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TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great addition to home network 11/21/2013

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster

Pros: Quick set-up; aesthetically appealing as far as wall outlet gadgets go; performs admirably; ethernet jack for wired connection if needed.

Cons: As others mentioned, missing 5GHz channel

Other Thoughts: Set-up wasn't as easy as it was made out to be. I had to do some finagling and wire the extender to my laptop in order to connect it to my router, D-Link DIR-855L; however, after the initial set-up it has been a dream. My internet went down during this 2-week time frame which required multiple resets of the router and power cycles. Once ISP got things situated and internet was reestablished extender worked as if nothing had ever gone wrong.

I've been receiving a signal strength of 4/6 "bars" when it's placed about 90-100 ft from my router. As a result, I only get about half the speed, 144Mbps, it's capable of, 300Mbps. It does greatly increase my range overall, though. I can actually use my wireless in the backyard without drops.

When I first utilize the extender, speeds seem sluggish, but after a few moments, less than 30 seconds, it establishes a good connection and speeds are acceptable. I believe this to be more an issue with my router than the extender itself, though.

I really enjoy this extender and am glad I added to my home network arsenal.

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Samsung UN46FH6030 46
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great set for the price 11/08/2013

This review is from: Samsung UN46FH6030 46" Class 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV

Pros: 1080p, 120Hz*, nice blacks, haven't noticed any backlight bleeding, nice slim bezel, 3D ready.

Cons: TV stand does not rotate. Being LED backlit the set overall is pretty thick, by today's standards anyway. 3D glasses are not included. Have to dig through menus to enable/disable 120Hz refresh.

Other Thoughts: I bought this set for $750+tax from a competitor, NewEgg, at the time of this review has it for $618, bummer for me.

I replaced my "older" 40" Samsung LCD, and the difference is immediately noticeable. I like the 120Hz for sports but as you would expect that high of a refresh gives everything else the soap-opera look. I wish there was a quicker way to switch between 60Hz and 120Hz, rather than having to dig through menus and submenus.

This is a gorgeous set with a great picture and only a few hiccups. It lacks the Smart TV features of more expensive sets, but Roku or Apple can quickly, and more effectively, solve that dilemma.

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D-Link DIR-855L Wireless N900 Simultaneous Dual-Band Gigabit Router w/ SmartBeam Technology IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Design, size, features.

Cons: Read below:

Other Thoughts: I originally posted subpar results compared to my expectations; however, I have seen significant boosts in speed over the past two weeks, specifically on the 5GHz channel. I am uncertain as to the reasoning for the increased performance, but I am grateful. I have changed nothing in regards to my set up or location of the router.

My 5GHz channel reaches into my living room, which is about 60-70ft from the base station and separated by 4 walls. I easily reach max speeds for my connection, 12-13Mbps down, and 1.5Mbps up.

As for the 2.4GHz channel, I have better overall coverage, but I have noticed my phone, iPhone 5s, seems to drop the wireless signal frequently at the opposite end of the house, resulting in the -1 egg.

All in all, I am much more pleased with the router after a month of ownership, and have decided to finally sell off old faithful, my DLINK DIR-655.

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Display Name: Christopher B.

Date Joined: 04/17/06

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  • First Review: 08/14/06
  • Last Review: 11/21/13
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