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This review is from: NETGEAR EX2700 N300 WiFi Range Extender Essentials Edition
Pros: First off let me get my normal disclaimer out of the way
***RANGE EXTENDERS SHOULD BE LAST RESORT***
The unit is small, attractive, and fits into most environments. The only design flaw I can find is that it is very wide taking up two sockets on my wall mounted surge suppressor. I am using the Ethernet port on the device so I did NOT want to have it unprotected.
Netgear even provides 90 days of FREE tech support to get things up and running for those who do not know what they are doing. A nice touch that I would like to see from other vendors.
Setup was really simple using the Ethernet jack. Plugged in the cable, opened the web browser, went through the wizard, and Bob's your uncle everything is running. Very simple and easy.
It took a little bit of work but I was able to log back into the configuration page which showed me connection speeds. It fluctuates between 144Mbps-300Mbps. Most of the time it is less than 200Mbps. Still the connection is consistent and performs better than the dying USB wifi adapter it replaced.
I was able to use the configuration page to disable the wireless radio, essentially turning it into a bridged client adapter.
Cons: It only uses fast Ethernet (100Mbps) for wired connections. This is a pet peeve of mine.
There is a physical on\off button. Wish they would have given you a scheduler in the configuration page instead.
When I disabled the wireless radio, turning the device into a client bridge, the web gui reported that the radio was still on with the previous settings. However a wireless scan showed no signal being produced. There is a different page indicating the radio is turned off, but this would confuse someone who is not familiar with the technology.
The unit modifies all client MAC addresses including wired ones, so if you filter MAC addresses keep this in mind.
The last issue is an odd one. After the initial configuration of the unit, for some reason my browser opened up Bing.com. I REALLY don't like Bing so it was odd to have Chrome load it out of the blue. But there have been no issues since.
Other Thoughts: I have never had much luck with extenders, creates more problems than they solve. Better to add another AP but I understand its not always an option.
If you can get this on sale it is well worth the money if used as a client bridge. (ie for your Xbox\PS4 or TV). It has been connected to my main PC and I am fairly happy with it.
This review is from: NETGEAR GS308 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch in Metal Case - Essentials Edition
Pros: It's an 8 port unmanaged switch. It's one of those devices in life that either work or don't work. That being said I will try my best to describe it's functionality.
Using this switch I was able to replace two four port switches (one of which is my AP, so now I can move my AP to a better location) and consolidate space. Performance is what you would expect from a dumb switch with it's speed rating.
I was able to simultaneously stream HD video, play games, perform backups, and run RDP sessions across my network without slow downs. All my virtual machines are happy and talking at full bandwidth.
Metal construction just feels right, though makes no difference unless in an environment with heavy EM fields.
Cons: The power adapter is cheaply made. The one for the older FE models are much better in terms of build quality. Even the four port consumer model I replaced with this had a better adapter, sadly they have different power requirements so I couldn't use it.
I would NOT rely on the power adapter.
They advertising for this switch is odd in my opinion. It talks about auto-negotiation and any port being used as an up-link port as features. These "features" have been standard on all mainstream products for many years and makes me wonder who they are trying to sell too. Either an IT admin will expect these features standard or the secretary will have no idea what they are and not care.
Other Thoughts: Though I do appreciate Netgear opening and testing the switch before sending it for review (and including their letter), it does make me question their acceptable defect rate.
It does not give me a vote of confidence that they felt their QA during manufacturing may not stand up to reviewers.
Still a really good switch.
This review is from: SteelSeries Sensei 62150 Grey 8 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 11400 dpi Gaming Mouse
Pros: When I first received the mouse I was a little let down. The box is very basic providing the same six points of interest in multiple languages. The biggest let down was the
"Certified for Windows Vista"
sticker on the bottom. You know the hard core gamers listed on the box use Vista to win all the tournaments... But at least all you Vista gamers out there will not have to worry if this mouse will work for you, its certified!
Seriously though, this mouse is not too bad. It does light up in pretty colors that you can control. You can disable buttons, assign buttons, and control the sensitivity.
I personally enjoyed the "exactaim" feature that allows precise control when moving the mouse slowly. It really did help improve my aim. I also enjoyed the fact it is larger than most mice, since I have large hands. The braided cable feels good in my hands (I'm autistic so tactile feedback is important to me).
Installing was easy. They don't provide any installation media instead opting for you to download directly from the net. Which I appreciate because I always do that anyway. Right away it updated the firmware on the mouse (first mouse I ever had that did that) and I was able to create profiles to my hearts content.
Cons: Its certified for Windows Vista and makes no mention of Windows 8 \ 8.1 . Sorry, but I can't help but wonder why we are still certifying things for Vista.
It feels cheap, lots of flimsy plastic, buttons feel like they would give out after a lot of gaming (isn't it made for gaming?). I would have preferred a little more weight to it and maybe an aluminum shell.
The lights on it are bright and you can not adjust the brightness only disable all colors. The funny thing is they let you adjust the brightness of the LCD display located on the BOTTOM of the mouse.
Speaking of which, WHY IS THERE AN LCD DISPLAY ON THE BOTTOM??? I would have given another egg if it was an e-ink display that would keep my name\logo with power disconnected. At least then I could label it in case someone tries to claim it as theirs. Lets think about this; how often would anyone, in the middle of a game, ask "What profile was I using again?" and look under their mouse?
Other Thoughts: It has an awesome sensor and a lot of options. I just don't get the feeling this was made to last very long and it has so many odd things about it that makes me say
"Nope, I wouldn't get this."
However, some of the problems can be fixed with a software update and a price reduction.