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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The way it was packaged, enhanced my expectations; kind-of- like unwrapping a Christmas present. Without a doubt, this is the “best” packed piece of computer equipment I recall I’ve opened. I’m saying that to illustrate unexpected attention to detail; detail which was carried forward to the product and support people.

I called Linksys's technical support regarding wireless bridge configuration (router extension via network cable); the person I spoke to was knowledgeable, courteous, and articulate; couldn’t have been more helpful. A good measure of a product is its support people. I’d give Linksys’s support an A+, setting aside; they were based offshore (Philippines).

The WRT1900AC is fast, efficient and (so far) rock solid. It’s got the look and feel of a quality device. The included antennas are surprisingly good, verified by testing them on a wireless video surveillance system. Its wall mountable, fastening points are integrated into its feet.

There’s a host of integrated goodies, which don’t lend themselves to my (bridge) application, and many which do, I’ll (probably) never use; nevertheless, they’re worth mentioning > ability to monitor and remotely control your network, using a PC or mobile device; USB 3.0 port, and ability to allocate-prioritize bandwidth. Plus there’s beamforming technology, I will use > concentrating signals > coping with obstacles (walls, stucco, faux stone, plaster and glass) extraordinarily.

I’ve had no problem setting this up (operating system): Windows 10 Technical Preview, evaluation copy, x64, build 10041.

Cons: Cons: Limitation > “Complimentary Assisted Technical Support for 90 days which commences from the day you purchase your Linksys product to get your hardware up and running. Complimentary Assisted Technical Support includes technical support (by phone) and live chat (through your computer).”

Other Thoughts: As far as routers go, this’s pricey, relatively large/heavy; nevertheless, you get what you pay for > high-speed performance; fueled by a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU multi core reduced instruction processor. Comparing its transformer size and weight with others I’ve got, provides a clue, the WRT1900AC is no light weight. It’s got a big brother, the AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router (DIR-890L/R), nevertheless, the WRT1900AC (@ +/- seventy bucks less) is a wise/preferable choice; providing it’ll be the strongest link in your network.

Increasingly, 802.11ac wireless is the new standard. Using this as a bridge to complement > expand an in-place “ac” network makes a lot of sense, heretofore, whatever was readily available or cheap would do, whether or not it complemented the source. Time has come to rethink inexpensive and match corresponding technology. Replace “n” or “g” class range extenders, with an “ac” class wireless bridge; judging from personal experience, this is well equipped for the chore; verified using amped wireless Wi-Fi analytics.

I’m not a newbie to network computing; my first wireless router came from Belkin (many years ago), which Linksys is now a part of. Their products were respectable, but getting technical support was an unpleasant task accompanied with a stereotype offshore language handicap; things have changed since then, for the better; “free” 90-day technical support hasn’t.

PC Magazine made it an editor’s choice, giving it an excellent rating; I give it two thumbs up (extraordinary), likely you will too.

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Corsair  MM600  CH-9000084-WW  Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Has an extraordinary commanding presence? 02/24/2015

This review is from: Corsair MM600 CH-9000084-WW Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: This makes one heck of a first impression. Couple it with a Corsair K95 Cherry MX RGB Red Mechanical Keyboard and you’ve got something which I consider extra special. I know most folks buying this aren’t as interested in impressing anyone as they are in functionality; functionality is there, look at its commanding presence as a bonus!

It’s got qualities which lead to precision feel and no-nonsense appearance; its facade resemblances an X-ray grid (filtering device). I’ve used something similar for years (this being an upgrade) giving me insight regarding using something engineered for this purpose in contrast to a second-rate substitute; say a desk calendar or imprecise foam backed second-rate thingamajigs.

An analogy, military-grade equipment is far better than equipment intended for home uses; the same axiom applies to keyboards, mice and mouse pads developed for demanding gaming application versus broad-spectrum use. Corsair has done an extremely good job of innovating; I can attest to their expertise; I am typing this on one of their exceptional gaming keyboards.

Mouse pads, are like white noise versus quiet. Putting things into a similar perspective, a quality mouse pad is something you can’t appreciate until you get one, especially one this large and beautiful. The way the palm/wrist feels as it glides a pointing device over its surface in this instance is a pleasant experience. As far as precision goes, that’s a given, its gaming grade.

Cons: I don’t think there are many Information technology folks who’d recommend something emblazoned with the word gaming on it, for medical, legal, avionics and other thought-provoking applications. Gaming products have a huge cross market potential; one deterrent likely might be a casual observer visiting a doctor or lawyer using gaming peripherals, the inference of the word gaming is gambling. Imagine the subliminal impression; casually glancing at a keyboard, mouse, and or mouse pad denoted gaming? The mouse pad's merits are readily evident, you can put a piece of tape over the word gaming on the textured side, on the other side there’s subtle graphics, which are inconsistent with a clean business environment.

Other Thoughts: I don’t think there are many Information technology folks who’d recommend something emblazoned with the word gaming on it, for medical, legal, avionics and other thought-provoking applications. Gaming products have a huge cross market potential; one deterrent likely might be a casual observer visiting a doctor or lawyer using gaming peripherals, the inference of the word gaming is gambling. Imagine the subliminal impression client; casually glancing at a keyboard, mouse, and or mouse pad denoted gaming? The mouse pad's merits are readily evident, you can put a piece of tape over the word gaming on the textured side, on the other side there’s subtle graphics, which are inconsistent with a clean business environment.

Anything which enhances the computing experience is a worthwhile considering, for me, it’s a welcome addition. Seemingly inconsequential things, the mouse pad being one which all too often gets overlooked. Upgrading my old able mouse pad reinforces the point; technology is rapidly evolving down to the lowly mouse pad. This is one of those hidden diamonds non-gamers need to look at; using this over what you’re likely accustomed to is the rough equivalent diploma grade paper versus newsprint.

From my perspective, top flight peripherals (monitor, keyboard, pointing devices – and – mouse pad) have a positive affect; I’d say combined, more so than upgrading to the latest and greatest operating system. Buying this for gaming/entertainment is one thing, for an occupation/livelihood another; I’m a strong advocate of raising the bar, using gaming peripherals in the workplace.

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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 day to 1 week

Pros: Getting this up and running probably will take takes less time than unpacking the box it came in and looking at the instructions; it’s simple> plugging it in > pushing a couple of buttons. For the most part, you won’t need the signal strength indicator; reception is categorically good (one is provided if you do) to aid placement; more or less, it’s intuitive. For me, it verified location judgment was spot on; it functioned beyond my expectations.

From my personal perspective, fit/finish; miniaturization, design, price and efficiency found herein are amazing accomplishments. I’ve installed six or more range extenders; this has been a no-hassle delight to install. It bends seamlessly with its surroundings.

My experience so far leads me to be exceptionally positive, nevertheless, if your demands are nearly flawless wireless expansion, this isn’t for you, nether are any of its class mates; you need to investigate purchasing a (hard wired) wireless access point. If you can live with the minor inconvenience reinitiating it occasionally (push the WPS button on their router followed by the one on the range extender) the device and the compromises which come with bridging a wireless signal marred by weakness; this is an excellent choice, especially if you’re frugal like me, I love it (so far).

This isn’t a one size fits all products (although it could be for some); it’s appropriate for areas with a relatively strong Wi-Fi signal, which needs more “oomph” to cover an adjacent area, i.e. garage.

It fulfills a utilitarian simplicity/practicality need. My personal favorite is, place it into a Ziploc bag, seal it, push the plug prongs through the plastic, plug it into an outside outlet; you’ve added open-air area Wi-Fi access.

Cons: Cons> at this price point > none

Other Thoughts: Resetting range extenders isn’t unusual (I’ve had this problem with allegedly the best); from personal experience, I haven’t found one, which is 100% fault proof; conceivably attributable to encryption? With this, the degree of predisposed to this anomaly, will have to await the test of time.

I’m judging this on what this is (economical single band 2.4GHz, IEEE 802.11b/g/n) not what I’d optimally wish for (top of the line dual band 2.4GHz/5.0GHz, with the latest IEEE802.11ac & Ethernet port). These enhancements come with additional cost, whether or not they justify twice or more the price is a value judgment you’ll have to make.

Mine is, bang for the buck, this’s an extraordinary achievement…

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