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Diablotek DA Series PSDA250 250W ATX Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs works great 05/30/2012

This review is from: Diablotek DA Series PSDA250 250W ATX Power Supply

Pros: Used to replace a dead power supply in an older (2006-ish) eMachines computer. It didn't draw much power at all, so the small 250W size was perfect. Obviously this power supply isn't a super decked-out high power box- it's designed for a simple baseline computer, which is exactly what I needed it for. Includes a vibration absorber (rubber power supply frame) that helps to decrease noise.

Cons: Cable lengths between connectors are way too short. (~6") I extended them by cutting off a connector from the old PSU and taping the wires to a new connector to make it long enough. Not exactly the proper way to do it, but it served its purpose. This is especially problematic if you have 2 optical drives and a hard drive not adjacent, or depending on your case design, you have devices scattered all around. Something to consider before buying.

Other Thoughts: Besides the short cable lengths, the power supply functions fine. It's relatively quiet, and works great for any basic computing needs. If you're replacing a dead PSU on a budget, this works perfectly.

BELKIN F5D8235-4 802.11b/g/n N+ Wireless Gigabit Router up to 300Mbps
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs strong wireless router 02/22/2012

This review is from: BELKIN F5D8235-4 802.11b/g/n N+ Wireless Gigabit Router up to 300Mbps

Pros: This router stands out from many others I have tried. It has an excellent range in terms of distance-signal ratio. It has penetrated through steel walls that other weaker routers could not. I could not be happier with the performance.

Connecting a flash drive or USB hard drive will auto-mount the drive to \\\<drive_label> replacing drive label with whatever the disk drive is called. This also works if you have a hard drive with more than 1 partition or a USB hub connecting several disk drives together as separate network shares. Effortless drive-mounting. Gigabit ethernet works nicely.

Cons: USB network storage can be flaky depending on your needs. With the v1 and v2 version of this router, the speed was roughly 2-3MB which is rather slow. These are likely v3 models so perhaps this slow transfer speed is resolved.

Download meter worked for about a week and quit. This is purely cosmetic if you like to see when your network is under high load, however this may have been fixed in the v3 version.

Guest network feature is useless. I have had instances where the router confuses "guests" with "secure users" and presents secure users with a guest landing page. This is more of faulty firmware than it is router defect, but it's worth noting for potential buyers. Also, if you plan on using the guest network feature, don't plan on using as an open public network...the belkin firmware prohibits this.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a really good router despite some mishaps in the firmware. The excellent range and Gigabit ethernet ports had me sold on it. If your looking for a fast router that travels long distances, this would be the one.

NETGEAR WNDR3400-100NAS N600 Wireless Router Simultaneous Dual Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Port x4
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Generally speaking, I have been very happy with Netgear routers for some time. This is no exception. The router performs very well under most load conditions regardless of the internet speed that is going into it. The top blue dome is LED-illuminated which is very pretty and it also serves as a WPS 'connect' button.

Contrary to the DD-WRT website, this router actually DOES support DD-WRT. For those individuals who want to install DD-WRT on this box, see instructions here:

Cons: Performs poorly in metal-rich environments. This is probably a con that applies to most internal-antenna routers, but it is certainly worth mentioning. I bought this router in hopes to establish a centralized wireless network for an office building. However, there are a few offices that are literally lined with steel supports from ceiling to floor. Everywhere else this router put out a full 5 bars, worst case 3/4 bars. In the rooms with steel, at greatest 1 bar. Keep this in mind when placing this router in a steel-rich environment. Otherwise, it works perfect for home use.

Other Thoughts: Relatively fast considering that it is only Fast Ethernet and not Gigabit Ethernet. For most users this will suit fine in the average home/office application. Minus the issues with steel interference, this router works great- both with the stock Netgear firmware and DD-WRT.


Timothy P.'s Profile

Display Name: Timothy P.

Date Joined: 03/11/03

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  • First Review: 11/22/08
  • Last Review: 05/30/12
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