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Netgear XWNB5221-100PAS AV500 Power with N300 Wireless Range Extender Kit, Powerline up to 500Mbps + Wireless speed up to 300 Mbps – Essentials Edition
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs This is an amended review, post-installation; and again, because I found that it works with the TiVo Mini, which requires a hardwire network connection. 06/07/2016

This review is from: Netgear XWNB5221-100PAS AV500 Power with N300 Wireless Range Extender Kit, Powerline up to 500Mbps + Wireless speed up to 300 Mbps – Essentials Edition

Pros: Inexpensive - turned out to be $20 after rebate. Newegg got it to me in a day.

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After a frustrating time setting it up, the thing works great. The instructions that came with it are kinda useless - the devices and lights on them do not behave the way the little pamphlet says they should.

Nonetheless, I got it working, although I have no real idea whether I managed to get a secure connection going or not. Not too worried about somebody breaking into my powerline network at the moment.

Works well with a TiVo Mini, a fussy little device that needs a solid hardwired network connection, and this thing provides it.

Cons: Truly horrid documentation. Seriously pathetic. It starts with the 2nd page of the Quick Start Guide, where the sizes of the two items are confusingly wrong, then goes on to the actual installation, where the pictures of which device connects to the router and which one to device that needs a hardware link show THE SAME BOX on both ends. How is that helpful, Netgear? It's just lazy to not have even checked that.

Then there's the full manual: there isn't one. The Netgear site does not have one. All I really needed to find out is if it was possible to turn of the wireless portion of this product, use it strictly wired, but it's IMPOSSIBLE to find that info anywhere.

Just a little more effort on Netgear's part with the documentation would have made things so much simpler for both the newbie and experienced geek.

Other Thoughts: At $20 after rebate, I'll play with it. At the original $60 price, I would have been livid at how badly this thing is documented. I'm usually a big Netgear fan. Their stuff works. I haven't hooked this up yet, so can't comment on performance, but they need to do a MUCH better job of documenting their stuff. There's such a thing as frustratingly too simple.

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The thing has been running for about 10 days now. It's providing Internet to a TiVo in a remote part of the house, and it's doing a fine job of it. No issues at all so far.

Here's what they don't tell you ANYWHERE: You can log into the thing from a browser using its assigned IP address, which you can get from your router. In my case, it was http://192.168.29.192. The login default user is admin, and I believe there is no password. From there you can do stuff like turn off wireless (which I did) and check and change setup parameters. I tried using Netgear's app on my phone and that turned out to be utterly worthless. I haven't installed their network utility on my desktop, and may not if things continue to work.

I changed the rating from two eggs to four, because it does seem to work consistently well.

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Pros: This camera actually works quite well, but I'm returning mine.

Cons: YI's privacy policy is a new low in utter lack of privacy.

It states that video snippets of undetermined length can and will be uploaded to Yi's server, and that Yi may do whatever it pleases with the footage, use it in any way the deem fit. There appears to be no way to turn the 'feature' off.

I don't know about you, but I don't want video of my family from inside my home or from my back yard sent to servers in China. Not now, not ever. If I'm going to be spied on, it should be a nice American group doing the spying, like those fine folks at the NSA.

Other Thoughts: Read some of the comments on that big retail site named after a South American river. YI's responses to queries about their privacy policy would do an American double-speak marketer proud. Let me summarize: "Trust us. We wouldn't do anything nefarious with your footage. But we're not turning the feature off."

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Thinklux 6-PK-TKUA19S02-8.2W-830 60 Watts Equivalent LED Light Bulb
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs My second order of these. I like them 05/20/2016

This review is from: Thinklux 6-PK-TKUA19S02-8.2W-830 60 Watts Equivalent LED Light Bulb

Pros: Nice white (not blue) color temperature, with bright even light. Low power consumption for a lot of light output. Although they are listed as "60 watt equivalent", I think they're closer to 75 watts or more light output. Run relatively cool. Inexpensive when on sale (for LEDs).

Cons: There is, as one reviewer noted, a slight delay at turn-on, perhaps half a second or so. I don't consider that much of a 'con', but wanted to mention it in case this was critical to you. Not worth removing an egg.

Other Thoughts: I have about 10 of these deployed around the house, replacing awful CFLs that draw four times the power, run hot, and fail after a few months as their power supply base overheats, turns brown, and dies. And they require special disposal because they contain hazardous materials in the light tubes.

My house runs about 80% LEDs, and I really like the technology now that it has matured somewhat.

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