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Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps
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5 out of 5 eggs Product as good as advertised! 12/26/2016

This review is from: Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: This powerline adapter is advertised as a super easy fix for the devices that can't receive wifi (either because of their location or because they lack an adapter). I can vouch that it works as advertised!

+ Comcast decided to put our internet hookup at the opposite side of our new house from the office - where my nice desktop sits. The router tops out our connection at 27 Mbps (we pay for 25). In the office, wifi speeds drop to about 4 Mbps, while the powerline connects sits at 23 Mbps. That's a drop of only 15%!
+ Easy setup: As other reviewers have said, it is truly as easy as plugging in both adapters to the wall, then one to the router and one to your internet-enabled device.
+ Small Form Factor: Using it on a standard wall outlet, it doesn't block the top opening.

Cons: - I don't know if NewEgg will ever stock this product directly again!

Other Thoughts: The included cables are the same color as the unit - a neutral cream color. Works great with my off-white house paint.

At its retail price, this Powerline adapter does its job perfectly. Highly Recommended!

CORSAIR CX-M Series CX650M 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Semi-Modular Power Supply
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4 out of 5 eggs Good Product, Plenty of Hookups (Maybe Too Many) 12/26/2016

This review is from: CORSAIR CX-M Series CX650M 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Semi-Modular Power Supply

Pros: + Power supply comes with beautiful black sleeved cables for the 20+4 and processor hookups, and the modular cables are a nice matte black with a rubberized finish.
+ Cables have adequate reach for my ATX case.
+ So far, it has been a quiet unit. Even at high loads, my case fans are louder than the PSU.
+ For all you Crossfire / SLI fans out there, one of the modular cables comes with a dual PCI power supply.
+ Comes with everything I could ask for (aka black cable ties).

Cons: - The SATA cable plugs are upside-down, which are great for a bottom-mounted power supply. But I have a top-mount. I had to start plugging from the bottom of the case and work my way to the top - opposite of what I wanted.
- The only two options for SATA power cables were 2 and 4 plugs (one each). Why do I need a cable with 4 power hookups? Why not give me 2 x 2 and 1 x 4 and let me decide?
- The Corsair has some heft to it, significantly more weight than the 520W I replaced.

Other Thoughts: Definitely a recommended product, though there are some things that could have been done better.

Wemo Switch Smart Plug, Wi-Fi, Works with Alexa
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5 out of 5 eggs Who's Got The Power? (WeMo!) 11/17/2016

This review is from: Wemo Switch Smart Plug, Wi-Fi, Works with Alexa

Pros: This WeMo unit does exactly what I expected it to do. Wifi connectivity, app interface, auto-off timers, with a relatively slim profile. Works great for turning on my lamp for me when I come home late at night and I don’t want the blinding overhead light on.

The app is available for free in the App Store. It’s very quick to open, easy to use and easy to set up your new device and keep it updated. It can also link with all WeMo products available.

When you have correctly set up the app for auto-off timers, device names, etc., it is consistent with keeping those settings (see Cons).

Cons: The app control has a lot of bugs when CHANGING features. For instance, I attempted to change the auto-off time from 1 minute to 5 minutes. The app says, Great! You want 5 minutes now. But when you actually turn the device on, the countdown is still 1 minute. I had to close the app and reopen it before it recognized the new settings.

If you move the device to a new outlet, also expect to restart the app to get it to connect.

When initially setting up my WeMo device, it recognized my Wi-Fi network right away, but I could not get it to connect. To solve this, I had to plug the unit in closer to the router. It quickly connected, then I could use it anywhere in the house where I normally received Wi-Fi signal.

Other Thoughts: Three-pronged connection, so be careful if you live in an older home with only two-pronged plugs, you may need an adapter. This also means you cannot plug two WeMos into the same outlet without some sort of power strip.

The device lets you know that it has been turned on or off with a significant “CLICK,” which could be a pro or a con depending on how you use it.

There is some integration with other hardware, like Nest Thermostat, but I feel like with software updates will come with more compatibility.

Overall, the device is great for what it's designed for, with only a few forgivable bugs in the software. With software updates and more integration, this device could be perfect.


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Display Name: Zacchari G.

Date Joined: 07/18/10

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  • First Review: 08/01/15
  • Last Review: 12/26/16
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