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WD WD Purple WD40PURX 4TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs AV Drive 07/11/2014

This review is from: WD WD Purple WD40PURX 4TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: Quiet and works

Cons: Price

Other Thoughts: This drive is designed to be able to record and stream I believe up to 24 HD cameras at the same time and eliminate lagging and frame drop. So far I have run 5 1080p cameras on this drive without degradation. Except with my software, each camera uses about 2MB/sec write speed to drive, so 5 is only 10 MB/sec writing. Also, I am running a core I7 and SSD boot drive, so there is power. One caveat I have learned is that your software is most critical. I have tossed away software that uses up to 6 times more CPU resources than the software I settled upon. so take that into consideration when designing your entire system.

Crucial MX100 CT512MX100SSD1 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Lots of speed, technology, encryption, safety features packed wirth alot of storage space for a low price and a three year warranty.

Cons: You are left blind. I replaced my Seagate 500 GB laptop hard drive with the Crucial MX100. All is working great and like others, I have experienced a dramatic decrease in boot times, desktop loading, etc. But this drive leaves you essentially blind because there is no software with this drive that lets you view the firmware status, hours and writes on the NAND, controller model, whether TRIM is enabled or not, encryption status, etc.

Other Thoughts: Acronis clone software worked perfectly on Windows 8.1 for me on HP laptop DV6 Core I7. However, the process of downloading, inserting a 16 digit license key to gain access to a 64 digit license key after registering and e-mailing is just chinzy. You have to do a lot of prep to get this drive installed. After following all the update to Windows 8.1 and cloning with the Acronic via my laptop E-sata, I finally installed the drive and it has been flawless. 5 starts for the drive, 3 stars for Acronis, 1 star for no software diagnostics on the drive from Crucial

HooToo HT-WR01 Wireless N 300 Mbps 802.11 b/g/n Access Point / Signal Repeater / Range Extender (White)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Status lights, rotating AC outlet plug, very good range and speed

Cons: Works in 2.4GHz band, not 5 GHz which has less coverage than 2.4, but is usually faster and less crowded.

Other Thoughts: Procedure: Connect with ethernet cable directly to your PC and then power on. Change PC IP address of network adapter to something in the range. Then log into the web configuration tool of the Hootoo at For repeater setup, configure the name of your network router, assign an IP address to the Hootoo and a NAME of the Hootoo that is on the same class as your router, usually Add in any network security keys you have stored in your router and save this info on the Hootoo. Keep DHCP onb Hootoo off. Remember, if your network router is called Smith, name your Hootoo repeater something like Smith-Repeater1 so you will see it cvlearly on your network to connect to it. Entire process should take about 5-10 mins. Restart the Hootoo and it should connect to your router and also your laptop/desktop should have IP address set back to that which it was on before Hootoo setup change. If all is working, you should now be able to browse internet on your laptop through the cable connected to the Hootoo. When all is set, simply unplug the Hootoo and plug it in at the location you want to use it at to extend your range and you should be able to connect your devices in that area with strong signal.


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Display Name: Robert P.

Date Joined: 11/22/07

  • Reviews: 48
  • Helpfulness: 29
  • First Review: 12/09/08
  • Last Review: 07/11/14
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