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BELKIN F9K1122 N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
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3 out of 5 eggs Works, but did not solve my issue 02/28/2017

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

Pros: Setup of this device was extremely easy. I used my android phone and took only 5 minutes. I was able to setup both WiFi bands, 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz without issue.

The extender was able to extend my network with some caveats, see Cons. There is a single LED that provides indication of reception to your router or AP. Blue = Strong signal, Amber = Weak. The extender also has an Ethernet port to connect a single non-wifi device, which can be helpful.

Cons: I had a lot of issues actually getting a connection to the extender where my Wifi reception was considered "Fair", 6Mbps - 30Mbps (5.0GHz band), in my upstairs bedroom. No matter where I position the extender to maintain a strong (blue LED) connection, my devices never seemed to see a boost in wifi performance. I confirmed this by checking with or without the extended plugged in. The only time I successfully was able to see an increase in wireless performance, at that location, was if I ventured outside of the strong connection to a weak (Amber LED) location to place the extender. In this case my devices would see a boost in connection speed. However, I noticed it would frequently drop connection speed to what I would expect without the extender. Devices seemed to bounce back and forth between the extender and my router quite a bit.

The only time I had a stable and increased connection was in a location where my devices had poor or intermittent connectivity to my existing router, ie. my garage. In this case my devices connected at a good speed 60-108Mbps (5.0 GHz band) and seemed to maintain this without issue. This was with the extender in a location that indicated a Strong (Blue LED) connection to my existing Wifi.

Other Thoughts: I think this device will work great for someone that has very poor reception in areas necessary for wireless devices. However, my expectations for this Extender were to increase the Wifi performance in the corner of my home that had "fair" Wifi reception. It seems this device only extended Wifi reception to areas that were truly outside of the existing reception area, in which case it worked very well. I assumed it would also increase performance to devices in close proximity yet within the existing wifi footprint, but it did not seem to reliably do this. Ultimately, I removed this device and will deal with a "fair" connection in that location until I can install a central access point to cover my entire home reliably.

Also to note, the device does get extremely warm. I wouldn't say hot, but almost uncomfortably warm.
Another note, I did upgrade the firmware on this device, which was also frustrating since I seemed to lose connection to the devices built in web interface every time I clicked a button. In addition, I also reset to factory defaults a number of times with the same experience.

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DEEPCOOL TF120 RED - FDB Bearing 120mm RED LED Silent PWM Fan for Computer Cases
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This fan is really well built. It's a PWM fan and runs idle at 500RPM and ramps up to 1800 RPM. For the most part it is pretty quiet compared to other fans I've had.

Cons: Not a con, but please pay attention that there are plastic inserts between the mounting holes for RED LEDs. I failed to notice this and therefore could not use the wire tensioners that are for my CPU cooler. I had to use zip ties to make shift a retention mechanism.

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Phanteks Evolv PH-ES515E_AG Anthracite Gray Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Fantastic case, but small crack in acrylic 02/09/2017

This review is from: Phanteks Evolv PH-ES515E_AG Anthracite Gray Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: I will say this is probably one of the best cases I ever worked in. The (3) 140mm fans are fairly quiet and run from a PWM hub that works great with room to expand. The cable management built into this case is superior. I was able to mount both of my SSDs that run in RAID0 behind the motherboard and back panel. My data drive is hidden with room for another 3.5" drive. The main side panel is on a hinge that makes swapping out hardware very easy and is tool less. It snaps tight into place with pressure pins. There is a slide out for a 3 fan liquid cooler radiator, as well as other pieces for custom water reservoir. The build quality is extremely well done.

Cons: The only con I have with this entire case is the cheap acrylic. It looks good, but mine has a crack next to one of the screws that can be seen from the from. I only noticed it after installing so I never bothered to RMA. I hope it doesn't grow in size from opening and closing the side door. I had to ding 1 star for this because it's something that I feel was potentially a cheap part of what otherwise is a fantastic case. It might have been caused by an over tight screw which seems like it should have been reinforced somehow.

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Jason W.'s Profile

Display Name: Jason W.

Date Joined: 11/12/04

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  • First Review: 06/12/16
  • Last Review: 02/28/17
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