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LG Chromebase Celeron (Haswell) 2GB DDR3L 16GB SSD (Sandisk) HDD 21.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This LG looks very nice, clean, and simple. By far it's the best looking monitor I have ever owned. Very bright, sharp, and crisp display and it has built in internet with additional HDMI input. Access to the google store for apps and games. Nice slim design with built in speakers that sound good enough for a monitor. Has an audio out for more flexibility in your operating environment. The touch controls are responsive and work great and they are easy to get to. Built in wireless connected on the first try without any connection issues whatsoever. This system is super quick as it booted up automatically after I plugged it in, and before I could get back up to turn it on. Extremely simple setup if you already have a Google account just sign in and your done. Comes with a mouse and keyboard. Durable as it survived UPS dropping it on the way to be delivered. Packaged nicely to absorb the shock of UPS dropping it without physically damaging the unit inside the box.

Cons: Speakers aren't supper loud or clear but work fine for internal and you can use other speakers with the output. I'd like to have more texture on the touch controls for easier use without needing to look away from the display to make adjustments. Google based so limited operating environment although there are plenty of apps to download that will make good substitutes for just about anything you might need or want it to do. No optical drive.

Other Thoughts: I'm really loving it because it's super handy and takes up so little space. Allows me to put Youtube and Netflix in any room of the house along with Google Chrome. I've used it in the kitchen as a cookbook and in the garage as a shop manual. It's now in my kids room for their learning website and monitor for the DVD player. I'm thinking that I need another one of these to travel with my PS4 for a nice functional portable monitor that really makes the PS4 shine. I've had excellent luck with the internal WIFI picking up signal everywhere I've used it. If you're in need of a monitor for any room of your house I would recommend getting one of these as it adds functionality as well as style to the room.

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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: This range extender works for the most part and adds WIFI to my detached garage where I had absolutely no signal before. I was able to easily connect three android smart phones and an older Toshiba satellite laptop to the extended network without any major issues. Very good internal receiver antenna as I was able to connect to my network with 2 bars where my phones would have none whatsoever. WIFI calling works great while using the extender as well. Reliable connection while in close range.

Cons: Ok, here we go with the bad. If I'm anywhere in the middle between my router and the extender then both phones can't choose witch access point to use and end up draining the battery rapidly. My Galaxy s3 used an entire battery in standby in less than 6 hours because it constantly switches between the router and the extender. I tried to remedy this by moving the extender as far away from the house as possible and although I managed to improve the problem it still randomly disconnects from the router to use the extender. This poses a major problem with WIFI calling as the call gets dropped every time it reconnects to either AP.

Another issue I'm having is that even though I can connect to the extended network almost every time without an issue this is not the case while trying to connect to the main network when walking back in range of the router. I would get stuck in a connect/disconnect loop on every phone I tried this on and was only able to reconnect to the main network after turning WIFI off and back on again on the phones. The laptop seemed to always reconnect to the main network without issue.

Other Thoughts: I've found that even though I loved having WIFI in my garage that I can't use the extender because of how bad it interferes with the main network in the house. I loved the simple setup and used it plenty while outside but the problems caused my main network just outweighed the need for internet outside.

I think that there is a perfect place for one of these at a different location where most of the wireless is needed farther away from the main router but I think the best solution is to use a different hotspot altogether.

I plan to use this extender when I have cookouts and company over because we are usually outside and there would be very little traffic on the main network at that point.

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TP-LINK TL-WN8200ND High Power Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n Mini USB Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fairly easy to setup, Supports WPS for a very simple install.
Good price, durable construction, long cable for easy placement wherever needed, reliable connection for the most part.
Supports SoftAP and with two of them you can create multiple wifi hotspots, extend the range of your signal, or creating different access points.
Uses standard RP-SMA antenna connectors
Good signal quality, compared to other adapters it has the best signal strength every time!

Cons: Disconnects itself once in a while on 2 different computers (dual cores with windows 7) but runs great on my newer quad core (windows 7). Won't stay full screen on Hulu most of the time and sometimes it wont automatically connect and it loses signal completely. The driver is required from the included mini CD as Windows 7 doesn't seem to work without it and this could be a problem being since the disc is one of the mini's that not all drives can use. I would like to just plug it in and go but that maybe too much to ask considering I had trouble getting the utility/driver from their website to work. Comes with only 5dbi antennas. Slower than expected download speed (32Mbs average).

Other Thoughts: I'm happy with this adapter. It doesn't disconnect very often and seems very predictable. I've always been happy with TP-link because they always seem to work for me. I can't complain about the performance for the cost and versatility of the device. Downloaded drivers from the website just didn't work so keep track of that disc!

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Display Name: Matthew C.

Date Joined: 10/26/05

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