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NETGEAR R7800 Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Powerful Router, if strangely shaped 07/22/2016

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

Pros: This is a high-end wireless dual-band AC2600-class router with MU-MIMO and beamforming. It includes the new 5 GHz 160 MHz bandwidth mode--although nothing currently uses that technology, it does help future-proof your network.

Physically, this is larger than most routers and is oddly shaped with sloping top and vented sides. It has an angular, almost sci-fi look. I suspect that this will be very attractive to some potential purchasers, but very off-putting to others. It has bright status LEDs along the top front which can be turned off if desired.

On power-up the unit detected and installed a firmware update. Installation and setup was easy and straightforward. Although the router comes preconfigured with unique SSID's and passwords, you should change the default admin password, SSID's, and SSID passwords for maximum security.

The router has two USB 3.0 ports and one eSATA port. Connecting a hard drive allows the router to serve as a ReadySHARE backup server. If you have already installed the ReadySHARE backup client for a previous Netgear router, you won't need to reinstall, though you will need to reset your backup parameters to see the the new router and storage.

Testing the router shows it to be very fast. Range is comparable with my other AC2600-class router, although it is worth noting that a security camera which had difficulty staying connected to the other router is consistently available with this router. In testing I had no difficulty in configuring this unit as a single router in the network, as an access point, or as a bridge.

Cons: Physically large and someone oddly shaped. No other real cons noted.

Other Thoughts: I am very pleased with this router. Though it is expensive, it is a high-end piece of equipment and has the speed, stability, and ease of use that you would expect at its price point. If you want a very fast router that can help future-proof your network, this one is one of the very best made today.

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5 out of 5 eggs Great Video Quality 06/01/2016

This review is from: IOGEAR GCS922U KVM

Pros: Video quality is excellent--greatly improved over my previous VGA KVM.

Supports gaming mice and gaming keyboards with 1 ms poll rate.

Switches quickly between computers.

Cons: Not a real "con" but rather a minor irritation--the computer see the monitor as disconnected with the KVM is switched to the other system. In my case this usually only causes displacement of a few desktop icons; however, switching to the other system while playing a 3D game can cause the game to lock up. Exit any games or 3D applications before switching from system to system.

Other Thoughts: This is a good product and a good value at its price, if it meets your needs. If you require the ability to switch while running 3D games or applications, you may need a different product.

TP-LINK TL-NC220 Wireless Day / Night Surveillance Home Security Camera Motion & Sound Detection 300 Mbps Wi-Fi Expansion
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Pros: Nicely designed camera, small, easily placed, with a long optional power cord extender. Very clear color imagery and night vision image is also clean and clear. The image quality is very good for the price.

Issues with very bad wifi performance and extremely limited range were largely addressed by the latest firmware update to v1.1.12, although an issue with frequent disconnects does remain.

Cons: While the latest firmware is a drastic improvement over its previous version, when connected by wifi the camera still has several spontaneous disconnects a day, and though it now spends more time online and available rather than offline, the unpredictability of when it will be accessible means I can't recommend it for anyone who is using it for security or any other serious reason.

Other Thoughts: Hopefully continued work on the firmware will resolve the remaining frequent disconnect issues. If they can ever get stable, dependable wifi performance, this camera would be a tremendous value at its price.


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