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NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Kit with WiFi - N Access Point (XWNB5201)
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good if you don't mind poor WiFi security 06/26/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Kit with WiFi - N Access Point (XWNB5201)

Pros: Relatively inexpensive, and works well. Don't know why some folks are reporting the WiFi dropping out. Never have seen that, although they might want to see if their firmware needs upgrading.

Cons: Poor network security in that the WiFi does not support WPA-Enterprise nor WPA2-Enterprise, only Personal. (What Netgear calls WPA-PSK & WPA2-PSK.) Given that these are little Linux (or similar) boxes it's puzzling why Netgear has not fixed this glaring security deficiency.

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RAIDMAX Vampire ATX-001WWTi White Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Raidmax Needs better QC 05/12/2014

This review is from: RAIDMAX Vampire ATX-001WWTi White Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Cheap (after rebates). Lot’s of room for drives. Mechanically very sturdy.

Cons: 1. Very poor manual, and the place on their website that has a link to download the manual does not work. This case contains a features with non-standard connectors and there is no documentation on them. While I was able to figure out what was what, I'd rather not have to and would prefer decent documentation with products.

2. USB 3.0 connector for the front panel USB ports is shoddy and makes poor (intermittent) connections. Since I moved the motherboard from a different (smaller) case, I know the motherboard is fine & even retested it with the old case connector. Fortunately, in our application, we don’t use the front panel USB ports.

Other Thoughts: If I didn't need this case ASAP, and had a need for the front panel USB 3.0 ports, I'd probably have sent it back due to issue #2 above in the "cons" section.

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QNAP TS-221 Diskless System Network Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Failed after a few months 03/23/2014

This review is from: QNAP TS-221 Diskless System Network Storage

Pros: Good performance for the price.

Cons: Unit's Ethernet interface failed. When that happens, you are hosed. In hind sight, a failback one could have implemented (while the unit was working) would have been to exploit the fact that the unit can utilize a USB WiFi dongle as an alternative network interface. Then, if/when the wired Ethernet failed, one could still (albeit much slower) access the unit. Various forums, including QNAPs, indicate this failure mode isn't all that rare.

So if you buy this unit, you probably should buy the extended warranty.

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MICHAEL B.'s Profile

Display Name: MICHAEL B.

Date Joined: 06/13/08

  • Reviews: 19
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  • First Review: 06/30/12
  • Last Review: 06/26/14
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