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A Few Performance Tests Using Powerline Adapters

Powerline adapters are a pretty cool way to keep your network wired without having to run cables through the walls, particularly handy if you are renting your place (but even if you own the house and you don’t feel like doing this type of work).

Obviously, wiring the house would be the best choice, but when this is not possible, powerline adapters are a very good alternative, and probably still better than just connecting every device via Wi-Fi.

However, the performance of these adapters vary based on a lot of factors, from the distance between the adapters, the quality of your electrical system and, perhaps most importantly, where you decide to plug your adapters into.

Every powerline manufacturer recommends to plug them directly into a wall socket for maximum performance. You should avoid plugging them in anywhere else, including power strips or UPSs. If you do, they will likely still work, but you won’t get the maximum throughput supported.

I used to have a long ethernet cable running from my core switch in the office to the router in the other room, but since getting a dog who apparently loves to eat copper, I had to find an alternative. I removed the chewed ethernet cable and added two powerline adapters into my network, so it was a great opportunity to run some basic performance tests to see how positioning the adapters will affect the network speed. Here are the results.

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Laptop Extremely Slow After Upgrading to Windows 10

This one was a real head-scratcher, it took me a lot of time to find out what was wrong and how to fix it. As usual, the final fix was extremely simple, but as it is unfortunately often the case when it comes to performance issues, this might or might not be the definitive solution for you.

The symptoms were these: an Acer E15 laptop had become extremely slow after upgrading to Windows 10 using the built-in updater provided by Microsoft (it was previously running Windows 8.1 with no particular performance issues, even if the CPU on this series of laptops is definitely not among the best in the market). So at least this was a pretty clear clue that something went wrong with the update itself.

I am talking about really bad performance: up to 10 minutes for a reboot and up to a couple of minutes to launch any application. Even writing something in the search bar took several seconds.

Looking at the Task Manager, I could also see that the disk usage was at 100%. The application using most of the disk was usually Windows Defender, although sometimes some other application would take this spot, so it wasn’t completely consistent.

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Crucial’s Momentum Cache: The True Performance Results

On my gaming machine I have a 512GB Crucial MX100 as my boot drive (great drive by the way, great price/quality/performance ratio). The other day I launched the Crucial Storage Executive software to check the health information of the drive (all good by the way) and I noticed that I had not enabled an option called Momentum Cache.

If you look at the download page for the Storage Executive software, you see that this feature could allow you to increase the drive boost performance up to 10 times. Can Momentun Cache really improve your drive performance by this much? Let’s find out.

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