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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Irulu V1s KitKat 10/30/2015

This review is from: IRULU V1S 5" Quad Core Android 4.4 Kitkat 3G Unlocked Smartphone - White

Pros: +
Large 5” IPS screen
Vibrant and bright and accurate color
Responsive and smooth screen touch and UI navigation
Excellent call sound quality
Quad core processor
Android KitKat
Fingerprint reader
Bright LED flash/light
13Mega Pixel camera
Nice design aesthetics
Slim form factor
Micro SD card slot provide expandable storage.
Removable/replaceable battery
Compatible with OTG USB storage
8GB on-board Storage *(6.28GB usable)

Cons: -
Data rate capped at 3G.
No wall charger included, just a USB cable.
Processor can be power hungry and will eat through battery reserves when under load.
Battery is shipped with thin strip of adhesive tape covering the metal leads, with no indication to the user that it is necessary to remove it.
Included ear buds feel like a low quality build, the sound works, but isn't very dynamic in range.

Other Thoughts: ~
The look of the phone has a very refined and tasteful modern appearance.
The frame appears to be aluminum, but it's likely metalized composite.
The back cover is plastic with a white sparkle – semi pearlescent coat.
It fits very comfortably in my hand, and is easy to operate and navigate one handed.
The call sound quality is rich and clear, the ear speaker is loud enough to hear even in loud environments, and the mic delivers clean accurate voice.
The back speaker is loud enough to hear music, games and use the speaker phone in a quiet to medium loud environment, like other android phones the back speaker isn't exceptionally loud.

The 3G data cap isn't a big deal for me as I usually don't download apps much in the wild, just the occasional google or map search, and for that 3G is fine.

The camera takes decent pictures, the shot quality is a little grainy in low light, and the black level seems high, but overall it should suffice for day to day pics and selfies. Video records at 720p AVC MP4 24FPS and 128Kbps AAC audio.

Android KitKat is a breeze, and very intuitive if you've used other android iterations.
The phone comes preloaded with a handy flashlight app.

The fingerprint reader is a nice offering, but it proved top frustrating for me to register a fingerprint, so I gave up on testing it.

The big bold screen delivers beautiful color depth and image quality, combined with the quad core processor, the frame rate is silky smooth on video playback and gaming.

The processor will however eat power and run through battery reserves depending on the demand and was a bit of concern at first. A few things I did to help curb battery consumption definitely helped to extend battery life: First I started by installing an available android firmware update. Then conditioning the battery by letting it run completely flat and then fully charging it to 100% before using it, I performed this cycle two times. Then I set the screen to automatic brightness, out of the box it's set to run at 100% screen brightness. Finally I downloaded avast battery saver app from the play store to help minimize running processes. Performing these tasks extended the operation time of the battery reserves to comfortable levels: With light phone use I have been able to get 2.5+ days of use (10-12 calls a day + light texting) before absolutely needing a charge. Heavy processor use (gaming) still will chew through power reserves, however It does seem to have slightly been curbed, I can get around 3 hours of heavy use before needing a charge. I could extend battery life further by disabling the haptic (vibration) feedback, which I do rely on to help alert me to calls and texts.

I had two instances of dropping the phone on a hardwood surface, and luckily the phone came out unscathed and intact, no dents cracks or scratches.

Overall I have been very satisfied with its performance and functionality. This phone has exceeded my expectations and is an excellent

Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router
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4 out of 5 eggs Belkin AC1200 Router 10/16/2015

This review is from: Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router

Pros: +
Easy to set up.
Novice friendly operation.
Decent range.
Good speed.
Vertical design has a small space footprint.
Built in DLNA media streaming server, with an easy to use app for phones/tablets that pairs nicely.
USB printer support, enables a printer to be utilized as a network printer.
Dual band wireless network (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz)
Configurable guest network, with selectable cafe style for a web page login.
Ability to run as an Access Point to extend the range of an existing wireless network.
Gigabit LAN

Cons: -
Only 1 USB port, this may be an inconvenience to those that wish to utilize both a USB drive and a USB printer.

No advertised NAS function built into the USB port of the router, however I have discovered how to use it as one. See other thoughts.

The following should only be a con if you have the same combination cable modem/router:
This router caused interference with my Comcast cable modem/router (Technicolor TC8305C) if it was placed in close proximity. The interference would occasionally cause the modem to stop responding, and would require a restart of the modem usually at least once a day. This was remedied by moving the Belkin AC1200 router about 8 feet from the Comcast modem. This interference is due to the Comcast cable modem/router having a separate piggyback WiFi network from the personal WiFi network, that you cannot disable. This service is intended for Comcast customers to have WiFi access on the go. The router only included a 6 foot CAT5 cable.

Other Thoughts: ~
This router was designed to be easy in setup and operation. Belkin has really refined their user interface to be as friendly as possible to the user. Set up was a breeze with the built in wizard which automatically runs when you first start up. After it checks for and installs any available firmware updates, just a few simple configurations and refresh of the router and you will be up and running.
The main menu nicely displays the wireless password right under the header of the page, so you should have no problems reconnecting wirelessly if you happen to forget or lose the network key.
One of the nice features of the router is it has a built in function to automatically restart once a week on a user defined schedule (you can shut it off as well) to ensure the router is refreshed and free of glitches.
The router also offers Norton Connect Safe, which is basically a built in Content-control Software that will restrict access to certain types of websites based on selectable levels of filters. This ranges from sites containing malware to adult content, and should be a welcome addition to parents or employers that wish to restrict online access to sensitive content.

Although this router does not advertise the use of an external USB drive as NAS, I have found a way to do so.
In order to access an attached USB drive functioning as a NAS you have to open a network share by typing \\ into windows Run dialog, not a browser. This will open a folder in the windows environment where you can access non-media files on the drive. (I could not find any documentation of how to do this online).
The down side to accessing files this way seems that the router caps the speed on the USB connection to about 3MB/s, so large files can take some time. I tested a 3.4GB single file transfer which took about 12 minutes to transfer.

I have been able to get an average wireless internet speed test of about 100Mbps, by comparison I get an average of 160Mbps on a wired connection when running an internet speed test. Your results will vary.

Range is decent, with a drop off of about 30 feet, passing through interior and exterior walls.

Aside from the interference that this router initially caused my modem, this router has been flawless in performance and has not glitched once in the 30 days I spent testing it.

I would recommend this router to anyone looking for a mid level AC band router, that wants an easy to use, set and forget system with advanced, easy to utilize features.

Linksys RE4100W-4A Wireless N600 Pro Wi-Fi Dual Band Range Extender with Built-In Audio Speaker
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Linksys N600 Pro WIFI Extender RE4100W 09/20/2015

This review is from: Linksys RE4100W-4A Wireless N600 Pro Wi-Fi Dual Band Range Extender with Built-In Audio Speaker

Pros: Easy to setup, even using a smart phone.
Range extended 20 ~ 50 feet.
WPS button for easy network connection (for devices)
RJ45 Port for even more versatility.
3.5mm Jack for streaming music across the network.

Cons: -
Runs Hot (I checked the power consumption, and it was within normal thresholds)
No AC power pass through outlet.
Lacking instructions out of the box, just a quick connect card was included.

Other Thoughts: ~
This extender has been very handy to enrich the signal broadcast area of my router. I was able to get an average of 25 feet extended range, which was a nice way to fill the gaps in my broadcast signal. Your results will depend on physical limitations (walls), signal interference and signal noise. The ability to stream music across the network is a nice feature also, and can prove to be a fun way to surprise people with unexpected sounds or music.

As far as the speed of the connection goes, you should be informed that Extenders act as Bridges, therefore the maximum speed throughput is halved. This is not a result of the device, but rather how wireless technology works by design. (my 150+Mbps was halved to 75+Mbps across the extender).

I did experience some problems initially with the extender I received. The extender out of the box would stop broadcasting after 5 to 10 minutes, and would reboot. If I tried to stream music to the extender it would reboot. I found out that every time it was rebooting it was changing the IP address, so it became difficult to access the management panel, I had to look at my router to see the address it was changing to. Even more infuriating was when I made a change in the management panel it would reboot with a new IP address again. Resetting the extender with the paperclip switch didn't resolve the issue, I checked the firmware and it was up to date / latest version. I decided to reload the firmware anyway as a last ditch effort, and found another issue: the firmware would fail to load using Firefox. Using Chrome I was able to re-install the latest firmware, and the extender Finally started functioning as intended. This is something that happens on occasion with wireless broadcasting devices, but its odd that it happened out of the box.

The device lacks information on how to stream music across the network, I found the Linksys help page online helpful, but not fully informative. I used foobar2000 from my PC combined with UpnP MediaRenderer plug-in, which the help page doesn’t mention. The are smart phone apps for iOS and Android that will also allow you to stream across the network, but I didn't try them out.

The RJ45 port really is a nice feature when you need to connect a non-wireless printer or PC to the network.

After resolving the initially frustrating issues I had with maligned firmware, this extender performed as intended, and I have been pleased with its performance overall.
Aside from the lack of an AC pass-through outlet, I would recommend this extender to people looking to brighten and extend their current wireless network, the RJ45 port and 3.5mm audio jack are welcomed bonuses.


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