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Pros: - Very small size
- Elegant design
- 2.4 and 5.0 GHz. support
- LED isn't blinding like some adapters
- Low cost
Cons: - No native Win7 support (had to use bundled drivers)
- Doesn't seem to work on all AC networks
- Gets HOT
- Range is lackluster
- Connectivity speed fluctuates significantly
- No USB extension cable provided
- Dust protector cap doesn't attach to the adapter
- No physical WPS button
Other Thoughts: I've been working with this adapter on a newer Asus ROG laptop for a little over 2 weeks now, trying to give it a fair shake. I'm very surprised the adapter needed 3rd party drivers installed to work with a fully updated Windows 7 Pro 64-bit operating system. It fired right up on my Windows 8 machines, but every Win7 PC I connected it to had no clue what it was until I installed drivers.
This adapter does not like my NetGear R6300 AC network - I can not get it to connect to anything higher than N at 5.0 GHz. The built in Intel AC wireless in the laptop has no issue connecting to the AC network.
The size of the adapter is great, but it seems to negatively impact the range and strength of signal. If I go beyond about 15' from my router (especially if I go upstairs) the signal cuts in half and speeds immediately drop down to 65Mbps. Sustained transfers are all over the place, as well, and the unit gets extremely hot during sustained use. I wonder about the longterm reliability of an adapter that heats up as much as it does even after shorts periods of sustained transfer.
All in all, it's a good little adapter for the money for casual or intermediate use, but I wouldn't recommend this for streaming HD movies or doing any large file transfers. Also, if you have a NetGear router (like I do), you may have issues with it connecting to the AC network.
This review is from: Seagate STCT4000100 4TB NAS 2-Bay Network Storage
Pros: Amazing price, great storage options, extremely fast read/write speeds, setup was almost too easy, exceptionally detailed monitoring, secure cloud access options included, neat app system to do more than just store files, works with Windows domains, out of the box drive mirroring, user/group share access control built in, virtually silent (would work great on a desk or in a closet), very high-end drives ship standard (Seagate Constellation ST2000NV000 in my model)
Cons: Low power CPU, somewhat closed OS, drives ship mirrored (2TB usable storage out of the box, not a con for me, but will be for some), only a single Gigabit Ethernet port (a second with LAN teaming would have been nice)
Other Thoughts: This NAS is a great plug-and-play option for someone looking for cheap, reliable, easy-to-manage storage for the home or office. Seagate uses their Constellation drives in this NAS, which have been proven for decades as a go-to choice for data storage (my company uses them exclusively in our network SAN's). Throughput to and from this SAN over Gigabit Ethernet averaged around 500MBps, which is great. The CPU seemed to be stressed during large file transfers, so that may have bottle necked things slightly. The NAS is advertised as 4TB, and it does ship with 2 2TB Seagate ST2000NV000 drives, however they ship in a mirrored array. You can delete that array and stripe them, but I like having the redundancy built in as I will use this NAS primarily for daily and weekly backups from my various machines. The Apps that are available are somewhat limited, but I can see that system being extremely useful. I wouldn't recommend this as a media server, just doesn't have the power or features to transcode on its own, but as file storage this NAS is phenomenal. Very difficult to find a better option, at this price point especially, that does half of what this Seagate does even half as well. The NAS OS4 interface is clean, and easy to use. Setup took less than a minute, and creating shares and attaching them to machines was a breeze. I really can't recommend this NAS enough, if you're looking for affordable, high-performance storage that will last a long time - look no further. Seagate really nailed it with this line of products.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR EX2700 N300 WiFi Range Extender Essentials Edition
Pros: Insanely easy setup, especially with WPS, incredible range, extremely small footprint, wired ethernet built in for devices that require it
Cons: It needs a power outlet.
Other Thoughts: This little thing is a miracle worker, for the money. I had it up and running in under 2 minutes. Wireless signal went from 1-5MBps to 65MBps+ and Excellent quality on all devices connected to the new network. The range of this thing is ridiculous, 10MBps+ 1/2 acre away from the device, can't even see the original network at that distance. This thing is amazing, if you need an extender buy this - I purchased from a competitor as it was cheaper at the time, but NewEgg has now matched their price. This is no better extender on the market. Look no further, this is the one.READ FULL REVIEW