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Obihai OBI100 VoIP Telephone Adapter with SIP
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Product of the year 08/18/2012

This review is from: Obihai OBI100 VoIP Telephone Adapter with SIP

Pros: When setup correctly these things work flawlessly.
Better in voice quality than a land line or cellphone.

Google Voice gets you a free local number that works better than a landline.

Link your cellphone and your Google Voice! Call GV number - I set it to ring both lines simultaniously. Call my cellphone - I set it to forward to GV and ring when I have no service/don't answer. These are two amazing features of GV that you just can't get with a land line or most other providers, especially for free!

Cons: You would have to be a real &%#@ to have a con with this device for the service it's providing. I'm not sure how these things aren't sold out constantly - Obihai should probably advertise more.

Google Voice will inevitably either start charging, or eventually shut down. Either way this box will still work with a third-party SIP provider, or hopefully Google charges low rates.

Other Thoughts: A few truths about this device:

When setup CORRECTLY this thing is bulletproof - but you should set a static ip, make sure your router excludes that IP from DHCP, and make sure you use QoS on your router and set this and only this or other real-time devices to Premium.

Voice quality is perfect, no echo, no lag, LOUD - but you can adjust voltage output in the settings or turn down your phone. It is nice to be able to hear ANYONE, I never get a "quiet call" on this thing.

Obihai servers are NOT used when making GoogleVoice or other SIP provider calls.

If someone mentions "issues" with this device it's pretty much 100% in the setup; this thing seriously can be backfed into your house jacks and run just like a land line! (But you MUST disconnect yourself at the demarcation point.)

If you use a dynamic IP address (ie: simply plugging this thing into your router) you're gonna drop your call when your ip is renewed - use a static ip.

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ASUS GX1005B Unmanaged Desktop Unmanaged Switch for Home/SOHO
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Got 2 of these free after rebates! 08/18/2012

This review is from: ASUS GX1005B Unmanaged Desktop Unmanaged Switch for Home/SOHO

Pros: VERY quick for store+forward.
Low power consumption! 1watt :)
Small, lightweight, mounting holes on bottom.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Allowed me to shutdown my 24-port 3com Superstack II switch which used around 55 watts idle. Going through 2 of these didn't increase latency by any noticeable amount. The way I feel about a switch is that you shouldn't know you are going through a switch, this one meets that requirement. I wish it were Fast Forward but some people would probably prefer Store & Forward, I just like things to go as fast as possible. (Hey, the original data was coming over the wire in the same chunks that Fast Forward would be using.)

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XFX HD-485X-ZNFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good card at a good price point.
The 4850 is still powerful enough these days to do a great job gaming.

Cons: This card, as others have mentioned, has issues with the latest few driver updates. 11.6 seemed to work before but now I am down to 11.5 and all is well.

Other Thoughts: If you did not know better you would think the card was bad when running newer drivers. I have the latest BIOS update on the card and it does nothing to fix any issues. You must run an older driver and forcibly stop Windows and CCC from automatically updating to a newer version.

Otherwise the card works great, although the fan can be incredibly loud at full speed. If it were not for the fact that Windows and CCC are always trying to automatically update drivers, the whole driver issue would more or less be a non-issue.

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Date Joined: 01/09/08

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  • Last Review: 08/18/12
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