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This review is from: SAMSUNG 500GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
Pros: First, I'm going to start by saying this SSD is way smaller than I expected! I expected the drive to be about the size of a standard 2.5" SSD, but this drive is half that size.
AS SSD benchmark gave maximum read speeds of 431MB/s and maximum write speeds of 413MB/s. So I can believe the rates specs of up to 450MB/s in perfect conditions. This drive is super fast.
Setup was very easy. When you first connect the drive, a small 128MB drive will show up. Simply go into that drive and run the setup program. The setup program is very easy to go through, no technical know how is required. The setup program first asks you to name the drive. If you don't enter a name the default, Samsung T1, will be used. Then the setup program asks you if you want to put a password on the drive. If you put a password on the drive, the contents will be encrypted and you will have to enter the password every time you plug in the drive. If you don't enter a password the drive will act like a normal un-encrypted external drive when plugged in. That is it for the setup. Once you finish the setup the small 128MB drive disappears from your computer and a new 465GB drive appears for you to use. You only have access to 465GB because, like all storage devices, some space is lost for formatting and due to the binary/decimal size conversion.
The drive is very light weight. In fact I think the USB cable weights more than the drive itself. The drive is also very stylish. I like the texture and the silver Samsung lettering.
Cons: There were 3 cons I found with this SSD. One is a very minor cosmetic con, the other two affect functionality.
The first con was the USB cable provided with the drive. It is extremely short. I know this is supposed to be a portable drive, so a short cable makes it easier to slip into a laptop bag or whatever. However, I fell a 3ft cable would have been a better choice. Especially since I can buy 3ft USB 3.0 cables for under $6. The shorter cable means that when I connect this drive to my desktop, the drive has to hang off the cable. In fact, even when I connected it to my laptop it had to hang from the cable because the laptop edge was at the edge of my desk, so there was nowhere for the drive to sit. I just don't feel comfortable hanging a $300 drive from the fragile Micro-USB connector. I'll definitely be ordering a longer cable.
One thing I didn't like about the setup program was that is didn't allow me to pick how to format the drive. By default the drive is formatted to exFAT. Which is Ok, and is the only format that is completely compatible with Windows and OSX. However, I'd still like to be given the choice, since I'll be using this drive with Windows PCs only, I'd prefer NTFS for the file permissions.
Finally, the stylish look of the drive is kind of ruined by the markings at the end. The edge of the drive has the SN and some other information printed on it. I would have preferred if those markings were moved to the underside of the drive, where the FCC approval markings and stuff are located. There is plenty of room under there for the information that was put on the side. That way all that ugly information is hidden out of site on the bottom of the drive, not on the side.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is an almost perfect drive. I took one egg off for the short USB cable and the lack of a format option in the setup program. But I really had a hard time even doing that. If I could have given this drive a 4.5 I would have.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: EnGenius ENS202EXT N300 High-powered/Long-range Wireless Outdoor Access Point
Pros: The interface is easy to use, but took a little getting used to the fact that some settings didn't get applied until you went to the save/apply page and committed the changes there.
Has a bunch of features.
It can act as a standard access point. It can act as a wireless to Ethernet bridge. It can act as a router.
Signal range in open air is amazing. I had one set up at my house and another down at my barn that I converted to a guest house about 300 yards away. The one at the house is acting as an access point, while the one at the barn is acting as a wireless to Ethernet bridge. The barn is wired, and uses the wireless signal to connect back to the house and out to the internet. This setup works great, but oddly the wireless signal from the house can't be picked up inside the barn at all. Even in the shed only about 50 yards from the house the wireless signal is very weak. It seems the signal put out by this access point doesn't like going through walls.
Being able to adjust the broadcast power was nice, even if the options were a little limited. Most access points don't give the option, the power it is set at from the factor is the power you are stuck with.
It includes all the mounting hardware you need. It has screws and anchors for wall mounting, as well as a handy stick on template for where to drill the holes. It also has zip ties for pole mounting.
The antennas are nice and rigid, they feel very strong. I've had other outdoor access points that felt like a strong breeze would take off the antennas.
Cons: Ok, I'm going to say I took 3 eggs off right away because of the proprietary PoE injector. At first I thought they just included the PoE injector in case someone needs to use it. However, after reading the documentation it became clear that you HAVE to use the PoE injector they provide, because they are using some kind of proprietary PoE. PoE is already a standard, and it works perfectly fine with outdoor equipment. There is absolutely no reason to use something proprietary. I was hoping to use this with my 8-Port PoE switch like all my other access points, but it clearly says not to use this access point with standard PoE equipment. The manual claims you can damage the access point if you do this! How stupid!
Plus, using injectors is fine if you have one or two access points, but what if you have more than that? My network closet would look like a tangled mess with all the wall warts and injectors required to wire up 4 of these.
Also, I took another egg off for not including an Ethernet cable in the box. If you are going to force me to use two network cables when only one should be needed, you better include at least one in the box.
Other Thoughts: Overall this access point has potential, but the proprietary PoE just kills it. There is no excuse for requiring proprietary equipment when there is already an industry standard in place.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
Pros: Easily installs in open PCI-E x1 slot. Almost every modern computer has one of these slots available on the motherboard. It also works in an x4, x8, or x16 slot if you don't have an x1 slot on your motherboard.
This adapter worked way better, and provided way better connection speeds than any USB adapter I've used. I'm sure this is due to the higher power delivered to the card through PCI-E as well as the external antennas.
User replaceable antennas are very nice. I popped on 3 high gain antennas and the signal was excellent.
The throughput was the best I've ever experienced though wireless. Almost as good as a gigabit wired connection. For everything except file transfers I couldn't tell the difference with this card over a wired gigabit connection. File transfers were a little bit slow, topping out at about 90MB/s compared to about 120MB/s over gigabit, but still that is every respectable for wireless.
The card looks really nice. The black PCB and black heatsink really fit in with modern custom computers. Nothing annoys me more than building a nice computer with a window, with mostly black components and either red or blue accent coloring, only to have the whole thing thrown off by a green or brown wireless card. I've even resorted to painting wireless cards in the past because they were so ugly and didn't fit in with the rest of the computer. It is really nice to see an all black card that fits in with pretty much any computer build. Black goes with everything!
Cons: There were really only minor cons, nothing to really even take an egg away for.
My only real gripe with this card is the tiny antennas it comes with. Being in the back of a computer, I would have actually preferred antennas on wires, like what comes with most motherboards with build in wireless. So that the antenna can be positioned away from the back of the case a little bit. Otherwise, having the antennas at the back of the case can actually cause the metal case to block a good bit of the signal.
Other Thoughts: I threw the driver CD out right away and downloaded the latest driver from TP-Link's website. I had no problem getting this card up and running in both Windows 7 and 8.1.READ FULL REVIEW
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