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This review is from: Netgear 5-Port Gigabit Switch (GS205), 2-Year Warranty, Plastic Case
Pros: - Pleasing aesthetics
- Works as advertised
- Fairly solid construction
- Advertised as intelligence power consumption, seems to use a bit less than my previous switch.
Cons: - It's white... I'm not a fan of white components
- LEDs do not specify connection speed.
Other Thoughts: The switch its self worked fine. It's a switch so the installation is fairly simple, you plug one Ethernet cable into your router (or another switch) and then run cables to your devices.
In my particular setup I have several devices in another room and the main router in a different room so I have a long cable run to a switch next to the devices. This replaced an older dlink switch, and the difference is definitely noticeable. I squeeze a bit more speed out of the existing wiring and gigabit switch.
In a few brief tests I copied several files averaging around 500 MB in size. Typically before I would get about 80mb/s, now I'm noticing around 90mb/s.
I would have liked if the leds specified the connection speed, but it's not a deal breaker in recommending the device.
I'm sure this switch would work fine for a small office, but keep in mind that the body is plastic and so it would probably break if it were to be dropped on a hard surface.
The switch functions well as a switch, and if you need a switch then it's a good choice.
If you happen to have a white gadget setup then it should look great, as for me I hate white components and I buried it behind a table.
Pros: - Camera quality is great for non-hd
- Audio was decent enough
- Construction was sturdy
- Night vision was very clear
Cons: - Setup was terrible. Seriously, more below.
- The manual focus was difficult to move. Also, manual focus on a camera of this price is kind of odd.
- It's really, really big. Like the size of a softball.
- Non HD, so while it is great at its native resolution, you lose quality extremely fast.
Other Thoughts: Setup on this seemed to be the culmination of terrible ideas. I was pigeonholed into using the app, which I immediately knew was going to be a terrible idea. While setting up the camera you have to drop wifi, join an adhoc network with the camera, configure everything, then hope the app doesn't crash or any number of other issues and rejoin both the camera and the phone to your regular wifi. This is after you have to hold a reset button on the camera.
I had a dlink previously and it had a wps button I tapped and the whole thing was set up in under 5 seconds. Why is something that is more than 5 times the price far more complicated?
Once I got the camera actually running it was a bit better, but I had to fight with the app every step of the way, it's slow and feels dated.
Apart from the setup woes everything was satisfactory. I wasn't blown away like I was by offerings from companies such as dropcam, which is surprising considering how close they are in price.
I still gave the product 4 eggs. My reason being that if you purchase this, it will perform its advertised functions. You are oging to have to put some effort into getting those functions to work, but after you do I feel it fills its role quite well. The quality was good, the audio was decent, the night vision was fine, and the construction was pretty solid.
This review is from: EnGenius Xtra Long-range ERB300H 4-Port Wireless-N Media Bridge and Range Extender
Pros: - Filled a gap in my wifi coverage perfectly
- Works well once setup
- Dual directional antenna
- Small form factor
- Wall mountable
Cons: - Setup is stupidly annoying
- WPS didn't function for me
- Not dual band
Other Thoughts: For the money I kind of figured this would at least be dual band. Either way, it works quite well. It came with all the accessories necessary to get it running, and the directions were accurate.
I wish this could be setup by just plugging it into the network, but rather you have to directly connect a computer to get into it and configure it. WPS would have alleviated this issue, but it didn't work with my router. The UI was clunky and slow, but once I got it setup I haven't had to worry about it yet, so I don't think docking an egg is necessary.
Performance wise it worked fairly well, even with two devices on board (I was using it as a repeater/extender). I ran a few speed tests and got up to around 30MB/s.
I did a quick test as a bridge and it worked pretty well, as well as any USB adapter I tried in my system. Again, it has to be configured first, so if you are using this for a game console you can't just plug it right in and expect it to work.
There's really not much else to add. It works, it's annoying to setup, but so far it seems to fill its role and do its job. What else can you ask for?