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ASUS RT-N16 Wireless Router 802.11b/g/n up to 300Mbps DD-WRT Open Source support with USB Storage, Printer And Media Server
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Was running DD-WRT on a Linksys WRT54. An older model with large amounts of flash and RAM. On the WRT54 if I lowered the UDP timeout, (so it forgot old connections faster freeing up memory), it was adequate under heavy torrenting loads. Even then the WRT54 could slow down and start to choke under heavy load.

This RT-N16 with Tomato frimware can handle twice the load and not even break a sweat. Under massive torrenting from several computers the torrents fly at high speeds while you surf like nothing else is going on. Freaking AMAZING! Properly set up my DL speeds can reach almost double at times. The amount of flash and RAM this beast has dwarf's the WRT54. I am a very happy camper. :-)

The processor is much faster than my WRT54 so I see no need to overclock and increase heat. Its running stock speed and has handled everything I throw at it without skipping a beat.

Cons: I bought an open box that had a dead WAN port. I returned it and bought a new one that worked.

The WRT54 has a strong radio while the RT-N16's is just adequate.

I have to say the stock firmware was awful but I knew that before I bought it.

The version of DD-WRT I tried was flacky and gave me some troubles. However Tomato (beta) Version 1.28 is awesome. :-)

While I prefer the DD-WRT GUI I love the function and performance I get with Tomato, its perfect.

Other Thoughts: I'm an IT network specialist with a family of 6 living at home and 10+ computers. My network is divided into two VLAN's on a managed Netgear Giga switch that feeds into the RT-N16. My VoIP phone and a couple of IP cams feed into the other ports of the RT-N16. My wife just graduated as an IT network specialists and my son is 6 months behind. Trust me, everyone in my family knows how to torrent and makes heavy use of the internet. This home router is more like commercial grade in its performance.

We have a router rack full of Cisco equipment used as a router lab for studying toward the cisco CCNA & CCNP certifications. At one point I was going to use one of the cisco routers for my home router but I'm not sure it could beat the RT-N16's torrent performance. And it wouldn't have the USB storage and print server, nor the wireless.

If you are looking for a plug and go router skip this one.

If you know how to flash firmware and take time to set it up you'll get an awesome router.

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SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 1.0
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Own Similar Model - How To Fix 01/07/2010

This review is from: SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 1.0" Black 4GB MP3 Player

Pros: I love my Clip and bought a second one. Now I'm thinking about buying this one.

Your Clip DIED, I own a similar model SanDisk Clip that has died on me a couple of times.

For recovering a Clip that will not power up, freezes, flashes, or is not recognized by the computer, and a host of other issues try this.

First reset the Sansa Player. On mine restart is done by holding the power button in for 15 seconds or longer. Check your specific manual to be sure. The manuals are available from the Sansa website if they have been misplaced.

Download the Sansa Recovery Tool from the Sansa website.

Format - Erases Everything: Connect your Sansa player to the computer and open Windows Media Player. Click on the Sync tab. Pull down the drop down menu underneath the Sync tab by moving your cursor over the Sync tab and left clicking on the little black arrow underneath it. Highlight "Sansa 1GB" or what is says about your player and select "Format." - this should erase everything.

Cons: Firmware Upgrade - Erases Everything: Get the latest firmware upgrade from Sansa - it updates the firmware and erases every song in the player all at once.
http://www.sandisk.com/DriverDownload/driverList.asp
Click "Firmware Updater"

If this fails try this:
Disconnect Clip from computer, turn off Clip, hold in the volume + button, and reconnect the player to the computer while holding the volume + button in. Keep holding the volume + button for an additional 5-50 seconds. Windows should eventually go into recovery mode and revive the player- it will pop up a window that says Found New Hardware Wizard.

If you get the problem where MTP Device keeps popping up continuously, uninstall the “MTP Device” in Device Manager.

You can open Device Manager by double-clicking on the System icon in Control Panel, and choosing the Device Manager tab.

It is also accessible by right-clicking on My Computer, selecting Properties, and selecting the Device Manager tab. But there is an easie

Other Thoughts: Windows Logo+BREAK keyboard shortcut
Hold down the "Windows Logo" key while pressing "Pause Break". That will display the System Properties dialog box. From there you will see a tab or link to Device Manager.

You may have to restart your computer after each of these methods to get them to work properly. Disconnect your Sansa Clip BEFORE shutting down the computer.

Hope this helps

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Plustek OpticBook 3600 Plus B68-BBM31-C 48bit USB 2.0 Interface Fast Single Pass Scanner
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent For Scanning Books 11/11/2009

This review is from: Plustek OpticBook 3600 Plus B68-BBM31-C 48bit USB 2.0 Interface Fast Single Pass Scanner

Pros: This was the best computer peripheral I have ever bought. Great for making perfect copies of books. The best part is you can do it without stressing or breaking the books binding. It is also very fast.

If memory serves I believe I can scan around 330 pages per hour.

Cons: The only con is the bug in the software that it comes with. Once you scan past about 100 pages it will crash the program. Not a deal killer.

Other Thoughts: Software bug work around: Like a previous reviewer said, close the program at 100 pages and reopen it.

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Date Joined: 05/17/04

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  • Last Review: 01/11/11
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