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Brother MFC series MFC-J625DW Up to 35 ppm Black Print Speed 6000 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless (802.11 b/g/n) InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Scanning works fine. Have not used faxing yet, and probably never will. Wireless connection works fine, although it seems you have to load the software on every PC that wants to use the printer wirelessly on its own.

Cons: How do I hate thee, Brother J625DW? Let me count the ways.

1. The ink cartridges last barely a few weeks, esp color. I know these deskjet-type printers use up more ink, but this thing drinks like a drunken sailor's parrot. When my HP1020 Laserjet runs out of ink after a year and what seems like thousands of pages, I say "Whoa! About time!" When this thing runs out after two or three weeks, I curse the deskjet g-ds.

2. After a month or so, the black ink started coming out spotty. The cartridge was still half full, so I ran the Cleaning function several times. This helped for another week, until I had to run it again. Apparently the ink feeders/jets are prone to clogging. Needless to say, my HP1020 has never clogged.

3. This thing has the annoying habit of "waking up" at 3am and resetting itself, with NO input. Turning it off via the power button doesn't help. Maybe it's on Japan time, and thinks it's 3pm? Anyway, I have to leave it unplugged every night, or it will wake my wife up. Maybe there's a "PLEASE DON'T WAKE MY POOR TIRED A-- UP AT 3AM" setting, but I haven't looked for it, and shouldn't have to.

4. As mentioned above, as far as I know this printer isn't plug and play. Meaning you have to install a CD's worth of software just to get your devices to find and use it through your wireless router. Other printers usually say "found new printer, loading drivers" and that's that. But maybe this is just par for the course for wireless printers.

Other Thoughts: Though I fear these All-In-One devices from long experience, I bought this printer to complement my wonderful HP1020, which can't handle 1) color printing, 2) scanning, or 3) copying. Guess what? I still fear these All-In-One devices.

My wife wants to know when we're getting a good color printer. Well, I thought I was. Meanwhile, she still asks me the same question.

D-Link PowerLine AV Mini Adapter Starter Kit (DHP-311AV) Includes 2 Adapters, Up To 200Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I recently moved my home office across the house. I already have two TrendNet 200Mbps bonus outlet models, and a reviewer said these D-Links worked with them. Since these were on sale, I decided to chance it just to see if they would work on the same powerline network. The answer is a resounding Yes. I'm getting better speeds than my wireless N router, and can see every device on all three powerline adapters (even though they're two different manufacturers).

Finally, keep in mind that if you need to use these, your router is probably far from the device you need to hook up to it. 200Mpbs speed is a pipe dream, period. But I've tried every wireless repeater and WAP out there, and could never get a clean or fast enough connection to avoid hi-res hiccups. In my experience, these WILL get you a more consistent connection, superior to wireless for HD music and videos.

Cons: Would have liked a bonus outlet, like the Trendnets have. But at this price, and working across manufacturers, I can't complain.

Also, these seem to want to wiggle out of kiddie-safety power outlets at the slightest touch. Probably the outlet's fault. So don't touch 'em, and they'll stay plugged in.

Another problem to consider with this otherwise great product -- it has to be plugged directly into your outlet. This means no UPS power backup. Any power failure, hiccup, or brownout means you lose connection until it comes back. Conversely, chances are most of you reading this have your Internet modem, routers, switches, and wireless access points on battery backups, so hiccups won't kill your connection.

Other Thoughts: I am a huge fan of these devices. If they keep improving, it'll be nice to be able to back them up with a UPS behind them.

TRENDnet TPL-307E2K Powerline AV Adapter Kit with Bonus Outlet Up to 200Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Thankyouthankyouthankyou 02/09/2013

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-307E2K Powerline AV Adapter Kit with Bonus Outlet Up to 200Mbps

Pros: Simply put, I LOVE THESE THINGS. I know Newegg reviews can run the gamut from 1 egg to 5 eggs on the same product, but I must say I don't get the negative reviews on here.

Here's my story. In 2004 I bought a new wireless media server to stream music and movies from my office to my living room (diagonal across the entire house -- about 80 feet, 140 electrical wirepath). For the past 8 years I've tried repeaters, extenders, mediaserver to router connections, etc but could never get a wifi signal consistent enough to avoid hiccups. I could've run an ethernet cable through the attic, but i have a notoriously cramped attic -- plus cables have been known to fail, in which case I'd be stuck troubleshooting or running a replacement.

Well, things came to a head last year, when I went all WAV/FLAC in my music collection from MP3s. All of a sudden it wasn't just XVid/DivX that were skipping -- it was my music, which should have sounded so good broadcast losslessly but instead sounded like my kid with hiccups. Mostly it was the inconsistency that killed me -- it would work great during the day, but at night it would die when the rest of the family or neighborhood came on wifi. In desperation I tried these out.

Wow! Plug into office outlet. Plug into living room outlet. Switch mediaserver from wifi to wired. Bingo. DivX films and shows that skipped for years now run perfectly. Transcoded FLAC to WAV music? Flawless. I've owned the Powerline AVs less than a week, but I couldn't be happier.

Cons: None so far. Price was great too.


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