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HooToo HT-WR01 Wireless N 300 Mbps 802.11 b/g/n Access Point / Signal Repeater / Range Extender (White)
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great working A/P AND Range Extender in one for a very nice price. (Allegedly awesome tech support on the phone.) VERY fast in everything it does. LOTs and LOTs of settings! Some wireless settings I'd never even seen before! All common security features available.

Cons: Unusually bad instructions, little web based help (yet)

Other Thoughts: I didn't get this at Newegg, but I read the reviews here.
It actually hurts my brain to see this thing get trashed because people can't figure out how to set it up and I thought I'd try to help.
You can't get at anything that's on a different subnet. In other words, if you have your computer set for, say, 192.168.0.2, and you try to talk to something set at, say, 192.168.10.1 (which the YooToo comes set to), you won't be able to talk to it. You must set TCP/IP properties in connection properties (in Windows) to 192.168.10.x and THEN go to 192.168.10.1, which is the YooToo. (The 10 is the important number.) THEN you can get at the YooToo and set it to whatever IP address you want and set your computer back. Once you're in, this thing has a setting for everything you could ever need and it will work unless you actually got a broken one (very unlikely). Seriously, the web interface in the device is waaay better than the booklet that comes with it!! Once you're in, you're in!
Do NOT, unless you're real slick, turn on the YooToo's DHCP! It will "grab" devices from the LAN asking for IP's and give out IP addresses "behind your router's back" and make a very hard to troubleshoot mess. Turn off DHCP in the YooToo and let the router handle it; the YooToo will pass it right on through. With these two things in mind, I think anyone would have to end up loving this thing once it's set up. Everything it does is blazing fast! Seriously, (even) the web interface is faster than the web interface in my top of the line dual band N router is!! Only my gigabit switches are faster than this thing! (And they don't have to come up with web pages.)

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BYTECC Firewire 1394A 3+1 Ports PCI Card - VIA Chipset Model BT-FW310V
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: The PRICE! No rebate to hate! Well made card. Two different height PCI brackets. Two different styles of FireWire ports. Also, an internal port. No driver needed (under XP, at least) Hot connect/disconnect.

Cons: Not free. Too bad there are so many rocket scientists out there reviewing this board.

Other Thoughts: I do not have any kind of audio (sampler, mixer, whatever) device to try this card with. Timing would be very critical for that application, of course, so I can't vouch for it to work doing that. There are reviews that say the VIA chipset doesn't. Instead, it's running an Epson R1800 large format printer, which has a Firewire port AND a USB port. So it works great with a bi-directional printer hooked to it. The USB port is connected to a print server, which puts the printer on the network for anyone to print to, but which is NOT bi-directional. The problem is, no ink and status monitoring. This solves that. It's (also) connected to my main computer in the same room via FireWire now and it works perfectly; everything does. The <ONLY> thing I'm not sure of is whether this card would work with a high quality audio device. Everything else people wrote in the other (negative) reviews, you can disregard, as far as I'm concerned. In Windows XP, it installs the driver during boot in no time at all and they could send the card without the CD and probably have a lot less confused boneheads on their hands.

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ASUS VS248H-P Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Bright, high contrast, very vivid color, all three inputs (HDMI, DVI, analog RGB), very good warranty, 24 inches big, 1920X1080 native, well designed, reasonable price, no (cheap) speakers. Well packed.

I was expecting the worst with the preset modes; NO! They are excellent and tasteful and useful! No gaudy "too vivid", "too bright", "eye searing" stuff. Text is just killer clear on this thing.

Cons: When the video signal resumes, it briefly displays info on the input when it turns back on. There doesn't seem to be any way to disable this and I wish there were. Minor. It's probably just me :) Oh, yea! And I had to install the base on the stand. I had to screw in a screw. Well, in the manuf's defense, the screw didn't require a screwdriver.

Other Thoughts: You should be able to tell from my "Cons" entry how good I think this monitor is. I didn't even turn the computer off (don't try this at home.) I hooked it up, turned it on, and had a really nice display about 2 seconds later! If the monitor had absolutely no adjustments at all, just the presets, I could have lived with it easily. Nice! Good presets! In suspend, it draws the same amount of power (.5 watts) as when it's off. You don't have to feel guilty for not turning it off, only for leaving it plugged in in the first place and not very guilty.

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Christian K.'s Profile

Display Name: Christian K.

Date Joined: 05/26/03

  • Reviews: 20
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 05/05/07
  • Last Review: 10/08/13
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