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Pros: Packaging shows it supports windows 8.1, 8, 7, XP. I was able to install this on Windows 10, 8, 7 without any issues. The box also states that the device can be left in your laptops USB port. If you slide your laptop in/out of the bag instead of setting it down it may come out, so be aware.
After extended use, the device is still not overly hot. I’ve used many nano adapters through the years, most of them will get extremely hot and their performance will suffer the hotter they get. The overall performance worked as any other WiFi adapter is designed. I wouldn't suggest hardcore gaming with a nano dongle, but for every day use these are perfect.
TP Link provides a 2 year warranty on the product, I can speak from experience with their customer support team. I’ve had an issue in the past which was easily resolved quickly and appropriately.
Overall this is an amazing product for the cost. I recommend every person that does any form of tech support purchase something along these lines.
Cons: It would be nice to see a small dongle loop worked onto the product. It is so small and light that you often don’t realize where it is. Mine almost went through the washing machine. I don't believe I've seen many nano adapters with the dongle loops though.
If you are running a laptop with Windows 10 and no DVD/CD drive, you’ll need to get the drivers to a portable device to install on the laptop.
Other Thoughts: Packaging got destroyed when opening the box. The tabs would not come out easy enough. This has nothing to do with the product itself.
I’ve always enjoyed having a small nano adapter to carry around with me. It really helps if you are trying to debug network/computer issues. You can install it into a machine and immediately locate where the problem lies.
Although there are very few issues, the driver installation was a bit of a pain on my laptop with a broken dvd drive. This is not the fault of the product obviously, but something I find may be valuable for others.
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.