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This review is from: LINKSYS RE1000-NP Wireless-N Range Extender
Pros: Once setup, it does give an appreciable boost in coverage. Did not have any "random" connection failures accept when power is cut to the host router. In my garage I went from 2/5 bars to full coverage and my speeds (via cellphone connected wirelessly and laptop) were as fast as they were in my main living area. That is impressive. Works with routers other than just Linksys, but setup may be more difficult if not matched.
Cons: Setup disc is worthless and misleading. Not user friendly upon initial setup and not something I could recommend for a novice. I have family and friends that would not have been able to get this extender connected to my network if they tried. Limited to the 2.4GHz band (crowded) and the "N" is misleading to some as most associate 5GHz with "N". Will not automatically reestablish connection to host router if power is lost to the router (although it looks like the extender maintains all connection settings, it just needs to be told to reconnect). Inconvenient as it should automatically reconnect to the network it was setup to run with.
Other Thoughts: Step one - throw out the included install disc. Attempting to setup a connection using that disc made things much more difficult than they needed to be and flat out didn't work, for me at least. I have a Netgear Nighthawk router that I was using to connect this with, so perhaps the included disc will work if you have a linksys router? The only way I was able to get this extender connected to my network was by using a hardwired connection from the extender to a laptop which was connected over the 2.4 band. Once you login to the extender, setup was straightforward. I moved the router and extender to different locations to check the range and each time the router is unplugged, you have to setup the extender from scratch all over again as if it was a new connection. Most won't be moving their router or extender several times, so that most likely won't be an issue for the average user. Overall, it does work and has a reliable connection if you set it and forget it. Had the included disk worked/connected right out of the box, if the extender would remember all connection settings if/when power is lost preventing setting it up from scratch again and not limit you to the 2.4 band, this would be a 5 egger. The RE2000 seems to address most of those issues and with that, I can't recommend the RE1000. If you want a Linksys extender, you're better off looking at the RE2000 for nearly the same price.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: D-Link Wireless AC750 Dual Band Cloud Router, 2x 5dBi Antennas (DIR-816L)
Pros: Very easy to setup a home network and unlike "readyshare", hooking up an external hard drive was painless. Every DLNA connection worked perfect the first time, and has since. Sleek design, small footprint, doesn't throw off a ton of heat, and for the most part, is a reliable connection. The remote connect app worked well on my Samsung S3, which is surprising, as a lot of others apps flat out don't work and promise future updates/patches/firmware to make advertised features actually work. This one does right out of the box. It's sad that we're at a time where something is a positive if it works as advertised, but I digress....
Cons: Power cord is short and limits mounting options. 5Ghz range was sufficient, but overall the range was nothing to write home about. Did experience a drop in connection the day after initial setup and had to undo all connections, hard restart and start from scratch. A mild nuance, but has worked solid ever since. Would be nice if an AC adapter was included as it's such a new standard, but at the price point, I understand why it's not.
Other Thoughts: I previously had a Netgear 3700 that I used as a benchmark for this D-Link router. I'll be honest, I didn't expect much from this little router at first. However, I was very impressed with how painless it was to setup from start to finish and within a reasonable range, the throughput was very impressive. For those familiar with the 3700, it's no slouch (while it doesn't have the AC band) and was a Maximum PC best of the best for some time. This AC750 was actually FASTER across all bands with the only downside being slightly less range. Range is very subjective of course and depends on your house, where you installed/placed the router, etc., but when placed in the same spot as my 3700, the range was slightly less but speeds were a marked improvement on all devices, be it wireless or a wired connection. That is impressive. I then upgraded to the far more expensive Nighthawk and for grins benchmarked that against the D-Link. Admittedly, that isn't a fair fight, but for comparison sake, it was within 5% of the overall speed of the Nighthawk for a fraction of the cost and the D-Link was much easier to setup. Readyshare was a royal pain to setup and connect via DLNA (i.e. Roku, PS3) where as the AC750 was literally plug and play. Speeds are slower over USB on the AC750 (to be expected) but I still had no issues streaming BD rips and music.
Overall, for the entry price into a decent wireless AC router, this is a very good "bang for the buck". If you don't have a large space (under 3500 sq ft) with several brick walls killing your signal and you're looking for something you can simply plug in and enjoy, look no further.
Pros: This is a very well build keyboard and is on par with every other quality Corsair product they put out. While they have a 2 year warranty, I highly doubt anyone would need to worry about the quality unless it was to arrive DOA. In the unlikely event that was to happen, Corsair is a great company and would ensure you’re taken care of. That is one of the few things that sets this board apart from the crowd….a reliable, quality company. I spent a lot of time with this keyboard putting it through the paces and find it to be extremely comfortable to use when web surfing or typing emails and has a very solid/rugged feel it. Another positive is that although there is no software bundled with the keyboard, it is a simple plug and play (I’m using Windows 7 64bit) and I didn’t need the software for any hotkeys to work. Downloading the software is free and easy on their website and makes setting macros and fine tuning hotkeys much easier of course. The red backlighting proved good in any lighting condition I was in and it has a very clean, elegant look. If you’re the type that likes to mash buttons while gaming, you can press several (10 plus) keys at once without any issues at all. That is a potential nice feature depending on what you would be using the keyboard for.
Cons: I wouldn’t consider this a gaming keyboard, other than a very basic “beginner” gaming board. At this price point, there is a lot of competition and not much in the way to set this apart from the crowd. It has what you want and would expect in a keyboard, but nothing else. Setting the macro’s on the fly was difficult at times and the location/button press required was unnatural/heavy feeling at times. The keys require a heavy press and it can become slightly fatiguing while gaming and moving around the board. Mechanical keys would be a plus in a “gaming” keyboard. At this price is hard to expect much more, but it would be nice if there was an LED readout of some sort, additional USB ports on the board, and some would like different color options for the backlighting I’m sure, although I found the dimmable red to be just fine in any lighting condition. Some would also expect the software to be included on a disk with the keyboard right out of the box.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a well-built basic keyboard. If I was in the market for strictly a “gaming” keyboard, I would look elsewhere however and spend a bit more on Corsair’s higher end boards. If you want a “jack of all trades” that is decent in all areas, this is a very good keyboard in the $40-$50 price range though. I am personally very partial to the Logitech G series boards with LED display. Once you’ve used a board like that, it’s hard to go back to something without.READ FULL REVIEW