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EnGenius ERB9250 IEEE802.11b/g/n Wireless-N300 Smart Repeater
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5 out of 5 eggs An “outstanding value” + winning challenger! 06/20/2014

This review is from: EnGenius ERB9250 IEEE802.11b/g/n Wireless-N300 Smart Repeater

Pros: Head to head competition Amped Wireless SR300 versus EnGenius ERB9250. At a distance, on a PC, the ERB9250 indicated two bars; the SR300 scored a goose egg. Second assay: Using Amped Wireless’s smart phone app, EnGenius scored 86% (-67 dBm) versus Amped’s 76% (-72 dBm).

Manual install is as simple as connecting an Ethernet cable to a computer > cable to the device > type default IP address > follow uncomplicated instructions.

I didn’t have a clue about EnGenius, other than networking. . . After doing a little research, I was impressed, their web site says, “Wireless connectivity solutions for hotels, resorts, high schools, universities, corporate campuses, sports stadiums and arenas. . .” To get an impression of their expertise, go to their web site, click on success stories, enough said.

Before contemplating adding networking equipment, understand what you’re buying (there’re misconceptions). Wireless repeaters and wireless range extenders are the same; they relay Wi-Fi (passing it along) & visa-versa (back). Be aware, the device “needs” to be positioned where there’s a good signal (sweet spot); otherwise, desired results are apt to be compromised.

From a utilitarian point of view, it’s a wireless extension cord. The thing works as advertised; it’s capable of enhancing connectivity into fringe areas significantly.

Cons: Overhyped Client Bridge > Repeaters are customarily placed midpoint; the client bridge (Ethernet wired device, to a wireless network) being part of the package, placed (typically) center rather than at an intended destination point. Practicality wise, you’ll need two of these, one midpoint and a second at the destination: Blu-ray player, set-top box, DVR or game console.

Other Thoughts: Suggestion: Download a Wi-Fi strength app onto your smart phone. Use it to survey placement of this device, be sure placement is within an acceptable signal area - now - take that signal source and place it at that location; make another survey to see what you’re likely to accomplish.

Something worth considering - when - deciding between this and something costing much more, from my perspective, judging from what I’m accustomed to; this is an “outstanding value” + excellent performer.

Netgear C3000 N300 WiFi Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 In 1
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5 out of 5 eggs 1 (router) + 1 (modem) – 1 (cable) + Netgear = 1 ingenious package! 05/30/2014

This review is from: Netgear C3000 N300 WiFi Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 In 1

Pros: I wouldn’t have believed it had I not seen it, @ 2.4GHz vs. 2.4 GHz this’s “signal strength” came close to that an ac class router. Assessing Wi-Fi, U-verse supplied 2wire320 gateway and HP-Print-A6-Photosmart 7520 printer; this and U-verse were roughly equivalent, HP fell slightly behind. Assessments were done using Wi-Fi Overview 260 Pro. Signal strength varied with distance and obstructions; my estimation is an overall computation.

The motivation behind many folks deciding to purchase rather than lease is, lease payment fatigue. This will solve that, and serve multiple purposes as well; with bonuses not likely found in the service provider leased equipment.

This combo an easy to install effective solution, which incorporates modem & router into one package, eliminating cable clutter, supporting multiple (2) Ethernet ports at the (modem) source; solving the heretofore modem one port challenge; simplifying installation, especially in atypical situations.

Cons: Not offered in white, two Gigabit ports and single band.

Other Thoughts: The instructions are simple and straightforward; a novice should be able to install it relatively easily. It’s inconspicuous compared to separate adjacent modem & router.

The purported high speed DOSIS 3 capabilities of this is great, keep this in mind; it can only deliver what your broad-band service provider pipes to it; mine (Charter) peaks at 75 Mbps (a fraction of this’s capabilities).

Yesterday I went to a big-box retailer; in the home entertainment isle there was a cable modem w/ ac class router (combo) on display; giving me an opportunity to read the box and access it’s outward appearance. I noticed it was twice as expensive, came with twice as many Gigabit ports as a newer Wi-Fi standard.

Rather than invest in a combo unit with cutting-edge ac Wi-Fi (now) which purportedly will greatly enhance range and speed - understand - signals degrade with distance and obstacles in their path regardless how effective the transmitter is.

I don’t anticipate this becoming obsolete soon, sure, ac class potential would be great, but, there aren’t a lot of ac empowered devices, as they arrive, they’ll be backward compatible; this’s a viable cost efficient alternative. Unless necessity prevails, go with this – and – invest a part of the savings in power line adapters to bridge any gaps and/or a remote access point. That way, you’ll get the most bang for your buck and (likely) be the happiest with overall coverage (with the following proviso). Before potentially overtaxing the unit, i.e., remote access point, call Netgear customer support for a definitive answer.

This product has “two” Gigabit port versus the competitor’s expensive version which has “four,” is this sign of weakness? Don’t get me wrong, at this price point this is a great deal, I like it a lot – nevertheless - add-ons place disproportionate burdens on the unit, example an eight port smart switch potentially can add seven more devises obvious taxing the unit beyond its designed capabilities. On the other hand, a VOIP adapter and/or net cam won’t, leave Internet connectivity to Wi-Fi & perhaps printing to the USB port.

Used as intended, responsibly, wired & wirelessly, this should be more than adequate.

TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps
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5 out of 5 eggs A+ for Ethernet connected netcam placement. 04/25/2014

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps

Pros: This is neat, for reference purposes this is a little bigger than a 4 AA Battery Charger; it’s much smaller than powerline adapters I’m accustomed to.

The latest generations of powerline adapters have gotten much better; much of the quirkiness is gone. Previous obstacles like adjacent electrical panels, i.e. Bedroom arc fault/ remainder of the house aren’t the problem they once were.

Look at these adapters as more or less as Ethernet access points; with the power line the actual cord. You plug one into a wall plug close connecting it to its source with an Ethernet cable – and – its mate where needed. Sync them and otherwise impractical applications are easily accomplished.

My favorite application is remote access video monitoring. I’m constantly amazed by this coupling, its sheer technologic magic. You can put an Ethernet provisioned camera virtually anywhere there’s an outlet. Whether it’s a pet or a clandestine operation, this takes camera placement to a new level.

Cons: I wouldn’t recommend using this for demanding applications, i.e., remote access point placement. This is function specific, for audiovisual applications and online gaming.

The unit doesn’t have an AC plug-in on its front like many competitors.

Other Thoughts: I’d classify this as user friendly (advice), buy two sets - because in the near distant future - an exact compatibility match may not be available, i.e., adding netcams. Keep in mind this will support up to 3 overlapping devises per electrical system. For those requiring greater expandability than 3 overlapping devise, the next model up will accommodate up to 16 overleaping (nodes) devises - plus - it’s faster.

No more drilling holes, crawling and running painstaking cables afterward being committed to that place, put anything compatible anywhere there’s an outlet; you have the luxury of being able to change your mind without giving a second thought of what hassles changes involve. Furthermore, its built-in simplicity is wonderful.

I’ve assigned my rating based upon bang for the buck (value judgment). At the current street price, this is an extremely good deal for anyone who has uses which fall within its limitations.


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