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ZyXEL PLA5206KIT HomePlug AV2 1000 Mbps Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Up to 1000 Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Very good powerline adapter, but nowhere near 1000 Mbps 01/17/2015

This review is from: ZyXEL PLA5206KIT HomePlug AV2 1000 Mbps Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Up to 1000 Mbps

Pros: Extremely easy to get up and running, no complicated setup - just plug and play, worked the first time and has been running over a week with only 1 reset needed (great for a powerline adapter), gives me ethernet in rooms wireless can't reach, very low power consumption, includes 2 ethernet cables (some adapters don't!)

Cons: It's slow, doesn't have a power outlet pass through, encryption never really worked for me, will occasionally need to be power cycled if it loses connectivity

Other Thoughts: ZyXel claims this thing is 1000 Mbps, but the only thing that's gigabit about this is the port speed - the actual transfer speeds are MUCH lower. Transferring some 50GB backup VHD's over the adapter, I was averaging 3.2MBps to 3.5MBps (this was from a gigabit dual LAN-teamed server to a gigabit adapter with only an 8 port gigabit switch between them!) - while that's decent speed for a low end wireless network, it's no where near the advertised gigabit speed. For me, though, this is a great device as it allows me to get low-latency network connections in rooms of my home where wireless signals are very low. It's really great for hard wiring security cameras or TV's or gaming systems that thrive on a low latency connection, but won't demand a ton of bandwidth. My home is under 2000 square feet, built in 2004 with all wiring to code. Overall, this is an average adapter that will certainly fit a niche, but buy it expecting gigabit speeds!

DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 120 CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with120mm FDB PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cool design, good visuals, a ton of mounting options, fits pretty much any modern CPU, quiet fan

Cons: Installation was a little convoluted, no actual benefit from all the LED's and the "visual" pump (I don't think it's anything more than show), very average cooling for this price point, pretty high temps under load, the radiator seems to be very slow to burn off heat, times to return to idle were significantly higher than other closed-loop coolers (Corsair H60, for instance), only a single fan included (Corsair H80i includes 2 fans for push/pull at the same price point), the block isn't smooth lapped (has a bit of a rough finish), very thin radiator (about the same as a Corsair H60), METAL connector tubes between the block/pump and the radiator - unacceptable at this price point

Other Thoughts: I'm not really sure what to make of this cooler - with my Core i7 4820k I saw about 10-20% HIGHER temps at idle than with my H100i (granted, dual fan radiator vs. single) so I installed it in another machine (Core i5-4670k) and compared it against a Corsair H60 and the Corsair was consistently higher at idle, but as soon as I'd start a Prime95 run the DEEPCOOL would spike as high as 70c while the H60 was holding steady around 55-60c - all of this was with no overclock. Sure, the DEEPCOOL looked cooler with it's LED's and what not, but I think it's a lot of form over function. At this price point you're better off going with the performance of a Corsair H60 or even H80i. Swing a miss for DEEPCOOL this time around, hopefully they can focus more on performance next time and worry less about how it looks.

Minus 1 egg for the average performance and minus 1 more for the much more complicated installation vs. other similarly priced closed-loop coolers.

TP-LINK Archer T2U AC600 Mini Wireless Dual Band Adapter, 2.4GHz 150Mbps/5Ghz 433Mbps,One-Button Setup,Windows XP/7/8
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

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.


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Display Name: Lance W.

Date Joined: 04/20/02

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