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4 out of 5 eggs Backup Fail after SSD upgrade in Win 7 06/06/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 500GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-75E500B/AM

Pros: Breathed new life into an aging ACER 5740G Windows 7 64 bit laptop. The hardware installation was flawless. The laptop interface is slower (3 Gbps SATA II), but the SSD is compatible and Magician's RAPID mode helps. Magician is a very nice tool.

This laptop should be nice and useful for a few more years, now.

Cons: Samsung Data Migration v2.7 caused a significant problem: Windows Backup did not function anymore. Regretfully, minus one egg.

1. Found the Windows Backup service disabled. WHY?!
Fix: As administrator, Start Button, search, type "services" and scroll down to "Windows Backup", right-click "properties". Change "Disabled" to "Automatic".
Result: File backup then runs normally, but "Create System Image" fails.

2. "Create System Image" fails due to a shadow copy failure on the 100mb partition being ~95% full.
Fix: Search online for "No backup possible after change to SSD" and implement the procedure written by Analogmaschine on the "Answers.Microsoft" site. A very elegant and simple solution; thank you Analogmaschine.
Result: Routine Windows Backup (with Create System Image) runs normally.

Other Thoughts: Make no mistake, there are no regrets! After cleaning up the detritus of the migration, the SSD has been running flawlessly in every way. After Samsung debugs their Data Migration tool, this will deserve a very happy five eggs.

ex ovo omnia

Linksys WRT54GL Wireless Broadband Router 802.11b/g up to 54Mbps/ Compatible with Open Source DD-WRT (not pre-load)
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Works fine and lasts a long time. Does everything it was designed to do. THE most stable and reliable router I've ever experienced.

I started putting these in friends and family homes ~8 years ago, and many are still in service. If all they need is internet access, a couple Ethernet ports and basic Wi-Fi, then why should they upgrade?

Cons: Old. This technology is very old. Look at the date of the first review. Other than firmware updates, this thing hasn't changed in 10 YEARS!!! That's 53 dog years and, what, 90 computer years? Do not expect it to have all the latest and greatest -- it doesn't.

I can't talk to the problems people are reporting now. All the models I can talk about are several years old, and steady as a rock. I've never seen one of these fail. Linksys does have some fairly recent (2013) firmware.

Other Thoughts: My shiny new 802.11ac router with all the bells and whistles just blew out it's radio. No Wi-Fi at all. RMA time.

Guess which router just went back into service? Yep, old reliable WRT54GL with rotten old 802.11g wifi is doing the job again. Cool, slow and steady. Old reliable.

ex ovo omnia

ASUS RT-AC56U AC1200 Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great new features w/ Firmware v. 03/22/2015

This review is from: ASUS RT-AC56U AC1200 Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless Router

Pros: Great new security and management features including AiProtection module from Trend-Micro and adaptive QoS in the firmware release. Seriously cool -- Thanks ASUS & Trend Micro! Current firmware upgrades were an important reason I chose this product and ASUS has not let me down.

I had a chance to use the dual WAN fail-over and fail-back feature with a tethered Android smart phone on USB 2.0. The whole house LAN was running smoothly at 4G LTE WAN speeds. Very nice.

Cons: Firmware upgrades often require manual checks & uploads from the PC -- the automated upgrade feature rarely works (it says "current firmware is the latest version", even when you know it's not true). Sometimes major changes even require a reset to factory default conditions -- followed by manually re-entering parameters. Make sure you have all the parameters, SSID, wireless key, etc., that you'll need before you upgrade. It's all kind'a old school, so NBD if you've been at this a while.

Devices accessing the Guest Networks don't display their signal statistics properly in the router GUI. You can see which ones are online, though.

Other Thoughts: See my first review 4/16/2014 -- still valid & not repeated here.

I have not had the problems with 2.4 GHz band that others have complained about. Yes, I had to change some parameters, narrow the bandwidth, and survey the area several times as the extreme range adapters were having trouble with neighboring signals stepping on them. It all took time, but this is a VERY congested condo building with more AP's than I can count. I'm very pleased with this router.

In a country setting, with no competition whatsoever, the usable range among a cluster of buildings is amazing. It just works.

ASUS just released a new model RT-AC55U Newegg no. N82E16833320225 that looks like a re-engineered AC1200 Router. No news yet, but it does have external 2 x 2 antennae....


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Display Name: William F.

Date Joined: 04/05/05


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  • First Review: 11/05/07
  • Last Review: 06/06/15
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