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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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CORSAIR RMx Series RM750X 750W 80 PLUS GOLD Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V SLI and Crossfire Ready Power Supply
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Pros: Chances are if you are looking at this product either you know Corsair makes quality products, or you have been recommended one of these power supplies. Here are the reasons why:

• Full 750w of power on the 12v Rail
• Semi-passive operation enabled by high efficiency
• 100% Japanese caps
• Plenty of connectivity cables (including SATA)
• Fully Modular
• Included cable ties for neat routing
• High reliability
• 7 Year warranty, which is fantastic
• 80+ Gold efficiency, and easily hits that, in some loads this unit can hit 92% efficiency @ 230v, (91% @ 115v)
• Unit is capable of outputting over 800w at decreased efficiency levels

Cons: This unit unlike its bigger brother the RMi model, uses a cheaper fan (Rifle bearing, vs FDB). The RMi model has a fan test button and it has the ability to connect to Windows to monitor the power supply.
Only has 1 EPS (4+4) pin connector, high end power supplies should include 2x 4+4 pin, or 1x 4+4 pin and 1x 8 pin as some high end boards have dual EPS connectors.
This unit is larger than my Season X-850 despite a lower power output (This unit had a depth of 7.09”)

Other Thoughts: Not all cables are flat, only the SATA, and Molex cables are flat.
The fan will turn on around the 400w range.
Do not plan on using this unit for SLi with anything above a 970 series, would recommend a 850w+ unit for those.
The RMx Series is replacing the older RM series.
If you choose to purchase this keep an eye on the RMi model as well, if the prices are rather close there is no reason why not to opt for the RMi.

Many people do not understand the important of a good power supply, your power supply powers your entire system, sure a high end power supply will not make it run faster, but you WAY less likely to blow out some of your expensive components, experience unexpected shutdowns, and burn down your house. A good power supply can last you a few builds, and it worth a good investment.

Speaking from experience, saving on a power supply made me spend another $150 for a new motherboard 10 years ago.

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