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This review is from: Obihai OBi202 VoIP Phone Adapter with Router – Google Voice, SIP & T.38 Fax Support
Pros: Google Voice is the best thing that has happened to my personal communications since pagers. It survives phone changes, carrier changes and gives me great options when i travel internationally. This Obi unit has finally given me Google Voice in thelast place i really wanted it, my home (about the only place I have been in the last 5 years where I DO NOT get reception!)
Cons: I have no cons to offer.
If you have Google Voice, this is a great addition - no matter the circumstances....
If you dont have GV, I'd look into it - quite possibly the last phone number i will ever have to give out as it is not linked to a device or service plan, but rather it is mine.
This review is from: ORICO 2 Outlet Power Strip with Surge Protector, Built-in 5 Ft. Cord, 4 USB Intelligence Charging Ports (5V 2.4A 34W) for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge, Nexus and More (TPC-2A4U-BK)
Pros: Great concept. Small form factor, charging of 4 usb-based devices and two outlets left over for your additional needs.
Support has been outstanding!
Cons: First unit received was defective. Something was rattling inside upon receipt. Initially device worked as intended, though within a short spell the USB charging quit working.
I believe the device would be more user friendly if the outlets were rotated 180 degrees so that power bricks would not interfere with adjacent outlet - small gripe though as when the four USB ports are functional and used, i dont need any power bricks...
Other Thoughts: At the cost of this device, and considering the cost of return shipping, I had no intentions of seeking resolution/return of this device when the usb ports quit charging - I just wrote it off... Having said that, we all know that stuff happens, thats life - but it how stuff is handled when it happens that counts. Maite at Orico reached out to me right away and is in the midst of making things right. This is not the first time over the recent past NewEgg and manufacturers supplying them have really stepped up to the plate to support me as a customer and stand behind their services. This is the service of olde and I greatly appreciate it.
I will update my review upon conclusion of the support iteration currently underway. I expect to find that I received a unit damaged in shipment or otherwise an outlying faulty device and that the replacement will function as intended. I will let you know.
And thanks kindly Maite!
Pros: Well reviewed drive, still comes back online after a while....
Cons: Will not remain a reliable member of SHR (synology hybrid raid) array
goes offline, array registers as degraded, hours to days later the drive shows back up within the storage manager as not initialized
Other Thoughts: I have an old Synology DS410j 4-bay NAS. Its old, slow and still awesome if you ask me - but demands have changed so DVR's in the house are based on Windows 7 Media Center boxes and local media is served from a WS2012r2/Plex box with the server backing up to the Synology. The WS2012r2 also supports a couple VM's and a heavily used SOHO environment.
The synology has had 4x samsung spinpoints (2TB) for ages. Last year one of the spinpoints finally STB. For some reason I strayed from the REDs I have been using for the last few years and picked up the HGST (WD) drive. I have noted that from day 1 the drive has always 9-10 degrees warmer than the spinpoints. I attributed this to the 7200 rpm v/s the 5400 rpm of the spinpoints, but at idle I am not so sure there should be such a big diff... anyway, whatever the cause, i am now going to pick up a RED and pull this HGST because i am afraid that the regular rebuilding that this drive causes will kill my old and trusty spinpoints.
Now the question is what to do with this HGST - do i trust it enough to try it elsewhere? Can I RMA a drive that still functions sometimes? This is the 'nicest' drive i have purchased - is there a lesson i should learn from this? FYI, I'm not jaded, I curious... I have 4 arrays, a hardware based 10 array, a Storage Spaces raid 10 analog, the synology SHR raid 6 analog and a jbod BIG config acting as the backup drive while i sort out the disks in my synology. Sometimes i feel silly having the amount of redundancy I have, then i find myself setting up the jbod BIG disk so i can duplicate/preserve the last copy i have of family pictures and business files....
Any thoughts?! ....on what to do with disk?? .....or how to obtain digital peace of mind?!