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This review is from: ONKYO TX-NR808 7.2-Channel A/V Receiver
Pros: All things I said in my earlier review 2.5 years ago are still true, though I can now say that iPod connectivity works for iPad 2's as well.
Cons: The biggest flaw this receiver has is the remote. Slowly over time, the volume up function has failed. I can only get it to work maybe 10% of the time now. Luckily there is a solution for me - Onkyo makes a remote control App for iDevices, so most of the time I use my old iPhone 3GS or my iPad2 to control my receiver. It actually makes it easier to use the multi-zone features and surround function. And, yeah, I can turn up the volume too.
Other Thoughts: A lot of the network connectivity issues were taken care of by a software update a while ago, which is good considering I control it through the network a lot. Overall this was a great purchase, and I would buy another Onkyo in a New York Minute.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR XAV5001-100NAR Powerline AV 500 Adapter Up to 500Mbps
Pros: Purchased this to add another access point to the network in a room with notoriously bad WiFi reception. Wasn't concerned about this being a refurbished product because these are sold normally in pairs and estimated that these were the 'good ones' from pairs with a failed unit. I have no problems whatsoever with the unit I received, getting about 90MB in a room far from the modem. Still way faster than my internet speed, so no complaints.
Cons: Packaging left a bit to be desired - unit was rattling around loose inside the box. Luckily no damage occurred. Unit was about 50% larger than the other adapter I already have despite being the same model, so I assume it's an older version.
Other Thoughts: These powerline adapters are a surprisingly good way to extend your network and while distance does degrade the speed of the signal, They're still much faster than typical broadband internet. A very cool technology!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps 4-port Network Adapter Kit (XAVB5004)
Pros: Very simple setup. Works pretty darn good considering what it's actually doing. Used this to replace an 802.11N connection in bedroom that was lacking signal strength. Despite distance from modem and being on separate electrical circuits still managing almost 100MB throughput which is a nice improvement. This in a single family home constructed about 10 years ago.
Cons: Did not come with the setup software - needed to download it from Netgear website. I'm sorry, they should have sprung for a disc instead of making me search for it. Others here have reported that these run 'hot' - and yeah they get warm to the touch, but you won't be frying eggs on them. If I were worried about the heat issue I wouldn't have put the switch on my teenager's desk.
Other Thoughts: Yes these are rated up to 500MB and yeah, I didn't get 500MB and yeah I'm okay with that. Let's face it, unless you have FiOS, are paying for the absolute top speed your cable company can offer (here, that's 60MB) or have your own personal T1 line you're never going to max these things out if you plan on using it for internet access alone. Since I don't (at this time anyway) plan to stream HD video halfway across the house it just isn't an issue for me.READ FULL REVIEW