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LINKSYS WUSB6100M Next-Gen AC AC600 Mu-Mimo USB Adapter
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4 out of 5 eggs Nice little adapter 06/21/2016

This review is from: LINKSYS WUSB6100M Next-Gen AC AC600 Mu-Mimo USB Adapter

Pros: - Easy to install, drivers loaded with no problem on Win 7 machine(s)
- Never dropped a connection - I used it for two weeks straight with a variety of workload; performed flawlessly
- Mu-Mimo worked great with my "matching" Linksys EA-8500 router
- Great range, even on the 5GHz band
- Low power consumption

Cons: - Little bulky and will encroach on adjoining USB ports. It's wedge-shaped.
- Had to hunt for user's guide on CD, which was a waste because the guide isn't really needed or useful.
- Had to manually go into Windows Device manager and turn of the laptop integrated wifi adapter -- it would have been nice if the installer took me down that path instead of leaving it up to me to figure out. I knew exactly what was going on but I could see someone saying "hey the LED is out on this adapter, must be not working".

Other Thoughts: Linksys makes very reliable networking gear and this adapter is no exception. I purposefully overloaded my home network (streamed different movies to four different computers), and this little adapter held its own -- no stuttering or freezing at all. About double the range of the integrated wifi in my laptop, which was surprising to me since the laptop has an antenna integrated into the case. I took one star off due to the installer. I mean, it was nice of them to include the CD but the installer could have done a better job, and also could have had a link to the user's guide and/or firmware updates.

NETGEAR ProSAFE 5-Port PD Pass-through Gigabit Web Managed (Plus) Switch (GS105PE) - Lifetime Warranty
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Pros: - Great warranty: 10 years with next day replacement, how can you beat that?
- Seems to be solidly built. I have never had to exercise the warranty on a Netgear product, so no surprise there.
- Use it where you don't have AC power available; perfect for those tough spots where you need a switch installed.
- Can power up to 2 additional PoE devices (see "other", below)
- Basic config settings, VLAN, QOS, switch statistics.
- Only draws around 3 watts of power itself (obviously not including downstream PoE load).
- 100% gigabit speeds across all ports with no issues at all. It is essentially "invisible" to the network traffic, which is what you want in a switch like this.

Cons: I understand why Netgear requires a separate utility to be installed to set up/manage this switch -- it's because they have this same software utility across a range of switches they sell. But, it is still a pain to have to install a utility on a PC (no iOS version!) just to get the switch set up and running. It would have been nice to have it all in firmware. It's not a huge deal however, the utility is simple enough.

They should have a sticker or note in the box that says "upgrade firmware!" because you will want to do that immediately. Again, not a huge deal since this is more or less expected with any product you buy these days.

Note: the product photos in Newegg's sales page here, down within the overview/description body of the page - are wrong. They are for a GS105 switch that uses a wall-wart power supply. The photos up top on the page, are correct (as of this writing).

Other Thoughts: I'm using a homemade PoE injector and this switch powered up fine and provided downstream power just as advertised. I put a load tester on both ports and got exactly as the spec stated: 19 watts total. I next hooked up a couple of small Amcrest PoE cameras to verify the functionality of the switch and they worked with no issues.

As long as your expectations are correct; that no matter how much PoE injection mojo you have on your network that all this little switch will handle is 19W max (via PoE+ 802.3at source) or 8W max (802.3af PoE source), then you will not be disappointed. Put anything on this switch that exceeds the internal current limiter and you will be frustrated with the (non) results.

CORSAIR RMx Series RM750X 750W 80 PLUS GOLD Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V SLI and Crossfire Ready Power Supply
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Pros: I've been using Corsair supplies in my builds, almost exclusively now for the last 10 years. I can honestly say I have never had a Corsair power supply fail - and I have to believe that this one is no exception.

- It comes nicely packaged, with cable ties and a good variety of cables.

- The drive cables are ribbon-style, the power cables are not (they have integrated capacitors, for further supply voltage filtering)

- Unit will run in totally quiet mode, fanless up until around 325 watts of DC power load. Great for when you use your machine as a media server or general low-demand tasks.

- The build quality looks to be excellent. Even uses an epoxy-coated wire guard for the (huge!) fan - not cheap metal-stamped guard.

- Corsair did not cheap-out on key components; all capacitors are Japan-sourced and when I looked inside the case, appear to be way over-engineered for the job. You won't have any issues with failing caps (which often don't evidence themselves until damage has been done to your motherboard).

- 7 year warranty (!)

- Fully modular cables, easily used with dual graphics cards. Any cables you don't need - don't plug them in. No mess, no waste.

- Gold certified, meaning it is high efficiency and very stable across various line voltages, input spikes and/or noise on the supply side power. If you live or work in an area where you have sketchy incoming power, it's important to invest in a power supply rated this way.

- Unit is nice looking, and it has good heft to it. I know it sounds weird, but when devices like this feel heavy/solid -- it usually means they are well built (e.g. no skimping on transformers or heat sinks).

Cons: Hard to find anything wrong with this power supply. One odd thing, which is not a huge deal - it comes with 8 connectors for the old style "molex" 4-hole connectors (you know, the ones your dad used to use on floppy drives). Not sure why we need 8 of those. I would have probably went with an extra PCI-E cable instead, but it's not a big problem.

Other Thoughts: I am happy to have been given the opportunity to exercise this unit in my system for nearly two weeks, without a glitch. I run dual GPUs and was able to get the supply to run in fan mode. I also abused it a bit by blocking the intake air, and it didn't even get hot enough to shut itself down. It's a really well made unit and I would not hesitate to use it in my next build. At the price Newegg has it really is a no-brainer, unless you need to go with the 1000w unit which is even beefier!


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