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TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless N150 High Gain USB Adapter, 150Mbps, w/4 dBi High Gain Detachable Antenna, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Contains Atheros chip AR9271 which performs well with Linux kernel 3.12.6 using module "ath9k_htc". I successfully created a wireless access point with it using hostapd protected by WPA2. It is a great option for circumventing hotel WIFI access restrictions.

Driver compatibility and reliability make this a much better choice than Ralink devices I've tried.

Cons: Does not perform as well as some other USB WIFI devices, but is adequate for ad-hoc APs or lighter WIFI consumption.

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Logitech C920 USB 2.0 certified (USB 3.0 ready) HD Pro Webcam
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs video performs well in Linux 01/11/2014

This review is from: Logitech C920 USB 2.0 certified (USB 3.0 ready) HD Pro Webcam

Pros: Video performs well with Linux kernel 3.12.6 using module "uvcvideo" with no intervention.

I use this device daily with Google hangouts and find the resolution pleasing, autofocus adequate, and automatic exposure adjustment sufficient.

The microphone works well with kernel module "snd-usb-audio" but I haven't used it more than to test that it functioned: I use a separate lavalier microphone with a MXL MicMate Pro USB adapter.

Cons: The USB cable is not long and the camera did not perform well for me with a 6 foot USB3 extension cable, the camera needed to be plugged directly into a USB3 port to perform properly.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-D3H LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs buggy POST and mediocre BIOS user experience 01/11/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-D3H LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good performance reported in Anandtech reviews.

Cons: My primary complaint with this board is its buggy POST performance. It frequently hung on ACPI reboots; recovery required power cycling the machine with the switch. Replacing this board with an ASUS Z87-PLUS (with all other components remaining) yielded reliable rebooting.

Additionally, my Linux system would reboot weekly on average under normal load and without overheating. I can't blame the board specifically, but I was moved to replace it and haven't observed the behavior since.

The BIOS upgrade procedure is archaic: Gigabyte distributes Windows executables rather than BIOS binaries or other non-Windows friendly options. Competing vendors like ASRock have sophisticated BIOSes that can download BIOS updates directly from the internet. Less sophisticated and almost as convenient is ASUS's BIOS update utility that can read a binary from a USB stick.

Another annoyance is a slow UEFI BIOS interface. The older-style ncurses-like BIOS mode is an improvement, but still not as performant as BIOSes from generations ago.

Other Thoughts: A little research on my part would've caused me to avoid this purchase. I suffered its failings for a month or two and then replaced it with an ASUS Z87-PLUS which has none of the failings of this board. I have found the Z87-PLUS stable under load (and performant) most hours of the day for the past 3 weeks. I am using it with Linux kernel v. 3.12.6 with the following components at stock settings:

Corsair Professional Series HX 750
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 16GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Intel i7-4770k
Noctua NH-U12 S
Intel 520 SSD
MSI N760-2GD5/OC

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Display Name: michael d.

Date Joined: 11/19/03

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 11/09/10
  • Last Review: 01/11/14
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