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Mediasonic HW180STB HomeWorx HDTV Digital Converter Box with Media Player Function, Dolby Digital and HDMI Out (NewVersion)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: --Concept, features, pricing and reviews by others are good.
--Initially rated this 1 star, revising to 4 stars due to very responsive Mediasonic customer support.
--Hoping replacement meets my expectations. I'm a cable cutter. Using HW180STB to receive OTA local stations to compliment Roku Premiere+ streaming hardware and SlingTV subscription TV.

Cons: Package just arrived, item was dead on arrival, out of the box. No lights, no action. Using a good quality 6 feet Mediabridge HDMI v2.0a cable. Tried all my best known troubleshooting techniques, nothing worked. HDTV sees a cable is attached but displays "no signal." Certain there is one because tested the antenna coaxial RF feed minutes before turning TV off to make the conversion and viewed many local OTA broadcast stations. Reconnected the original RF coaxial cable and can see stations.

Thinking first unit had a faulty power cord connection on rear of housing, wire looks crooked, moves a bit too much and quite possibly was damaged at factory while being packaged. Have a couple other pieces of hardware from Mediasonic, never an issue.

Other Thoughts: The good news, both Newegg and Mediasonic customer support immediately responded to request for an RMA. Mediasonic sent replacement today--new, not reconditioned. They did not demand the defective unit arrive at their location before mailing a replacement. At my request, they agreed to open the box and pre-test unit before shipping. They also agreed to flash the firmware in their factory from ver 12.0 up to 12.3. This represents excellent customer support we should all be able to receive from vendors. I will continue purchasing their products.

NETIS WF2190 AC1200 Wireless High Gain USB 3.0 Adapter with Dual 5dBi Antenna & USB Cradle Extension Compatible with Windows MAC Linux OS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: –Buy this and install it right away, takes minutes if all goes well. Desktop PC using Windows 8.1 64-bit, a USB 3.0 port, communicating with an ActionTec dual band 802.11n router. Very pleasantly pleased with installation and stable connectivity. Tested on USB 3.1, Gen 2 PCIe card port out of curiosity, no noticeable improvements in Mbps rates.
–Make certain you download latest mfr drivers, which includes same subfolders and configuration utility as the original install CD. Current drivers as of 09/29/2016 are version 1030.3.0831.2015, dated 12/15/2015; on the CD they are dated 2013.
–Netis utility shows desktop Signal Strength and Link Quality at 100%, with signal strength of 5 full bars on monitor, and data rates TX and RX at 130Mbps. By comparison, my tablet and laptop connect with the same router at 65Mbps.
–I replaced the original 5dBi antennae with 9dBi, 15.3" units and see no change in data TX and RX rates, Signal Strength or Link Quality. Appears only benefits for my system are connected signal strength increased from 4 bars to 5, along with seeing a couple more nearby WPA2 networks which I wouldn’t try connecting to anyway. Tech support told me this is what to expect and they were correct. Only bought longer antennae, at the same time as the adapter, on the chance my PC desktop sitting on the floor might have trouble maintaining a stable connection with the router located 35 feet away with a couple walls in between.
–This wifi adapter allows for future access to 802.11ac hardware installations.
–Need more experimentation, but my adapter seems to open web sites faster plugged directly into the USB 3.0 port without the cradle, but I’m pleased using it either way.
–This wifi connection with the router is faster than both my laptop and tablet.

Cons: None so far other than the egg won't match its own prices.

Other Thoughts: --My issue--thinking something could go wrong and block internet access, I procrastinated three weeks waiting for the right time to switch from a wired connection to wireless. Thankfully, the entire process was smooth and installation appears stable and fast. Plug in cable, install drivers, restart PC, select your connection. I’ll tweak Utility software later hoping for improvements to Mbps transfer rates.
--The rationale for purchasing an AC rated adapter, and for replacing 5dBi with 9dBi, longer antennae was to ensure successful connectivity with the router, enhance stability of an internet connection, reduce risk of disappointment with my purchase, and minimum need to return hardware. So far, it’s worked for me. I won’t hesitate adding wifi access to desktops again in the future.


3 out of 5 eggs Look Before You Leap 07/12/2016

This review is from: CyberPower AVR CP825AVRG 825 VA 450 Watts 8 Outlets UPS

Pros: Specs, price and inclusion of surge protector strip are attractive
Thought I'd buy a spare since I live in hurricane and frequent power outage state.

Cons: As of 07/12/2016, just checked vendor website and this product is listed as discontinued.
Personally believe vendors should clearly state whether items are EOL products.
This purchase for me could have been a real Shell Shocker.

Other Thoughts: Not comfortable buying a discontinued item in the event one arrives DOA. I'll keep shopping, thankfully I'm not desperate for a UPS at the moment, current APC model is going strong.


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Date Joined: 01/01/06

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