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Silicon Power 32GB Elite microSDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP032GBSTHBU1V20NE)
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Pros: Lifetime warranty
Comes with an SD to micro SD adapter
Very affordable for the capacity

Crystal Disk Mark
• Seq Q32T1: Read = 72.50 MB/s, Write = 13.21 MB/s
• 4K Q32T1: Read = 5.859 MB/s, Write = 0.824 MB/s
• Sequential: Read = 72.35 MB/s, Write = 18.25 MB/s
• 4K: Read = 5.448 MB/s, Write = 0.813 MB/s

ATTO
• Read = 72.22 MB/s
• Write = 11.51 MB/s

Real World Transfers
Big Files: Read = 78.7 MB/s Write = 12.1 MB/s
Small Files: Read = 36.1 MB/s Write = 0.330 MB/s

Cons: Write speeds are a bit underwhelming as they are just barely within spec of UHS-I requirements.
It didn’t make a difference what benchmark was run, whether synthetic or real world, it was a disappointment.

Other Thoughts: To sum things up, this is a very affordable decent capacity micro SD card with great read speeds but you get what you pay for in terms of write performance. If you just need more storage on your phone or tablet then this is a good choice however, if you don’t want it to feel old in a couple months, get one with faster write speeds.

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

Test Computer:
HP Zbook Studio G3
CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
SSD: Samsung 950 Pro
OS: Windows 10

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TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router
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2 out of 5 eggs Pointless AC Router 05/21/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router

Pros: The UI was very fast and fluid, it’s one of the more responsive UI’s I’ve used on a router.
Easiest initial setup I’ve ever used on a router.
On initial logon, it prompts to change the default authentication to make the router more secure.
One of the smallest home routers I’ve ever seen.
By default, it automatically grabs its time from an NTP server.
System logs for days on everything and even filters to sort it so it’s actually usable by a human.

Listed below are the performance results after running a series of benchmarks on this router:

Wired Connection (1000 Mbps)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 11.05 MB/s, Write = 10.68 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 13 ms, Read = 94.96 Mbps, Write = 23.89 Mbps

Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -29 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 10.96 MB/s, Write = 10.08 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 13 ms, Read = 95.31 Mbps, Write = 23.90 Mbps

Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -46 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 11.10 MB/s, Write = 10.23 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 13 ms, Read = 95.44 Mbps, Write = 24.04 Mbps


Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (50 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -60 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 2.59 MB/s, Write = 2.63 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 19 ms, Read = 16.32 Mbps, Write = 21.99 Mbps

Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (50 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -83 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 2.10 MB/s, Write = 1.51 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 13 ms, Read = 15.37 Mbps, Write = 10.44 Mbps

Power Consumption
• Idle: 4.2 Watts
• Load: 5.8 Watts (Transferring files to USB drive)

Cons: The WAN port is only a 10/100 which defeats the purpose of a Wireless-AC router as the AC radios are severely bottlenecked by that slow incoming connection. Wireless-N can easily saturate 100 Mbps, so why bother making this an AC router if you’re going to give it a 10/100 WAN port. That’s like capping a race car at 100 Mph, who cares if it has 867 horsepower if its top speed is 100 Mph.

The external antenna cannot be removed and therefore cannot be replaced.
As shown below, this is the slowest USB speeds I’ve ever tested on a router.

USB 2.0
• Read: 6.53 MB/sec
• Write: 4.74 MB/sec

No built in check for firmware updates in the admin portal.
Does not have an IPv6 firewall or at least has no way to manage ports on it if it does have one.

Has no way of renaming clients whose names are reported incorrectly, so you’re stuck with unknown on some and android123654….etc. on others for example.

Other Thoughts: To sum things up, I understand that it brings the cost down to not have all of the ports gigabit but on an AC router, the WAN port has to be a gigabit. With the distance performance of this router also being underwhelming I see no reason to buy this router. By not having a gigabit WAN port I would only recommend this if it was a dual band N router because it would at least make more sense that way.

TP LINK C2600 Firmware: 0.8.0.0.1 v005c.1 Build 151109

Wireless-N: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
Wireless-AC: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260

Server and Internet Speed Full Capacity: Wired Connection (1000 Mbps)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 113.53 MB/s, Write = 102.87 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 211.07 Mbps, Write = 21.74 Mbps

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

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TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps
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Pros: Very small, they truly deserve their title of being a Nano powerline Kit
Completely plug and play, worked within seconds of plugging everything in
Fairly decent design and build quality
Aesthetically pleasing since the units blend into the outlet
The LED indicator lights are fairly subtle and not overly obnoxious in terms of brightness
Features 128-bit encryption and the ability to add more powerline units
Units remained roughly lukewarm during all use and cooled slightly at idle
Quick start guide was brief and helpful

Wired Connection (10 Feet)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 10.89 MB/s, Write = 9.8 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 13 ms, Read = 94.42 Mbps, Write = 23.79 Mbps

Wired Connection (30 Feet)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 1.00 MB/s, Write = 1.99 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 13 ms, Read = 12.10 Mbps, Write = 18.07 Mbps

Power Consumption
• Idle: 1.6 Watts
• Load: 1.8 Watts

Cons: Only features a 10/100 Ethernet port

As others have noted the performance of the device is underwhelming despite the advertised claims. This just gets worse the father away the device is from the other powerline adapter as shown by the benchmarks above.

The included software doesn’t really do much. It doesn’t show any information on connection speed and the firmware update section requires you to go find the firmware instead of checking automatically.

Other Thoughts: To sum things up, this product works fairly well at close distances with good enough speed to rival a cat5 10/100 wired connection but at greater distances it suffers. In a two story house, I wouldn’t recommend this unless used on the same floor due to a good Wireless-AC connection being able to match or beat it in whole home coverage. Despite its sometimes slower speed at grander distances, it does deliver a more consistent experience over a wireless connection.

Server and Internet Speed Full Capacity: Wired Connection (1000 Mbps)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 113.53 MB/s, Write = 102.87 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 211.07 Mbps, Write = 21.74 Mbps

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

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