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APC Black 5000mAh Mobile Power Pack M5BK
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great for many occasions 01/17/2015

This review is from: APC Black 5000mAh Mobile Power Pack M5BK

Pros: Fast charging
Simple LEDs
Easy to use
Comes with a standard USB Cable
APC is a trusted brand in battery backup devices
Small, about he size of a typical smart phone

Great for vacations, sometimes the locations of a power source are not convenient. This is a very easy way to extend battery life of your smart phone or tablet.

Cons: Can get warm, but this is normal. It was never too hot to touch
Scratches easily, but this does not affect functionality
I am not sure the 1.0 port is useful, I had sporadic results using it
Does not come with a case

Other Thoughts: Nobody likes to get caught with a dead battery when they need their phone or tablet for something, this is the perfect solution. I can think of a lot of situations from the occasional power outage to the days I am using a tablet on the beach while my kids play in the sand.

I know that not everyone will need something like this, but if you do this is a trusted brand and the device works as advertised.

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TP-LINK TL-WA860RE V2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, Wall Plug Design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Power socket if you use the bottom socket of a wall jack
Can be used as an ethernet bridge to give network access to a network device with no wireless adapter
3 Lights that indicate what is going on well enough to know if it is working.
The lights not super bright so they should not bother you too much in a dark room.
Two external antennas
Range is very good, better than many other extenders in the same class.
Can be setup WPS, or manually via wireless, or direct connection

Your wife might think its cute
Your kids may think it looks like a robot

I did not run into any issues with the manual setup. I was pleased with the range and speed of the connection. The device includes a simple app the measure throughput in case you want to make sure its doing what you think it should be.
The web interface is very simple and useful.
I was able to stream movies to my TV without any issues.

Cons: Not really a con, but be aware this is a single band extender, if you need to extend 5ghz signals from your dual band router look elsewhere

Sadly I was unable to get WPS to work with my Dlink router and had to setup manually.

Other Thoughts: I think the extender works really well and does everything it says. The failure of WPS setup was disappointing, but it isn't the first time I have seen it fail between different brands of devices. Dual band routers are becoming a lot more common and I wonder how long a single band device like this will be useful

I had to take 1egg off because of the WPS failure. I saw that other reviewers had the same issue.

If you are in a situation where you only have a single band router it might be better choice to upgrade to a really good dual band rather then get an extender. I have found that over time it pays to upgrade

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Netgear A6210-100PAS AC1200 Wi-Fi USB Adapter High Gain Dual Band USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great for desktops, but pricey 10/22/2014

This review is from: Netgear A6210-100PAS AC1200 Wi-Fi USB Adapter High Gain Dual Band USB 3.0

Pros: You will not find very many USB wireless adapters for desktops. Most USB wireless adapters are designed for portable devices and lack the power you want for a desktop PC. I am happy to report that you finally have a decent choice.

Streaming movies using this device works flawlessly, even with HD I did not have any stuttering.
It was easy to install, but Netgear does make you jump through some hoops to tregister before letting you download the most recent driver
USB3.0 is nice
Its dual band and backwards compatible so you can connect to whatever is available
Supports WPS, the easy push button connection.
Uses Beamforming if your router supports this it does increase the strength of the connection.
Includes a small dock with dongle to help place it in a better position
Driver included on CD

It just works really well

Cons: You want to make sure you have plenty of room around your USB port, this is normally not an issue on a desktop if you are using the ports on the back. If the ports are side by side it may not fit. I had good luck with the cradle it comes with. Directly connected I found it difficult to get a solid USB connection, but your experience will vary based on the kind of USB port you have.

The USB port has to support the weight of the device and even with the antenna and a 90 degree angle it sticks out long enough to snap it right off. This is mean t to be placed in the back of a desktop where there is no traffic or movement.

Pricey, though it works very well I really think it is too high of a cost.

Other Thoughts: Keep in mind that this is not going to be as fast as a gigabit network and it is still prone to all the normal issues you get with wireless such as interference from other wireless near it or solid walls reducing the signal. I was impressed with the power and speed and while pricey, you do not have many options for desktop wireless adapters that are USB.
I strongly advise you not use this for a laptop, it is not meant for it. The adapter is too large and would end up getting snapped right off.

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Display Name: Christopher D.

Date Joined: 11/24/04

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