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This review is from: Rosewill RNX-AC600UB, Dual Band Wireless AC600 Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11AC IEEE802.11a/b/g/n, Up to 433Mbps(5.0GHz) + 150Mbps(2.4GHz) Wireless Data Rates, USB2.0 Interface, WPS for Easy Connect
Works as Access Point (hostapd - "g" mode).
Has both 2.4 and 5GHz bands.
Everything else also just works
Has status LED
Cons: Compact but not micro.
Must compile linux drivers.
Windows drivers from disk or web, not via windows update.
No external antenna, but that is why it is compact.
Other Thoughts: I used the driver from github which is maintained:
You may need to tweak the Makefile to select your platform (CONFIG_..._RPI).
hostapd works as 802.11g, I'm not sure if 5GHz is possible, but I'm still exploring.
It also seems just as sensitive.
Versatile (RAID or JOBD or two disks)
USB 3 speed
Cons: The usb3 cable falls out
It is tricky getting the disks on the SATA
Other Thoughts: I've had one for a little while and the first thing you need to do is carefully squeeze or expand the USB3 connector on the drive to where it is snug since I was getting disconnects and other problems until I insured the plug would NOT be loose. Then it worked fine.
Also it can be tricky to get the drives all the way onto the SATA connector.
I also have the bigger brother for 3.5" drives and it works well too, but that has a bigger connector and more secure disk mounts.
I'm planning on going to raid-1 as part of my "backup" strategy, but I have several disks around, and this is like having two docks, but with USB3 speeds. I'm also using this (and its bigger brother) to condense my media and file collection, and the USB3 speeds help (I have one of those foxconn book PCs with USB3 on the front - slow CPU, but fast IO).
These work well because they can change as your needs change. Copy out two old drives, do add-on capacity, raid0 some slower drivers, raid1 for reliability.
Now if they would only get a decent USB3 connector and cable...
Features (sata, usb3, hdmi+vga)
bootable SD and usb3.
Cons: Memory not included, nor disk
SMART info not published by quirky bios
Other Thoughts: I needed a box with a SATA port to run SpinRite and Linux (mainly CLI), so when this was a shell shocker, I grabbed it and a memory (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313096).
I had to get a male (looks like drive) to eSATA cable, but am able to use my 2TB inside an external drive that is about the same size (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182179).
(the drive connector - had to break the tabs - to eSATA I couldn't find here at newegg).
Under linux, the ATA detects the turn on and SMART is published so I may try for spinrite in a virtual box.
I have disks lying around (this without the cable hack will only do 2.5") as well as USB sticks and SD cards, but not the "laptop" memory, so remember memory when pricing, though 4G isn't that expensive.
The USB including the fast USB3 is bootable, as is the SD card.
I need to check-out the pci card port.
In summary, it does what I wanted it for. I will try some "spinrite-in-virtual" so might get SMART, but spinrite itself booted off a USB stick or SD card runs fast enough on the internal SATA, and 6.1 should fix this by itself.
It runs Fedora 20, but the HDMI/video is off the screen or looks strange (I'm usually doing command-line and as a media server or to sort through my collection of other hard drives while I'm away - the USB3 helps). VGA works. It could also be the TV I have it connected to. Being an Atom, it isn't fast, and lots of IO will pause it. Think "netbook".
There's extreme minimalist, and there's basic, and this is basic and for that it works well, and I don't mind hacking a cheap box since I'm out less if I break it. I was considering trying to find a used regular PC, but this is better.
I can't get USB3 or SATA on something like the raspberry pi and even the used PCs rarely have a SD slot or USB3, many don't have HDMI. So it ends up as a good hardware hack platform out of the box.