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ZyXEL PLA5206KIT HomePlug AV2 AV1000 Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, Up to 1000 Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs wired internet w/out having to wire 04/13/2015

This review is from: ZyXEL PLA5206KIT HomePlug AV2 AV1000 Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, Up to 1000 Mbps

Pros: The biggest benefit to this adapter is the ability to run a wired connection to your network across a run/to a room that you don't want to run ethernet.

Other than that, there are not very many benefits.

Cons: To start it did not work to replace my current setup w/out many hassles.

To be fair to the unit, it's an atypical setup, I run a TPLink tl-pa4010 (500mbps) through an extension cord (no other devices on the cord, or the outlet) on the other side I run a line out into a Netgear GS108 switch, and that runs to my HPTC (home theater pc), roku, ps3, NTV550, two cameras, and my receiver.

After swapping out the adapters I was unable to get a single connection to my network. I did the sync, it showed 3 green lights, I power cycled the switch (at most what I typically have to do) and still no network. The devices were not able to obtain any IP, it was as if they were not connected at all to my network. I tried to remove my switch and connect only to my HPTC, still nothing.

I'm not sure why the extension cord would have prevented it from working, but for whatever reason it didn't work. I have used 4 other powerline adapters from this extension cord/setup and none have had issues.

I swapped the extension cord for a longer ethernet run and was able to get a connection, but not to my GS108, only to my HTPC alone. I tried to swap out 4 additional switches & none worked (GS105, GS116e, LGS308P, tl-sg1008). The most interesting part was that in each device, they all had gigabit connection indicators.

So in my opinion I would have returned the device and should not have had to even try so many different iterations of connection.

To the HTPC I was connected from one single outlet to another single outlet w/ 3 devices plugged in, in addition to the other adapter.

The average connection speed I obtained was less than that which I typically receive with my AV500 devices (TPLink tl-pa4010 and tl-wpa4220). It was barely faster than the 200mbps Netgear and Trendnet adapters I used to use (xavb1301 and tpl-306e/a respectively). I used the same connection for the netgear, but the trendnet was actually to a further away location for this comparison. In addition, the two devices actually went through the extension cord too.

Overall, I felt that not only did the device perform well below it's stated speeds, but in addition, it was essentially not useable for anyone that doesn't want to just run an internet line to a single device.

In addition, to further substantiate that the PC was connecting at the claimed 140mbps, I was unable to stream any bluray mkv rips without extreme stuttering, this is from a dedicated file server.

Overall, i'd recommend that people just tap into their wifi over a device like this, considering that you can spend far less & get far better results. If you really need to go wired to a device you can get any number of wifi access points that'll output an ethernet connection.

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Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great router, solid connection 03/25/2015

This review is from: Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)

Pros: Replaceable directional antenna, but sufficient on their own
Gigabit wired
1300mbps wireless
usb3 port on rear (some others put usb2 on rear and usb3 on front)
Impeccable connectivity, not a single connection issue with any of my 14 wired or 32 wireless devices
linksys support

Cons: A couple issues in the admin GUI
Router forces update of firmware
Reboots hang, gui doesn't show any progression
Not 100% speeds, this ac1900 nets less than my dlink ac1750 connection

Other Thoughts: Overall this was a great router. It had zero connectivity issues.

Some benchmarks...

Testing against a Netgear r7000, dgnd4000, and dlink dir 868l with two AC nic's (netgear entry level AC nic and dlink dwa182)

Dlink router
585 mbps connection speed 90% link and signal strength 5ghz on the dlink nic
390 mbps connection 100% link & signal strength 5ghz on the netgear nic

r7000 router
481 mbps connection speed 100% link & signal 5ghz on the dlink nic
350 mbps and 100% link & signal 5ghz on the netgear nic

2.4ghz network performed on par with the r7000 and dgnd4000 routers.

In my opinion the router performs amazingly over the 5ghz network.

Overall, it was on par for speed and connectivity with the netgear, on par with the connectivity of the dlink, but a little slower.

Overall, it was a great and stable router that was about average for feature set. There could be improvements with the admin GUI, features, and connection speeds. But overall, it was a great option.

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Seagate 500GB USB 2.0 / WiFi Wireless Mobile External Hard Drive STDC500402 Red
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Good device, horrible security 01/31/2015

This review is from: Seagate 500GB USB 2.0 / WiFi Wireless Mobile External Hard Drive STDC500402 Red

Pros: Small pocketable size - I fit it in my dockers pocket easily, it's a 2.5" hard drive in an enclosure with integrated battery pack.

Allows wpa and wpa2 - allows for a secure connection after initial login. Does away with horrible legacy wep standards.

The charge remaining indicator is awesome, letting you know how much battery life you have left. Although a minor con associated with this...

Easy connection, easy streaming via android.

Can connect to internet even though the device connects to your wifi. In the old days, you'd be stuck w/out internet access when connected to a wifi hdd.

Cons: I would have given this device a 3.5-4 star review, however, there is one huge insane security flaw. The device will allow you to protect your data by securing the wireless network connection. However, you can reset the wireless settings, thus removing the security, creating an OPEN wireless connection, any device can now connect to it, and has FULL access to your data. DO NOT put any sensitive information on this device if you have any intention of it being susceptible to theft or left alone for any period of time. Well unless you don't care if someone takes your information.

Given this huge security flaw, i'd recommend that you use this device for nothing more than media streaming.

2.4ghz only, it seems like when even entry level devices are 5ghz capable that this device could easily allow 5ghz connectivity. I assume that it's due to a minimal increase in power draw for the 5ghz connection that they do not allow it.

USB file transfers are not allowed...I could not transfer files over USB from my laptop to the device. While it might not seem like much, I received wireless averages of 3.02mb/s on transfers of my video files. Transferring to a USB 2 flash drive normally averages 20-40 mb/s on most devices. This would mean if you wanted to transfer 500gb of data it'd take 47.09 hours wirelessly vs 7.11 hours if you did it via USB at the slowest average or 3.56 hours at the highest.

Wireless connectivity, while I did not have any issues connecting and maintaining a connection, I do have issues with the speeds of connection. To my laptop w/in 1-2 feet of the device I got 72mbps max connections, to my cell phones 65 mbps max connections.

For wireless, I can change the ssid and add WPA security, however, you can not change the IP of the network created by the device.

Media wise, I had no issues with the device connecting to multiple android cell phones (gs1, gs3, note 2, note 4, one M8, and g3) but connecting to my laptop was less than stellar. The included videos would play over the wifi connection, but were choppy to the point they were unwatchable. The media I copied over would not even stream to my laptop, it would just download the file to my laptop.

The 60ish second startup seemed excessive.

The battery life was not what they claimed, I assume that they were claiming 6 hours of life if you're using it to look at one single picture and with no internet access through the device. I got about 3.5 hours with intermediate access and intermittent shutdowns.

Other Thoughts: This device is a pretty good device, it really is a welcome addition.

If you can overlook the major security flaw...then sure it's a great device. I wish they offered some data encryption and a separate password for encryption vs the wifi password. But all in all I can't understand how anyone would ever allow such a breach in security, in my opinion, you forget your wifi password and have to reset your device, then you just lose your data...or else have a second password on there that'll allow you to reset the wifi password w/out access to the data.

For me, I had to remove all my pictures and docs off the device and will use it solely for movies and music.

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