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TP-LINK Archer T1U Wireless AC450 Nano USB Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update
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5 out of 5 eggs Small, good performance, cost effective price. 07/27/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer T1U Wireless AC450 Nano USB Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update

Pros: This is a very small adapter, something you can easily plug into a laptop and leave it installed even if you toss it into a bag.
Performance is as expected for something this size and price, throughput is not limited by a USB 2.0 port.
Drivers are included on a mini CD, however if you laptop doesn't have a CD drive or has a slot loading CD drive you will need to download the drivers from TPlinks website and transfer them via a flash drive.
Compatible with Windows 7-10 (Tested on 7 and 10)
Compared to older reviews it seems like TPLinks new driver solved problems that had existed (dropping connection)
2 Year warranty on a >$20 device

Cons: None really for its size, remember that this only supports 5Ghz (not a con as it is listed in the specs)

Other Thoughts: Remember this device only supports the 5Ghz band. If you router is 2.4 only or need the added range of 2.4 you should look for something else.
There are higher performing more expensive USB adapters that are also larger, if you are in the need for speed you may want to look for those or a mini PCI-Express adapter (which is an internal upgrade that you cannot do on all laptops)

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LINKSYS WUSB6100M Next-Gen AC AC600 Mu-Mimo USB Adapter
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5 out of 5 eggs Small and powerful 06/16/2016

This review is from: LINKSYS WUSB6100M Next-Gen AC AC600 Mu-Mimo USB Adapter

Pros: This device is pretty small, and packs some good performance, 433Mb/s on AC and 150MB/s on wireless N
Driver install is very straight forward, some Windows installations will auto detect and install a built in driver, but most will need to install the driver from the CD, or download it from Linksys's website. (Also many laptops are coming without disc drives)
This adapter is a good upgrade to an older laptop or desktop to bring it up to AC speeds, however it is cheaper to go with a mini-PCI-Express card (would require opening the laptop but can be cheaper and higher performing). Some laptops brands like Lenovo, only whitelist built in cards, so to increase performance a USB solution is the only way to go.
In the same room you can expect about 21MB/s on the AC band and maxing out around 5 on wireless N 2.4Ghz (was transferring file between 1-2GB), this device will not be bottlenecked by the USB 2.0 interface (supports about 30MB/s), Any device higher than AC600 needs to be USB 3.0 to not be throttled by the USB 2.0 interface limits.

Cons: While this is small it isn't super small. You will not be able to keep this plugged into a laptop and throw it into a bag without risking damaging of the USB port or wireless adapter.
Cost is a little high for the adapter seeing as there are cheaper mini-PCI-Express solutions offering better performance.

Other Thoughts: The range on this is comparable to my Intel AC-7260 but the speeds are notably different which makes sense as the Intel card is a 2x2 solution.

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NETGEAR ProSAFE 5-Port PD Pass-through Gigabit Web Managed (Plus) Switch (GS105PE) - Lifetime Warranty
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4 out of 5 eggs Decent switch but Web UI is lacking 05/06/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR ProSAFE 5-Port PD Pass-through Gigabit Web Managed (Plus) Switch (GS105PE) - Lifetime Warranty

Pros: Has a Web UI.
Small form factor.
PoE powered (only) pass through for 2 ports. I am using a 802.3at Injector to power the switch.
QoS and VLAN tagging. To be honest I have never had a need to use QoS on a switch level but at least it is there.
Like other Netgear ProSAFE products this switch is made our of metal, which gives it a good solid feel as opposed to those cheap plastic ones.

Cons: Web UI could use some upgrading, I could only update the firmware using a TFTP server, which luckily my Synology can do, I could not figure out how to upgrade the firmware through the browser only.
The Web UI could also use some more helpful logging for PoE. The only way to see if there is a PoE fault is to look at the port LED's and go from there. The WebUI has no mention of PoE ever, no way to see current power draw. I couldn't figure out why my Wireless AP and my Mitel 5330 IP Phone would not power on at the same time. Ended up being the AP is a 802.3at device and the Phone is 802.3af. My 802.3at injector which was supplying 30watts was not enough to power those two devices and the switch, and while this my own fault I wish the Web UI was much more useful in diagnosing the problem, even if it just told me it was a 802.3at device.

Older firmware version as mentioned previously do have hard coded credentials, so for security reasons upgrading the firmware is a good idea. My device came with a firmware version without those credentials coded in, but I always like to make sure I am running on the latest firmware.

Other Thoughts: Price for this a little high at 79.99 retail (currently 73.39). I could see it sitting more reasonably at 59.99-69.99. And while you can get a 5 port switch + 2 PoE AF injectors for less you will not get a web interface, and will be stuck with using 3 outlets.

If you don't need PoE and want a switch with a good and useful Web interface I would look somewhere else, this is lacking some major features and monitoring that my two $100 switches have, although not PoE.

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