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This review is from: LINKSYS RE6300 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
Pros: This chunky-looking gadget gave a huge boost to Wi-fi when we used both 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands in a difficult reception area of our house. (Comcast internet service with Down/Up speeds of 75Mbps/5.Mbps)
Without the RE6300: Down - 25.87Mbps Up - 5.04Mbps
With the RE6300: Down - 88.45Mbps Up-6.88Mbps
File transfer speed from a PC via a pair of Netgear 500Mbps powerline adapters to router then Wi-fi to laptop:
1GB video clip copied without RE6300 - 6.3MB/sec.
1GB video clip copied using RE6300 - 11.2MB/sec.
Initial setup is easy especially if you take a minute to read the Quick Start Guide. Basically, you can use WPS push-button method or open your internet browser and go to the suggested webpage for setup. Either way, no problem. You can customise some features of this range extender, but it doesn't have the complex adjustments that a dedicated second router would offer. For most users this won't matter one bit because what we want is a fast, easy to use booster thingy and, by golly, this is it!
Compared to other wi-fi range extenders/boosters we've used before, this one is significantly faster. That's mainly because the others only boosted the standard 2.4GHz wi-fi band, whereas this RE6300 can boost 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz. This can make a huge difference to your reception BUT ONLY IF YOU HAVE A DUAL-BAND ROUTER AND 5.0GHz DEVICES that take advantage of this. Our old Samsung phone and iPhone only do 2.4GHz, but we also have a tablet and a laptop that have 5.0GHz capability.
Our laptop streams Netflix and Xfinity (both in HD of course) just fine except out on the deck with some interior doors closed. Using the RE6300 overcomes that limitation and extends our HD quality streaming well out into the backyard as well as to the bathtub with the door closed.
Cons: These are not Cons, but they are warnings included in the booklets with the product:
Make sure to keep the Wi-fi range extender at least 32 centimeters (13 inches) from your body. No hugging the antennas!
Don't use near water, for example, in a wet basement or near a swimming pool. Would the antennas act as lightning rods, I wonder?
One potential Con is the price. Being new on the market it's typical that this device is expensive. It's also typical that they drop in price after they've been around for a while. So, if you need it now, go for it because it's actually a very good unit.
Other Thoughts: If your home has fairly modern wiring you may get better results in more rooms by using powerline adapters. We generally prefer them, yet certain locations are better served with a range booster like this Linksys RE6300. The powerline option also overcomes the dislike some people have of being in proximity to radio transmitters, even if they're only for wi-fi. Beware, as always, of leaving cellphone/tablet charger cords plugged in near a powerline adapter as the chargers generate interference even when not actively charging anything, and that will reduce performance of the powerline adapter.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Default setting for DDR3 memory on EVERY motherboard is 1600Mhz (or less if you bought slower memory).
To achieve higher memory speed you MUST SELECT XMP memory setting in the motherboard's BIOS setup screen. Usually there's no need to adjust anything else, just locate XMP in the BIOS memory settings screen (XMP stands for eXtreme Memory Profile).
Cons: None. This is outstanding quality RAM.
Other Thoughts: Exception: if you have a K-series Intel cpu and you intend to heavily overclock it then leave the memory at its default 1600MHz setting in the BIOS. As you boost the base clock speed of the cpu the memory speed will also increase. Clearly, DDR3-2400 gives you lots of headroom for overclocking!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SHARKK SK869BT Black BoomBox Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, 18 Hours Playtime
Pros: Sound is very good for its size and price (~ $64.99). You get clear detailed midrange good enough for all kinds of music. Bass and treble are also pretty good keeping in mind that it's a small rectangular box. I listened to six or eight different bluetooth speakers from $40 to $99 on display in a store. The SHARKK is as good as any of them and better than most.
It feels very solid in construction. Probably the long lasting battery accounts for most of the weight. And it does last a long time. We use our laptop's Bluetooth output to connect to the SHARKK to play movies, TV and music for one or two hours at a time, and have used it like this six or eight times and it still was going strong. So no worries about running out of power too soon. And, over a year or more of use we have recharged it many times and the battery seems to lasty as long as ever.
Bluetooth works well, too. Can play music on the laptop in the bedroom, go 15 to 20 feet down the hall, go into the bathroom with the door open only a few inches and the sound is clear and steady with no dropouts. If you go some distance then go around a corner several more feet then the sound will begin to stutter or drop out. Of course, a laptop or phone or tablet with better Bluetooth might work better under those conditions.
Cons: Absolutely none at the price.
Other Thoughts: When listening and comparing Bluetooth speakers the SHARKK sounded better than the others until we got up to the Sony SRS-X5 (~ $129) which is definitely superior. The little Bose Soundlink (~ $199 or even the bigger Bose at ~ $299) are outstanding but all of those merely point out what a great value the SHARKK speaker is. We listen to a lot of classical as well as rock & blues, and the sound is very pleasing. Sometimes we boost the bass and teble EQ just a little (don't overdo it!) on Windows Media player for a fuller sound at lower volume settings.
We also watch TV on the laptop and the SHARKK really makes dialog and action sound vastly superior to what the laptop speakers can do.
Finally, we took it to a friend's house who just got a new 42-inch TV. Using an add-on Bluetooth dongle with the TV we paired it with the SHARKK and our friend was amazed at how much better the sound was compared to the built-in speakers on the TV.
Overall, we're very satisfied with this Bluetooth speaker and give it a strong recommendation for sound, portability, construction and battery life.
We bought the SHARKK at a*az*n because Newegg didn't have any at the time.