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Pros: It's a very large router compared to my others that I have. Great design and clear symbols to read on the front and back. It can mount to a wall if that's what you prefer. Has a nice stand for it so you can face it towards yourself and have the cables out of site on the back.
Cons: Continuously drops wireless connections and makes it almost unusable. I scoured the internet and found this to be the leading issue of the WNDR4000. Mega loads of people upset with this router for that reason. Just do a search for WNDR4000 and dropped connections and you'll see for yourself. I also found a ton of reports where people say the support people at Netgear are pretty much unhelpful in this matter.
For such an advanced router I would have expected there to be a lot of settings that you could customize to your liking but there isn't. I mean it has pretty much a Basic and Advance options and the advance options are pretty limited.
Other Thoughts: Well I almost decided to return this and decided to search the internet for a solution to the dropped wireless connections and my persistence paid off. I even tried every firmware version available for this and none of them ever fixed this issue. As a few reviewers on here have mentioned, they talked about a custom firmware upgrade called DD-WRT and it saved this router from being returned.
The GUI for DD-WRT isn't quiet as nice as the stock Netgear GUI but you talk about a mega load of features that you have at your disposal. It's still easy to get around due to the tabbing of pages within the settings though.
If you can follow directions then head on over to DD-WRT and download you two files for this to flash and make sure to have their Wiki page up explaining exactly what needs to be done and you'll come off without a hitch. One reviewer on here mentioned that there's not a lot of documentation available for the settings but there is and it's even inside the setting itself. Also if you want detailed explanations of what a setting does the Wiki over at DD-WRT will have it.
Also as one reviewer mentioned he said he increased the reception and can pick it up a black and a half away from his home this is true. I have a separate second office that resides in a seperate structure away from my house and by increasing the signal it reaches wonderfully.
Also the new firmware allows me to create Virtual Access Points so I set up a guest account and isolated it so when I have relatives and friends over with laptops and iPads and iPhones that can jump on the guest network and access the internet and all but not have access to my local network. Nice!
Pros: Small footprint makes this mouse very portable, not to mention being wireless RF as well. It has a nice little sleeve case that is conformed to the shape of the mouse. Tilt wheel is a big plus and a few programmable buttons to boot.
It has a little sliding door that goes over the optical eye on the bottom. It also stores the RF receiver very well and almost undetectable.
Bought it using a coupon code that made it very affordable.
It has decent tracking and will pick up on the slightest of movement. I put batteries in it and the software says that it has 95 days left of usage, WOW!
Cons: Although this is a refurbished mouse, it has a white scuff mark on the back right side. I could not rub or polish it off. On the bottom of the mouse is the Logitech logo and it is almost worn completely off due to heavy usage.
This mouse has had some heavy usage. Refurbished usually means a new product that has been returned due to the package being opened or did not work right and was returned to the manufacturer, fixed and resold.
I feel like I'm getting a second hand product because of the heavy wear and tear on it. It would not be cost effective to return it due to the low price I paid for it considering that I'm responsible for return shipping.
Other Thoughts: This mouse is very well put together. Half of the bottom slides off to reveal the battery compartment. The RF receiver is so well placed that it is almost undetectable. At first inspection I thought that it was left out and forgotten to ship to me. Upon closer inspection I was able to finally locate it.
This is a very small mouse and if you have big hands like I do it may be a little awkward at first especially trying to use the tilt wheel feature.
The tilt wheel is must have now on all my mice. I visit quiet a few forums and using the tilt wheel as a home and end key function to reach the top and bottom of the page is priceless.
I use this mouse for my laptop and another larger Logitech mouse with tilt wheel for my desktop rig.
Also when the little door is slid to reveal the optical eye a little green led light on top indicates that it is now active and ready for use.
When you buy this mouse you will not receive any manual or driver or software disc. Just jump on Logitech's website and download the latest SetPoint software that allows you to program the buttons to your liking.
Pros: The MB is nicely laid out. It has everything right exactly where it should be. Military colors are really nice. It's running all the new gear I threw into it. (see other thoughts for specs) It has a 5-year warranty. It can run the AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz CPU in case your interested. (Instructions below) Keeps decent temperatures.
The AI Suite II is a nice touch, keeps a reading of all your temp points throughout the MB. It keeps tabs on all your fan speeds throughout the MB as well as voltage levels. All of that is just one application in the AI Suite. There's about a dozen more.
This MB has six 4-pin fan headers that all can be controlled independently though the AI Suite.
Cons: It didn't come ready for Bulldozer type CPU's right out of the box. A small matter really if you know how to flash a MB.
Other Thoughts: If your wanting to run the new Bulldozer series AMD CPU's you'll need to flash the MB before you even install the CPU. I have the AMD FX-8350 Vishera CPU and it runs like a charm.
Here's what you need to do. Before you even install the CPU or RAM or Video card you'll need to flash the UEFI in order for the MB to even accept the CPU. Get on the ASUS website for this MB and download the latest UEFI (or Bios) update, then dowload a Bios Utility called 'Bios Renamer for USB BIOS Flashback'.
On another computer extract the Bios .CAP file and then the Bios Renamer.
1.Put Bios file and Bios renamer in same folder
2.Execute the Utility
3.Use new Bios file for USB BIOS Flashback.
Now put the newly renamed Bios file onto a USB Flash Drive. Get your new MB and connect the 24-pin and 8-pin MB power plugs from a power supply and turn the PSU on. In the manual look to which USB port is your Flashback port and plug the Flash Drive with the Bios Update into that port. Now push and hold the Flashback button next to the port until it starts to flash. It will continue to flash the light on the button while it's updating the UEFI. Once it stops flashing you can now turn off the PSU. Now you can install the CPU, RAM and Video card(s) and anything else you have. Like magic, it will now accept your FX-8350 or whichever CPU you have.
If your new to building a new rig, a word to the wise. Run your UEFI at optimal settings on your first or even second bootup to make sure everything is running smooth and then if you want to overclock you can on your third or even fourth boot or you can just keep it at optimal settings.
• Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower
• Custom made acrylic full side door for the Cosmos II
• ASUS Sabortooth 990FX AM3+ motherboard
• AMD FX-8350 Vishera (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ Eight-Core Processor
• G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) (DDR3 1866)
• CORSAIR AX860 860W Fully Modular PSU (custom sleeved with MDPC-X triple braided sleeving)
• ASUS Radeon HD 7950
• 512GB Samsung 840 PRO Series SSD
• Seagate Barracuda 3TB HDD (x6)
• CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 Water Cooler for CPU
• ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid 7970 Extreme VGA Cooler
• HT Omega Stryker 7.1 Sound Card
• All Bitfenix Spectre Pro fans all White
• BitFenix Recon Fan Controller
• Akasa InterConnect Pro USB 3.0 Panel w/ USB 3.0 Card Reader
• Case lighting