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This review is from: ASUS EA-N66 Dual-Band Wireless-N900, 3 in 1 Access Point/Repeater/Gigabit Ethernet Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port Up to 450Mbps downlink + 450Mbps uplink Wireless
Pros: I bought 2 of these from Newegg 3 or 4 months ago to mess with and initially I wasn't very impressed with them, but after 4 months of use I have to admit they were a good buy for the buck. The setup is a little finicky at first as its quite different from other devices.
Firmware supports WPS (not that I use it), RADIUS and MAC filtering as well as Access Time Restriction and unusually outside of DD-WRT based routers you can also adjust the TX power output to cover dead areas if you can handle a little extra noise.
Supports a remote syslog server if you are so inclined to aggregate logs and has most things the average user would need in its web GUI to setup to get up and running.
Line of sight connectivity of 450mbps for about 10ft with latest firmware then it drops off. I get about 240mbps at 35ft at 5Ghz which isn't bad. I get 108mpbs through floors at about 25ft distance (again at 5Ghz) I didn't bother testing at 2.4Ghz as I have way too many noisy neighbours on those channels.
Cons: Has its own discovery application or Google to find the default IPs it gives itself for EACH mode - i.e different IP when used as a repeater, versus an AP, versus an Ethernet adapter. The web GUI is OK and gives you what you need once you have updated the default firmware. Creates a fair amount of ARP traffic but so far it hasn't really slowed my Cisco switched network and Network Discovery can be switched off from the Network / Clients menu anyway which I did with mine.
It only supports 5Ghz OR 2.4Ghz so beware - not both at the same time!
Other Thoughts: I have both setup as APs and running at home - one in my basement, the other on the end of a 40ft Cat 5e cable from my Airport Extreme in the other end of the lounge with good manual channel separation. The Airport Extreme is a far more powerful device and will take the connection unless I'm a fair bit closer to the ASUS AP. Both will give me 450Mhz but the Apple will sustain that speed for a much greater distance. Both are set as independent APs using the same SSID.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ONKYO TX-NR616 7.2-Channel THX Certified Network A/V Receiver
Pros: It sounds great! The sound is much purer than the Sony ES it replaced and easier to hear quiet dialog in movies. It still has great dynamic range and lots of bells and whistles (read the product marketing for what it supports). It has an auto-tuning microphone included and will tune your sound perfectly to your listening position(s).
7 HDMI ports that can be programmed
Decent NET functionality to play DLNA and Internet Radio, Pandora, etc. Could use more applications or the ability to add more in this space though.
Decent iPhone / iPod connector (on Front USB only) makes for a digital quality sound input, BUT you have to fire up a TV screen to navigate to what you want to listen to from your iPhone. Not tried playing movies this way as I don't transfer them to my phone but maybe a project for the weekend when I have time. Not sure what the use of the rear USB is for other than uploading firmware updates manually rather than via the network. Doesn't seem to do much else.
It probably has a heap of other hidden functionality and features but as you have to read the 100+ page PDF Manual to get information I haven't bothered to read the whole thing yet, even though I bought this thing 6 months ago. The manual is just about detailed enough to get you up and running but lacks advanced information. For that you have to scour blogs and FAQs.
Cons: I bought this to replace a 7:1 Sony DA2400ES that ran the media in my lounge as it had ran out of HDMI ports. The Sony had two powered zones so I had one hooked up in 7:1 sound and one zone out on to the deck in stereo. It sounded great - just didn't have enough HDMI ports for all my BD / DVD / ATV / Mac Mini / MPC / and other gadgets. The product material said 7:2 and 3 zone. What it failed to tell you was that its not REALLY 3 zones and 7:2 audio. You have to sacrifice two of your speakers inside to use them outside taking the unit to a 5:1 + stereo system. As for Zone 3 forget it!
Zone 2 and 3 are ANALOG only with heinously cheap connectors that won't accept anything bigger than a 14 gauge wire. (I'm sure all of us would expect to use something a lot bigger and better than the wire these connectors are designed for!)
The net result was that I had to go buy a SECOND amplifier to power my deck speakers and will need to buy a THIRD amplifier to use Zone 3 when I hook it up to another room in the house. Switch and bait marketing if ever I saw it in action!
Minus 2 eggs for misleading product information - I would have bought a different (Onkyo) system had I known.
Other Thoughts: Some functions can be setup from a web browser once you have it connected to your home network making it easy to configure things like Internet Radio. However only a few things can be setup this way and you need to figure out the IP address the thing is on, either by navigating through interfaces on the thing or looking at your network ARP table. It would be nice if Onkyo allowed you to configure the whole thing this way - it would be much faster than navigating it's internal menus.
The NET functionality provides quite a few applications for network media - Pandora, etc. and a couple of apps for playing DLNA music even if that music is on network share, NAS server etc. but NOTHING for playing movies even if connected directly to the system via USB. Its a bit disappointing for a quality unit like this. It means you have to plug in a Media PC or MAC or a jailbroken Apple TV to play your network movie collection. I haven't found a way yet of downloading and installing additional applications yet so not even sure if this is user configurable or locked code by Onkyo. Be interested to find out if anyone has been able to do this!
Pros: I have been running this in my 2010 Macbook Pro since Newegg started selling this drive, as a replacement for its 500MB little brother, (also from Newegg) which replaced the stock Apple drive. Both perform excellently and I have not had an issue with either. It is notably fast and a big improvement over stock HDDs. At 9.5mm it fits nicely into a stock MacBook drive chassis or a caddy to replace the superdrive which is where I have it on my second MBP. I opted to keep it in the standard drive location on this machine to take advantage of the MAC drive protection and used the superdrive bay for a 128GB Samsung SSD for Mountain Lion, leaving my data on the Seagate.
Cons: None - this is one of the better Seagate drives and escapes the lousy 1 year return policy on some drives!
If a manufacturer will not stand behind their products with a 3 or 5 year warranty - DO NOT BUY FROM THEM! You have to know that what you are buying is trash!
Other Thoughts: At 7,200rpm it consumes slightly more power than a 5,400 drive but with the partial SSD overall I have not seen much battery degradation from the standard 5,400 drive it ultimately replaced.
Now that I have it paired with a full blown SSD my battery just goes on an on and on....like the Duracell commercial. Life is great what more can I say!