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Wemo Light Switch, Wi-Fi enabled, control lights from your phone, works with Alexa
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4 out of 5 eggs Works just as you'd expect 02/04/2017

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Pros: I installed this a couple weeks ago and have been happy with it. The WeMo app works very well, it hasn't once given me an issue. It's pretty simple to install for my home I was able to get this done in about 10 minutes. I put it on a ceiling fan switch which easily controls the fan.

I also own a Google Home which has IFTTT support. It's not quite as simple as Alexa makes it if you have that system but getting it working wasn't painstaking and you can control the light on/off this way.

Cons: I have it on a light that supports dimming but the switch doesn't support this feature. It's a little pricey for a light switch but if you want to get into a smart home this'll do it.

Other Thoughts: The faceplateisn't the highest quality plastic but it works. I would prefer some other options other than white to match other plates I have. I do like the design of it when it's mounted though.

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LG 34UC79G-B 34
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Pros: The monitor feels very well built. I Really like the feel of the physical quality. I have been using this for both gaming and for work so it sees at least 9 hours of use per day on average. The color quality has been better than I expected.

Menu options are easy to access from the bottom nub and are quick to go through. I prefer the circular numb to fishing around between 4 buttons on other style monitors. There are USB 3.0 ports on the monitor which is a nice touch.

The response time is I think listed at 4ms but I haven't been able to tell. It looks beautiful in games and playing some Gears of War 4 and Forza 3 has been brilliant looking. It's really hard to describe how well they are producing the colors but I have used a variety of 16:9 gaming monitors both TN and IPS and this monitor visually looks stunning.

I'm surprised the price is as low as it is. Being a 34" UltraWide while playing an FPS really just fills your field of view. Playing Doom with the FoV expanded looks gorgeous. After using this I won't want to use another monitor anymore.

Cons: There really are no cons to this monitor.

Other Thoughts: Given it has great colors the blue light is also higher which is less good for longer durations on your eyes. While not necessarily a con it's just something to think about.

It shows in the menus though my phone hasn't picked it up yet that you can enable Fast Charging. It could be my phone as that's what I was hoping it'd be able to do.

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TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit
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4 out of 5 eggs Great device if your WiFi can't make it. 09/17/2016

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Pros: I set this device up with my router wired to a NAS on one side and a system on the other for almost 2 weeks now to test latency as well as speed. Configuration is a snap, I was able to get it going in under a minute just holding down the button.

It has been very stable with no disconnects. I haven’t noticed any hard latency either in response time.

I use a TriBand Beamforming AC3200 and on 5Ghz with optimal band I still only have a 2x2 NIC which gets at best range 75MBps. If I move to an area with poor connectivity I easily drop to roughly 22MBps. This device is able to pull consistently at roughly 36MBps. The reliability here is what I really liked from it. It’s not going to break the bank in throughput but with decent latency and ‘okay’ speeds it is great to add to a place with spotty WiFi.

Cons: It’s a bit larger so it’d have been nice if they’d given a power pass through so I could use more of my outlet.

Other Thoughts: Normally I get the full 1Gbps over Ethernet. The NAS can easily handle 1Gbps file transfers at full speed read/write. A copy using Robocopy gave me 34MBps upload (vs 120MBps over Ethernet) and 39MBps download from the NAS. This was an average over 20 pulls and pushes to the NAS in testing performance. This is about 25% what you’d expect from Ethernet. I don’t necessarily think this to be a con as this is more an alternative to Wireless range than Ethernet.

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Display Name: Todd L.

Date Joined: 12/14/05

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  • First Review: 11/27/06
  • Last Review: 02/04/17
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