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This review is from: EnGenius ENS200EXT High-powered/Long-range Wireless Outdoor AP
Pros: Fairly easy to setup overall. I was able to get the AP up and on the network in less than 20 minutes. If you need, this AP will provide DHCP, but as default it comes disabled, which is what I wanted. It also allows for VLAN tagging and the like. IP settings on this device are pretty standard and allow for either static assignment or obtaining with DHCP. Defualt is a static IP at 192.168.1.1. This unit also supports Spanning Tree. I was pretty impressed with the amount of options available.
Wireless Network options on here are pretty nice as it allows for up to four profiles for different wireless networks. operation is a pretty standard 2.4GHz b/g/n although you can choose them separately. Another handy feature is the ability to boost transmit power on the unit to 30 dBm which I haven't seen too often as the regulatory amount is 18. While I’ve never found a time that I thought wireless schedules were necessary, I can see why it is included.
Range is quite good and I was able to pick up a strong signal with the AP affixed to the back of my house standing 100 yards away in front of my house. Basically, signal strength is really good as long as there aren't any obstructions.
Client bridge mode also works well but again we are talking line of sight with the exception of very few obstacles.
Product so far is tough. This is mounted under the eves of my house on the back. Even though I made an effort to shade it from the weather there are times when it gets hit by water and some direct sunlight. Over the past two weeks of testing, I haven’t seen a time when it failed or overheated due to the sun. Also, I got lucky and was able to test the water resistance because of some wicked rainstorms that blew through here. The AP stayed up even though it was really wet. I suppose the weatherproof design helps quite a lot. Personally, I like the all white design because it blends in on the house (white siding). There’s a very substantial cover that keeps the Ethernet ports high and dry. I’m not super confident that the outer shell is going to resist sun fading and the like long term but we will see.
Kind of nice to have full WiFi strength in my backyard when grilling and mowing.
Cons: I can’t stand the proprietary PoE injector. I have a PoE switch in my house and this came as some annoyance that I couldn’t just wire it up. While the injector is small and not that big of a deal, it still made me have to rethink how to work in running a line outside for the AP. Overall, this is what removed one egg for me. I even attempted to let it use the PoE from the switch in my house to no avail. So, just for the record, that’s a little extra clutter that you will have to deal with.
The web interface is a little clunky. Every time I made a change I would have to remember to select the reboot option before changing something else. It wouldn’t let me just make all of my config changes and then save/reboot. This was not fixed when I upgraded the firmware (even though I hoped it would).
The reception takes a little tweaking. If you boost the signal too high then you won’t get any signal when you are close to the AP. I experienced a drop in signal within 10 feet of the device when I had the signal strength boosted very high. Lowering this just enough to maintain strong signal to the edge of my yard eliminated the issue for the most part.
While I understand that this is an outside device, I decided to also test it inside while I was setting it up initially. It may go without saying, but don’t bother. Anything between your device and the AP will cause signal issues. even something as simple as a desk or one drywall wall. In short, distance is great, penetration is terrible.
Speeds on this device are just ok. It’s not the fastest thing in the world and the 10/100 port isn’t doing it any favors. 50mbps is a pretty good bet most of the time on this unit.
Other Thoughts: Four modes are available for this device: AP, Client Bridge, WDS, and Client router. Testing on the AP and Client Bridge modes was what I primarily performed. Both of those worked quite well.
Product is really only for use outside and it shows.
With respect to aesthetics, it’s pretty utilitarian and I would expect anything else.
This review is from: SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse
Pros: The hand feel of this mouse is actually quite nice. That’s one of the first things I noticed right from the start. The large size of the mouse works great for those of us (*cough* me) who have hands from bears. I like that Steelseries decided that not including a disk was a great idea, I mean seriously, who even uses disks these days? Let alone knows where they are in the event they have to install the software again in three years time.
Something I really appreciate are the large side buttons. They are very easy to reach and are basically right where I need them when my hand is on the mouse, pretty good planning I’d say.
The color changing thing is much appreciated as I tend to be really picky about all things matching. I will say it takes a little playing to get the scroll wheel color and the emblem color to match since even typing in the same hex color yields different results from the LEDs.
Steelseries, above all, did a pretty fantastic job with respect to configurability. Within the Steelseries Engine3 software, you can program any, and I mean any, of the buttons to whatever you like. They also include adjustments for the two CPI settings (only allows toggling from high to low). Other configuration options include: Acceleration/Deceleration rates, Angle Snapping (no idea what that is and changing it didn’t really seem to do much), Polling Rate (though, I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t really ever drop it from it’s max setting, which is the default). The Engine3 software also allows you to select games and make profiles (all of the things we’ve come to expect from mice over 40 bucks in my opinion).
The mouse comes with a decently long, non-removable cord. Very appreciated as I have a large desk with my computer very far off in the corner.
Ultimately, the mouse glides really easily
Cons: Perhaps not a con for me, but if your don’t have giant bear paws for hands, this mouse might seem a little big. It was difficult for my girlfriend to click the mouse buttons when she placed her palm in the appropriate spot.
It might just take some time for it to wear in, however, one of the mouse feet is higher than the other four which makes it tilt like a wobbly chair. I’ve seen this before on other mice and, typically, this goes away as you game and wear in the pads a bit.
The cord isn’t cloth braided like so many other (even cheaper) mice in this segment, but it’s something I can live with.
Other Thoughts: The packaging is very minimal and attractive looking as well as allowing you to place your hand on the mouse to measure.
All in all, the build quality is good. I feel like, for the money, this is a decent mouse. Coupling that with pretty robust software and very good operation, this is a solid choice in its price range.
Lastly, I’m running at about 2400 CPI. Much more and it feels twitchy and unstable.
Being honest, I almost like this mouse better than my Logitech G9x which I've had for a couple years now.
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving
Pros: Small, compact design. I like that it is fanless and Gigabit (even though most 5-port gigabit switches these days are).
Between network speeds on this and my 24-port Gigabit Rosewill switch I'd say they were pretty evenly matched. This switch does a good job of delivering gigabit speeds on multiple ports at a time.
Something I really appreciate in this switch is the metal construction. It feels really durable (something I want in a 5-port switch since most of the time I'm carting a switch that small around with me).
The switch manages to stay cool even under a high load from multiple devices.
This is pretty much everything you can ask for in a cheap, 5-port, gigabit switch.
Cons: The unit is actually pretty heavy for its size. Not much of a con but I feel like I'm being a little picky.
The wall wart is a little cheap feeling and gets pretty warm unlike the unit itself. I sort of wish it had the power supply in the middle since I'm not a fan of big wall warts taking up a lot of space on my power strip.
The unit isn't especially flashy. For some people that might be a concern. For me, it's not really much of a concern.
The unit itself doesn't have multiple LEDs per port to detail 100 or 1000 connections. Each port just has one green light.
When connecting the power plug to the unit, it doesn't feel especially reinforced. Not much of an issue if you plan on just plugging it in and letting it sit.
Other Thoughts: This switch didn't have a problem negotiating 9k jumbo frames. Of course, that is expected since it says that it's compatible.
The rubber feet seem to stick alright but I see them falling off over time. It doesn't come with any screws to mount it to something so I would recommend picking up some screws if you need to do that.