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LG 34UC79G-B 34
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Pros: Monitor ships in well protected box lined up with styrofoam and wrapped in plastic bags. All required cabling is included - DisplayPort and HDMI, both able to carry video and audio signals. This LG monitor is very wide and easily replaces two 17” monitors placed side-by-side. Included software allows you to split screen in sections (8 different settings, in my opinion most usable is screen split vertically in 2 equal sections). Also with this software user can control most settings without touching controller knob located on bottom surface of monitor (underneath LG logo). 144 Hertz refresh rate makes noticeable difference in games (tested it with Portal 2) and even when simply scrolling webpages - scrolling is unbelievably smooth. For photographers’ use monitor comes color calibrated from factory. There are 3 inputs: 2 of HDMI and 1 of DisplayPort, switchable with OSD menu. Monitor is equipped with detachable stand that is also height and tilt adjustable, and also is compatible with VESA mounting standard. Matte finish and very wide viewing angle are also reasons why I can recommend this monitor.

Cons: One of problems with this monitor is uneven backlight (widely known as screen bleeding). To test for uneven backlight, I have created test image with resolution 2560x1080 and filled it with black color, then displayed this image in fullscreen mode in very dark room with all settings of monitor set to default. Lower left corner of screen was noticeably brighter than the rest of screen. Another disadvantage is external power supply (monitor consumes up to 65 Watts and I think there is enough space inside to make power supply built in).

Other Thoughts: When I started testing this monitor, I was wondering why volume control of this monitor was set to 100 percent, default playback device was set correctly to “LG ULTRAWIDE” yet there was no sound coming out of this monitor. Turns out, this monitor does not have built in speakers. Sound from your computer goes through either DisplayPort or through HDMI cable and in order to hear it you must connect your headphones or external speakers to green line out connector on rear surface of monitor. Also, before purchasing this monitor make sure that your computer desk has at least 33” horizontal clearance. Because of uneven backlight, external power supply and lack of built in speakers, I rate this monitor 4 eggs. However, overall I love this monitor and will recommend to my gaming and photographer friends.

Linksys WUSB6300 Wireless AC1200 Dual-Band Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 3.0 Up to 867 or 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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4 out of 5 eggs Linksys WUSB6300 USB 3.0 Wireless Network Adapter with WPS 10/05/2016

This review is from: Linksys WUSB6300 Wireless AC1200 Dual-Band Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 3.0 Up to 867 or 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Works with both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz wireless networks and is compatible with all modern WiFi standards beginning from 802.11a through 802.11ac. Can be used with both USB 2.0 (older notebooks) and USB 3.0 interfaces. Equipped with 2 multicolor LEDs that are quite informative if owner understands their meaning. Both antennas (for 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz bands) are internal and are efficient – throughout my 1000 square feet apartment I had flawless coverage and strong signal. This adapter does run hot as noted by other reviewers, but within limits specified in owner’s manual.

Cons: In my situation WUSB6300 Linksys adapter was tested with Toshiba notebook equipped with USB 2.0 port and custom built desktop equipped with USB 3.0 port running Windows 7 x64. Both devices did not recognize this wireless adapter and I had to visit Linksys website to download latest drivers using my wired network. Device does not support OS X and was not recognized when plugged in Macbook Pro running OS X 10.11.6.

Other Thoughts: Linksys WUSB6300 have 2 internal sockets that could be used to connect external antennas, however they are not utilized.

NETGEAR ProSAFE 5-Port PD Pass-through Gigabit Web Managed (Plus) Switch (GS105PE) - Lifetime Warranty
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5 out of 5 eggs NETGEAR ProSAFE 5-Port Gigabit Switch GS105PE 05/03/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR ProSAFE 5-Port PD Pass-through Gigabit Web Managed (Plus) Switch (GS105PE) - Lifetime Warranty

Pros: Main advantage of this 5-ports gigabit switch is that its power is supplied through Ethernet cable and therefore it can be installed in odd remote locations such as above ceiling tile or in attic where there are no power outlets available. Power required to run this switch can be supplied through power injector placed at convenient location or from another switch compatible with PoE standard 802.3af. Ports 1 and 2 of this Netgear GS105PE can intelligently forward power to PoE devices connected to them (however power is limited to maximum 19 Watts if connected to 802.3at compliant devices and to maximum 7.9 Watts if connected to 802.3af compliant devices). Maximum consumed power by this switch (including loads connected to ports 1 and 2) is 22 Watts. If non-PoE compatible devices are connected to ports 1 and 2, PoE will not be applied to them. Ports 3 and 4 can be used to connect only non-PoE devices that have their own power supplies. Design of this switch is simple with informative diagnostic LED lights, Kensington Security Slot and grounding screw terminal. Switch comes with Lifetime Warranty, so make sure to register it with Netgear and save copy of sales receipt.

Cons: In order to perform initial configuration of this switch, proprietary tool have to be downloaded from Netgear website. This tool required you to accept Adobe Air terms of use. I received GS105PE with outdated firmware ( Current firmware (as of May 2016) is Subsequent configuration, reset and firmware update may be performed through any modern web browser.

Other Thoughts: I see this GS105PE switch as an ideal solution for 2 remote network cameras that are PoE 803.2at or compatible. All you need to feed this setup would be single standard 8-conductors Ethernet cable. I surely recommend it to users who does not have an access to power outlet at switch installation location.


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Display Name: Volodymyr Y.

Date Joined: 02/05/07

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  • First Review: 04/10/07
  • Last Review: 11/27/16
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