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Perixx PERIPAD-501B, Professional Wired USB Touchpad - Black - 3.39
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -- independent trackpad
-- native tapping supported

Cons: -- chunky

Other Thoughts: Works PNP with Windows 8.1. Smooth scrolling with just the right tap sensitivity. It is thicker than my last one. Works great for "lap mousing."

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Dell Optiplex 990 - Intel Core i5-2400 - 3.1Ghz - 4GB - 250GB - Win 7 Professional
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Clean
5.1 Windows Experience Rating
NO bloatware

Cons: no recovery disk

Other Thoughts: Trademark did a great job on the refurb. The only complaint; this is a refurb, so the prospect of drive failure is pretty good (as even new machines do!). Not including the Win 7 recovery is not helpful for later. (I suggest you get the Win 7 iso, available from Microsoft quickly.) If you upgrade to free Win 10, save the ISO !

Everything Eric says above is true: very clean refurb. Optiplexes use high quality components. This unit is heavier than you'd expect. All components are made to quick replace and generally are toolless. Packaging was floating around, but lucklly delivery was fast and gentle.

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

4 out of 5 eggs Good Extender with Unusual Feature 07/23/2015

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

Pros: -- features
-- fast configuration
-- signal strength

Cons: -- unit fairly large
-- no manual

Other Thoughts: The unit is larger than most outlet-based extenders, about like 2 boxes of playing cards stacked. You can put it in the outlet to prevent blocking the second outlet. A manual is non-existent; only a bare-minimum quick-start guide to get the extender working. The web support are groups of FAQ’s. It may be difficult to find your question answered, as there is no index.

Make sure you disconnect all other range extenders before configuring. After a 90 sec. boot, you connect wirelessly to the SSID “Linksys Extender Setup.” (You can also connect with an wired ethernet cable to the port. My browser didn’t automatically start in Windows 8.1, so you may need to open your browser and connect to http://192.168.1.1. After accepting the agreement, the web GUI launches the SSID search. You connect to your 2.4Ghz, then the software searches for an (optional) 5Ghz network. In both cases, the software indicates whether signal strength is good. After connection the device is configured in seconds. The SSID’s will be your usual ones, so you won’t need another login profile, like some devices. Not even a reboot is needed. There is also WPS button to connect.

The stable signal strength equaled the radio signal of my Arris DG960, so it should effectively double your household coverage. The ethernet port is a good option for some installs. No ethernet cable included.

There are no instructions about the intriguing media server. There is no "built-in audio speaker," but a 3.5mm JACK to connect speakets. If it can be placed where you’d like sound your house, it can be a credible media server. I used the Android app UpnPlay media server to stream and control music to the device “Linksys Extender.” UpnPlay recognized the extender and played music without a skip. You’ll need fairly good amplified speakers or stereo connected to the 3.5mm plug, as there is no amp chip built into the extender. The following media players are supported:
Windows: Windows Media Player 12, foobar2000, XBMC, and WinDVD.
Mac: use proprietary software or the SofaPlay, XBMC, SongBook, and OPlayer.
Android: Mediahouse, Upnplay, skifta, ArkMC, bubbleUPnP, pixel media controller, 2Player 2.0, and Mediamonkey.
iOS devices: proprietary software or other apps such as Plugplayer, media:connect, ArkMC, Smartstor Fusion Stream, Mconnect, and DK UPnP/DLNA.
The extender supports MP3, FLAC, WAV, WMA, and AAC file formats, as long as those formats are supported by the device and the app doing the streaming.

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Date Joined: 11/26/02

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