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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.
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This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-408E2K Powerline AV2 AV600 Adapter Kit, Up to 600Mbps
Pros: * Fast auto connect installation. In connecting my camera to my network, I literally had to do nothing more than plug everything in. The adapters automatically found and connected to each other and the camera synced right up onto my network. No issues. Easy.
* Works through my GFCI powerstrip surge protectors and on different electrical circuits, despite the footnote on the box warning that they need to be plugged into outlets controlled by a single power breaker. I could be lucky, or my situation unique but this is what I needed to happen.
* Each adapter has LED indicator lights to let you know if you are powered, connected, and running.
Cons: * The two included CAT 5 Ethernet cables are only five feet in length. I have to use one of my own ten foot cables to connect my camera to the adapter as it was about eight feet away from the wall outlet. Otherwise I have not yet experienced anything else I would consider to be a con.
Other Thoughts: Having purchased powerline networking products in the past, I was skeptical about this set working the way I needed it to, on different electrical circuits. You know, when you go to your circuit breaker box in your garage and there are switches for separate sections of your house? For instance, one switch may say “living room” and the other may say “upstairs bedrooms”. The living room and upstairs bedrooms are on separate circuits. My past powerline networking adapters would not connect two devices if plugged into separate electrical circuits within the house. These new Trendnet powerline adapters on the other hand are working just fine while plugged into separate electrical circuits. I’m not an electrician so I can’t tell you why, all I know is that no matter what electrical outlet within my house I use, they will connect. Not only that, but they also connect through surge protector appliances (something I’ve always heard interferes with data signals).
I currently have one adapter plugged into an upstairs surge protector, its connected Ethernet cable running into a switch, when runs into my router. The 2nd adapter is plugged into another surge protector which is downstairs and plugged into the electrical outlet of a different circuit line. Its Ethernet cable is plugged into a Wi-Fi camera offering it a direct Ethernet connection into my network, as the Wi-Fi signal where it’s located was too weak to allow it to connect to my network wirelessly. This powerline adapter has fixed that connection issue perfectly and I get great video from that camera now. I couldn’t be happier with the result.
The included utility CD will install a network driver and then a utility program onto your computer. This is not necessary for your adapters to work. They will work out of the box. The driver simply lets the utility see the adapters on your network. The utility simply lets you do things you probably won’t need such as making your powerline network private, upgrading the adapter’s firmware, remotely resetting them, and providing technical data to customer support should you need it. I would suggest leaving the CD in the box (but save it just in case).
I didn’t test the data speeds of these adapters between two PCs as 500Mbps is the maximum theoretical powerline data rate and that is subject to circuit wire conditions. I would only be testing the powerline data capabilities of my own house, and not these adapters’ capabilities. Trendnet suggests using a maximum of 8 adapters for streaming video across your powerline network
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PB10400 :10400mAh Dual-USB Ultra External Portable Charger/ Power Bank,2A Fast Charging, Compatible with iphone, ipad and all iOS and Android Devices, Practical Flashlight
Pros: * Size, shape and quality feel. It has that apple like look to it. The LED lights are bright and vivid so you can easily see how much charge is left in the battery.
* A 10,400 mAh battery is a good size. It did indeed charge from empty to full my Galaxy Note 3, three full times in a row with some juice to spare. My Samsung Galaxy Note 3 standard battery is 3,200 mAh and the iPhone 6+ is 2,915mAh for comparison.
* Charge capacity level indicator. Knowing how much charge is left in your battery is critical.
* Two USB ports so you can charge two devices at once. The 2nd USB port provides up to 2 amps of output (the 1st port only 1 amp, why I don’t know). This pretty much covers the maximum power draw of largest smart phones (the Galaxy Note 3 power supply being 2.1 amps). Some tablets may charge a bit slower than using the wall supply that comes with them though. For example the Surface Pro 3’s power supply supplies 3 amps to that tablet.
* Charging speed. This power pack will charge your devices at about the same speed as their OEM chargers as long as they only try to draw an amperage level equal to or less than that of the rated output of the power packs coinciding USB port.
* The power pack stayed fairly cool while charging. It also charged much faster using a third party wall charger than using the USB port off of my PC. (USB 2.0 is rated to output a maximum of 500 mA or 900 mA in USB 3.0). It took 7 hours to charge with a 2 amp supply, 11 hours to charge from a 1 amp supply and 20 hours to charge from my USB 3.0 port.
* It has a “Practical Flashlight” built into it. Putting a flashlight on everything can only be a good thing. It’s not super powerful so it would be a bad choice to rely upon for a nighttime hike in the woods, but anything within arm’s reach will be well lit when you need it to be.
Cons: * I don’t consider the lack of an included supply charger to be a con, but it’s something you should be aware of. Look for a 2 amp supply if you need one. (It does come with the USB cable though).
Other Thoughts: Why do you need one of these things? You need one because you are an international traveler and won’t have to rely upon different adapters to take with you. You need one because you like to go on long hikes or camping in the back country. You need one because your cigarette lighter in your vehicle is broken and you would really hate to be stuck in traffic with a dead phone. But most of all, you need one of these because you want to be prepared in an emergency! I’ve heard several stories from friends or coworkers about a time when their phone’s battery died on them that really put them in a bad situation. I plan on never being able to have a story like that and there is no reason to if you are the proud owner of one of these battery packs. I plan on bringing one or even two of these to our next trip to Disneyland where I have regretted not having something like this in the past.
Like all batteries, there is a limit to how many times you can recharge this one. TP-Link says 500 charge cycles. That should be plenty but please realize that this is not meant as the main method of charging your devices. That said, it works great for what it’s advertised to do and I would recommend this portable charger to anyone.
Display Name: Mike C.
Date Joined: 07/05/03
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