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This review is from: TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit
Pros: For this review I initially thought that I would not have much to say about a powerline adapter and I was prepared for mediocrity, thanks to my previous but limited experience with powerline adapters in the past. The first thing I noticed when opening this device was the fact the devices are pretty sleek and look quite nice which is nice since a lot of times tech gear is made to look like tech gear instead of as a part of the home. After approving of the aesthetic design I decided to try it out with my desktop which I normally have hardwired to my network switch. Once plugging it in I was pleasantly surprised that the plug-n-play nature of the device did actually work just as easily as advertised! I plugged the devices in, I secured by hitting the buttons, and was setup in a no time flat! After being setup I decided to do some network tests and found that I was pretty much getting the rated speeds (not quite but that is expected) of the gigabit port (peaked at about 100MB/s). I also used an electricity measuring device to measure the amount of electricity this used and found that it matched what was listed on the spec sheet. I was pleasantly surprised with the excellent connectivity I achieved with this device and the speeds worked quite well! After seeing how well it did on my desktop I decided to use it for about a week and did not see any adverse effects. In the past I have been disappointed with powerline adapters but these really did win me over and I am no longer only willing to recommend them as a last resort but instead I will recommend them as a pretty good option when connectivity is a concern.
Another pro would be the fact that you can easily connect multiple pairs of adapters in the same house, which is usually quite a pain with older powerline adapters but I guess these make it just as easy as securing them. I could not test this since I only received 1 pair.
Cons: As long as you know the limitations of powerline adapters I could not find any real cons other than the fact that this model does not have a power outlet passthrough and it does block a substantial portion of the outlet. I also don’t much care for the color since normally this will be located under a desk so I would think that black blends in better.
Other Thoughts: So one of the cons was that it blocks a large portion of the outlet but that is basically standard for powerlines. Another thing I wanted to mention was the fact that the prongs are a little too low which causes the top of the device to interfere with the upper outlet but you can still comfortable plug in a 2 prong plug. The fact that the device is white rubs me the wrong way because I would think this device will most likely be low or behind something so it should be black to be less noticeable but the white device look is nice.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a hard drive review so it won’t have a ton of different things to look at but I will do my best at evaluating the features of this drive that would interest me. The first thing I noticed with this drive was the enormous capacity! I had a home server not too long ago that had 10TB of useable storage (I have since upgraded) and I was pleased with that for my whole house! I find this product to be very interesting because of its market position and target customer. I personally would not jump to this drive for a NAS because it seems that it would be better suited to individual enclosures/desktop computers as opposed to use in a NAS. As a NAS drive it would be good but way overkill compared to some other NAS options, this drive really shines as a personal drive/something in a desktop. The extremely high single capacity coupled with its impressive speed really doesn’t mean much for an in home/small business NAS but for a creative professional or someone else who may need these requirements it is an exceptional piece of hardware! The drive also comes with a 5-year warranty which instills confidence and it feels like a premium product, not like they skimped just to cost the device down.
Cons: I did not find any major issues but with the combination of these three minor issues I decided to deduct a star. I found that the drive did make a bit of noise, especially under sustained loads which may have just been more noticeable to me because I was testing it on an open air bench but after some completely subjective comparison testing against a couple other drives (of smaller capacity) it was definitely louder, which may be a major consideration if creating/reviewing/editing content that involves audio right next to this device. I also wish the speeds were a little higher but that seems to be a limitation of mechanical drives, not necessarily the drives fault. And finally the price is a bit of a turn off for me BUT I am not the target demographic for this drive, I am not a creative professional and IMHO this drive is overkill for a NAS, save some money and get something designed specifically for a NAS (every HDD manufacturer has something just for NAS’s).
Other Thoughts: In this other section I was going to put the performance numbers but since everyone and their dog already has them listed I figured I would just try to include some information that would be helpful and not necessarily in every other review.
I noticed the drive was a bit heavier than I expected, which may be an annoyance if you plan on transporting this thing around in an external enclosure but is also a sign that they did not skimp on quality componentry.
The drive also has some funky mounting that surprised me when I went to put it in my test bench, the middle holes on the drive were not there which is how I normally attach drives to my open air bench; just something to keep in mind.
This review is from: Linksys CM3008 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (8x4 Bonded channels)
Pros: I could not test the full throughput of this modem but it did provide the same “full” bandwidth from my provider that I pay for (or at least as close as can be expected). This is a pretty nice cable modem that I cannot find any serious issues with but I have limited requirements. The first thing I noticed upon unboxing this modem was that it is much smaller than modems a few years ago which should make it easier to “hide” or put in discrete locations. It also has a very neutral and unobtrusive appearance so even if you have to have it easily visible it should be quiet inoffensive. I also found the included black Ethernet cable with a yellow plug convenient because it was easy for me to locate on my switch but discrete while run. I did not notice any strange noises while running such as coil whine or that strange hum/buzz that some old/cheap modems may exhibit. I also had no connectivity issues with my ISP when trying to use this modem which is a surprise considering my ISPs usual customer service….
The take-away from the pros section is that I was pleasantly surprised by the discrete aesthetic and the small size of the unit which makes it that much easier to hide even in plain sight.
Cons: After seeing how small and discrete this unit is I was a little disappointed at how bright the LEDs are. I am not 100% if it is just the brightness that bothered me or the fact that they blink/flash occasionally but that is basically par for the course for most networking devices.
I also found that the device does generate a noticeable amount of heat under sustained load, just make sure not to bury it and try to keep it open (IE on top of a bookshelf?) or it may affect the lifespan/QoS.
Other Thoughts: It’s a cable modem and I cannot fully test the capacity because my connection is not over 100 mbps but compared to my old moto surfboard it is giving me the same consistent speeds with speedtest and it is much more discrete. I like the size and am pleased to find a reasonably priced reliable modem from a reputable brand! I plan on using this modem for its lifespan now that I have it.READ FULL REVIEW