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NETGEAR EX3700 AC750 Wireless Range Extender
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2 out of 5 eggs Not a good idea this one - poor speeds over 5GHz AC band 01/20/2017

This review is from: NETGEAR EX3700 AC750 Wireless Range Extender

Pros: +price is pretty good (maybe too good) for a dual band range extender
+N-band (2.4GHz) enabled by default
+5GHz works (but it's not pretty) after emabling in GUI
+WPS works easy (only way I was able to connect to it at first)

Cons: -initial browser setup not possible without knowing the default WiFi security password for SSID netgear_2GEXT and manual does not mention what the default password might be
-AC-band (5GHz) worked poorly after enabling it, speedtest over extended 5GHz (about 15ft to router) maxed out at around 31Mbps down (was expecting ) and 10Mbps up (vs 93Mbps down and 10Mbps up over native 5GHz using same laptop)
-AC-band test at remote location (low to moderate source signal from router) resulted in 5GHz speed limit over extended wifi around 22-31Mbps down (was expecting 50ish) and 10Mbps up
-would NOT recommend unless you need it for some slow and cheap wifi range extension over both bands at parents or grannies house

Other Thoughts: First establish connection using WPS method and then connect your PC to yourwifiname_EXT2G with your existing wifi password (one you use for SSID "yourwifiname").
Once there you can access the GUI over web and customize the config or updated the firmware (highly recommended)

Router used in test scenario was ASUS RT-AC55U with the latest firmware applied
Tested speeds only over the 5GHz as this is what I use
Internet speed to a desktop PC over wired connection with minimal load were 100/10Mbps (nearly identical to ISP advertised speeds)

Current GUI Language Version 1.0.0.28_2.1.30.1
New GUI Language Version 1.0.0.48_2.1.30.1
Current Firmware Version 1.0.0.46
New Version 1.0.0.58_1.0.38

Extender speeds per specs:
5GHz up to 433Mbps (or 54 MB/s)
2.4GHz up to 300Mbps (or 37 MB/s)

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Linksys WRT002ANT High-Gain Antenna 2-Pack
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2 out of 5 eggs Not really worth the price at all, minimal improvement over 5GHz only 11/18/2016

This review is from: Linksys WRT002ANT High-Gain Antenna 2-Pack

Pros: + stylish design, kinda bulky compared to standard, but still looking sleek
+ sturdy construction with solid connectors
+ improves range (but not too much and at a price, more below)
+ designed to help fix the weak reception zones (in single floor ONLY! Omni-directional design)
+ most improvement seen in 5GHz band, still it's around 10-20% maybe
+ connectors are standard and same on pretty much all WiFi routers or access points so they fit every brand and model that has detachable external antennas

Cons: - biggest con is the price, really, $60ish for a pair of antennas that barely do anything better over free standard ones???
- size (2x bigger than standard) and weight, may affect center of gravity on some routers causing toppling over
- do NOT get these if you want to improve AP range in multi-floor house!
- do NOT get these if utilized with 2.4GHz band only and/or multiple floors!

Other Thoughts: Tested with ASUS RT-AC55U router that has weak range to start with.

Those antennas did improve 5GHz bandwidth (faster max speeds than with standard antennas) and somewhat the range all over the house within a single floor, maybe 20 feet better penetration than with standard antennas

Close to zero improvement in 2.4GHz bandwidth on a single floor (multiple rooms with sheetrock walls)
Range and signal degradation in 2.4GHz on other floors when compared to standard antennas ... and that is by design.

Important TIP: those antennas NEED to point straight UP when installed on the router/AP.

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Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1K)
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4 out of 5 eggs Great price and read speeds, slow writing 11/18/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1K)

Pros: + nice looking design
+ retractable connector, something I personally love in USB thumb drives
+ great price
+ file recovery software included (hopefully you won't need it)

Cons: - slow write speeds, averaging around 20 MB/s with large files over 1 GB in size

Other Thoughts: tested with Z97X intel board and native USB 3.0:
a) read speeds topped around 140 MB/s, solid avg somewhere around 130 MB/s
b) write speeds seemed fast at first with small files (burst mode?), but when tested with large over 1 GB in size files, the average was not impressive, around 20 MB/s

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Date Joined: 08/17/05

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