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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA860RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, Wall Plug Design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
Pros: 1. An extra outlet, so you don't lose an outlet when it is plugged in.
2. Antennas are wide enough to be out of the way of the other plugs.
3. Ability to set it up with WPS. It took two times to get the devise to hook on to my system, but that is the case sometimes with extenders.
4. Ability to set up the unit by Ethernet cord. Always an easy choice for setting things up fast.
5. The extender uses the same name as my network. This helps with the hand off and when the connection goes down.
6. Increased the number of bars by one on the wireless system and increased data flow by 33 percent.
Cons: 1. It is on the ugly side, which is surprising for TP-Link since I have two of their sleek and cool looking extenders.
2. No 5 Ghz network support. I am surprised by this since my other TP-Link extenders have it.
3. Performance - It was not bad, but it was not as good as my other TP-Link extenders. You can see I was really missing my usual extenders.
Other Thoughts: Setup: i5 Core Desktop Computer, Lenovo T430 Windows 7, Netgear 3700 Wireless Router.
Performance of the product was just not up to my other Tp-Link extenders. Typical downloads were 7Mbps and uploads were an ugly 2Mbps. Gaming online had buffering issues and watching Netflix also had buffering and slow to SD TV quality due to slow speed.
I could have given it three starts but the product does what it says it will and gives you a plug. It is not as good as other TP-Link routers that are duel band, but I assumed that since it only has 2.4.
This review is from: Netgear A6210-100PAS AC1200 Wi-Fi USB Adapter High Gain Dual Band USB 3.0
Pros: Increase of signal and bandwidth for Desktop and Laptop - I have used a number of TP-Link and Netgear adapters and I must say this one performed the best by far.
Location of Wifi - Product was able to consistently find my weaker 5ghz signal, which no other adapter has done as well.
Install - The install CD worked perfect and firmware updates from Netgear went flawlessly, which is a trait of Netgear. Using a Netgear router with a Netgear adapter made thing extremely easy. Took 5 min to install and get things going, not counting another 5 min for the firmware update. GET THE UPDATE!!!
Netgear Genie Software - Helped giving network info. Info can then be saved using 'get info' to be able to send info about your system to Netgear to have them assist with any issues.
Performance - 2.4 band Download Speed = 23.2 Mbps, Upload Speed = 3.8 Mbps. 5hz band Download Speed = 16.1 Mbps, Upload speed = 3.2 Mbps.
Desktop Dock - Do not have that on any of my other adapters and it helps for positioning and keeping it from being damaged.
Cons: SIZE - The size of the device is huge!! This can be overcome by using it with the dock on my PC's, it is a large issue when using it on a laptop. If I used this on my laptop long term, it would either damage the laptop usb port or break itself.
Favoring 5ghz band - The adapter 8 out of 10 times would pick the 5ghz band, which has a lower signal strength and slower bandwidth.
Loss of Internet Connection - Upon turning on the laptop, about 30% of the time the wifi would have handoff issues and not connect. I didn't have this issue with my desktop to wifi network.
House walls - Drop off in performance when two walls needed to be gone thru, which is common with all adapters I own.
Other Thoughts: Windows 7, Lenovo T430, Netgear duel band router.
Would have been nice if UPS delivered the product to my house instead of a street away, costing me five days.
This product was the best wifi adapter that I own by far. The sharp edges and large size will bother you for a laptop, but you will not care for your desktop.
This review is from: WD Red Pro 2 TB NAS Hard Drive WD2001FFSX up to 16 bay: 3.5-inch SATA 6, 64MB Cache
Pros: Packaging was the most impressive I have ever seen from a hard drive maker. Most times drives come in air wrap or nothing at all. The use of foam was a nice touch that foreshadowed the quality of the drives.
64 MD Cache, allowing the drive to surpass most other drives.
Initialization of the drive was surprisingly fast compared to my other WD HDD.
Tested the drives in a RAID0 setup to maximize desktop testing results. Average read speed came in at 141 MB's per second, while write speeds were at 111 MB's per second.
NAS setup results were less impressive, as would be expected. Average read speed came in at 69 MB's per second while the average write speed was 32 MB's per second on a file that was 312 MB's.
Video play back from the drive turned in 89 MB's per second.
The 5 year warranty, which I confirmed with Western Digital, is a huge plus for a HDD product. My other WD drive came with a 3 year warranty.
Other Thoughts: System Setup:
Western Digital HDD
NetGear 3700 Wireless
Motorola Cable Router
The drive is a perfect PC Desktop drive, with excellent performance versus standard 5400 drives and even fast 7200 drives. Installation is fast and effortless, with no error issues. Warranty is the one of the best you will ever see and is backed by great customer service that is the norm from Western Digital. I have used their customer service on my other drive, and came away impressed with their knowledge and speed.