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Seagate SkyHawk 1TB Surveillance Hard Drive 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs A solid 1TB mechanical hard disk drive 03/25/2017

This review is from: Seagate SkyHawk 1TB Surveillance Hard Drive 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ST1000VX005

Pros: Sequential performance is good. I measured (sequential Read/Write aka Verify) of: ~190 MB/sec (Outside Diameter - empty), ~155 MB/sec (Middle Diameter - half full), ~85 MB/sec (Inside Diameter - full).

The ST1000VX005 is the 1TB capacity point of this series of Seagate drives. I also own the 3TB version (ST3000VX010).
Capacity points of: 2TB (ST2000VX008), 4TB (ST4000VX007), 6TB (ST6000VX0023), and 8TB (ST8000VX0022) are also available.

The device internally has One Disk and two Heads. Recording density (max) is: 1807k FCI. Track density (avg) is: 352k tracks/in. Areal density (avg) is: 625 Gfc/in^2. Internal data transfer rate (max) is: 2147 Mb/sec.

The device weighs 415g / 0.915 lb, with a height of 20.2mm / 0.795 in.

Power-on to ready (in seconds) - <6 (max).

Cons: Contact start-stop cycles (25°C, 50% rel. humidity) — 50,000 (not Load/Unload as with all other capacity points).

Other Thoughts: The most important aspect of any mechanical Disk Drive is reliability (i.e. can you read your data back off the device years after you wrote it to the device). Obviously I have not been able to test the device for years.

The Areal density suggests the 1TB device does NOT employ Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR), however the specification is not explicit.

Also see my 03/25/17 review of the 3TB ST3000VX010 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822179015

I recommend this product.

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Seagate SkyHawk 3TB Surveillance Hard Drive 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs A solid 3TB mechanical hard disk drive 03/25/2017

This review is from: Seagate SkyHawk 3TB Surveillance Hard Drive 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ST3000VX010

Pros: Sequential performance is good. I measured (sequential Read/Write aka Verify) of: ~190 MB/sec (Outside Diameter - empty), ~155 MB/sec (Middle Diameter - half full), ~85 MB/sec (Inside Diameter - full).

The ST3000VX010 is the 3TB capacity point of this series of Seagate drives. I also own the 1TB version (ST1000VX005).
Capacity points of: 2TB (ST2000VX008), 4TB (ST4000VX007), 6TB (ST6000VX0023), and 8TB (ST8000VX0022) are also available.

The device internally has three Disks and five (or six) Heads. Recording density (max) is: 1740k BPI. Track density (avg) is: 346k tracks/in. Areal density (avg) is: 613 Gb/in^2. Internal data transfer rate (max) is: 1813 Mb/sec.

The device weighs 610g / 1.345 lb, with a height of 26.1mm / 1.028 in.

Load/Unload cycles (25°C, 50% rel. humidity) - 300,000.

Cons: Power-on to ready (in seconds) - 15 (typical) / 17 (max).

Other Thoughts: The most important aspect of any mechanical Disk Drive is reliability (i.e. can you read your data back off the device years after you wrote it to the device). Obviously I have not been able to test the device for years.

The Areal density suggests the device 3TB does NOT employ Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR), however the specification is not explicit.

Also see my 03/25/2017 review of the 1TB ST1000VX005 at https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16822179017

I recommend this product.

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BELKIN F9K1122 N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
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2 out of 5 eggs A rather weak Range Extender 03/25/2017

This review is from: BELKIN F9K1122 N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Pros: 1. Simple set-up. Plug the device into the wall outlet, connect to the device via WiFi, pick the networks you wish to extend, and enter your WiFi password. At this point the basic set-up is complete. However no admin password has been set-up, and the device assumes you want to use the same SSIDs.
You can then enter the devices IP address into your web browser and do some additional setup, but it very limited (see Cons #4).

2. Dual band. Supports both 2.4 and 5.0 GHz networks. The device did a reasonable job extending my 5.0 GHz band, but a poor job on my 2.4 GHz band.

Cons: 1. Signal strength is poor. I placed the device in the same location as I previously had another Range Extender, and signal strength would toggle between two and three bars. At times the signal would drop.

2. The status pages of the device does not include a "Client List". Most other Range Extenders provide this.

3. In time, the device gets hot to the touch. The center-front of the device gets too hot to continuously touch.

4. Once the basic set-up has been done, only limited changes can be made. I saw no way to change the WiFi networks you wish to extend, without resetting the device to factory defaults.
For Example (without my 2.4 GHz network extended) in the "Status - 2.4 Ghz Wireless Connection" page of the device, I found this: "A 2.4 ghz connection was not configured during setup. In order to enable a 2.4ghz connection, please restore the Extander to the factory defaults and re-run the setup process." (also note the misspelling "Extander").
Also in: "SSID Settings" was this: "In order to change your 2.4ghz connection, please restore the Extender to the factory defaults and re-run the setup process."

5. There are also some misspelled words in the "Logs" status page of the device (e.g. "from" is misspelled "form").

6. The "MAC Address" of the device is not printed on the device (nor on the box). Most other Range Extenders provide this.

7. Firmware Update did not work until I retried several attempts (see Other #2).

8. My microwave appears to cause interference with the 2.4 GHz band of the device (see Other #1). This did not happen with my previous Range Extender.

Other Thoughts: 1. I used the following configuration during some of my testing of the device. I attached a PC (without WiFi) via an Ethernet Cable to the device. I configured the device to extend both my 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz bands of my home network. I streamed video to my PC from a Cable Tuner (HDhomeRunPrime). The video would freeze when I ran my microwave.
I then (restored Factory Defaults and) reconfigured the device to only extend the 5.0 GHz band, and the video would no longer freeze.

2. My device came with an old Firmware level: 1.00.24 (2013.10.03). I updated the Firmware to level: 1.00.30 (2015.05.19).
Oddly, it took several attempts to first download the new Firmware (I got some network errors) then took several attempts to install the new Firmware (the first few attempts just retained the old level).

3. I attached a PC to the wired Ethernet port of the device, then plugged the device into the wall outlet, the PC would not connect to my Router.
The PC gets assigned an IP address by the Range Extender (i.e. 192.168.268.xxx) not an IP Address from the Router. Nothing short of Rebooting the PC seemed to solve the issue.
Allowing the device to complete it's Boot before attaching the Ethernet cable to the PC appears to avoid this issue.

4. Also see my 10/31/2016 review of the TP-LINK RE355 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704280

5. Due to the issues I experienced with the device, I do not recommend this product.

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