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NETGEAR WNDR3700-100NAS Wireless Gigabit Open Source Router/ USB port Rangemax 2.4/5GHz Simultaneous N600 Dual Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Gigabit, dual band, relatively inexpensive
Can install DD-WRT (etc.)

Cons: Received bad hardware (I think)
Installing DD-WRT voids warranty

Other Thoughts: I installed DD-WRT right away, which it turns out was a mistake. It seemed to be working okay. But the switch portion of the router was flaky, dropping packets for 3-4 second stretches every 30-60 seconds. When I finally figured this out (TCP has retries and things do still work after the big pauses), I tried restoring factory firmware to see if DD-WRT was the cause and it no longer boots. The unit just sits in a reboot cycle and I've done the TFTP firmware recovery many times with many different firmwares.

So, waste of $85, and is now hunk of junk on my shelf. I give it more than 1 star because it does have potential to be an awesome router and I may even buy another one. I should have verified the hardware was solid before installing DD-WRT since that voids the warranty.

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AudioSource S325 Soundbar 2.2 Speaker System
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs Not bad, but some issues 08/23/2013

This review is from: AudioSource S325 Soundbar 2.2 Speaker System

Pros: Width is spot of for my needs.
Sound is pretty good for not having a separate subwoofer.

Cons: Remote is horrible. I thought I was going to have to return the unit as the remote didn't work and I didn't know if it was due to the remote or the speaker. New batteries didn't help. Thanks to the other (first) review, I did try pushing/prying/squeezing the remote and did eventually come up with a working setup, allowing me to not have to return this thing. A learning remote will make this remote unnecessary.

I also have a little buzz/rattle coming out of the right side--I expect it's just not assembled well and I think I'll be able to fix that with a little screw tightening..

The hot-glue stringers all over the unit make it seem pretty cheaply made (which is reinforced by the flakey remote as well.)

I wish the remote could toggle the power--it does mute/standby. Probably okay as the input selection and volume level reset when powered off.

Other Thoughts: For the price (~ $90), I'm really happy with the sound quality and the size. It should fit perfectly in my TV cabinet (34.5" wide), and has both analog and digital inputs. The only remaining thing I wish it has was Bluetooth streaming, but that's a pipe dream at this price.

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Logitech Z523 40 Watts RMS 2.1 Speaker System
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Source of hum 12/05/2010

This review is from: Logitech Z523 40 Watts RMS 2.1 Speaker System

Pros: Does sound good when it works

Cons: Loud humming for (apparently) quite a few folks.

Other Thoughts: I did some testing with different systems, with hum in all scenarios. I then focused on the speaker unit itself and found that putting pressure on the 9 pin DB connector can clear up the noise issue, so one or more pins in that connector aren't making good contact in the 'normal' insertion. Using a DB9 extension cable helped quite a bit, but some residual hum was still there, so the best scenario is for me to (gently/slightly) bend the pins in the connector so that when inserted it makes solid contact. Not ideal for sure, but perhaps better than paying to ship back when it only cost $50 in the first place. And as an engineer, I don't think I'd ever use DB9 connector for audio I/O, especially on the subwoofer which clearly will be vibrating when used.

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Display Name: Shane A.

Date Joined: 10/11/01

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 05/20/10
  • Last Review: 02/04/14
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