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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I was planning on giving this thing a pretty bad review. I've been messing with it for a week or two trying to get it to work and was about to give up and post a horrible review when it started working. The range of it is terrific compared to about a half dozen others I've used over the years. The connection really boosted the signal to excellent throughout the entire house including the 2nd floor and basement. I'm not sure what the problem connecting was but I'm happy with the results now.

Also, comes with a 2 year warranty and 24/7 unlimited tech support. This is great for something like this.

Cons: As others have said, this thing works great for a night light in the hallway...that is, as long as you don't mind a blinking night light. The extender allows for two ways to connect: WPS button on the router and extender method and the connect using the tplinkextender.net method logging in and setting up. In my case I only use the wifi for smartphones, smart tv's, tablets, etc. If you use the method of connecting to the extender itself using an android device you are taken to a website that seems to be spoofing the tplink website and/or extender. Not a good thing.

Other Thoughts: Overall I've had a lot of these devices in my house and really recommend that you buy a good quality router for the main and buy another cheaper router to use as the access point router. This is a much better way of getting the same but better results. I can say that I was surprised by this device and think it's a great unit for the guy who just wants something quick and easy. For the non-techie: Thumbs up.

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SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Jet Black Gaming Circumaural Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent headphones... 02/08/2015

This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Jet Black Gaming Circumaural Headset

Pros: Really nice 7.1 surround while playing games like FarCry4.

Lots of optional connections for PC, Tablets, TV, etc.

Great sound when listening to music.

Extra long cable when using the extension.

The lighted volume and mic on/off switches are a nice touch, especially the ability to change colors and themes.

Software has a well organized user interface and get regular updates.

Cons: No need to worry about blowing out your eardrums using the required USB 7.1 soundcard. I really was quite surprised how quiet these are running through USB versus connecting to computers headphone/microphone jacks.

No ability to connect directly to computers soundcard unless you just want standard 2.0 stereo sound. Surround sound requires the supplied USB soundcard.

Got a little uncomfortable after 4+ hours of gaming. That's probably not a con...more of a "stop playing games for so long" issue.

Instructions are a bit sparse. They are just 8 pages of pictures which left a lot to be desired. For something this expensive, I want a big thick users manual full of specs.

Other Thoughts: I really don't know a lot about circumaural headsets but have always wanted to try a set. My wife wouldn't be happy with me if I ran speakers all over the room to have surround sound while playing games. I was really impressed with these. I honestly had to take them off multiple times because I kept hearing noises coming from behind me and had me thinking that someone was sneaking up on me or breaking into the house. Really freaked me out at times which means that SteelSeries accomplished their goal with these. It's hard to go back to just stereo after using these in a game.

To be honest I can't see any other reason to buy these unless you're a gamer. They are nice headphones for listening to music but too big/bulky for standard stereo. There are other cheaper options if you just want to listen to music. Some of the reviews on here have been pretty hard on mid-range, bass, etc. but I'm not an audio aficionado, just an average person and I was blown away with the sound.

For the size of the headphones, it would be nice if there was a way to connect these directly to my soundcard...and by that I mean: Have a way to plug these into the back of the computer directly into my soundcards jacks which includes center, front left/right, rear left/right, side left/right, and subwoofer jacks. Include the processor inside the headphones to do any sounds splitting required. Maybe I'm nuts but this option would have really made these an A+.

I've owned quite a few SteelSeries products and these were just as impressive as all the other hardware. Good job, SteelSeries.

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Netgear C6300 AC1750 Wi-Fi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 in 1
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great modem/router combo 01/11/2015

This review is from: Netgear C6300 AC1750 Wi-Fi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 in 1

Pros: This unit was very easy to set up and get up and running. It was a little slow on the initial boot-up but once that's done I don't deal with it again. I really like the looks of the unit. It is very well put together and came with a nice long network cable. The interface is very well put together and organized for easy setup with a lot of options and each one has a help screen in case you're not sure what you're setting and whether changing it is a good idea or not. My favorite thing about this modem/router is it's ability to see my existing access points I have set up in my house. I've updated my router a couple time before and they refused to see the access points...I assume it's because they weren't the same brand name. This unit found them easily using the access point scan option. It picked them up without a hitch and they weren't Netgear, they were Asus so I'm super happy about that. This was the difference between boxing this thing back up and going back to my old stuff and keeping it running. As far as the wi-fi portion I'm happy with that as well. The range of the 802.11 b/g/n was actually better than my old router but the 802.11 a/n/ac wasn't near as good. I can't fault the router considering ALL the previous 5G routers have had the same problem with the 5Ghz signal in my house.

Over all this is a keeper. No problems with it at all except for the one minor con.

Cons: The minor con I had with this was more the fault of my ISP then Netgear. This unit isn't listed on the compatible modem list and so the first person I talked to told me I couldn't use it until it was certified. Researching the C6300 on the internet came up with the same issue with other people using Cox. Finally I posted on the Cox internet forums and the moderator said the C6300 isn't on the compatible list but is on their computers so I explained this to the tech support person and "Woohoo!" it was up and running with not problems.

Only other concern is that I went to Netgears website to check for firmware updates and the site isn't very simple to navigate and I assume there isn't an update because I couldn't fine anything. There isn't a "Check Firmware" section in the router interface which should be a standard feature.

Other Thoughts: Seems kind of pricey for a modem/router but considering this has the latest features/technology I really can't complain. I'm very happy with this unit.

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