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Pros: This is a review of the 2TB FZEX WD black.
I've owned several WD black drives and this one is my latest and the best. The drive is quieter than any of the other drives in my computer, including 2 other WD black drives. It also runs a bit cooler than a similar but older WD black 2TB FAEX model. I did a quick speed comparison between the new and older 2TB WD black drives and this newer one is about 10% faster in the various random copy and move tasks I gave it.
Cons: None so far!
Other Thoughts: I'm very happy to keep insisting on these WD Black drives for my primary computer and also my backup/storage file server. They do run a bit hotter than slower drives but a $5 fan fixes that, giving me much faster performance. None of my WD black drives are particularly noisy, but this one is the quietest and coolest WD Black drive I currently use. The FZEX model update seems to have some real benefits. Cooler, quieter, and faster than my 2TB FAEX model so zero complaints here!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LINKSYS RE6300 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
Pros: In a nutshell, it worked on the first try, and gave me a full strength signal out in my backyard garage where before I could barely detect a wifi signal, let alone get a good connection.
Unlike some other reviewers, I found the setup to be very easy. I think I had the device set up and installed in less than 5 minutes. I don't use WPS on my 802.11ac router (which is not a Linksys router btw), so I used the alternate setup instructions on the back of the pamphlet. There is one potential setup issue for some users which I'll explain in the cons, but for me the setup was seamless. I plugged it in, waited for the light to turn amber, connected my laptop to the new extender wifi signal, selected my home wifi router from a list of all wifi signals the extender had detected, entered in the passwords, selected extender wifi and administrator passwords, and that was it. It just worked, first try.
After moving the extender out to my garage, I went to speedtest and ran 2 connection tests. Ping times remained only 10ms, and the connection maxed out at my cable internet's advertised top speed, telling me that I'm not seeing any big speed or latency losses through the extender.
Cons: The primary drawback I can see which may be the reason why some users can't get this extender to work on the first try, is that the extender defaults to 192.168.1.1 as its ip address and subnet. While *most* wifi routers come from the factory set to 192.168.0.1, some come set up as 192.168.1.1. In those cases, the wifi extender probably won't work at all until the main wifi router network is changed to something (almost anything 192.168.x.1 will probably work) other than 192.168.1.1.
Unfortunately the instructions, while useful enough when things go right, don't really highlight this single easily fixable conflict. It should be step 1 - ensure existing wifi router is not using 192.168.1.x subnet and if it is, change it to something else like 192.168.0.x.
Other Thoughts: I'm really liking this wifi extender. I got a good connection from it, and setup was really easy. The price is somewhat high but I think that simply reflects the fact that this is an ac750 wifi router, one of the faster ones you'll find. You can get cheaper extenders but not many will offer true dual band 802.11ac for much less. For the price, features, and ease of setup, I would recommend this to anyone who needs a little more range from an existing wifi setup.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Linksys WRT004ANT High-Gain Antenna 4-Pack
Pros: I was excited to get the 4-pack of Linksys high-gain antennas, because I live in a 2-story house with some gaps in coverage and I've never been able to get any kind of usable signal in my garage. I'm happy to say that the antennas deliver on their promise of improved signal strength and range.
I installed these antennas on a non-Linksys brand 802.11ac router. Although the color scheme clashes badly, the antennas plugged right in. So even if you don't have a Linksys router, these antennas may still work. Just make sure the attachment type is compatible and you'll need a solid 5/8" or so diameter around the plug if the plug is recessed due to the nice ribbed collar around the connector.
Speaking of that connector, its nice to see that the connectors seemed to be well constructed. I expect these antennas to be very durable and should probably last long enough that I can use them on future new wifi routers whenever I upgrade what I'm currently using.
For testing, due to a lot of competing signals from neighbor's wifi, my download speeds usually vary quite a bit based on neighbor activity. So I didn't do speed testing. Instead, I monitored signal strength in a few locations in the house and tested signal usability in areas that were unusable with the original antennas. I was very happy to see that in the area where I usually use my laptop, signal strength went from 82% to 100%. In my wife's office, signal strength went from 50% to 75%. In the garage where the wifi signal was present but unusable, strength went up to about 40% and I could actually connect to the internet and browse web pages.
So I consider this antenna upgrade an unqualified success - It boosted signal strength (and probably transfer speeds) everywhere I checked, and it gave me a useable signal in my garage where previously I couldn't get any sort of useable network access.
I should note here that because my wifi router only has 3 antennas, I only used 3 of the 4 included antennas. So I have a spare in case one of them breaks and if my next router has 4 antennas then I'm set up for success without having to buy additional antennas.
Cons: The only con I have is that there wasn't any sort of instruction or information booklet included in the packaging. Some simple details on recommended antenna angles or technical specifications on the antenna gain was what I expected, but nothing was included. I suppose you can find this information online but it wasn't even printed on blank spots on the box. The only useful bit of information was a notice that these antennas are omnidirectional, which means that beyond basic rules like don't point the tip of the antenna directly at where you want the signal to go, there shouldn't be any real restrictions on how the antennas are oriented to get good signal strength. There are some reviews that state that these antennas are directional, and I believe that to be incorrect based on the antenna design and what it says right on the box. Again, just don't point the tip right at the receiver and it should be ok.
Other Thoughts: Overall I recommend these antennas as a really nice and easy upgrade for any compatible wifi router. The antennas are compatible with 802.11a/b/n/g/ac, meaning pretty much every router on the market that has removable antennas. Of course if you don't have a Linksys branded router then the color scheme won't match, but that's a pretty small concession to make for the improved performance. Also some people might be turned off by the large size of the antennas since these things are about a foot long each, but that's what gives them the improved performance so anyone who needs/wants the performance probably won't care about the size.
I'm keeping these in use on my main router, and I expect they'll be transferred to my next router too. It's a tech investment that'll last a while.