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EnGenius EAP1750H AC1750 802.11ac 3x3 Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point/WDS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Small and lightweight, easy to physically install.
- Power adapter or power-over-ethernet.
- Reset button easily accessible from top cover.
- Standard set of encryption options.
- Robust set of security & performance options (checks for low-usage channels, allows limits on user connections and can keep groups of users isolated from one another).
- Allows for up to 8 SSIDs
- Setup is not too bad, the interface is very simple (almost like a BIOS screen).

I ran some performance tests on 802.11ac and easily saw speeds of 95+ Mbps. I didn't load the network down with a bunch of devices, but I would expect the EnGenius to maintain close to this level of performance.

It runs cool, uses very little power and it did not have a single issue when I had it on my network for almost a solid month.

Cons: This isn't really a 'con' and at this price point we can't expect to run a network for our local bank or department store, but this device really sits in the "prosumer" or VSB (very small business) range of application. It lacks some of the centralized management features that come with the "big boys" in this area but that's ok and expected.

Other Thoughts: You really can't go wrong with this access point. The 5MHz bandwidth is notorious for lack of distance and I often need to put devices like this in some of the larger homes I do network installations for. I am definitely going to add the EnGenius AC1750 to my arsenal of tools to provide a solution for this situation. It's a secure, fast, robust device.

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Corsair  MM200  CH-9000086-WW  Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Leave it to Corsair to come up with a mouse pad that will basically cause a hush to fall over any room it walks into. If a mouse pad could walk, which would be kind of weird.

This thing is ginormously proportioned. I'm talking big. It will easily give you a solid substrate for your keyboard, mouse and a couple of shots of Makers 46 so you can celebrate @winning the mouse pad situation in your neighborhood.

It works. I mean, you will never find yourself wondering why your mouse pointer is over "there" when you thought it should be over "here". It is smooth, solid and consistent.

This pad lays nice and flat the instant you roll it out.

Here's a cool alternative use for this pad -- it is such a nice low-gloss black with a hint of texture, you can use it as a photographic background for small items you are selling online. Like your collection of various Starsky and Hutch figurines. It really works well for this.

Also, if you keep one of these bad boys in your car you can actually use it under your tire if you get stuck on ice. Don't ask me how I know.

Cons: As others have noted, you may need to consult with your local astrophysicist to figure out how to open the packaging.

And it does smell a little weird. I've been cutting down on sniffing mouse pads so this didn't bother me too much.

Other Thoughts: I'm pretty sure no animals were harmed in testing this product. Batteries are not included, nor should they be. There are no tags to be removed only by the consumer. It's made in Taiwan which I'm pretty sure is the nerve center of mouse pad excellence. Or if not, should be.

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Belkin  F7C043fc  WeMo Maker - Home Automation for the Tinkerer & DIY'er, Wi-Fi Enabled and WeMo App Controlled
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Wifi and phone app integration
- Simple

For someone with money to burn this can be an interesting device to get your feet wet with some real-world interfacing and simple "coding" (if you call IFTTT actually writing code). Not much you can get wrong with this thing since it is so darn simple

Cons: It's way too limited for doing anything productive beyond turning lights on/off or opening/closing a garage door, etc. Way too expensive for the ROI, as well. You'd need a small collection of these things to do anything useful.

There is no user's guide and forget finding anything about the internal architecture. The phone software is buggy and the device works sometimes and sometimes it doesn't. I would not trust it with anything more important than turning a light on.

Other Thoughts: It's sad that they could have had a winner her and this thing comes up so lame. For this price, it should have two channels of A/D inputs -- then we could do some interesting things. For example, it would make a neat foundation for environmental monitoring, or even a way to experiment with creating your own remote car starter (you need A/D feedback to test engine RPM or alternator voltage).

Even Belkin's online 'community' discussing this device is lethargic and the best that end users could come up with are things like water level sensing or remote launching a model rocket. Really?

Anyone spending this money would be better suited looking at something else for more bang for their buck. Sorry to sound so harsh but this device is really not worth it.

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Christopher C.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher C.

Date Joined: 04/18/05

  • Reviews: 34
  • Helpfulness: 22
  • First Review: 08/31/05
  • Last Review: 02/15/15
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