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NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Impressive Router 09/25/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router

Pros: Wifi strength is very good.
the first thing i notice about the Nighthawk x6 is the size. its at least twice as big as any of my other routers. its almost the size of a super nintendo.
the shell is made entirely out of plastic. and while the antennas feel a bit cheap the rest of it feels solid and tough, this router has mounting holes on the bottom so you can hang it on a wall.
It uses a 12v 5.0 amp power supply. so if it ever goes bad in the future, it shouldn't be hard to replace. the power adapter uses about 60watts of power, this is a lot higher than most routers, most routers are around 16watts of power. however this is a high performance router, most users will not find this to be a concern.
this router is nice not only because of the wireless strengths of it, but also because it has a usb 3.0 port. the usb 3.0 port is something i have been wanting to see on routers for quite some time. its very nice because it allows you to plug in a usb3.0 external hard drive and use it as a Network Attached Storage drive. many other routers have a usb 1.0 or 2.0 port, which is just too slow to be used as an effective NAS drive.

Cons: it also has a usb2.0 port. this was a very good idea that they included this, there are many devices designed for usb 2.0 that don't work properly on usb3.0 ports. such as printers, web cameras, and even some external hard drives.
i attached my 2Tb WD Passport to the usb3 port and am able to copy files off of it at full speed. my passport averages around 45MB/second.
i tried the usb 2.0 port to make sure readyshare worked for both ports and it does.
after safely disconnecting the external from usb3 and plugging it into usb2 port, the router seemed to partially lock up. the internet still worked but it would not respond to web access attempts, i was unable to log in, log out, or change tab's. i had to restart the router before it would work again. i guess i confused it when i swapped which port the external drive was plugged into.
after restarting it i checked my usb2.0 file copy speed. it was also good, my copy speed seemed to average at about 20MB/second.

Other Thoughts: This router has better range than my other routers, the first thing i noticed is that my car stereo has a much better internet connection than before. my stereo runs android and i can use netflix and pandora radio on it, while sitting in my driveway i had problems buffering netflix videos before, and copying music over my network connection. it went from 1 bar to 2 bars with the Nighthawk x6. out of a possible 4 bars.
it doesn't sound like much of a improvement but the car is about 25 feet away from the router, and through 4 walls. oddly enough standing outside of the car i have all 4 bars with my phone. i can walk about another 5 feet before i loose the first bar.
this is pretty good, i hooked my old router back up and i had 2 bars while standing in the same spot.
my laptop can only see the 2.4Ghz band. on the 2.4ghz band windows says the connection speed is 72.2Mbps or 9MB/second. it actually only copies at about 7.5MB/second average.
my phone and my Asus T100 tablet/pc can both see the 5Ghz bands but can't operate as quickly as the router does.
my asus T100 see's the 5Ghz connection at 150Mb second. this means 18.7MB/second.
in the router settings my 5GHz band is set to 1300Mbps which should be a theoretical 162MB/second.
none of my wireless devices are able to come anywhere close to the speed this router is rated at. i am a few days later than i would of have been on doing my review, i was trying to find a local store with a wireless adapter that was rated at 1300Mbps. none of the stores around here have anything that fast.
i am going to have to order a faster wireless adapter online, i will do a follow up review when i get a adapter which can take advantage of the speed of this router.

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NETGEAR FS205 5-Port Fast Ethernet Desktop Switch in Plastic Case - Essentials Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: small, silent, low heat, high efficiency.
its very small, its slightly bigger than a deck of playing cards. it works fine for basic home use such as internet, media streaming and gaming.
assuming your internet connection is not faster than 100megabit, it should not limit your internet speed.

Cons: its not gigabit, which has pretty much become the standard speed. but if you are not transferring files across your home network, you probably would not notice a difference.
it would of been nice for them to include a ethernet cable, as most switches and routers do.. but if you are somebody who needs to link several computers together you are probably already prepared.

Other Thoughts: for the price its hard to go wrong, i have had good experiences with netgear and it seems to be good stuff.
the power adapter might block connections on a surge protector depending on the orientation of the plugs. this power adapter is orientated to sit sideways and not block the plugs of a standard surge protector. however many modern surge protectors have the plugs sideways already which actually defeats the purpose of this design.

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FREMO P52 5200mAh Power Bank External Battery Charger for iPhone, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S5, S4, Note, Galaxy Tab, Nexus, HTC One, One 2 (M8), PS Vita and other Smartphones and Tablets (made by SCUD)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: cosmetically the power bank is attractive looking, it has a thick aluminum case, and nice white plastic top and bottom. the style reminds me a lot of apple. specifically the ipads and ipod classics. overall cosmetically it appears to be a high quality piece of equipment. the charging cable is really short though, from one end to the other its just at 8.5 inches long.

Cons: it does not come with a power brick. you will need to already have something with a usb port that you can use to charge it. it states that input is 1amp. meaning they recommend you charge it with a 1 amp usb charger.
if you use something greater than 1amp. such as a common 2amp power brick it might charge faster, but you will reduce the number of times that you will be able to fully charge the unit. it is rated for 500 recharges.
one thing that you cannot determine from simple specs is how well the charger actually works. one figure i was able to figure is the chargers efficiency.
if a battery is rated at 5200mAh you cannot fully charge a different battery rated at 5200mAh. there is always some power that is lost during the charging process. this power bank uses 3.7 volt batteries, wired in parallel. this means that there is a chip inside which has to convert 3.7 volts into 5volts (usb standard)
having to convert one voltage into another hurts efficiency.

I depleted the battery in my 8060mAh, Asus t100 tablet down to 20% battery life. I shut the tablet off and plugged it into the power bank. after about a hour and a half the power bank was depleted. I booted up the tablet and saw it was at 60% charge. which means that the 5200mAh charger only charged the tablet by about 40 % which should be the equivalent to 3224mAh. the charger being rated for 5200mAh means its efficiency for this charge was about 62%
in other words a full charge of 5200mAh on this device only turned into 3224mAh of power. i verified this twice with nearly identical results.
always about 38% of the power was lost during the charge.
i am able to fully charge my Galaxy Note 2 phone with it. but that is expected, as it only has a 3100mAh battery.
recharging the power bank takes about 4 hours on a 1amp adapter, and about 8 hours on a more common 0.5 amp adapter.

Other Thoughts: I am quite a bit late doing my review on this charger, this is the first time i have ever had something fail for no apparent reason after the first use. it came to me with almost a full charge, and i was able to charge it and do one test on it. but it would not recharge after the first use. newegg was nice and sent me a second one to review. props to newegg for being the best.

i opened the broken one to see if i would find any problems. visually, everything looked fine. however In the item description it claims that they use grade A samsung battery cells. this is entirely false. these batteries were made in guangdong china, by the brand BAK. batteries are part number c18650cc. i looked it up, the two companies are unrelated, and these are not samsung cells.
i do not recommend this power bank. aside from there being a outright lie in the item description, there are better options out there. for example, i own one that is rated at 30,000mAh, it has dual usb ports, a built in flashlight, and has a solar panel. it's available here on newegg. and i bought it for less than the cost of this one.

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