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NETGEAR EX7000 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best Range Extender EVER 07/16/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR EX7000 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: "Fast Lane" eliminates interference caused by repeating a 2.4GHz signal as other range extenders suffer from. Signal from router to extender can use one frequency (ex: 2.4GHz) while extender to devices can use another (ex: 5GHz).

Simply flawless signal. No more dead spots or waiting for content to load after upgrading from a cheap Netgear WN300RP.

Slick design and can be oriented vertically or horizontally and looks really cool either way.

Permits hardwire access point configuration with ethernet cable.

Cons: Can not be used as a router.

Antennas floppy unless tightened fairly firm.

Setup wants you to create a Netgear.com username and password account for no apparent reason.

Firmware update failed the first time, worked the second try.

Other Thoughts: I can not be happier with the signal strength and quality. This is the ultimate range extender / access point, but it doesn't make sense that it can't be used as a router since it has all the features of a router such as parental controls and time limits. Oh well.

"Fast Lane" is so good I went ahead and disabled the SSID of the primary router. After over a month of use I have never once had a to wait for something to load or try to refresh due to packet loss.

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TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent router. Perhaps overkill. 06/24/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router

Pros: Automatically distributes 5GHz devices evenly between the two bands with excellent range appearing as only as a single SSID if you choose. Multiple high-end devices can have dedicated channels of 802.11ac while your phones and tablets can utilize their own 2.4GHz band.

USB storage sharing is nearly perfect. Can assign up to 5 users with Read or Read/Write access. DLNA flawless. Copy speed from USB3.0 hard drive was around 50-65MB/s on 802.11ac.

Menu is snappy to load and apply settings with lots of well written information for novices on each setting.

Ideal for wall-mounting. Feels solid.

Cons: Some wireless devices appear as wired under Client Status page.

Wireless network won't stay connected to LG LB6300 Smart TV on 5GHz or 2.4GHz. Works fine with $30 cheap router. Makes me question it's compatibility, but I'm confident TrendNet will fix it with a firmware update.

Default passwords on bottom of router are too long and hard to read.

Price is really high.

Other Thoughts: You will only need this when you have a high number of wireless devices in your home. Congestion will be eliminated.

To determine if your wireless adapter supports 5GHz and/or 802.11ac, click "Start", type cmd, hit Enter, type: netsh wlan show drivers, hit Enter. Look for "Radio Types Supported:".

If it only reads "802.11b 802.11g and 802.11n" it's only 2.4GHz.

If includes "802.11a" alongside the above, it's 5GHz.

If it lists "802.11ac", you are ready for full throttle wireless 1.3Gbps glory.

Date and time settings are wonky and should be part of initial configuration. Makes time based parental controls not work properly until it's done. Daylight Savings Time should be on by default. "NTP Settings" should be renamed "Internet Time".

Refreshing Client Status page causes HTML tables to disappear.

Not a fan of the six antennas on a desk, but wall-mounted they look really cool. The antennas are not removable.

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Spigen Neo Hybrid Gunmetal Case for iPhone 6 (4.7
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Like a glove 02/09/2015

This review is from: Spigen Neo Hybrid Gunmetal Case for iPhone 6 (4.7") SGP11031

Pros: Almost as slim as the phone. Thinner than any of my friends cases and looks better.

Easier to hold the phone than without a case.

Rubber rim on front gives something to grip and when turned face-down, won't slide around or scratch the screen.

Bottom port holes are great for pinky finger rests in vertical position. Makes holding it more comfortable than without.

Buttons click perfectly fine. Not sure what other the review is talking about. In fact, I prefer having separate volume up and down button action instead of the "rocker".

Cons: I find the iPhone 6 a little "slippery" without a case. This rubber back is an upgrade from the smooth back of the actual phone in terms of grip, but it could be a little more rubbery.

Other Thoughts: I shopped long and hard for the perfect case and tried out at least a dozen. This is the one to get and at an excellent price.

Also, the "PayPal Here" card reader still fits perfectly in the headphone jack. This was important to me.

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Display Name: Matthew H.

Date Joined: 01/05/05

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  • First Review: 09/28/05
  • Last Review: 07/16/15
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