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This review is from: Roku 3 Digital HD Streaming Media player w/ Headphones Game Remote
Pros: The Roku 3 is buttery smooth compared to the Roku 2 XD that it replaces. I upgraded because I needed a unit that would use the 5.8 GHz band of my router. There is too much interference on the 2.4 GHz band in my neighborhood. Being able to play different games on the Roku is a plus. Even Netflix is highly upgraded on this, compared to the XD. The remote reaches further, and doesn't have the limited range that the XD remote has. The processor on the Roku 3 is a great upgrade from the Roku XD.
Cons: The first thing I noticed when I fired up my "refurbished" Roku 3 from Newegg, was that it booted up straight to the home screen with channels already populated. Yes, my worst suspicions were confirmed when I navigated to the settings screen and saw someone's e-mail address already in the account name. Obviously, the company did not take the time to actually do a factory reset on the unit before reselling it!
The one thing I don't like about Roku is that they list some channels as free, but the user finds out later that it is only a free TRIAL for a pay channel. That really irks me!
Other Thoughts: My old Roku 2 XD never did work right. I was against paying more money to get the Roku 3, but I'm glad I didREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill Stallion Series RD400-2-SB - 400-Watt ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply
Cons: Shuts off abruptly, not reliable
Other Thoughts: I selected this Rosewill Stallion as a replacement for another Rosewill power supply that developed a loud fan. Fast forward two years later, and this has begun to shut down all of a sudden. I run it in a server that must stay up 24/7, and in that, this one has failed. It is getting adequate cooling, and it is not being drained, yet it will stay up for only up for only about 3-5 days at a time without shutting down. It is powering a basic motherboard with no additional video card or other high drain additions. This has been my last purchase of a Rosewill power supply. Going forward, I will stick with name brands.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR AC1450 Dual Band Gigabit Smart WiFi Router Two (2) USB ports—one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11 a/n/ac 5.0 GHz Five (5) 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing techn
Pros: Dual band, great range and speed, can be upgraded to better firmware with improved features, gigabit ethernet, USB 3.0 high speed port
Cons: Not easy to stack with other devices, must remember to eject the hard drive properly if disconnecting
Other Thoughts: I purchased this router because our previous router was a Western Digital N750. It had problems with streaming video, and we had to power cycle it almost daily. So far, this AC1450 router is far and away, a better one. Our streaming video problems which I thought were caused by Comcast, have practically disappeared. You can hook up 2 USB devices to network (printer, storage). We get great speed and coverage throughout the house, although it's a small two floor house. This is a refurbished router, but aside from the outside packaging and the blanked-out serial number, I can't tell. You can upgrade the firmware so that this router is exactly like an AC1750 (R6300v2). Just search for the procedures on how to do it.
Now for the few negatives:
I had to reset the router back to factory settings after only about 3 weeks of use. Some wireless devices couldn't get an IP address through the router's DHCP server. I suppose that could be due to the different firmware. Also, I forgot to log into the router to properly eject a brand new hard drive, and lost some important files. I guess this isn't really a negative for the router, because you should always properly eject a storage device before removing it. This is just a pointer, more or less. The only way you can control read/write privileges to the hard drive is to give a user the admin password to the router. No thanks! And lastly, because of the design, if you're stacking this router on top of a modem it will obviously have to be on top.
After almost a month, this router has been a joy to own. It has resolved our previous problems!