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TP-LINK TC-7610 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
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4 out of 5 eggs A good entry level cable modem 10/25/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK TC-7610 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Pros: * Cable modems have shrunk over the years, and while not the smallest of them, this one is fairly little, noticeably when compared to my old Motorola Surfboard SB6120 which this is replacing.

* 8 downstream channels (channel bonding). This modem will handle Comcast’s fastest residential speed tier (250Mbps) by allowing a theoretical maximum throughput of 343Mbps utilizing it’s 8 downstream channels. My old Surfboard modem only had 4 downstream channels for a maximum of 171Mbps capability. That said, the internet speed package that I’m paying for maxes out at 75Mbps anyway, so either of these modems provide me with the maximum speed Comcast will allow me to have (speedtest.net verifies this), but if I were to go all out for the 250Mbps package, the TP-Link modem is what I’d need to get the full benefits of speed from that package.

* Price. The price of this modem is certainly on the low side compared to other name brand modems. Despite the low price, you still get official certification for use on Comcast networks.

* This modem has worked solidly for me for two full weeks of heavy usage. I have not experienced any dropped connections, lag spikes or had to power cycle the modem for any reason. I’m running the data of 18 internet connected devices through it and it seems to be handling everything with ease.

Cons: * Heat. For some reason, this puppy gets hot. It is littered with ventilation holes on both sides and the top but it still cooks. It’s smooth surfaces and curvature make it work great as a hand warmer in the cold winter months though.

* Short Ethernet cable. First thing I had to do was to get my own Ethernet cable because the one that comes in this box was far too short to reach between the modem and my router, so I used an existing 6 foot cable instead.

* Big wall wart. Depending on the orientation of the holes in your power strip, the wall wart here will take up not just one plug, not two, but three plug spaces. The power cord is also suffering from being too short.

* While as a pro from above having 8 downstream channels instead of 4 will work for the majority of consumers, having only 8 channels could be a con if you are really looking for speed with some of the new half gigabit and faster services popping up. There are cable modems being made with 32 downstream channels that will allow up to 1.4Gbps of throughput such as the Arris Surfboard SB6190 for a little over twice as much money. So while the TC-7610 will satisfy most customers now, and for a while to come, it’s probably not the best bet if you are into futureproofing your hardware. It’s also worth mentioning that DOCSIS 3.1 is supposed to become available in mid 2016.

* Hooking up this modem did not automatically pick up nor redirect me to Comcast’s new modem hookup webpage like it’s supposed to do. I had to call Comcast and give them the MAC address and serial number to add the modem to my account, and then I had to call the new modem hookup line and enter that information in, and soon thereafter my modem was signaled to be allowed onto their network. I don’t know for sure that this was a modem problem or a Comcast problem, but the modem is supposed to be an officially approved Comcast device.

Other Thoughts: DOCSIS 3.0 modems are capable of channel bonding, which enables multiple downstream and upstream channels to be used together at the same time by a single user. The more channels a device can bond, the higher the speeds it can achieve; having more channels also equals less congestion and a more stable, consistent connection. Yes, that’s right, you don’t just get more speed if it is available, but you get a more consistent experience with your speed tier even if you only have the cheap 20Mbps capped tier. Think of having a modem that supports more bonding channels as a freeway. You can only go 55mpg on a 4 lane freeway but when they expand to 6 or 8 lanes… while you can only go 55mph even with 6 or 8 lanes, you have more room to travel and that allows for less congestion, thereby less chance for traffic jams. Whether you can make use of the additional channels depends on what your ISP is offering you.

Would I recommend buying this modem? If you need a modem now, and you don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, yes, this would be a fine modem to have.

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Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse
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5 out of 5 eggs Scimitar 17 button MMO gaming mouse 09/07/2015

This review is from: Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse

Pros: This mouse is made with quality in mind. Quality features include mechanical buttons, a braided cable, sturdy construction, rubberized textured grip and wheel, 12,000 DPI optical sensor, and wide smooth gliding feet. We don’t really expect less from a product by Corsair.

But what makes this mouse unique? This mouse has a twelve button keypad that rests under your thumb. The keypad is adjustable (it slides) on the horizontal axis to accommodate people’s hand (thumb) sizes and sports 12 mechanical buttons for that nice clicky feel. The numbers are lit and are organized in four columns of 3 buttons, two columns which are textured so you can feel where your thumb is resting. These are the buttons you would program for use in games like World of Warcraft to execute and combine multiple in-game maneuvers. For example, press the button #12 to execute: [Target closest enemy; Cast(spell); Cast(spell); Cast(spell); Say “You be dead!”; Emote(dance); Equip Item 12(flowers).] All that can be done in one button press. You can make some really long maneuvers or chain shorter ones together depending on the circumstances. I played WoW with the official and programmable World of Warcraft mouse for a long time. Needless to say, while it was a benefit to use, I do like this Corsair mouse more.

Just as important as the hardware of this mouse is the quality of the software. I like the layout of the Corsair Utility Engine. It’s pretty straight forward, and organized. Here you can program macros, keystrokes, mouse button presses, and especially neat, timer countdowns. For example, if you used button #12 to execute the above mentioned macro, you can also have the LED lights on the mouse change colors or flash a certain color, play an audio file (like a recording of your own voice saying “Starting flower power!” and then after 5 seconds of the button press, play another audio file clip from the song Another One Bites the Dust by Queen. This is just a simple example of what you can do. The possibilities are nearly endless. You can create game profiles and send them to your friends. You can change your curser’s tracking DPI on the fly (great for shooters) and have its current setting displayed by the color of one of the LED zones.

Cons: My fat, wandering, numb thumb. If you are accustomed to reading in Braile, you may have no problems with the thumb pad. I on the other hand, am having issues distinguishing what buttons my thumb is pressing. My thumb pretty much covers the entire pad of 12 buttons. They are small buttons. Corsair tried to texturize some of the buttons to help guide your thumb placement but I guess as a working man, my callouses prevent me from being able to feel the tiny little textured grooves. I would be perfectly happy if the buttons 4, 5, & 6 were removed leaving an open channel. I could then feel the edges of the remaining columns of buttons and the big empty channel itself, providing a bit more obvious tactile feedback of button location. I just slid the button pad all the way forward and am utilizing buttons 7-12. I also have a habit of tapping the side of the mouse with my thumb, and gripping the mouse like an Osprey gripping a salmon. This causes me to accidently press these previously nonexistent thumb buttons. This may not be a con of the mouse as much as it is a con of my habits.

While a minor issue, I don’t like how far the USB plug sticks out. I plug the mouse into the right side of my keyboard and the plug gets in the way of my mouse movement.

Other Thoughts: The reason to buy this mouse comes down to three things.
Number one: It allows you to execute custom macros, keystrokes, and game and program functions with the press of your thumb.
Number two: It is a quality built mouse, sporting a super high DPI sensor, braided cable, mechanical buttons, and other features found only on high quality mice.
Number three: It just looks cool.

The reasons not to buy this mouse: You don’t want 17 buttons in your right hand; you don’t want to spend eighty bucks on a mouse; you don’t want to draw attention to your computer desk (though you can turn off all lighting); you are a left handed mouse user; or you don’t own a computer.

The overall weight is nice, and there are no gimmicky add on weights (+/- 12 grams of weight is NOT going to make you a better gamer no matter how superman like you believe your sensitivity and reflexes to be). The braided cable is not so tight or thick as to interfere with movement. It also tracks and slides very smoothly over the Corsair gaming mouse pad I have. I don’t even use the included allen wrench to loosen and tighten the sliding thumb pad, with a little effort it will still slide and hold its place.

Like it seems with all their products, this is a good, high quality mouse by Corsair. With all of the customizable LED lighting zones and sports car like black and yellow colors, it definitely offers bragging rights to its owner. Compared to other programmable mice, I really liked the way that the software was laid out and the many, many options it offers for optimizing your every gaming action. Combined with the program AutoHotKey, there is nothing on your computer that you can’t do through the buttons on this mouse. Concerning the few things about this mouse that I think could be improved, understand that those findings are of a personal opinion, based on my own style, setup, and habits, and may not bother you at all, or may even be bonuses to some. I would recommend considering this mouse for purchase if you are in the market for such a peripheral. This mouse sets a pretty high standard for future mice. It is not your father’s mouse, but it is a solid representation of what he may have envisioned future mice may be like.

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NETGEAR EX7000 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs Great solution to extend your home network! 07/14/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR EX7000 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: * You can stand the unit upright with a detachable stand or you can add the included rubber feet to lay it flat. I have mine on top of our entertainment center lying down flat so it is completely out of view. It worked great with my Linksys 802.11ac router and 7 port D-Link Switch. It also looks quite sleek and modern.

* 802.11ac format and gigabit hardwired ports. The 802.11ac protocol is so much faster and I wonder why it’s taking so long for it to become the standard? Strengthening my 5GHz signal was the main reason in setting this extender up and it is doing an excellent job at it.

*Signal strength is amazing as you can see from my tests in the “other thoughts” section below. I wanted to increase the signal strength of my network in the weakest parts of my house, the TV room and Kitchen. Of course placing this range extender in the TV room did the job but the amazing part is how strong its signal is back at the far ends of my home such as the computer room where my main router is located.

* Easy set up. You basically just choose if you want to set up this unit as a repeater or a point of access then connect it. It took me less than 5 minutes until I was up and running. The setup is done in your web browser and was all quite simplistic.

* The router’s information is on a convenient slide out card built into the router. This is a nice touch by Netgear allowing safe storage and easy access of this information to the consumer.

Cons: * I did not run into any significant cons during the setup or use of this product. How nice!

Other Thoughts: I set this router up as a point of access rather than a signal repeater as I already had Ethernet cable running from my current router downstairs to where I was going to place this range extender anyway and I would rather broadcast from a strong Ethernet connection than repeat a weak WiFi connection. The below tests were done on my Galaxy Note 3 smartphone using Netgear’s free WiFi Analytics app to measure the signal strengths and speeds in various locations. Because of the great signal strength throughout my house that this range extender provides, I am considering simply turning off the radio on my main router and using this Netgear extender exclusively as it has solved my main issue and provides so much more. As an access point device, buying this range extender is a no brainer and would not hesitate referring it to my friends as a good solution for extending their networks. As a signal booster/repeater I can see no reason it would not be a great solution and work as advertised. My experience with this product has increased my opinion of the Netgear brand.

----------------------------(My Router 5GHz)____(EX70005GHz)
-------------------------------Signal%-Mbps_____Signal%-Mbps
Computer Room---------100%----263________95%---117
TV Room--------------------71%----292_______100%----433
Living Room----------------64%----117________97%----175
Master Bedroom----------64%----234________64%------40
Outdoor Camera----------42%-----58_______100%-----175
Kitchen----------------------28%-----27_______100%-----292
Master Bathroom---------55%---234________84%-----117
Upstairs Bathroom-------60%----175_______100%----175
Guest Bedroom---------100%----234_______100%----234

Averages:------------------58%----182________93%----195
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--------------------------(My Router 2.4GHz)__(EX70002.4GHz)
-----------------------------Signal%--Mbps____Signal%-Mbps
Computer Room---------100%----52______100%------52
TV Room--------------------91%------5______100%------96
Living Room---------------100%-----5_______64%--------6
Master Bedroom----------64%------5_______71%--------5
Outdoor Camera----------95%------5_______86%------26
Kitchen----------------------68%------6______100%------39
Master Bathroom---------80%------5_______95%--------5
Upstairs Bathroom-------88%------5______100%------19
Guest Bedroom----------100%----39______100%------26

Averages:-------------------87%----14_______91%------30

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Display Name: Mike C.

Date Joined: 07/05/03

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