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TP-LINK TL-WA855RE N300 Wi-Fi Wall Plug Range Extender / Repeater / Access Point
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Pros: Very easy to set up. I didn't do the WPS setup because I have that disabled on my router for security. Doing the manual setup took about 5 minutes. Signal strength is good, and speed is about what I would expect. My laptop went from two bars of signal to full signal. It can also be used as a wireless to ethernet bridge to connect wired devices to your wireless network.

Cons: Antennas aren't detachable or able to be upgraded.
Only 2.4GHz Wireless N. Yes, wireless N is good enough for an internet connection, but I'd like to start seeing some Wireless AC extenders.

Other Thoughts: I can't really take any eggs off. This does everything that it advertises, and is inexpensive too.

Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1D)
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4 out of 5 eggs For the Money, I Can't Complain 08/24/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1D)

Pros: Sequential read and write speed is good enough for a USB Flash Drive. I got about 145MB/s read and 70MB/s write.
Capacity is as it should be.
Retractable slider design so there is no cap to lose.
It is pretty inexpensive for a 64GB drive.
Lifetime Warranty.

Cons: Random write speed is very slow. This is really the downfall of this device. I get below 1MB/s when writing a lot of small files. I know this is hard on a drive, but I've got USB flash drives that do much better than this.
Mine came formatted as FAT32. I really think exFAT should be the new standard.
It does get a little warm when in use.
The plastic used for the slide button is black instead of blue to mach the color of the drive.

Other Thoughts: I took an egg off because of the slow random write speeds and the mismatched plastic. The write speed isn't so slow that the drive isn't usable, but it is annoying at times.
The drive has a spot for a lanyard loop to attach to, but it doesn't come with one. I'm not too upset about this though at this price point.

NETGEAR R7800 Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs The Best Router I've Ever Owned 07/29/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR R7800 Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Pros: Two USB3.0 Ports and an eSATA.
Excellent Range and signal strength.
Great wireless speeds.
Speeds on the connected storage devices was very good.

It is a good looking router.
The finish doesn't attract finger prints.

It has the option to turn off the LEDs! Thank you, thank you, thank you! The blue LEDs on my old router keep me up at night! More routers should have this option. And it is just a simple switch on the back of the router too! Love it!

It runs DD-WRT, but you have to download a compatible DD-WRT build from the beta's section. The router isn't "officially" supported by DD-WRT, yet. But the beta build worked just fine for me and was perfectly stable. The only thing that doesn't work is the wifi LEDs.

Cons: The stock firmware was a little unpredictable at first. Wifi signal wasn't the best, it was actually worse than my old ASUS RT-AC66U. But after a firmware update, the Netgear started working like a charm.

I'm not a fan of the stock web interface. And I definitely don't like how hard it was to get to the point of just configuring the router manually. Having to go through the Genie thing was annoying. But I don't like most stock firmwares, which is why I almost always use DD-WRT instead.

Other Thoughts: I really can't take off any points with this router. The stock firmware isn't perfect, but does the job well. This router will be my main router for a long time to come!


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Date Joined: 04/05/04


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