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ASRock Z97 OC Formula LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Top notch highly overclockable Z97 board with everything you could want. 08/19/2014

This review is from: ASRock Z97 OC Formula LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Hello power user. This is clearly a top notch Z97 board with everything you could want for a high end build primarily to OVERCLOCKERS. I need the eight SATA ports. There is all kinds of tech that I am glad is in here, platinum caps, 12 phase CPU power, 4 phase memory, digit power, 8 layer PCB, and other high quality components, they are not holding back here at all. It’s certainly designed for overclocking ease and stability. The eight SATA ports are required for me, so that’s good. Mouse bios works perfectly. Includes lots of cables too. The Crushed Velvet bag of cables..... makes my eyes roll, but whatever. They also include the Purity Sound 2, which is an upgrade, like I could hear the difference, but it’s nice to know they are working on always improving things. Ram goes up to 3400, sheesh, that’s faster than stock DDR4. This is the first board that has waterproofing on it. That’s interesting. I have done water cooling about 10 years ago, that would have been nice. It has drop switches to turn off the PCIe, and nice hard buttons to overclock, that certain could be useful.

Cons: Yes the Z97 chipset is kind of a farce, just add’s M2 (smaller SSD) support which means nothing for us ATX computers builders. But that’s not Asrock’s fault. (mumbles, intel marketers) but that has nothing to do with AsRock or this board.

Other Thoughts: Unless I NEEDED the Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 Series (read the benchmarks, tons of mixed reviews, mostly not positive) it’s not or Waterproofing, I’d personally save a C-note and get the ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 instead. But this is designed for better overclocking, which I don’t do. It’s basically identical and includes a display port, d-sub and DVI ports too. But that’s just me and my needs and you obviously know what you need. So just my thoughts. I’ve had a dozen AsRock boards, I’ve never had a problem that they weren’t on top of and fixed with a bios update before I even got the box. It’s even the board I am running right now. So the quality of the board and company and support is all five stars. Asrock is a computer that has something to prove. They are packing their boards with more features than Asus, they are building top quality boards, and their price point is lower than Asus. They are doing it extremely well, and even though I view myself as pretty unbiased, I get the board that has all the features and functions I need, I find myself buying Asrock again and again for years. I’m giving it five stars for someone who needs a board with everything and wants to overclock with water cooling.

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D-Link  DCH-M225  Wi-Fi Audio Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Works as advertised - wireless audio jack and DLNA 07/21/2014

This review is from: D-Link DCH-M225 Wi-Fi Audio Extender

Pros: Setup is easy enough. Plug into Wall, hold down the WPS button, go hit the WPS button on your main router. Then just go to dlinkap.local./ and login (no password) It will prompt for updating the firmware. HOWEVER, after that, I couldn’t login, I just pressed “log in” over and over. It didn’t work in IE or Chrome. So I power cycled it, and then I could login. I went through the wizard and set up the rest of the stuff. So remember to power cycle it! I see the other reviewer here had the same problem. With you deal with DLNA stuff, there are always a mess of settings and it can get a little annoying. Any techy knows wifi stuff can always be a little wonky, but it’s certainly getting better. I tested with this my DLNA Onkyo receiver and it indeed worked just fine. I mean with the WPS button, connectivity was certainly a breeze. I tested this with a 1/8” jack (mini stereo) speaker plugged into the device and it worked fine too, even with my android. (I Used BubbleUPNP). I can certainly see this thing being useful for those looking for a wireless-ish solution to sending audio around.

Cons: I can’t think of much. It is a plug hog, meaning it’s so fat that it will hog up all other plugs around it, which can get annoying fast to take up 3 plugs instead of one.

Other Thoughts: houghts: With most things I can set them up without looking at the manual, but not this. But it’s super short and quick and to the point, so high praise for that. It also includes a little card and stickers to make setup and passwords easier. I did listen for hours and didn’t get any hiccups. When I unplugged it, it was warm, but not hot. The range is as good as your wifi range. It has other features too, wifi extending, etc.

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EnGenius ENS202 Long-Range 2.4GHz Outdoor Wireless N300 Bridge/AP
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Setup wasn’t bad at all. They include a POE Injector, for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a power adapter you have near your router or switch that sends power over the ethernet since not enough power can be sent by router alone. So in speed testing this I used CAT6 and gigabit ports everything from PC to device. I copied large (over 1 GB) medium (2-4MB) and small (tens of thousands of tiny files) to and from a RAM drive to a RAM drive. This I tested it from about 6 feet away from the device, so you can’t expect to get faster speeds these these:
Large Files: 11.21MB/sec
Medium Files: 11.08MB/sec
Tiny files: 0.9MB/sec
Two things you will notice. While connected at Wireless N (300mbits) you can see that 100mbits is the bottleneck here. I bet you anything the wired port they put on the back is only a 100mbit port, not a gigabit port so that’s kinda stupid, but I’ve seen that a lot with these little devices. I don’t doubt it has a legitimate wireless N chip inside, but we all know it’s only as fast as the slowest component. The second thing you’ll note is it’s pretty awesome speeds copying medium sized files. Almost the same as large files, which is very impressive. I had to do the test a few more times in both directions to make sure. I would expect near half the speed of large files and have never seen anything so fast for medium files, albeit port limited. So hats off there. Now for range or distance, I had this mounted on the front of my house, and I went inside my neighbors brick house, about 130 feet away (NOT line of sight, about 40 degrees off). I could connect, but max speeds for large files were less than 1MB/sec. But that is some really impressive range. The antenna is certainly directional, but I still get a good signal in my house from behind the device, and to the sides. I would certainly consider this device, throwing this inside my house too, pointed inward so my whole house could get some wifi since this is a legitimately strong antenna.

Cons: 100mbit bottleneck, and no name Chinese are the only cons I can see for this device.But they get props for allowing it to be tested, and it tests well. That’s the only reason why I give it four stars. They include no Ethernet cables too, but that’s fine.

Other Thoughts: They put the default IP @ 192.168.1.1, but since half of routers have that as their default IP, and you’ve got the mess of POE injectors, they really should have put it somewhere, anywhere else. I had this outside over a month, in temperatures over 100 degrees F. It’s rock solid and fine. Who knows how it will hold up, but I am impressed and I am certainly going to keep this.

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