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ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (PLA4201KIT)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great Powerline Ethernet Kit 06/02/2013

This review is from: ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (PLA4201KIT)

Pros: This kit works great. I live in a three story town home and I am connecting from upstairs to my basement (3 floors) and I am getting about 85 Mbits/sec. This is much higher than I expected it to be and I am very happy with this product.

This kit also allows for 128 bit AES encryption which gives me piece of mind that I cannot be snooped on.

Cons: I think that this kit could have came with better instructions on how to encrypt the data between the devices. I ended up looking up the manual online.

Other Thoughts: For anyone that may be looking at this review and cannot figure out how to encrypt this kit. Here is how:

Plug each device into a plug close to each other.
Plug each device into a computer so that they will not go into low power mode
Hold the Reset/Encrypt button down for ~10 seconds on each device, they should blink (this resets the devices)
Press and hold the Reset/Encrypt button down for ~2 seconds on each device within 60 seconds of each other, they should blink (this encrypts the devices)
The devices will now be married and can be unplugged and moved.

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LINKSYS RE1000-RM Wireless-N Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great Wireless Range Extender 10/02/2012

This review is from: LINKSYS RE1000-RM Wireless-N Range Extender

Pros: This wireless range extender is great, I am getting about 35 Mb/s in my basement where I was only getting about 1 Mb/s. I can now easily watch HD video streams from my server.

Cons: None really, for the price point.

Other Thoughts: I was hesitant about purchasing a refurbished model, but I have had no problems to date.
I have read other reviews and immediately changed my extender's IP address to static so that connections would not fail if and when the dhcp lease expires.
I put ddwrt on my E4200 router to increase the output power, this greatly increased the potential throughput of the range extender and allowed me to place it further away than I would have been able to without increasing the power.

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MOTOROLA SB6121 SURFboard Cable Modem Up To 172 Mbps Down and 131 Mbps Up RJ-45,  Gigabit Ethernet DOCSIS 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1, Euro-DOCSIS 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This modem is DOCSIS 3 compliant and it can bond up to 4 channels.
There is a web interface on your LAN where you can view logs and signal information.
No more paying the cable company a monthly fee.
The modem is much more stable than modems that I have had in the past, as far as I can tell, it has never dropped a signal.
The modem is fast. Theoretically, it can go up to 171.5 Mb/s. I have seen speeds north of 80 Mb/s.

Cons: None with this modem, but the cable company's customer support could be better (see other thoughts).

Other Thoughts: The person at the cable company who hooked up my new modem the first time failed to do it properly. I pay for 36 Mb/s of bandwidth, but they gave me the docsis config file for 26 Mb/s. I was able to find that file name in the modem's log, I contacted customer support once again over the phone, gave them the file name, and they were able to reconfigure my router giving it the proper bandwidth limitations.

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Display Name: Matthew E.

Date Joined: 05/23/09

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  • First Review: 02/21/12
  • Last Review: 06/02/13
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