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This review is from: Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
Pros: * Great range with fantastic wireless performance.
* Feature rich, easy to setup and configure.
* Simple UI great for novice and advanced users alike.
* Easily handles high-demand network workloads.
This router has been sitting at the core of my demanding home network for a couple weeks now, and it has performed wonderfully. Easily handling the high loads we put on our network across many wired and wireless devices. Three tablets, two smartphones, one laptop, and one desktop sharing the wireless connections. Three high-end PCs and a server, an HTPC, NAS, and a Sony Blu-Ray all on wired connections. With multiple devices active, no slowdowns, no lag, just solid network performance.
We also host local game servers for family as well as LAN, and this EA7500 easily handles the heavy throughput of hosting the server as well as playing on it both locally and remote.
Overall, the performance of this router has been exemplary. Not once did it drop a connection, crash, or cause a single issue. It's a powerful workhorse and a credit to the Linksys name. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a top of the line MU-MIMO router that can handle heavy workloads at home.
Cons: Would be nice to have status lights on the front of the unit, it has none, but this is not really a big deal for me.
Other Thoughts: Sorter than normal review for me, I was not going to waste time listing all of it's features, that's already been done, but I will say that everything works and it works perfectly! Check the reviews, this Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 will not disappoint!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This energy monitoring Wi-Fi smart plug from TP-Link is a really nice, and simple, device for anyone wanting to remotely monitor and control items around their home. Something you can do both at home and away.
So what can it do?
First off, setup is very simple.
* Download the TP-Link Kasa app to your Android or Apple phone or tablet.
* Plug in the device and whatever appliance or item you wish to monitor and/or control.
* Press the button on the smart plug then launch the Kasa app and connect to the plug.
At this point the app will give you the option to create an account for remote, non-local, monitoring and control for when you're away from home. You can either do this, or skip it, and setup for local use only. You do not have to create an account to use the plug locally.
Once you do this, it will locate the plug, enter your Wi-Fi password if you have one, and then setup the plug. It's quick and easy! The app also has the ability to handle multiple plugs and range extenders at one time.
Once you're all setup, you can see all sorts of useful information. Such as usage in kWh, total run-time, current power draw in watts, total consumption in kWh, with averages over the past 7 and 30 days for all the tracked data. You can setup a schedule for the device your controlling, as well as a timer or "away" mode. Or, just turn it on and off manually as needed.
The point is, this TP-Link Smart Plug is not only easy to use, but it works great. It was tested using several different appliances over the past few weeks. Such as a coffee pot, lights, TV, etc. We connected it to just about everything.
If you're in the market for something that can not only monitor your energy usage, but give you more intelligent control over it, then this plug is for you.
Cons: Not really a con, but something to mention.
The plug is somewhat large, so keep that in mind when it comes to palcement.
Other than that, I ran into no issues with the plug at all.
Other Thoughts: I really like this smart plug from TP-Link and highly recommend it to anyone in the market for such a device. It works wonderfully, has all the expected and needed features, and it's very simple to use. A credit to TP-Link's line of products.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: APC BGE90M 125 VA 75 W 3 Outlets UPS
Pros: For me, all I really want to know about a network UPS is, how long will it keep me online, and keep my connected hardware up and running. So to that end, this is how it held up in my testing.
I connected this UPS to the core of my home network and VOIP phone. That being my modem, router, and home telephone (details below). To simulate a power outage, I simply shut off power to the outlet where it was connected and seen how long it would keep us online.
I decided to test it under heavy usage as a "worse case scenario" by having all 4 PC's (3 wired and 1 wireless) in our home doing an online task, in this case gaming, and started the timer. With the modem and router under load, the UPS lasted just over 3 hours, not bad at all. A few days later, I decided to do the same test again, this time just using 2 of the PC's web browsing, and using the home phone a few times. This time around I got much closer to the advertized 4.5 hours, running about 4 hours 15 minutes. Lastly, the same test again, this time only using a tablet and smartphone online, and using the USB ports to charge them. This time it lasted just over 4.5 hours. If you have other battery backup for your wireless devices, the unit should easily keep you online close to 5 hours, longer if you use a less power hungry router. Such as a nano router. So usage and connected devices does, of course, do play a big role in how long the device will maintain power.
It seems to work wonderfully. Where I have it located in my home, the USB charging ports come in very handy for visitors wanting to charge their phones. I really only have nice things to say about this UPS, it works, and it works well. If you're looking for a home network UPS, then this device needs to be on your list for consideration.
Cons: None at the time of this review.
Other Thoughts: Network/Tested Hardware:
TP-LINK Archer C3200 AC3200 Wireless Tri-Band Gigabit Router
Arris TM902 Cable Modem / VOIP
Uniden 2.4GHz Wireless Home Phone and Answering System
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and Galaxy Note 4 used for USB charging.