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Pros: I am truly impressed with this little thing. I wanted to buy something inexpensive for my HTPC that can run 24/7 and handle some minimal gaming too. Paired this with an MSI mini ITX A88XI and can run Modern Warfare 3 on max resolution without a hiccup. It run real cool and quiet and handles anything I threw at it so far. I highly recommend this for such build. This would make a more than decent HTPC or gaming rig.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: AMD fan boy... they have been good for what I needed for the last 15 years or so.

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Ubiquiti UniFi AP-LR, UAP-LR, UniFi AP-Long Range 11b/g/n 300Mbps MIMO 600ft PoE
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Easy setup, great and informative web console, fast boot, price.

Cons: Could be tricky to setup if you have Windows Firewall running!

Other Thoughts: You have just found one of the best in the industry and buy them before some big corporation like Cisco or Juniper gobble it up and sell them to you for 10 times the price. However, it needs a bit of wrestling to get it setup.

I am an IT professional, so this is what I do day in and day out. I have always been partial to Meraki, but Meraki does not care to sell to Mr. Consumer so they have their ways of keeping us out of the club. Price is high, support is higher and they don't bother talking to you if you don't have an active subscription or support contract. So far this little thing they call Ubiquity does almost what Meraki does with a fraction of price and does it well, and it does not require lifetime commitment... "yet".

Now about the AP itself... it needs the software that does NOT come with the equipment. I never unwrap any media that comes with my purchase because of course "I'm an IT pro <sarcasm>", but in this particular case it is nice to have it in the box because the URL on the quick start could be old, which in my case it was.

Connected the injector and the watched the AP boot up reasonably quickly, but no detection.
So... a quick Google search did the trick and not Ubiquity, and got the UniFy Controller installed.

Oh... snap... detector software and controller cannot see the AP... I can see the IP in my DHCP table... reboot again, no dice.
Some web search... found out that Windows Firewall WILL block access, so I disabled it. Still nothing... rebooted both PC and AP, again, and once more... no dice.
Some more web search... and this is actually tricky: you need Java 7.xx or controller will not work. Uninstalled Java 8 and installed latest Java 7. This time, I'm in.
Setup was a breeeeeeeze... one of the easiest and kinda fun. I really like the statistics page where you can get all info down to what device is the high bandwidth user. Setup my home and guest wifi networks and that's about it... my Juniper SRX router will do the rest for me.

So... go for it. I am extremely happy... good range, good stats and good management. If you really need to know, you do not need to have the controller run on a server at all times. It only needs to be running if you are setting a guest portal, like when you connect your phone to a public wifi and are redirected to a web page where you gotta put other info. Otherwise it is only required to program the darn thing. It will not affect your guest or home network in any way.

I love mine... and I hope you do yours.

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COOLMAX HD-380BK-eSATA Leather & Aluminum 3.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looks good till the leather cover peels off at the edges, which was three days after I bought it.

Cons: The eSATA controller is junk. Most of the time it's impossible to detect by the OS, and when it does it performs extremely slow. Will not buy again and definitely not worth returning for replacement. Ended up in the trash can just a few minutes ago.

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Display Name: ALI A.

Date Joined: 02/27/03

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  • Reviews: 62
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  • First Review: 11/14/05
  • Last Review: 02/01/16
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