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LINKSYS RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+ Mu-Mimo W-Fi Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs I'm impressed so much I might be buying another! 08/25/2016

This review is from: LINKSYS RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+ Mu-Mimo W-Fi Range Extender

Pros: Starting with the packaging this product comes in a simple, but elegant solution. Open the box, read the short instructions, stick it in the wall and with a few simple configurations you are off and running. I've had many and I mean many extenders. This is by far the best extender I have ever used, bar none. I own a large home and I have struggled with adequate wireless coverage for years. Once I did the spot finder and found the appropriate location in my house I actually disabled my WAP that was nearby. This saturates more than 50% of the western side of my house (3500sq ft). My wifi strength and speeds throughout the house on a laptop and various smart phones is always right at or near my wired speeds of 90mbs down/6mbs up.

One thing that others have wished they could test was the Max-Stream seamless roaming. Well after some time I decided to purchase their AC1900 Max-Stream router and see what this was all about. In the past I have used WAPs on different channels using the same SSID, but it was never seamless. This technology when paired with the Max-Stream router and the seamless technology is so frigin flawless I love it. I never have drops anymore or issues with my wifi devices moving from the basement to the upper floors. If you own this extender and haven't bought their new routers, do it, you won't regret it.

Cons: I'd say the thing I don't like most is the cost, but the age old saying you get what you pay for stands true. I've had many upon many extenders at lesser prices and they weren't this good at what they were built to do. The other con is to enjoy the seamless roaming you have to buy their router, which for me set me back another $185. I ultimately justified this cost because my Archer C8 was deciding it didn't like to keep my wifi up consistently. After switching to the new Linksys Max-Stream router and this extender, I literally have had zero problems. On the Archer I had drops at least 1-2x a week.

Other Thoughts: One thing I'd like to give an alternative point to is the DirecTV discussion. I own the HD DVR and the GenieGO. I have had them connected both on wifi and wired and experienced no problems. I'm not sure why the other person experienced those issues, but I can attest that DirecTV and this extender with their router has no issues. All in all, buy this extender and while you are at it, buy their Max-Stream seamless roaming router, you won't be disappointed.

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NETGEAR GS324 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop / Rackmount Switch
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5 out of 5 eggs Great Gigabit Switch! 08/25/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR GS324 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop / Rackmount Switch

Pros: What a great switch at a great price. I've owned other business class switches with many fewer ports at a higher or equivalent cost per port. Nothing required to configure, just unbox, unplug and connect your Ethernet cables. It auto detects and indicates to you via differing colors. What I enjoyed most that is often left to the wayside by Network hardware designers is wall mounting. This switch comes with that option stock and was easy to do setup under my stairs. Since receiving this item, I have zero issues with my network and I've currently populate 15 of the ports throughout my house.

Another feature that I haven't benefited from, but others could is it rack mountable and comes with the hardware. I've seen other manufactures indicate their switch is rack mountable, but not come with the hardware.

Cons: Literally the only con I can think of is the metal tabs within the switch body that when wall mounted could be pressed in too far by a screw creating contact with the internal components. I experienced this and had to open the switch up and push the metal tabs back to stock position. After that, no issues.

Other Thoughts: I have already recommend this route to a few people who have run out of space on their 6/8-port switches. If I ever need another switch of this size for personal/professional use, I wouldn't hesitate to order it. You can't go wrong with this purchase.

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SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse - Sakura Purple
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5 out of 5 eggs Simple purple corded mouse. 08/25/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse - Sakura Purple

Pros: It is a purple mouse made by a reputable brand that is simple in character, yet elegant. I decided to let my wife give it a go and she reported back that she really likes it. As of late, she is consistently using and she really appreciates that the buttons on the sides are perfectly placed for her hands. She also likes that it doesn't get dirty as easily as other mice she has used. Another thing she mentioned is that it glides smoothly and effortlessly, which can probably be contributed to its lightweight. All in all, I'd say at this price and for the function, it is a great mouse.

Cons: Given we've been testing it for some time, I would say there isn't a con to be found for it. It is in a stiff market of other mice, but I think it can hold its own with its elegance.

Other Thoughts: I'd definitely recommend this friends and family looking for an optical, lightweight, purple mouse. If in the situation in the future we need another mouse, I wouldn't hesitate buying this mouse.

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Display Name: Kristopher K.

Date Joined: 07/11/03

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  • First Review: 11/08/13
  • Last Review: 08/25/16
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