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Case Logic 15
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs IF YOU NEED A CARRYING CASE, BUY THESE NOW! 10/31/2014

This review is from: Case Logic 15" Reflexion Mobile Attache ANTHRACITE Model RUL-115

Pros: By far, this is an outstanding carrying case that any laptop owner should have. I purchased three of these for an assortment of laptops around the house, and they're a perfect fit. There are an assortment of pockets and compartments that can be used to sort belongings. The padding provides enough stability and cushioning for any of your electronic needs. The included strap is comfortable to wear, easy to assemble, and lengthy compared to other straps I've used. The zipper linings are reinforced- an excellent quality to find in some carrying cases. I enjoy the color scheme of the bag- sleek, semi-professional, and stain resistant.

Cons: The strap attachment is half way onto the sides of the case (under the zipper lining). This positioning creates an offset when carrying the case via strap over the shoulders; although, some users might find this at an advantage. The buttons are easy to unclip, but re-clipping them is a bit tedious- I have stubby fingers. Parts of the interior lining seem too thin compared to the rest of this case.

Other Thoughts: Fastest shipment I've received yet from Newegg- not even 24 Hours from ordering and I find these waiting at my door. Thank you Newegg.

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BUFFALO WZR-600DHP2D AirStation N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very Powerful Router
After weeks of deliberate and extensive testing and usage, Buffalo’s router comes out on top.
The availability of EoIP (Ethernet Over IP Tunneling) allows users to flip the process in which their network traffic is tunneled through their IP network. The use of this feature establishes a transparent LAN service for users.
The onboard 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz wireless interfaces function INDEPENDENTLY from each other. One can be set as an AP (Access Point) while the other can be set as a repeater or bridge. Virtual Interfaces for both bands can also be set. Wireless encryption features are expanded, allowing users to designate which algorithms and authentication schemes are used for connecting users and devices. This allows the router to support legacy devices that do not support advanced encryption schemes.
The implementation of a Wireless Distribution System (WDS) is something rarely found on consumer routers, and it’s functionality on Buffalo’s router is a pleasure to use. I can expand my network efficiently using multiple routers without having to hard-wire them to each other. Although the WDS establishes a redundancy when creating bridged networks using multiple routers, the efficiency outweighs this redundancy. Designations for linking routers via WDS can be done through MAC address registration.
The availability of Zabbix support is a big plus for power users. I can manage and monitor my network seamlessly when this router’s feature is enabled. Once enabled, users can access the router as a client through the Zabbix applet, regardless of where it’s running on the network.
USB 3.0 connectivity, although limited to one port, is impressive. Any external media, whether it be an external HDD or a NAS, can be managed and accessed seamlessly. The router allows users to establish an FTP, Samba or DLNA Server to manage their storage solution. Fair warning, the USB 3.0 port only outputs 0.9A through it’s port. Any drives that draw more power than that will not function.
Hot Spot Functionality: Businesses can take advantage of this functionality when catering to multiple users sharing a single connection.
IP filtration capabilities on this router are better than other consumer routers. The ability to modify TCP congestion controls and alternate between TCP controlling schemes is beneficial for P2P (peer-to-peer) traffic.

Cons: Onboard CPU heat output seems excessive, at 80 degrees celsius, if not higher. The router does have some heat management protocols to dissipate heat through the chassis.
However, this router is not bulletproof when an ISP sends out a timeout request- usually under heavy traffic or excessive P2P. An ISP will send your modem (and connected devices) a timeout, similar to that of a denial of service. The only viable solution to this that I can think of is to power cycle the devices and have them renegotiate/sync their MAC and IP addresses. Once done, service is restored.
DD-WRT interface is not entirely easy on the eyes, especially on large displays. Expect to do a lot of reading and navigating.
The included Vertical Mount is a bit flimsy.
No wall mount is available.
No external antenna adaptor/port.

Other Thoughts: Please update the router’s firmware to the latest firmware posted on Buffalo’s site before using this router on a day to day basis.
The router’s packaging was simple. The router also has a quick access card that slides out from the back, which displays the default wireless passwords and GUI Logins.

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NETGEAR GS205 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch in Plastic Case – Essentials Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The combination of 4 independent gigabit ethernet connections + 1 WAN connection allows this switch to serve its purpose effectively in a small network. With 10Gbps being the threshold, bandwidth limitations on a small network should not be an issue. Electrical footprint is light compared to other switches. Just power on and connect devices accordingly. Each port can auto negotiate, creating flexibility between Cat5e/Cat6 crossover and patch connections. Under full load, the device's thermal management is moderate.

Cons: White plastic chassis isn't as effective as metal. There are no mounting holes on the switch, thus limiting switch placement. Either it stays on the desktop or invest in Velcro or double sided tape. No ethernet cable was included with the packaging. DHCP extension from a router is not entirely instantaneous. Device negotiation and address assignments take a quick minute the first time around.

Other Thoughts: Connected devices, each assigned with a static local IP:
Brother HL-2270DW
Brother HL-2280DW
HP OfficeJet 7780 Pro

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Display Name: Ibrahim H.

Date Joined: 11/08/05

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