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Rosewill 6.56ft. USB2.0 A Male to Micro USB Cable Type B (5-Pin) Cable, Black, Model RC-6-USB-AM-MB-BK
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: They're long enough, they work, and they're cheap. Pretty hard for a manufacturer to mess up the venerable USB cable.

Cons: The MicroUSB port is a little chunky with the black plastic around it. I have to make sure to seat it properly on my Galaxy S phone, or else it might not make complete contact. I could probably file it down easily enough if I wanted to.

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iLuv iCC263BLK Black Compact USB Power Charger Duo
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Pretty Nice, On Sale 03/01/2012

This review is from: iLuv iCC263BLK Black Compact USB Power Charger Duo

Pros: The wall plug breaks out into 3 USB ports, one of which can drive a whole amp. This is great, since I now have one plug that services my entire desk of electronics. I'm absolutely taking this with me whenever I travel, as the plug folds in.

The 1A port specifically is great for charging my very power-hungry Nook Color, which complains about standard 500mA chargers. The other ports charge my Galaxy S phone just great, which isn't nearly as picky but will fast-charge on the 1A port too.

The car adapter is also superb, and can put out some real current for my Galaxy S phone. My old adapter put out about 500mA, and would barely maintain the phone while in GPS navigation mode. This will run and charge it instead, while taking up less space. The car adapter is TINY, it barely sticks out of the 12V port on my car.

Cons: I got this product when it was about 70% off. At its current price, I would probably look elsewhere. But at the price point I got it at, it was a complete bargain.

Other Thoughts: Both pieces are sturdy, travel-ready, and get the job done well.

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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: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Immensely easy to flash a third party firmware. Just grab the right .bin file, upload over an ethernet cable, and reboot. Seems faster than my old WRT54G that it replaces, although it might be the firmware doing that. Runs Tomato like a champ.

Uses half as much electricity as a WRT54G (23W vs. 12W), so my UPS should last a little longer now.

I couldn't believe it, but I think my WRT54G with DD-WRT was a bottleneck on my network. I did speed tests before swapping the routers, and then after. I was getting 8 Mbps down and 0.6 Mbps up before (DOCSIS 2.0 modem), and now I can get 20 Mbps down and 3.7 Mbps up! I had to swap them once more just to be sure. I'm not sure if this is the hardware or the different firmwares, but it is a very welcome change!

Signal strength penetrates through walls effectively enough. Very easy to setup the router as a repeater in Tomato. Excellent QoS tweaking and bandwidth monitoring in Tomato too. Antennas detach.

Cons: At this price point, a USB port for doing NAS would be nice. I'm nitpicking, though.

Other Thoughts: I'd recommend Tomato instead of DD-WRT for the GLs. They operate much faster, and Tomato seems to be more frequently updated than DD-WRT.

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Display Name: Erik W.

Date Joined: 02/23/05

  • Reviews: 25
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  • First Review: 08/03/06
  • Last Review: 03/01/12
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