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TP-LINK TL-SG105E 5-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch with 5 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45 Ports, MTU/Port/Tag-Based VLAN, QoS and IGMP
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Nice looking switch. Solid build that feels very sturdy. Small, and makes very good utilization of it's space. Lights all work.

Installation was easy, but you will want to follow the instructions in order to know how to connect to it with the software. -see other thoughts on install.

Connect an ethernet cable from your router or model to the switch. (this takes up one port, so if you need more than 4 ports you should get the larger switch)

The software should find your new switch. You will want to connect to it and configure the IP to one you wish to use, or one within your current gateway address.

Once you login to the switch with the default credentials you can access many features that will give you some advanced functionality. You can set this to DHCP, You can enable / disable ports, set custom configurations, Port Mirror, setup a Vlan, Port based QOS, bandwidth controls as well.

I set this up with some port based QOS and it seemed to work great. So far very happy with this switch.

Cons: The Help section does not have any information embedded, it just links to an online knowledgebase. Not a big con unless you don't have an internet connection when trying to troubleshoot.

Other Thoughts: I had to download the latest software from the TP-Link website as the software would not install on my windows 8 PC from the disc. (Not really a big Con since getting latest version is usually best anyways)

With the 5 Port switch, you really only get 4 additional ports (this is normal). The 8 port would be preferred for me (but I do a lot with PC's!)

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TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs It works but not my favorite solution 02/04/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)

Pros: Fairly Small, elegant looking item. I like that you can plug it into the top outlet and can still have access to the bottom one, (unless you are using the network port to hard-wire a device)

Setup was very simple, the instructions are good and it did exactly what they said.

The light signals on the device are nice, it's good to be able to go over too it and see if it's getting good connectivity. The device does look nice and doesn't look weird or anything with our decor. See cons for my experience with the performance.

Cons: It seemed to work well for a while and then after about a day or so I would have to power-cycle it. I would get strong signal, but poor quality in my connectivity. I use MS Lync as a home based employee and I found when this device was plugged in my Lync connectivity would be quite poor. unplugging this seemed to fix my issues. I tried it in a couple places in my two story house but it didn't seem to make a difference. I tried adjusting my QOS, but that did not seem to help. I also had issues when streaming movies from my server to a laptop upstairs, so it was not only my MS Lync having issues.

Other Thoughts: My wifi works fine other than the signal is not as strong in a few places in my house (2 story) I was using this device with the Same SSID and password so that I could have easy connectivity in the house if I move from one area to another. I am going to change it to it's own SSID and see if that makes a difference.

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Corsair Gaming K70 Cherry MX RGB Red Switch Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs eh, I don't getall the hype 11/04/2014

This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 Cherry MX RGB Red Switch Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Pros: Very Sturdy keyboard, lights are a neat option to have since you can change them to your liking if you use it for gaming or not. You can adjust the brightness and the shade of color. (some color differences are so low that you can't really tell the difference sometimes.

The cable for the keyboard is solid and a bit stiff, but does have a very healthy length to get it to where you want it to go. It does require two USB ports for everything to work correctly. Software is available online for download in order to change the colors / patterns etc..

The nice shortcut buttons for media (stop play, mute etc are nice. I like the roller for the volume as well.

There is a button that allows you to adjust the brightness which can be handy.

The box and packaging is really nice, the instructions are good and the ability to use the keyboard is about as easy as expected with the exception of the customization on the colors.

Cons: Typing on this keyboard is loud. The software is not very good.

I have a custom built desktop running Windows 8.1 pro. My Keyboard lights do not come on at initial boot, have to wait for login to complete before the color / profile kicks in. (a little annoying) The settings in the software are not very user friendly and trying to change colors can be easy for some, but the animations is a pain to figure out how to enable / disable etc.. I personally did not need the color to change back and forth.

Other Thoughts: I generally use a small / slim footprint keyboard that uses keys that are similar to a laptop, so take my information for what it's worth. I do not get nearly as much gaming time as I do work time and other things I need to do on the computer. I find I prefer my slim keyboard as I actually type much faster, and it doesn't make nearly as much noise as using this one.

Using this for gaming does not seem to make much of a difference for me other than I do have to press the keys harder and further than on my previous keyboard. Overall this is just not my cup of tea for what I want in a keyboard. However the functionality of the KB is good, and future improvements of the software would make quite a difference.

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