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Derek R.

Derek R.

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Good for long-haul bridging.

TRENDnet TEW-647GA Wireless N Gaming Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n Ethernet Port Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
TRENDnet TEW-647GA Wireless N Gaming Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n Ethernet Port Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Is MUCH faster than the Zyxel 200Mbps Home Powerline stuff and more reliable.

Cons: Is a little hard to setup. Doen't reach anywhere near 300Mbps but to get the most out of the device: 1. Before you even start, pull down the latest frimware and utility from Trendnet's web site. 2. Follow the utility's instructions and set up a FIXED IP for the device. Connect to your wireless network as a test. 3. Logon to the web console. There are far more options in the web console. Flash the firmware with the latest if it didn't ship with the latest. 4. Don't even bother trying to use the device. It wont go anywhere. Hit the reset button on the bottom. Use the utility to get a base config again and jump back into the web console to do an advanced config. 5. Set the Channel Bandwidth to 20/40MHz (you should be doing this for all of your 300Mbps devices - routers, NICs, APs etc.). Without this setting your are limited to 150 Mbps. Turn on Green Field. 6 Connect your Ethernet device. Enjoy.

Overall Review: The IP address of the Gaming Adapter is only for management. It is not the IP of your Ethernet device. That still need to be set up by entering tan IP by hand or use DHCP. Your device simply jumps through the Gaming adapter as a bridge. I use this to connect to a rather loud VMWare Server I have in the garage. VMWare is kind of sensitive to NICs so this was my best solution to utilize the built-in Intel Pro-1000s. Going through two cinder-block walls and a metalized sliding glass door I get between 2 and 3.5 MBps throughput (about 20 and 35 Mbps Wireless). The Zyxels would do .5 to 1.5 MBps - when they would stay up. When I have to copy SQL databases and OS ISOs to the Server and I am spoiled by GbE, this will do.

Most Critical Review

Horrible. Do not buy.

LaView 2MP 1080P HD Fisheye Wi-Fi Security Camera with 185 Degree Viewing Angle, 2-Way Audio, Free 3-day Cloud Storage and Motion Detection (LV-PWF80216-W)
LaView 2MP 1080P HD Fisheye Wi-Fi Security Camera with 185 Degree Viewing Angle, 2-Way Audio, Free 3-day Cloud Storage and Motion Detection (LV-PWF80216-W)

Pros: Has nice specs. It's small.

Cons: The mobile IOS App does not work and is required to set the camera up. The App says "User does not exist" though I created and User and can log onto LaView's web site. No response from the tech support ticketing system. Without the app, wifi networking info cannot be pushed to the camera so it's useless.

Overall Review: The camera also is not ONVIF. It never claimed to be. I'll be returning it.

It’s good!

Western Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 64-layer 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS500G3X0C
Western Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 64-layer 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS500G3X0C

Pros: Very fast and consistent performance. Good price. Runs cool.

Cons: None really.

Overall Review: I have always used Samsung SSDd. They have high performance with good consistency. The SATA versions have a very good caching tool that makes SATA look like NVMe v4 for small transfers. Now there are a 1/2 dozen manufacturers that can match Samsung’s non-Pro NVMe drives for slightly less money. Optane is better for more money but I am very satisfied with this drive.

It's Good

ASRock X570M PRO4 AM4 AMD X570 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock X570M PRO4 AM4 AMD X570 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: PCIe 4.0, 2 PCIe-16 (physical) slots, 2 NVMe and 8 SATA ports. PCIe 1x slot accepts longer cards. Easy to use and update. RGB headers, 4 memory slots, USB-C and DP ports. Very high performance potential. It came up the first time.

Cons: It's (X570) a little expensive even on sale. I am not sure who the PS/2 keyboard/mouse connector is for.

Overall Review: I had a few unique requirements: 1. 4 Memory slots for high potential capacity. 2. PCIe 4.x for Storage & Video card potential. 3. At least an extra PCIe 4x slot for a 10Gbe NIC I needed, so no mITX. 4. I didn't want a full-sized ATX motherboard. This was the least expensive MB that fulfilled all.

Very good low power video card solution

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 750Ti 2GB LOW PROFILE OC EDITION, GV-N75TOC-2GL
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 750Ti 2GB LOW PROFILE OC EDITION, GV-N75TOC-2GL

Pros: 4K, No external power required. Faster than my AMD 260X. 1/2 length, 1/2 hieght. Triple-displays supported. G-Sync and display port also suppored

Cons: The last hurrah is small, low power video cards... This particular card is unique because it is so small and has so many ports but I wish is were cheaper - like $89.

Overall Review: This card is small enough to fit inside some of the Dell, HP and Lenovo SFF workstation PCs but fast enough to play almost any game. I have mine is a low profile Server chassis. Highly recommended.

Good TV

Changhong 42" Class Ultra HD LED TV - UD42YC5500UA
Changhong 42" Class Ultra HD LED TV - UD42YC5500UA

Pros: Very good picture. Motion compensation is good but not top of the line. Low price. Thin. Light weight (for wall mounting). Surprisingly good speakers. Decent remote. Decent menu system.

Cons: Not a good computer monitor. My Lenovo T450S with 4K Display Port to HDMI 1.4 adapter could not see above 1080p. My ATI 260X could sync at 4Kx30 WHICH IS WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT. No matter how many FPS your rig can do, you will never actually see more than 30 fps on this TV. They is also considerable lag that is easily visible with a mouse. This TV does not work with Roku stick as expected. There is an actual purple NMHI port on the back but it does not power the Roku Stick. If the USB port on the set is used to power the stick, the TV repeatedly tries to mount Roku as a USB drive no matter what input you have active. very annoying. I was also expecting the remote to run the Roku. No dice there either. The box came with a flyer extoling the virtues of Roku readiness. Oh well.

Overall Review: I also have the 39" Seiki I use as a monitor. It does not suffer the lag that this TV has and claims to sync at 120 Hz on a PC at 1080p but even with multiple firmware flashes of the set, no joy. The Chnaghong does produce a smother picture with better blacks. I have a 55" Seiki and the motion compensation is HORRIBLE compared to the Changhong. Both Seikis have lousy speakers and weak, simple menus compared to this set. For $250 on sale, though, I would buy it again as a TV. The smaller 39" Seiki costs $20 more on sale but is a better 30Hz monitor.

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Works as a charger on Surface Pro 4

...it does not work as a USB-C bridge to other devices, like USB Hubs, NICs, Display, etc. It is not described that way so don't expect it. I tried Anker, the tiny Innergie and others down do 45 watts with no problem. The 30 watt Atom did not. I was not able to charge the Surface Pro from my XPS-15 for whatever that's worth. Still I recommend this as a much smaller than stock charger.

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12/27/2019