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UBIQUITI NETWORKS UBI-UAP-AC-PRO 24/5Ghz 450/1300Mbps 122m - (Enterprise Computing > Routers)
UBIQUITI NETWORKS UBI-UAP-AC-PRO 24/5Ghz 450/1300Mbps 122m - (Enterprise Computing > Routers)
Offered by NetXL
Price: £127.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Great high-performance AP at a reasonable price, 14 Jun. 2016
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This AP, installed in the home, is a replacement for a Netgear WAP120 which I bought not long ago and turned out to be the biggest pile of poo I've ever encountered for reasons you will find in my review of that product elsewhere on Amazon.

In contrast this AP is a breath of fresh air. You have to download a Java-based app (the "controller") to configure the AP but then it's very straightforward. When you start the app it immediately asks you for location/timezone, login/password, and finally the name (SSID) and password that you want to associate with the AP (or group of APs). For a first installation it then sets up the AP and then you're up and running!

There are lots of twiddly bits you can set up in a corporate context within the controller and you can monitor throughput on a per-device and per-AP basis, but for the latter you need to have the controller running continuously. The user interface is really well organised such that you can easily do things like give devices connected to the AP aliases that are more meaningful if you want to track who/what is connecting to the AP.

Finally performance of the AP is excellent - very fast with good range all around the house. I love it to pieces!

OK, so here is a summary of the good and bad points:

Good points:
You get a genuinely professional grade access point for the price of a consumer product. However, if you do want a cheaper but equally functional though slightly slower AP then there is also a "Lite" version which is, frankly, unbeatable at the price.

Fantastically easy to do the initial set-up, but you must have the AP and the PC/Mac you use to initialise the AP connected to the same network subnet. Most home users don't need to worry about this detail because they'll only have one subnet.

The controller offers great ongoing management ability if you are prepared to keep it running. But it isn't necessary to keep it running once the AP is set-up: the AP will happily keep on running without the controller. You can get more capabilities if you add products such a Security Gateway which acts as an internet firewall or a Cloud Key which runs a copy of the controller software and allows you to manage APs across multiple sites via the (free) Ubiquiti cloud. Some users use Amazon AWS services as an alternative.

The AP uses Power over Ethernet (PoE) which means you only need to connect to it using a single network cable. The power supply (injector) or PoE-enabled switch in a corporate context, can be located out of the way. Great for wall-mounting the AP and minimising the amount of visible cabling.

The not-so-good points:
The key issue/problem is that each AP associates itself with the controller you first use to set it up. You can't thereafter just run a controller up from any old machine. The AP expects to talk to a controller on the same IP address as was used to set-up the AP.

Yes, you can move an AP from one controller to another but you have to go through a process of "unadopting" the AP from the old controller and then "readopting" it on the new controller and it does take some technical understanding to do it. In fact I have done it at home because I wanted to gather the statistics on an ongoing basis so I have used a Raspberry Pi to implement a very low power dedicated controller which works extremely well.

A second issue is that a DHCP server is set up by default which, on many networks (including the home), will already be managed elsewhere. So make a beeline for Settings/Network from the user interface, edit the LAN details and disable the DHCP server.

Finally Ubiquiti made a curious choice of putting network connections on the bottom of the AP. So if you position it the right way up on a wall, in most instances where the cabling comes down from the ceiling, you will have to run a cable past the AP and then up into the base of the AP. Very strange.


HAVIT 2ft USB Cable 2.0 Type A Male to Type A Male, 60cm Black
HAVIT 2ft USB Cable 2.0 Type A Male to Type A Male, 60cm Black
Offered by SBOX Store
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good low-cost USB2 male-to-male cable, 27 April 2016
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Good little USB cable for those occasions where you need a male-to-male connector. I needed it to link a USB power supply to a breadboard power regulator/converter and it works fine for that.


ORICO® USB 3.0 & eSATA to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 Inch or 3.5 Inch SATA HDD & SSD, Compatible with Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 & Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.10
ORICO® USB 3.0 & eSATA to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 Inch or 3.5 Inch SATA HDD & SSD, Compatible with Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 & Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.10
Offered by Orico UK
Price: £22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great low-cost USB3 / eSATA adaptor for 3.5" (& 2.5") hard drives, 22 April 2016
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What an amazing bargain! A nicely-made USB3 / eSATA adaptor complete with power supply. No fan, but it doesn't seem necessary for ordinary disks. If I was to make one minor reproach, it would be that there is no eject capability; you have to pull the disk backwards off the connectors.

Both interfaces worked using a 4TB Seagate drive with my particularly fussy Synology NAS, although my personal preference is to use eSATA rather than USB3 whenever I can because it is the simpler, more reliable interface (it's just like plugging your drive into a standard SATA port complete with SMART diagnostics). Don't believe all that rubbish about USB3 being faster: The interface isn't the limiting factor for most ordinary disks.


iCozzier® 11.6" - 12.5" Inch Notebook Diamond Foam Splash Sleeve Carrying Bag for Laptop / Notebook Computer / Chromebook / MacBook Air 11 / Surface Pro 3 / Surface Pro 4 / Ultrabook Notebook - Lake Blue
iCozzier® 11.6" - 12.5" Inch Notebook Diamond Foam Splash Sleeve Carrying Bag for Laptop / Notebook Computer / Chromebook / MacBook Air 11 / Surface Pro 3 / Surface Pro 4 / Ultrabook Notebook - Lake Blue
Offered by iCozzier
Price: £23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably good sleeve at a very reasonable price, 29 Mar. 2016
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This is the second iCozzier sleeve I've bought and it is just as brilliant as the first! The picture doesn't convey how soft the inside of this sleeve is, nor how padded it is on the outside with those very tactile pyramid-shaped bumps all over the outside. I can't recommend these sleeves more highly. They are a total steal for the money!


Matchstick Men [Region 1]
Matchstick Men [Region 1]
Offered by Newtownvideo_EU
Price: £10.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Great film made even better for being able to see it on Blu-ray, 28 Mar. 2016
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They say that you can tell whether a film starring Nicholas Cage is any good based on the length of his hair. Short hair = good, long hair = bad. This is a short-haired film and it is very good. So it's a real treat to get it on Blu-ray from the US and it plays fine on my UK equipment. A great improvement on the DVD which I also have.


(x2) PREMIUM Silicone Non Stick Baking Mat, Baking Tray Liner (28 x 38cm) - Reusable, Flexible, Non-Stick, Easy To Clean Baking Sheet Liners | Best Healthy Cooking Mat, Food-safe Certified | Professional Grade Bakeware by Seraphina's Kitchen BRITISH OWNED
(x2) PREMIUM Silicone Non Stick Baking Mat, Baking Tray Liner (28 x 38cm) - Reusable, Flexible, Non-Stick, Easy To Clean Baking Sheet Liners | Best Healthy Cooking Mat, Food-safe Certified | Professional Grade Bakeware by Seraphina's Kitchen BRITISH OWNED
Offered by Seraphina's Kitchen UK
Price: £24.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Totally non-stick and very easy to clean, 28 Mar. 2016
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These silicone baking mats are absolutely brilliant and have been rapidly adopted by the family. Totally non-stick and unbelievably easy to clean by a quick wipe down with a sponge and washing up liquid.


Guilty Gadgets ® - 50cm USB 2.0 Extender Extension Cable Lead Plug Socket For All Brands including Scanner Printer Dell, HP, Lexmark, Sony, Acer, Asus, LG, Canon, Kodak, Moiuse, Mice (Black)
Guilty Gadgets ® - 50cm USB 2.0 Extender Extension Cable Lead Plug Socket For All Brands including Scanner Printer Dell, HP, Lexmark, Sony, Acer, Asus, LG, Canon, Kodak, Moiuse, Mice (Black)

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value short USB extension cables, 28 Mar. 2016
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Reasonable USB extension cables and great value for the price. They work fine. What more is there to say?


Master Class Waterproof and Heat-Proof Double Silicone Oven Gloves
Master Class Waterproof and Heat-Proof Double Silicone Oven Gloves
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Totally heat-proof oven mitts, 28 Mar. 2016
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Absolutely no risk of heat penetrating these oven mitts! They feel totally cool in use. The only slight negative is that the thickness of the silicone can make the gloves a little more clumsy to use than fabric mitts.


Langley WOODBURNER GLOVES HIGH TEMPERATURE STOVE LONG LINED WELDERS GAUNTLETS LOG FIRE
Langley WOODBURNER GLOVES HIGH TEMPERATURE STOVE LONG LINED WELDERS GAUNTLETS LOG FIRE
Offered by Langley Steelworks Ltd
Price: £3.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Rugged and fantastic value for money, 28 Mar. 2016
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Great rugged gloves. Fantastic value for money!


Everyday Cryptography: Fundamental Principles and Applications
Everyday Cryptography: Fundamental Principles and Applications
by Keith M. Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book on the basics of cryptography, 28 Mar. 2016
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Outstanding book on cryptography which makes it really easy to understand. If I was going to pick on one minor issue, it would have been great if it had included something on elliptic curve cryptography. I would have loved to have that explained with the same degree of clarity!


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