc provided with the product. Normally I would manually configure. This feature is nice if you’re looking to add shortcuts to your desktop for easy configuration and maintenance. I only tested with windows 7 & 10, no issues.
The mount kit provided works as intended, just two screws with the plastic anchors for drywall.
Cons: It is a little heavier than I expected. Most of the switches I’ve used in the past are relatively light. This seems to be heavy duty, and it has a metal frame. This metal design helps mitigate the heat tremendously.
Does not come with a PoE adapter – be warned you will need to purchase one.
Currently the product images under description are not the same product that was received. The actual unit is the GS105PE model not the ‘gs105’ pictures included in the specs. In addition to the images, the dimensions listed are incorrect. They are listed in the installation guide as the following; 158mm x 100mm x 27mm with a weight of 1.04 lb.
Other Thoughts: Another reviewer has mentioned this has a major security flaw. Most folks would limit the ability for the user to access this via routing tables if you have knowledge with business grade equipment. There is several ways to handle this. In any case it is good practice to update your firmware to the latest before using any networking device. I wouldn’t stress a switch having a hard configured password in a home environment.
If you purchased this on accident not realizing it is a POE only switch. They have a warning label right on it before you open the box. Although it may cause frustration, this should help for any surprises.
Often times networking equipment is confusing in itself, especially when it comes to PoE adapters. Be sure to do the research necessary to determine if this will be suitable for your needs!
I was not able to find any major flaws with the product itself. The cons are not a fault to the product itself.
Pros: The fully modular cables are fantastic. This is not my first experience with modular power supplies; however I am happy this is becoming a new standard. They provide ample cables to allow for essentially everything you’d need to hook up. Also included with the cables is a storage pouch, if you choose to throw the box away.
Compared to my other brand power supply in my desktop, I cannot even hear this unit. I have my case on carpet and the power supply is on the bottom of the case. Not the best practice, however I’ve never ran into heating issues in the room/computer. I clean it regularly. Even under full load this power supply is incredibly silent.
Physically the edges are rounded, this helps when you’re installing, as well as working around the power supply. I’ve experienced plenty of sheet metal cuts when working on and around power supplies.
Using a power supply tester, the voltage output from all lines is right on par, and very seldom has any fluctuation if any noticeable.
This might cost a couple bucks more than other ‘comparable’ power supplies. However they are willing to back it with a great 7 warranty!
Cons: Heavy, this adds a lot of weight to my case. In fact it is perhaps twice as heavy as my old power supply. If you’re into transporting your rig with you… this may be a bit much. But I would not put that as an egg off, just something to note.
Other Thoughts: Packaging, I’m usually not one to comment on packaging overall. But this is packaged well, and designed to set back in the closet and use at a later time. The box itself folds twice to open up to the main area.
A lot of people are misinformed in regards to how much power they actually need for their desktops. Most everything will not run at 100% load on the power supply, and only under extreme circumstances would they pull max power. I’d recommend this over several 1000+ watt units.
I do not have a watt meter for the wall, but I assume this is as advertised with consumption.