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Netgear XAVB5421-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit with Pass-Thru Outlet,up to 500Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is without a doubt the simplest power line adapter I’ve installed; it’s truly, plug and play. It works amazingly well > 80Mbps one hundred + feet distance spanning two panels (one arc fault). There isn’t anything to dislike; two plugs-ins, connect a few cables, pick a plug verifies unprompted the connection. What ordinarily would be a button to sync the adapter is a security button; don’t mistakenly push it until installation is complete.

I imagine; AV (XAVB5421-100PAS AV500) refers to be audiovisual, if so, it implies it can’t/shouldn’t be used for anything else > its application specific. That’s a misnomer, there’s a lot more to this device than A/V; HD streaming & gaming.

Ideally, all buildings would include hard wired Ethernet connectivity, even if they did, outlets would likely be in the wrong place. This power-line adapter accomplishes the task very well. Incidentally, there wasn’t a conflict using unrelated (different manufacturer) power line adapters on shared wiring.

Distributing an effective Wi-Fi signal is essential; impractical in many situations without an asset like this tethered to a Wi-Fi expansion device. I’ve been using power line adapters for quite a while; the new breed is ultra-stable (plug-and-play); compare that to the ongoing hassle of resyncing wireless range extenders.

Cons: Without getting into the details; following instructions “do not plug in a power strip,” a distant wall plug was used; requiring a 20 ft. Cat 6 Network Cable to connect the adapter to the router.

Other Thoughts: Using a wireless bridge or remote access point in conjunction with a power-line adapter beats attempting to piggyback a wireless signal using a wireless range extender. There’s no getting around, wireless has been interwoven into the fabric of everyday life; contemplate supplementing this power-line adapter with (“amazing value”) > D-Link Amplifi Access Point/MediaBridge (DAP-1525) StandardsIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3abFrequency Band2.4GHz/5.0GHz.

I’ve discussed my two favorite applications, Wi-Fi extension & net cams; the importance of having a handy Ethernet receptacle/s available shouldn’t be forgotten, i.e., homework station; it would be a good idea to get an extra set > growing the ensemble to three outlets; they’ll work in unison.

Arguably purported speed rating may be overstated - nevertheless – from my perspective; it’s irrelevant. There’s little doubt, this power line kit is faster than my ISP (download 66.31MPS), more than adequate.

Klevv Cras 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4-24000) Memory Model KM4C4GX4A-3000-16-18-18-36-0
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5 out of 5 eggs Blend w/ with new & re-purposed parts >remarkable homebrewed PC 06/15/2015

This review is from: Klevv Cras 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4-24000) Memory Model KM4C4GX4A-3000-16-18-18-36-0

Pros: Very impressive packaging > arrived encased in an extraordinary compartmentalized case; enclosed memory modules had a science fiction vibe > striking, brushed stainless steel band against a back textured background. Its physical presentation is something to behold; heightening expectations. An insignificant flaw detracted from a nearly perfect presentation; several screws attaching the module's stainless steel collar weren’t properly seated/flush.

There’s little doubt we’ve got something special here, turning another page in PC development; DDR4 SDRAM offering improved power efficiency > 20-40% over DDR3; twice the speed of its predecessor DDR3, with faster fault discovery – and - improved data communication with the main board. Despite all that, a case identification badge wasn’t included.

Transitioning to these innovations would be quick, if it were as simple as slapping new RAM in an old rig, it isn’t. Taking the leap isn’t going to be cheap or easy; it’ll require new infrastructure to support it > replacing motherboard, CPU + cooling device; things which can be swapped/re-purposed > peripherals, case, power supply, hard drive, optical drive, miscellaneous plug-in boards (Wi-Fi, graphics and etcetera) and operating system. On the other hand, you could start from scratch, there’s no reason too; PCs are modular, designed to be tinkered with.

For many, cost will be a deterrent & unjustifiable premature hassle; others will find it as exciting as unwrapping a gift. DDR4’s strengths go way beyond gaming +s; folks, which dealing numbers; words & graphics > large (cross-platform) images, text documents > PDF documents, converting PDF files, creating PDFs, and scientific applications, i.e., radio frequency spectrum analysis.

Turning the page from DDR3 SDRAM to DDR4 SDRAM is comparable to the evolution of 802.11n to 802.11ac Wi-Fi a few years back. At that time, the prevailing attitude was 802.11ac it wasn’t ready for prime time; naysayers were wrong; so are folks that are skeptical about DDR4 & this product > they’re on the verge of changing the PC landscape.

Cons: Documentation not included. It’s pricey, so is a Rolls-Royce.

Other Thoughts: Mentioned, not to detract from the overall quality & performance > the manufacturer has successfully created a beauty contest winner embracing window-dressing and gingerbread, which’ll be unseen in an enclosure, LED light enhancement included. Expensive packaging closely follows suit. From a marketing perspective, aesthetics aren’t as important as price-performance-value. In lieu of the glitz, include a testing report with each module. Simply put, effort spent attempting to create an upscale image is unnecessary; the product doesn’t need it; it speaks for itself.

An off-the-shelf DDR4 SDRAM 3000 PC can cost more than two thousand dollars > reason enough to homebrew one. An early adapters hypothetical $970 (memory weighted) scenario > cost-effective CPU ($220) > BX80644E52603V3 (will work with most LGA 2011-3 x99 motherboards, Verify). $250 motherboard + $20 for LGA 2011 cooler - and - (the icing on the cake) Klevv Cras 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4 SDRAM 3000 @ $480 >blend with re-purposed parts… Need/want MORE > Enhance swaps!

Interesting > the manufacturer Essencore (Hong Kong) was established in 2014 with only 12 employees their house-Brand is “KLEVV.” The Chief Executive Officer holds a Ph.D.; pictures of their (likely outsourced) production facilities in South Korea are impressive. There’s little doubt this is a fresh premium product; evidenced by its Jan, 2015 launch, awards & credentials > purportedly conceived by (some of the) the world's best memory engineers.

They’ve got an apparently great product; we need to nurture this new creative in the industry (my contribution, an optimal rating). Competition drivers’ innovation, if you’re in the market for high-end computer memory > support this start-up…

OCZ Vector 180 VTR180-25SAT3-120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Meantime between failure (MTBF) 2,300,000 hours > trustworthiness! 05/17/2015

This review is from: OCZ Vector 180 VTR180-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Increasingly, reliance on resident internal hard drive storage is becoming passé as cloud storage becomes more prevalent; self-sufficiency and enhancing storage in a thin, light inexpensive new breed of laptop with embedded memory and inability to accept an Internal drive is perplexing.

An OK solution heretofore was a USB Flash Drive, a much better choice > OCZ Vector 180 VTR180-25SAT3-120G > USB 3.0 2.5" SATA Hard Drive Docking Station. Providing no-hassle > PC data swap/access from/to lap-top (intended cloud based) with the ease of a USB3 connection.

The cloud is an excellent place to archive data, but it can’t be compared with the immediacy of an adequate resident Solid-State Drive. I’ve connected mine using a Roswell SATA Docking w/ USB3 > Windows 10 build 10074 & Windows 8.1. I’m aware this configuration will limit functionality; nevertheless, it won’t affect my highest priorities, reliability and expediency. Using a docking station gives you unparalleled no-hassle data portability, reliability w/ outstanding power failure management (power loss). Additionally, the drive can be easily removed and stored in a fireproof vault for safekeeping.

Don’t compare the OCZ Vector 180 with seemingly economic data cheap data preservation workarounds, i.e., SD-card, I’ve learned the hard way, data worth preserving requires close attention to where and who data is entrusted. I back my data up in triplicate; original on the device (space permitting) w/ copies on the cloud, this (owing to its failsafe attributes), and e-mailing the most significant data to myself periodically.

Need reassurance? Read the manufacturer’s representations on the product page; it leaves little doubt > this is a premium product.

Cons: I installed the drive on Saturday. I imagine problems which it would have taken a few minute tech support phone call to solve didn’t lend themselves to my schedule; left to my own resources it took me considerably longer, nevertheless; I resolved them. Don’t get me wrong, I sincerely believe excellent help is there > M-F, during normal business hours.

Other Thoughts: I installed Windows 7 Professional, to get a perspective of actually how fast it’d boot > I’d call it wickedly fast! I was caught by surprise by its minimalist packaging and design, which had a Cupertino, California vibe; fit, finish; attention to detail, was impressive.

I bought the docking station in anticipation of procuring a solid-state drive; this fulfills exactly what I’ve been looking for. Yes, there’s a lot of SSD competition; none of which I deem essentially equal, all things considered (my opinion); buying this is an investment in “dependability” which will pay secure data safeguarding dividends. Once you’ve come close to losing a year or more effort owing to a stupid mistake or outside intrusion you’ll understand the significance of the manufacture’s claims (read-digest them) and how they apply to one of your most valuable assets, intellectual property; far-sightedness make sense.

My reference point isn’t an X-Box gaming console or DVR; its evolving work spanning several years; perceived reliability, performance and state of the art technology swayed my decision to use this; this is my first OCZ product; I’ll be a return customer.


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