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NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It's N. It technically supports 3rd party firmware. CPU and RAM is fast and plentiful.

Cons: Buggy to flash with a 3rd party FW. I've bricked mine twice in 2 flashing attempts via the web interface. The point of this router is supposed to be the 3rd party FW support.

Other Thoughts: It just doesn't quite do what it's supposed to do. I have the v2, and it just does not want to be flashed. It will say everything went fine, and then BRICKED. Only way to fix it is to get a serial cable and TFTP the FW I tried through the web UI. This just doesn't make sense, and it is not uncommon. Search the web for countless examples of what I just explained.

I bought this to replace a WRT54GL that was years old. Well, yesterday I tried to upgrade the WNR3500L to a new FW. You think I'd have learned by now. But, no. I am typing this from behind my trusty old WRT54GL running the same FW that bricked (again) the WNR3500L.

So, well, just buy a WRT54GL instead. Who really needs 300Mb/s WiFi and Gbit LAN anyway? I would say most people don't.

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Antec ISK 110 VESA Black ABS plastic / 0.8 mm SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 90W External Adapter, Up to 92% Efficiency Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: About the best bang for buck in this size with a PSU included.

Cons: Really weird case assembly. Entire PSU is not outside the case. Why?

Other Thoughts: I searched for a long time. Found lots of options. This was the best compromise of size vs features vs cost. BUT, the case panels have a weird fit that I don't understand. Feels like you're going to break it taking it apart to build the PC. What was wrong with a normal slide together panel, or even a semi-hinge on one end and screws on the other?

Also the PSU is split between a power brick outside and an adapter board inside the case. It would make much more sense to me to have the PSU as one unit outside the case and only wires inside it. The idea is small, space efficient. Why only go 3/4 of the way and compromise on the main design feature and stick more heat in the case on top of it?

Still overall, I'm satisfied. I have a 17w 1037u based board inside, and it's plenty of room and power for that. Good buy overall.

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ECS NM70-I v1.0 Intel Celeron 1037U 1.80GHz BGA1023 Intel NM70 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Affordable and capable.

Cons: It's not faster and cheaper. :)

Other Thoughts: This is a great board for the price. I'm running it in a TINY itx case with OpenELEC on a thumb drive to stream video from my media server. It's just about perfect for the task. It could be a bit faster and smoother, but everything could. I can't wait to see a 2.5Ghz+ version of this. That will be sweet.

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Joshua C.'s Profile

Display Name: Joshua C.

Date Joined: 05/04/07

  • Reviews: 21
  • Helpfulness: 15
  • First Review: 02/28/08
  • Last Review: 11/14/14
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