Showing Results: Most Recent
Pros: The TP-Link AC1750 really amazed me with how simple it was both to setup and use. Connecting the T8E to my next-gen AC Linksys router I was seeing speeds just as good if not better than my average Intel gigabyte wired NIC.
What do you get?
In the box you will find the adapter itself along with a standard driver CD and user manual. Though as usual I don’t suggest using the driver CD as it was outdated and you will just have to update it anyone once you install it. So word to the wise always go to the manufactures website and get the latest and greatest driver and save yourself the headache.
As simple as simple can be if you only install the driver and not the utility. Now I can’t comment on the utility as I did not install it, for I saw no reason to. In my honest opinion the software the comes with wireless adapters in next to worthless and is just another program to install that does nothing but take up HDD space and requires you to update it all the time.
Moving on, I went to TP-Links website downloaded the latest Windows 10 driver and installed it. The whole process of installing the card and driver was about 5min. After the install everything went great and I couldn’t be happier.
I was streaming 4K sample video with no issues, download huge files (5gb+) from both the internet and my local network and never really noticed a slowdown.
Cons: I really don’t have any.
Other Thoughts: I saw that a few people had issues installing the driver and getting the adapter to work properly on their computer. Now I can’t vouch for their reviews as my install process was very easy and straight forward. Like I mentioned earlier I downloaded the latest Windows 10 driver, installed it, and that was it. The TP-Link AC1750 worked great, and I couldn’t be happier with it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I would highly suggest this cooler for anyone wanting to get into or try out water cooling. Corsair did such an amazing job with this cooler. It looks amazing in my case and on top of that it made it almost silent.
Installation instructions are simple and easy to follow and I had no trouble at all installing this cooler. Before with my Hyper 212 I was running around the high 60C now I’m running at a cool 45-50C which I am loving. The off black fans are quiet and look nicer than previous ones that were just a flat black.
Corsair Link is awesome! I really like all the information that it gives you about your cooler. Plus having the ability to change LED colors is nice when you want to match your case’s color theme.
Cons: None that I can find so far
Other Thoughts: Overall I really, really love this cooler. It’s quiet and the thermal readings blow my air cooled system out of the water.
I would defiantly recommend this product to anyone wanting to get into water cooling. Its reasonable price makes it a good competitor for other AIO coolers out there. Corsair link is also something that is very handy to have especially when you want to know as much as possible about your pump and its thermals.
This review is from: Seagate STCS6000100 6TB (2 x 3TB) Personal Cloud 2-bay NAS server
Pros: What is cloud storage? A question I often ask myself as the term seems so generic. The cloud reaches everywhere from million dollar data centers to this very device. So to be broad with my definition, Cloud Storage is a digital location either being local or public that allows users to upload/download their personal files, aka cat pictures and the hottest memes. And the Seagate 2-bay 6TB NAS is a great example of how Cloud Storage is making a big splash in the consumer market place.
For this review I will be focusing on local/remote media storage and sharing
What’s in the box?
Quick start guide, Ethernet cable, Power Supply, and 2-year limited warranty
The Seagate NAS is very aesthetically pleasing. It has a glossy black top with flat black sides and some vent holes in the back and a modest Seagate logo on the front. I really like the low profile design and black finish as this device just blends in anywhere I put it. The LED on top is not too bright and the noise profile with this is almost nothing.
I ran this device in line with a power monitor and it would roughly cost around 15-20$ a year to run this device even at full usage, which is wonderful.
Settings up and accessing the NAS was as simple as it could get. It instantly appeared as a shared drive on my network when I opened it there was a shortcut to the NAS’s web interface.
Setting the NAS up via the web was simple and very straight forward. A standard terms and conditions window and a few software updates and I was ready to start defining my storage options.
The Seagate NAS gives you two options. RAID 1 (Redundency-3TB usable) or RAID 0 (Non-redundent-6TB usable.) After that you can setup your user account and any others that you want to as well. Then you can define some simple settings such as how you will be accessing your NAS and on what type of devices and a few more options. Once you are done with these initial steps you are redirect to the NAS’s dashboard. Nice job on the dashboard Seagate, simple easy to use and very straight forward.
The Seagate comes with the ability to install a wide array of apps for all different kinds needs. A short list would be;
Plex, OwnCloud, Wordpress, BitTorrent and many more.
Cons: Does not have the ability to create new network shares in the root directory. I have to browse into the public or home folders of user to create new folders. Plus it does not allow me to define folder specific access so it’s more an all or none type security model.
OS and app updates worry me a little. This is an arm7 processer and it looks like most of the apps are ported into a ruby on windows format. Now what does this mean? Well let’s focus on OwnCloud right now, OwnCloud is a great web file sharing service, though when it is installed on the NAS it is running a very old version 6.
Now if I wanted to update to the latest version 9.0.0 I should be able to grab the .tar.gz file from OwnCloud and go to the advanced tab and manually update OwnCloud. But I can’t since this is an arm7 processor which is not the same as today’s x86 processors and OwnCloud does not make a version that is ported for Ruby on Windows. Meaning Seagate is the one who ultimately will have to update the applications for this NAS.
On a side note I would really, really, really, love to see Seagate update their OwnCloud app to a newer version as I would use the heck out of it. But since it is version 6 which I know from experience there are a ton of public exploits, speed and security issues I won’t be using it.
Now how long will that go on for? 1-year?, 2-years. How long before Seagate just stops suppling customized updates for the applications on this NAS?
Just and FYI this is equally a con and something to think about. Sure this applications works great now but I like devices that can withstand 5+ years of service before I even need to think about replacing it for the latest and greatest. I don’t want a device that will be unsupported 1-2 years after it was released.
Also Ruby on Windows. Ruby requires very fast hardware to run good, not great just good.
Other Thoughts: Please keep in mind that this device is not meant to be a power house. It is running an arm7 processor with 550+/-mb of RAM. Running a Plex server that is analyzing video files while streaming movies plus hosting a WordPress site and transfer files to and from this device has this devices resources maxed out.
Some things I would like to see Seagate supply in the next update would be to allow for a JBOD configuration so that I can safely use all 6TB of storage. The ability to remove icons/customizes the dashboard. The ability to rename from person cloud to anything else. Lastly I would like to see updates to their apps especially OwnCloud and Plex since those in my opinion can really make this device a really sweet piece of equipment to have.
Overall I do really like this NAS. It’s simple to use and very easy to setup. I have been running PLEX and WordPress non-stop for close to 30days now and I have little to no issues with it. Yes it can be slow at times but that is to be expected from this device.
Would I recommend this device to others? For a home user yes I would, though for someone who is a power user or IT professional I would not as it’s to underpowered and program specific for their liking.
SeaGate good job with this device though please supply updates to your applications