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TP-LINK TD-8616 ADSL2+ Modem Up to 24Mbps downstream  ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+ Standards 1 x RJ11 Port, 1 x RJ45
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: No useless stuff, just a plain ADSL modem. Plug and play. Fast and stable connection. Heat well controlled. Cheap.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Do not purchase the device if you need a router or even a PPPoE or PPPoA client. It does not do any of that. The device is a simple RFC 1483 bridge (layer 2), nothing more and nothing less.

I might be weird but I like to tweak my devices. As such I connect to the outside world using a dedicated Linux box which takes care of PPPoE and the such, so all I need is an ADSL modem. I started by using a modem-router with the router part disabled (wasteful). I then switched to a PCI ADSL modem. The card eventually died and the respective company does not make those anymore. I was therefore happy to discover this minimal modem, and even happier to see that it performs as advertised. It is truly a plug-and-play device; the only thing that may be needed is changing the VPI and VCI values but in my case I did not even need to do this, I just put it in between my router and the wall plug and it started to work.

The device is reasonably cool in a partially enclosed server rack (that hosts two server-class machines and a Nortel Baystack switch), meaning that it is slightly warm but does not add significantly to the overall rack temperature.

Overall I would have preferred a PCI modem like I had earlier, but this device is definitely the next best thing. I am very happy.

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Jabra HALO2 Black Stereo Bluetooth Headset Multiuse / DSP Technology (100-96500002-02)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Sound, which is very good overall and excellent for its class (namely, Bluetooth headphones). Excellent connectivity (Bluetooth, USB, 3.5mm audio jack). Good battery life. Comfortable. Well laid touch controls. Fold to turn off. Pretty.

Cons: Hinges look flimsy (they are holding so far though, we'll see). Difficult to clean.

Other Thoughts: Sure, these headphones cannot possibly compare in sound quality with a good pair of wired headphones. They are however superior in this respect to any Bluetooth headphones and even better than many mid-priced wired headphones. In fact one has to pay at least twice as much for a pair of wired headphones to obtain better sound!

I could not find any description of this anywhere (including in the manual), but if the headphones are plugged into a USB port they become visible to the computer as an audio device (two of them actually, as headset as well as headphones) so they are usable as such as also charge at the same time. The 3.5 mm audio jack is only needed when neither USB nor Bluetooth is available.

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BYTECC Bracket-35525 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It is a cheap, effective bracket. Does not interfere at all with the ventilation of the disk being mounted.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I consider an advantage that the bracket is made of cheap steel. Indeed, it does not matter how out of shape it is bent, you can always shape it back using just pliers (and maybe a hammer if it is really mangled). I know because I stepped on one (while wearing steel-toed boots); it is now in my machine happily holding the disk.

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Stefan B.'s Profile

Display Name: Stefan B.

Date Joined: 09/26/10

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 09/29/10
  • Last Review: 02/28/13
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