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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA855RE N300 Wi-Fi Wall Plug Range Extender / Repeater / Access Point
Pros: The setup for this took literally less than 30 seconds for the device to connect via WPS and sync up to my router. If you’re unfamiliar with WPS look to see if your router has a WPS button on it, if it does, it is an easy way to sync without having to go through menus/network setup.
Configuring via the web interface is super easy also. Simply connect to the device and go to the tplinkrepeater address in the browser. And then follow the guided on screen interface. If you’re still having troubles configuring the device, TP link has provided a card in the box that has instructions on how to get to their how to video guide. They also include an 800 number and an email address to contact if you are having troubles.
The overall range on this seems to be better than previous models I’ve tested from TP Link in the past. I am able to get farther on the other side of the detached garage, as well as my entire patio outside.
I’ve often ran into connection issues in the house with other repeaters. Frequently when streaming things to the TV or other devices, the connection just seems to disappear and the connection was lost. I did not experience this at all with this device! I ran for an entire week, streaming every night using multiple devices on the network.
This device is pretty compact and allows easy access to the second outlet in the. It also comes with a short Ethernet cable.
Cons: Even though English is my language, the quick installation guide does not have Spanish, or a QR code with instructions. The QR code is specifically to download the TP link application from the mobile stores.
Only a single band range extender. This is not an egg worthy deduction, but worth noting.
Other Thoughts: This is an extreme bargain for a range extender at this price point. It worked flawless the entire time testing, and a lot of attention to detail went into design.
After testing the product, I set this device up out in the garage to extend my network inside the garage. The signal used to bounce in and out, now it is rock solid the entire time. It really helps this time of year, I have a smart plug outside which also is now always available to access without connection issues!
I would highly recommend this to anyone who needs a little extra kick. My grandparents could even set this up without needing to call me for help!
Pros: The overall setup of the router went fairly well. The instructions provided are actually part of the packaging. Which is nice, you don’t have extra wasted paper that will eventually get thrown out or recycled.
The device is pre configured with a security key built in. The nice part about this, the password for the guest network is pre-loaded and is different from the primary. If you’d like to remove the password on your own, feel free. However this is nice for the novice who doesn’t understand that there are ways to leach internet from neighbors. On that same note, the card with the passwords has a fill in the blanks if you decide to ever change the passwords. This is a heavy card stock and stays hidden underneath the router.
The USB port is a nice addition, however not being a USB3 is kind of tough for larger media transfers.
I did not experience much signal degradation, which is surprising. This could just be in the house layout for me. The router was not very strong outside, or even on the porch. I was able to use the internet without dropping however.
Cons: I’m not sure where the issue came from. Multiple computers were able to log into the web configuration without issue. One of my Windows 10 machines would not manage to get to the 192.168.2.1 configuration. Once I hardwired in, the device was able to access the interface.
The WPS button is on the front underneath the LED on the front panel. The instruction sheet provided makes no mention of this. But it is there and does function properly.
Other Thoughts: The package I received was already opened once, and the cords were plugged in. I’m not sure why this was, however everything worked as intended. I’m personally not too offended by the lack of gigabit ports on the router. The wireless performance was on par, and I seldom have anything hard wired that is not on the USB.
I feel the specs could be a little better at this price point. Even though there were no real issues overall.
This review is from: Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM006 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Pros: The drive is extremely quiet, I can hardly notice it running over the normal fan noises when at load.
I have always had good luck in years passed using the Seagate barracuda drives. The performance for the price is always bar none. In years passed for my primary drives I would configure two smaller drives with Raid. However, now with the larger capacity SSD’s this is an ideal storage drive for daily use.
I tested this drive in my HTPC, in a NAS, and desktop. There was no performance drop in any of the above. Depending on the Speed test and the device used I am averaging about 150 Mb/s read and 100-110 Mb/s write.
The two year warranty should cover any issues you may come into.
Cons: It is a bare drive without any software or cabling included. It is not worthy of knocking off stars, but be mindful when you’re ordering the drive.
The overall power consumption is not listed. There are plenty of drives that are 'low power consumption' I suspect this drive does not fall into that category.
Other Thoughts: I’m a firm believer in running SSD as a primary drive for the main OS and any daily use applications. After transferring a large amount of data back and forth on this drive, it will be replacing my standard storage drive.
It is listed for an upgrade for a laptop in the information listed. However the drive is a 3.5” drive, and I’m not sure I’ve seen any laptops capable of handling this. You can perhaps connect it using an external mount, or an ESATA cable.
Others have mentioned high failure rates, I cannot confirm these, the product has performed as intended during the testing period