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4 out of 5 eggs Great products, easy to use and setup! 02/23/2017

This review is from: Belkin F7C029fc WeMo Insight Switch, WiFi Enabled

Pros: Way more than just a fancy timer. This lets you set on and off by sunrise or sunset as well as regular times. This lets you see if the device connected to it is on or off, which is great for monitoring if kids are watching TV after bedtime! This lets you control how long something can be on, and will turn it off after a certain amount of time.

When at home, this responds instantly to commands given through the App. When away from home, it takes a few seconds to respond, but is still very quick.

The black window at the top is a status indicator as well as a touch button to manually turn the outlet on and off.

It was very easy to set this up, and connect the App to the Insight Switch. It did not disrupt my other WeMo devices I already had setup in the app.

Cons: This device is a little too bulky. It blocks the second outlet, making it almost impossible to use the second outlet when plugged in. This wasn't a major issue for me, I just ended up plugging the WeMo Insight into a surge protector. Which probably isn't a bad idea anyway, since it is an expensive electrical device.

The app isn't perfect, but it seems like Belkin is working on it. Every version seems to be a little better, but the new versions don't come out that often. The current version can be annoying. Sometimes devices just won't respond to my request. Sometimes when I start the app it says devices are off when they are really one, and vice versa. When this happens, controlling any device is impossible. The only way I've found to fix this is to go into my phone's settings and force stop the WeMo app. Then restarting the app causes it to re-scan for devices and they usually come up and work correctly. Clicking the rescan button in the app doesn't seem to do anything.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a good device, and if Belkin keeps working on improving the app it will be a great device.

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TP-LINK TL-WA860RE-E 300 Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender / Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator (Easy-open package)
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Pros: Very Easy to Setup. I didn't use the WPS setup, because my router has WPS disabled for security. Setup through the web interface with an Ethernet cable connected to my computer was extremely easy.
Outlet Pass-through is great. It doesn't take up an outlet.
Dual antennas.
It acts as a wireless to ethernet bridge. So once it is connected to your wireless, anything plugged into the ethernet port will be connected to your network.

Cons: White color, black is better.
Antennas aren't detachable.
Only 2.4GHz, I wish it was 5GHz.
Only 300Mbps. This is fast enough for browsing the internet, but not streaming HD video over my network.

Other Thoughts: I really thing this device is a little slow for todays standards. I think 5GHz and Wireless AC is necessary these days. But at this price, the speed is sufficient for basic web browsing, even for watching Youtube.

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Corsair SP Series, SP120 RGB LED, 120mm High Performance RGB LED Fan (CO-9050061-WW) 3-pack
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3 out of 5 eggs Great idea, but the implementation is lacking. 12/03/2016

This review is from: Corsair SP Series, SP120 RGB LED, 120mm High Performance RGB LED Fan (CO-9050061-WW) 3-pack

Pros: The fans themselves look really good.
RGB lighting is the wave the future, for now...
These push a lot of air and work great on radiators.
The fan hub allows you to easily add more fans, up to 6 total.
I like the leds in the fan hub, it really gives a great affect.

Cons: I really wish these were software controlled and not controlled by the hardware control. The problem with the hardware control is that is really limits the RGB feature of the fans. You can't use the full RGB range, you are stuck to only using the pre-set colors in the controller. This kind of takes away from the whole RGB idea. I can't color match these fans by fine tuning the RGB spectrum. Not all blues are the same, not all reds look the same.

Plus, I find only being able to connect 6 fans a bit limiting. I know, six fans should be enough, but it isn't. I've got two 360mm radiators, as well as a 240mm. That is 8 fans total. I would have liked to see the ability to daisy chain the fan hubs, so that more fans can be connected and controlled by a single controller.

No PWM control for the fans. That's annoying and really not acceptable in modern times, and definitely not on a kit that costs as much as this for just 3 fans.

Other Thoughts: Corsiar really needs to consider implementing software control for RGB fans. These feel to me like an implementation from 5 years ago, not something modern.

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