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Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Decent but costly 07/07/2015

This review is from: Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Pros: Easy setup: As close to plug and play as you can get. Fast and user friendly website. Not sure there is a better website for setup.

Firmware Update: Update was very fast and easy, and the product ran much better after it.

Extra plug: Plugs are like gold bars in a house now days with all our electronics, and having the extra plug was a real plus.

Ethernet connection: Kind of mandatory for extenders, as a hardwire connection is always best.

Audio jack: Something you don't find on other extenders. Worked very well, with clear sound and signal.

2.4 band: The unit had a far better 2.4 band than 5 band, which is usual, and is the band used the most. Had no issues with streaming of a movie and online gaming at the same time.

Cross Band: You are able to extend one band farther, which I picked the 2.4 and it made a difference.

Cons: Dropped signal: Laptop and iPad constantly dealt with the WIFI signal going from 5 bars, down to zero. Resetting the system several times and moving the extender, had little effect.

Location: Unit had to placed within 15 feet of my wireless router according to the software. This reduced some of the sudden drops in the signal to no bars, but not a lot.

Unit gets very hot: Surprised how hot the unit was after having it in for day. Not enough to be concerned about other plugs, but am concerned about the lifespan of the product at that higher temp level.

Price: The price is VERY high, with comparable products going for $25.

5Ghz band: Very poor performance, worse than current system of extenders.

Other Thoughts: Current system:
NetGear 4200
TP Link TP-WA850 - 2 Units
Desktop - Icore computer
Lenovo T440 Laptop
iPad Air 2
3700 sqft house for testing.

I wanted so badly to like or love this extender, since most have left me wanting more from them. Unfortunately, this extender also left me wanting, as the signal strength was greatly affected by walls and floors. When the extender was place outside the home, the signal could be picked up at an amazing over 100 feet way, with four bars!!! The dropping of the signal became too much for inside the house use. I switched back to my former TP system of extenders. But, I did place this unit against an outside wall, giving the entire yard an excellent signal.

With some manual changes to the bands, the 2.4 and 5 performed better.

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Belkin WeMo F5Z0489 LED Lighting Starter Set, 2 WeMo Smart Light Bulbs & WeMo Link, Control Multiple WeMo Bulbs from Anywhere, Wi-Fi Enabled
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Bulbs: They are normal size bulbs, unlike other systems which have large individual bulbs. The color of the bulbs are a warm yellow, not the normal cold blue or wintery white of most bulbs. The bulbs are very energy efficient, and have the ability to render true color, unlike other auto lighting systems.

ZigBee: The bulbs communicate with your wireless system using the same tech as others, since the tech works the best.

Other products: The bulbs are part of a whole family and eco system from Belkin, adding value to the bulbs.

Dimming and control: you are able to dim the bulbs, not just on or off, and they are also able to be controlled by others at the switch. The bulbs can be synced with the sunrise and sunset, allowing for dimming at night and coming on softy in the morning.

Number of bulbs in the system: you are able to have up to 50 bulbs in the system, which I have four right now and they function flawlessly.

Safety: The system allows you to make your house look like someone is home while you are away, without having an expensive security system or unreliable plug controls.

Web app for you phone: app can be downloaded to your phone for control of the system. Available for Android and Apple phones, but Android was far easier to download and free, unlike Apple.

System: You have the ability to control the light remotely, individually or as a group, adding to functionality.

Separate control unit: plugs into the a wall outlet, not wasting needed space on your router.

Cons: Unit: It is large and takes up a needed power socket.

App: it had issues downloading on both the Android and Apple, and Apple tried charging for it, no surprise there.

Firmware: Lost 30 minutes of my life waiting for the download and it froze the first time.

Cost:$30 for a bulb!!

App: It had a hard time finding the bulbs and system, taking three times.

Other Thoughts: Fun lights to own and play with. Functional for a security system that is already in a home and can act as a deterrent as a system on its own.

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Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Expansion Drive for DVR 04/24/2015

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB5000100

Pros: I have five of these drives, ranging from 1 TB to 5TB, and they are great for PC and DVR use.

Data Transfer: With use on my desktop PC, the data write speed was 101MB's and read at an okay 171MB's. For an expansion drive for a PC, is a decent but not incredible performer. When used with a TV DVR, you are at the mercy of the DVR, so speeds will be very slow.

Impact resistance: Has no issue with a drop from 5 feet while running. Wouldn't recommend repeated drops as the first damaged the corner.

3.0USB: Should be a requirement for all drives.

Plug and play: Both PC and DVR recognized the drive instantly and had no issues writing and reading.

Quiet and cool temp: Not always easy to find in a drive, but the Seagate doesn't get too warm and is VERY quiet.

Compatibility: Can be used with a PC, Wireless Router and DVR.

Cons: Weight: The heavy inflexible internal frame that supports the drives and the thick plastic outside, make for a large heavy item, that could be much thinner and lighter. Very old school protection setup for impact. The use of urethane or silicone foams would provide far better protection and make the product not feel like a unstable brick when on its side.

Too large in size, again, there are cheaper and better ways to make the product smaller.

Power: The drive needs its own power supply due to how many drives there are, being not able to use just a USB connection.

Cannot be used with a MAC!!! MAC drives always cost more.

Other Thoughts: Most of the time the drives is used for the DVR for recording movies and TV shows, and it performs flawlessly every time. I also use the drives to plug into my wireless router to record security system footage on to.

Warranty: Would be nice to have a longer than 1 year warranty on a storage device.

Dishnetwork DVR
Desktop PC with Windows 7
Netgear 3700 Router

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