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TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N300 Router, Gigabit, 300Mbps, USB port, 3 Detachable Antennas / IP QoS/ QSS Button
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I set this up at my moms a few weeks ago and it is working great, it is able o get good speeds on wifi (considering it is wireless N not AC)
It has a option to enable Wireless N 450, i can't test this as my laptop only has wireless N 300

It is DD-WRT compatible, you just have to use a beta build
i have not found any reason to replace the stock firmware (which is still maintained by TP Link) aside from more DDNs providers

Gigabit LAN, given the rate our ISP's speed is growing (min speed has been doubling the past 3 or 4 years every year, at this rate gigabit will be required to fully use it by next year)

really large detachable antenna

Cons: Wireless N is not as fast as you think, unless you are close enough you should be using a wire you will get about 32Mbps over wireless N, While wireless N is rated at 300Mbps, most of it is consumed is overhead (at close range it can do about 62Mbps)

Getting it wall mounted is little tricky when it comes to antenna locations and wires
No wall-mounting screws are provided (my buffalo router came with them and so did my asus switch)

For proper cooling this thing should be wall mounted, however the layout was designed for sitting on a desk, only ventilation is on the bottom since heat rises it is best to wall mount to for cooling, keeping hardware cool will extend it's life

Other Thoughts: if you are looking for a budget router for use in today's world go for it
If you need over 30Mbps over wifi you should get a wireless AC router you will also need to be sure your other hardware has a wireless AC card (beware most laptops have a BIOS lock on the card, that will not let it boot without a approved card)
if you have several devices using your wifi at the same time you should definitely get a dual band router

D-Link DIR-615 Wireless N300 Router, 4-Port Switch, DD-WRT Open Source support
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap
Gets the job done

Cons: Stock firmware is junk, the wifi crashed in under a week, luckily this was the week the DDWRT dev's fixed the crashing wifi bug on the Atheros based chips and released the 23720 build
No usb port
No gigabit lan

Other Thoughts: I threw DD-WRT build #23720 and it has run without a issue for a few months.
My neighbor got this for $15 one day as a shell shocker sale
It was the DIR-615-I1 reversion

I set the wifi to run on the 20 MHz channel width for better range (range > speed)
* running on the 20 MHz channel width limits the speed to 144Mbps which after overhead is about 3MB/s

Some people reported wifi crashing on the 23720 build with a high number if wireless clients so i would not suggest this for a business environment's public WiFi

I have also setup a DIR-615-E3 (not from newegg) with that DDWRT build, too soon to know if it is stable on that but when using dynamic 20/40 and turbo 40 channel width my client old's wireless G laptop could not see the access point. i think that laptop has a Intel 3945ABG card in it, both linux and windows had this issue, only wireless device i had was that laptop so i don't know if it was the router or the laptop that was the issue

ORICO 1106SS Tool Free 3.5 SATA to 5.25 SATA Stainless Bracket Internal Hard Driver Mounting Bracket Adapter
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Has a flat face plate which is good for cases with doors like the Fractal Define R4 (my other bays have issues with this)
Great wiring layout, nice and clean
Feels like a very sturdy solid product
The power switch is a DPDT switch so you can mod a fan/leds onto these

Cons: Hard to remove disk drives, feels like the door could break trying to get it to release
You need to hold the door latch open for it to close, you can't press on the door latch to close it. you can apply some pressure to the back edge of the release lever to get it to work also, the part left of the hinge
The part that connects the tray to the sides of the 5.25" bay don't use rubber vibration dampeners like my other trayless bays (those dampeners do make a noticeable difference)
The roller that pushes the HDD out gets stuck in the airflow holds on my ICY DOCK 2.5" to 3.5" adapter, this is not a issue on my other bays, though that may just be stacking with the hard to remove a HDD issue.
When the HDD does finally come out it comes fast, not gently like my other bays, I highly recommend turn the HDD off at the power switch before removing to prevent the jolt of force from damaging the drive.

HDDs are hard to eject (-1 egg)
Lack of vibration dampeners (-0.5 eggs)
Tricky door latch (-0.5 eggs)

Other Thoughts: I have 2 other tray-less hot swap bays search newegg for each of these
N82E16817997016 - Rosewill RX-C525
N82E16817998020 - StarTech HSB100SATBK (I have a older version without a led)
This is this 2.5 to 3.5" adapter i have for hot swap bays
N82E16817994083 - ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-2B
I actually prefer these two that I have hidden behind the easily removed faceplates on my Define R4 case because the HDD is easily removed/interested

While the electrical design on these ORICO bays is much better the internal physical aspects and mechanical functionality are lacking by comparison. When i say the electrical design is much better i mean it is actually worth using and not disabling/removing

If you just want to leave a HDD in this and turn it on for backups you will be very happy with this one, if you swap drives a lot look at the 2 bays i listed above

I was kinda hoping i could swap my bays with these since these have a flat faceplate

If hot swap does not work you need to set your SATA controller to AHCI mode not IDE mode, I think RAID 1 supports hot swap also

I hate to give this 3/5 eggs, but I can't give it 4/5, probably could say 3.25/5

These would be more ideal than my other bays for a NAS environment where the LEDs are would let you know if the drive has failed


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Display Name: Chad M.

Date Joined: 08/05/11

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  • Last Review: 08/26/14
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