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Pros: The light bulbs are well made. They put out light that looks exactly like the incandescent bulbs we all grew up with and our eyes got used to. They don't get too hot and seem to be able to run for several hours.
The app works well and has several options (latest updated iOS on iPhone 6+). At first I was unable to get this device to sync to my phone after initially downloading the app, however, after resetting my phone the app informed me that there was a firmware update available. The firmware update started and informed me that it could take as long as 10 minutes to install the update. I am so used to reading those kinds of warnings that I waited patiently for the update to finish at first...then eventually went about my business thinking it was frozen. When it says 10 minutes it isn't kidding! It took forever but afterwards the control box found the two light bulbs and they began working properly.
I am able to dim the lights, set them on a "schedule" to where two lights (or more according to Belkin) work in unison without having to dim each one individually. There are a few hiccups here and there (app freezes or has to restart, bulbs not recognized right away without restarting app) but overall a device like this has LIMITLESS possibilities (see "other thoughts").
Cons: The app seems to still be in its infancy and requires some "tweaking" and patience but once the phone is restarted, the app updated, and firmware installed everything seems to work much more smoothly.
Other Thoughts: The little center support device is a beautiful bright white that matches our wall plates and trim nicely and isn't too overly obvious or ugly. I've moved it to some extreme areas of the house (the directions say to place it in a central location) and it picks up the router and the bulbs so this device would work well in the center of even a very large house (my house is not very large or even large, but I have a basement and a finished attic where I keep my router) but with the two devices (router and control hub) at opposite ends they still were able to communicate with one another.
Although NewEgg does not seem to carry all of the WeMo devices yet there is a coffee pot, crockpot, humidifiers, heaters, etc. All that can be activated remotely. Want to slow cook some dinner but don't need the full 8 hours of your work day to cook it? WeMo! Want some coffee but don't want to get out of bed just yet to make it and weren't sure when you were waking up so didn't program a time? WeMo!
I'm very excited to see where these devices go from here. They can only get better!
This review is from: NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
Pros: Let me begin this review by saying that I was initially excited to receive this router for an EggXpert review. I had two other routers I'd reviewed before but this Netgear seems to be the latest and greatest and two of my friends have the older Nighthawk routers and love them. I will, unfortunately, for the very first time be writing most of this review down in the "cons" section.
This router has a ton of options. Set up seems pretty easy. There is a switch on the back to turn off the LED lights if they are too bright. This wasn't mentioned that I saw in the set up guide I used so I felt somewhat stupid when support told me about the switch on the back for the LEDs. The call to support was mostly to test how well the company backed their product so I only felt slightly stupid.
The plug. For JOY the plug! It does not have a giant brick on the end that takes up two or more outlets!! It is just a standard plug on the end that fits gloriously into any spot on my UPS.
Cons: The router I have experiences intermittent connectivity issues. When I called support the person I talked to seemed very nice but after addressing the LED issue he talked to me very slowly and carefully like I was a moron. Believe me I would have felt like one if I'd have called about the LED issue as a paying customer instead of a reviewer. I am nitpicking here, I know, as again the tech support guy was very nice and helpful. Unfortunately Netgear's policies cripple the support aspect.
I know what I'm doing when it comes to hardware and setting up networks...even if I can't be bothered to read a manual to find information about an LED on/off switch, believe me I really do. My old router never disconnected on me and I am using the EXACT same wiring and other hardware. It seems this router is just faulty. It will just freeze. No response from the router when trying to access it from the router's setup and management page, no activity on the lights, and the modem reads that there is no activity. I've tried different cables, then the same old ones again, different UPS devices, my old modem instead of the current one...and there is only one constant when the problem occurs: the Nighthawk router.
The first question asked by support was "What is the brand of your modem?" I was waiting for this question...the attempt to blame it on my modem. I responded "Netgear". There was a bit of stammering and I had a good chuckle. I was then told that I needed to call when the router was experiencing the problem so that they can help me adjust my settings. I wasn't asked about my settings or walked through any steps to adjust the router. I was also informed that this router only comes with 90 days of free technical assistance and a 1 year warranty.
It's a THREE HUNDRED DOLLAR router! There are routers 1/3 the price of this router that have the same settings, do the same job, have the same range/signal strength (without looking like some evil alien bug that wants to attach to my face and lay eggs in my throat) and have support that continues without a ceiling placed upon it. I was stunned about the 90-day thing. 1 Year on a warranty is pretty much standard...but only 90 days of assistance? I suppose it makes sense that this router's target consumer base are people who would never need technical assistance to begin with...but I guess that's what I'm here for; to review this item to identify flaws and help different users decide whether this is the product for them. Basically, if you are only buying a wireless router for your average run-of-the-mill home network then don't buy this one.
Other Thoughts: It's unfortunate this router wound up being wonky. I've played with the settings and turned different features on and off, I've connected only one device with wireless both on and off, wireless only with no devices connected except the modem and it's just...broken. Support is sub-par considering the price of this monstrosity.
It is fortunate for me that I didn't pay anything for this router and couldn't care less about it being non-functional. I will pitch it in the recycle pile for electronic devices and go back to my old device. If I'd have paid $300 for this thing I would be far less jovial.
Looks like it's back to my other non-Netgear router!
This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
Pros: TONS of space. Let's be honest 5TB is huge. I already had a 2TB drive for my wife to backup pictures, videos, and architecture REVIT files. The USB 3.0 is very fast and moving about 30GB worth of pictures and movies only took a few minutes.
Install is seamless. Windows 7 recognized the drive immediately and it was up and running and I was able to transfer files.
The apps for both Apple iPhone and Android devices (in this case my wife's Samsung Galaxy S3) work well. Though only one device can be backed up at a time. Starting the app on another device will kick the original device that was backing up. Now that we have the apps installed the backup runs in the background and we don't even notice.
Cons: The software that comes with the drive could use a bit more work. I started the software (it comes saved on the hard drive) and it asked me to register the drive. Easy enough...so I did that. Then there was an updated version of the software I could download. The install failed at first but after restarting the computer the install continued and completed successfully.
The software does NOT make a complete backup of your computer's hard drive. In the event of having to restore your hard drive due to an operating system failure the drive will be of no use. You won't lose your files, true, but you had better be ready to do a fresh install of your OS. I could be wrong on this but was unable to locate any program files in the backup folder that the software created.
The power plug. It seems like any device that requires a wall power receptacle ALWAYS gets this mentioned as a negative from me. I know it's kind of petty...but why...WHY can we put a tank on another PLANET that sends back complex scientific data on soil composition and atmospheric readings but we can't create a power adapter that takes up only one plug on a power surge strip? Just like my router, my modem, my other two backup drives, and even the charger for a couple of my wife and my mobile devices this device has an awkward annoying oblong brick that takes up one and a half outlets on the power strip. I had to rearrange several plugs and cords so that this thing was on the bottom of the strip. Again this is minor...but I consider it a con and I will continue to mention it in my reviews. There HAS to be a better way!
Other Thoughts: This is a great device. I'm sure with third-party backup software this thing would be a BEAST of a backup drive. 5TB is massive and for the size the drive itself is quite small and able to be hidden. I placed it behind my wife's monitor and we quickly forgot that it was even there (other than it backing up our files and showing up in the device list in Windows).READ FULL REVIEW
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