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WD Red 3TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD30EFRX
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Pros: - Low temperatures
- Fast transfer speeds
- Works fantastically with FreeNAS
- Reports temperatures and other associated drive data properly

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I've traditionally avoided NAS drives because I was wary of the 5400 RPM spindle speeds. I received two of these 3TB disks as review units. To be blunt, I've now ordered four more in order to upgrade all of the drives in my FreeNAS RAID10 array.
The drives are more power efficient, cool, and produce less noise than the traditional 7200RPM 2 and 3TB disks I've used in the past. They also properly report data into FreeNAS which I've had difficulty with in the past. My only hesitation is that they only support up to 8 drives in an array. Not sure how that is possible as there shouldn't be anything stopping me from expanding my array to 10 drives in the future.
Over all these disks have made me a believer. I'm excited to get my remaining 4 disks installed and running.

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Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
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5 out of 5 eggs Great product, only better. 03/27/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

Pros: - Easy to install
- Looks great
- Steady temps
- Acoustic throttling works well
- Even at low fan speeds it knocks temps down significantly

Cons: - More expensive than an aircooler

Other Thoughts: I've had the H100i v1 for approximately two years now. So when the chance to upgrade to the V2 came around I knew that this was going to be an excellent cooler. The quality of this unit is beyond my V1 unit. Everything seems to be tighter and more refined. The software is better and easier to work with as well.
Temperatures are around the same on my rig. I am running an AMD FX-8350 and at idle I'm around 56 F with the fans on low. When I push the CPU during a game, Guild Wars 2 for example, the system gets up to around 65 F before I have the fans on the radiator set to ramp up. At this point the noise goes up (acceptable, I have headphones) and the temps drop back to 56F. I have it scheduled to not immediately drop the fan speeds back down when an acceptable CPU temperature is reached so that things don't constantly vary between loud and quiet while the temperatures yo-yo up and down.

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Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router
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3 out of 5 eggs Can't Recommend 01/03/2016

This review is from: Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router

Pros: Easy setup and configuration
Excellent Range
Excellent Speeds

Cons: NO SSL Security on the web interface.
WPS Stays on even when switched off.

Other Thoughts: I'm giving this router three stars for performance, but I'm knocking two stars off for security. Namely, there isn't any. You can't SSL secure the web interface of the router which means that it is wide open to basic attack types. In the age of Internet Of Things this is a pretty large omission.
I was also disappointed in the fact that upon accessing the router the web interface shows you the SSID as well as the first character of the WPA2 key. Even showing one character of the WPA2 key cuts down the time it takes to crack the password significantly.
I did like the fact that the router checks for a firmware update everytime you log into the interface. However this should really be something that the router is doing in the background at 2 or 3 in the morning by itself. I realize that you run the risk of bricking the device, however the risk of a security hole being exploited because of old software is just as large a problem. And let's face it, when was the last time your parents logged into their wireless router? Never. They had you set it up for them.

The good thing is that the performance of this device is really quite good. It throws signal all over my two story town house and it does a better job of getting signal to the garage which my previous router couldn't do. My speed stays up around 200 Mbps with only two bars of strength and the latency doesn't show a large jump.
I also liked the fact that the 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz bands can be active at the same time. I have a bridge setup for my entertainment system on the first floor and my NAS and Plex server are on the first floor. I'm now able to use the 5Ghz range for these higher bandwidth streaming devices, and reserve the 2.4Ghz band for phones, laptops and tablets which are just consuming web traffic.
I'm not sure how much of this improvement is from the beam forming technology. When You reset this router from a full router to a simple wireless access point (which is how I used it for about 75% of the time) you lose many of the options available in the interface. To be honest I prefer this as I like using another dedicated device for firewall duties.

So let's put this in perspective. On one hand this router is fast, easy to setup, and it tries to do firmware updates for you. On the other hand it leaves the web interface open to man in the middle attacks and credential sniffing, and WPS stays on even after you've turned it off. I just can't recommend this router as WPS is a huge vulnerability and allowing continued authentication even when it is explicitly disabled is less than optimal.

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Display Name: Christopher H.

Date Joined: 11/06/02

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  • Reviews: 94
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  • First Review: 11/25/02
  • Last Review: 03/27/16
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