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Netgear N450-100NAS N450 Wireless Gigabit Router + High Speed Cable Modem – DOCSIS 3.0
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4 out of 5 eggs N450 CG3000DV2 Netgear Gateway 04/22/2016

This review is from: Netgear N450-100NAS N450 Wireless Gigabit Router + High Speed Cable Modem – DOCSIS 3.0

Pros: This is a Gateway (i.e. a Cable Modem and Router packaged into a single unit). I actually prefer separate Modem and Routers, but if you want a Gateway, this is a Gateway.

Firmware is automatically upgraded by your cable company. When "activated" by Comcast (Business Class) mine firmware was updated to level: V3.01.06.

Takes very little table space (when standing on end). Plenty of space to run both your Coax cable and Ethernet cables.

Gigabit wired Ethernet (in the Router switch). WiFi Range is good.

Modem is stable (on Comcast business class).

Default Router user/password is: admin/password (http://192.168.0.1/). I could not find the default user/password for the Modem anywhere I looked (http://192.168.100.1/)

Cons: Its a Gateway (N450 CG3000DV2). I prefer a separate Cable Modem and Router.

WiFi is only N450 (i.e. 2.4 GHz only, no 5.0 GHz).

External Power Supply.

Firmware is rather old and buggy (see Other Thoughts). Your ISP (Comcast for me) updates the firmware (you have no control).

Other Thoughts: Firmware Bugs (in my opinion):

1. Port Forwarding doesn't allow you to use different Internal Port from the External Port (e.g. I like to always use Internal Port 80 on all Internal IP Addresses.) .

2. Email doesn't seem to work.

3. FTP on http://192.168.1.5/ must be anonymous. I could not get it to work at all using the admin user/password.

I will attempt to contact NetGear support about the three Firmware issues listed above.

If you want a Gateway (not a separate Cable Modem and Router) and all you need is N450 WiFi (2.4 GHz only, not 5.0 GHz). This product should work for you.

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Corsair Hydro Series H80i V2  Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm CW-9060024-WW
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5 out of 5 eggs A well designed liquid cooling solution 02/24/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H80i V2 Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm CW-9060024-WW

Pros: The unit is packaged well. The Radiator sits on one side, the hoses to the pump wrap around the two fans in the center.

Includes all required washers and screws (eight each), stand-offs (twelve, you use four), and thumb nuts (four).

Relatively easy to install. [a] place appropriate back-plate onto the motherboard with four stand off screws, [b] attach push/pull fans to case and radiator with eight screws (four per fan), [c] attach pump to CPU, [d] plug fans into power cord and power cord into motherboard, [e] attach monitor cord to bottom side of pump and USB 2.0 motherboard header (optional).

Largest install issue is attaching the unit to your case (e.g. in place of the rear 120 mm fan in my case).

The pump is basically silent. The fans are nearly silent (default speed is ~600 RPM per my motherboard monitor).

Two year Warranty.

Cons: The installation manual is pretty "sparse". Does not even mention the USB monitor cord.

The Intel instructions are front half of the manual. AMD is the second half of the manual (don't panic if you are AMD).

Somewhat bulky inside the case. The two fans plus the Radiator are roughly four inches thick.

The liquid hoses are fairly thick, a little tough to maneuver.

Other Thoughts: My installation was LGA 1151 CPU in an Antec case.

I recommend this product if your system requires liquid cooling.

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SAMSUNG 1.5TB Wireless Mobile Media Streaming Device STSHX-MTD15EU (HX-MTD15EU/G2)
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4 out of 5 eggs A bit complicated to setup correctly 12/22/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 1.5TB Wireless Mobile Media Streaming Device STSHX-MTD15EU (HX-MTD15EU/G2)

Pros: A "Samsung Wireless" App is available on Google Play for download. It my be simpler to configure the device via the App, but I chose to configure via my laptop using a web browser.
I later used the App to update the Firmware from Firmware Version: 0.2.7.0 to 0.2.9.2 just by selecting Yes (twice, once to download, once to install) which popped up automatically.

The device (properly configured) essentially acts as a Range Extender. That is, the device connects WiFi to your Router. Your Laptop or Phone connects WiFi to the device. This allows you to access the files stored on the device, and browse the internet at the same time. When you carry the device away from your router, you still have access to the files on the device via WiFi.

You can also connect to the device through your Router. The App also provides an interface to switch your WiFi "back an forth" between the Device and your Router.

The device comes with the coolest A/C adapter / charger I have seen for international Wall Plugs.
The charger is quite small, just under two inches square, by just over one inch thick (i.e. 1 15/16" x 1 15/16" x 1 3/8"). Its is USB 3.0 and provides 2.0 Amps of charging current at 5.0 volts.
The US wall plug is built into the charger (and folds in and out). Three additional wall plug adapters are provided (for the UK, Europe, Asia, etc).
The additional wall plugs slide into the US plug (while folded into the charger) keeping the total size quite small.

The device appears to be running a mini version of Linux (e.g. configuration files are saved as ".tar.gz").

Lots of storage (1.5 TB). The drive inside is Seagate ST1500LM010. Three disk platter, five head, 5400 RPM.

The battery can be used to recharge your cell phone (or any USB device).

Cons: Setup is a bit complicated. I suggest first making a copy of the Instruction Manual by attaching the device (via the USB cable) to a PC or Laptop and accessing the hard drive (as you would for any USB attached storage).
At this point you can load content (i.e. Images, Audio, and Video files) to the device by simple "drag and drop".

Powering the device On and Off (when not connected via USB 3.0) is not obvious. Here is what I did (after some struggling):
1. Press (and hold In) the power button for Three seconds.
2. Wait for the Status LED to blink slowly in Blue (not solid or Green).
3. Connect to the device's WiFi with your Phone or Laptop, using the default Password of ten zeros (i.e. "0000000000").
4. Open your Web browser to URL http://172.25.0.1/.
5. Navigate to Settings, Device, Advanced, System, Wireless, WiFi WAN. Using the menus, enter your Routers SSID and Password.
- Wait for the device to connect to your Router. You can now connect your Phone or Laptop to your Router's WiFi and navigate to the device using the URL your Router assigned.
6. Navigate to Settings, Device, Advanced, System, Wireless, Settings. Using the menus, set the SSID and Password for the device's WiFi Server (i.e. for security, change the defaults).
- If something goes wrong, and you can no longer connect to the device's WiFi, you can connect to your Router's WiFi and navigate back to the device.
- If all else fails, take a Paper Clip and press and hold IN the Reset button on the bottom of the device, until it powers off (about ten seconds).

Other Thoughts: The multiple meanings of the green/blue solid/flashing LED was not obvious to me at first.

To Power On:
If the USB cable is connected to Power, the Status LED will be Solid Green. If not, the LED will be Off.
Press and hold down the Power On/Off button for Three seconds.
The LED will flash Green once, then begin blinking Green fast, then solid Green, then begin blinking Blue slowly.

To Power Off:
The Status LED will be blinking Blue and slowly.
Press and hold down the Power On/Off button for Two seconds.
The Status LED will begin blinking Green and fast.
If the USB cable is connected to Power, the the LED will transistion to Solid Green. If not, the LED will turn Off.

Once I got used to it, I liked it.

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