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Chris Barbere
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Actiontec MoCA WCB6200Q Wireless Network Extender and ECB6200 Network Adapter Review

09/14/2016 - 18:36

Occasionally we’ll get some gear rolling through the PCPer offices that are a bit off the beaten path.  The pair of devices on tap today are something you may not come across often, and could very well be something you may not have even heard...

Conclusion and Wrap-Up

09/02/2016 - 09:58

I’ve gone back and forth on my conclusions from the testing of the WCB6200Q and the ECB6200.  Looking at ‘hard wired’ performance, there is definitely some overhead and degradation of speed related to converting your Ethernet...

Testing and Results - Signal Strength and Bandwidth

09/02/2016 - 09:57

Test Results – Signal Strength

Testing and Results - Ping and Packet Loss

09/02/2016 - 09:55

Testing a Wi-Fi extender and network adapter that uses MoCA/Coax as its backbone as opposed to straight Ethernet had me scratching my head for a while as it’s unlike most other network testing.  Eventually I settled on doing a batch of...

Test Methodology

09/02/2016 - 09:53

With our testing methodology for network gear we try to remove as many variables as possible and to maintain consistency through multiple runs of the same tests.  We’re using two identical Lenovo ThinkPad machines as the “Server”...

Setup and UI

09/02/2016 - 09:52

Setup Overview Physically setting up the WCB6200Q and ECB6200 was actually extremely easy and it’s about as ‘plug and play’ as you can get.  First, you hook up the ECB6200 Network adapter in a location that has access to both your...

Hardware Overview

09/02/2016 - 09:49

WCB6200Q Wireless Network Extender [inline:files/review/2016-09-02/01_WCB6200Q_0.jpg] The Actiontec WCB6200Q Wireless Network Extender ($169.99 List) looks like your average, ordinary wireless router.  And looking at the specs you’d...

Corsair Launches 'World's Fastest' USB 3.0 Flash Drives

01/08/2013 - 10:00

Corsair has announced their new line of "Flash Voyager GT Turbo" flash drives that will blow the doors off of most USB drives on the market and might even give some SSD's a run for their money. [inline:files/news/2013-01-07/...

ASUS Releases the Limited Edition ROG ARES II Dual 7970 and it's a Monster

01/07/2013 - 16:07

ASUS has just announced it's Limited Edition ROG ARES II Graphics card, and boy is it a doozy! [inline:files/news/2013-01-07/01_ASUS_ROG_ARESII_01.jpg] Dual AMD Radeon 7970 GPU's clocked at 1100 MHz are paired with 6 GB of DDR5 running at a...

Lenovo Makes a Play for the All-In-One Crowd with the IdeaCentre A730

01/06/2013 - 19:00

Lenovo has announced their new IdeaCentre A730, "the world's slimming 27-inch multi-touch all-in-one".  Mesuring less than an inch thick, the A730 can support up to 10 touch points and is optimized for Windows 8. [inline:files/news/...