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Netgear N900 Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router with 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: * Internal HDD Bay
* Great, Strong 2.4GHz Signal
* Fast Processor
* Great NAS Storage Performance (Internal Bay) w/ NTFS

Cons: * No more firmware updates!? Seriously!?
* Router will crash with certain SMB/CIFS activity.
* So-so on the features
* No DD-WRT .. yet, or maybe ever?

The bug causing the router to crash (yes, using the lastest firmware) is a problem. While very basic file copies and such seem to work fine, don't try to use this thing as a torrent destination. I found that having too many simultaneous (not really that many at all) operations on the file shares causes the router to crash/panic and reboot. I had this happen to me while using the DNLA from media device and having two torrents writing to it from a Windows 7 client. It's not random, I can crash it on demand. Netgear probably will never update the firmware again, and so I'm stuck with this issue.

Other Thoughts: If I could do it all over again, I probably would have bought another router. Unfortunately I was hoping it would only be a matter of time before DD-WRT was supported on this, but it doesn't look like that is probably going to happen. This hardware is too one-off.

That said, it does work well for me overall and I've come to live with some of the issues, even though I shouldn't need to.

BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N150 Wireless USB Adapter - WLI-UC-GNHP
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Generally good, but weak reception 12/28/2013

This review is from: BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N150 Wireless USB Adapter - WLI-UC-GNHP

Pros: * Working great with Linux
* The antenna is a nice feature.

Cons: * Weak reception for USB with external antenna.

Sitting within 15 feet (LoS) of an 802.11n router with excellent broadcast power, it was hovering in the 70-80% signal quality range, which meant the bandwidth would drop into the 50-70 megabit range. In my case, this was fine, but I thought it should have a better connection than that. That said, I've never had much luck with USB wireless adapters, and this is certainly better than the others I have tried.

Other Thoughts: I probably would have opted for a PCI/PCIe-based adapter, but there simply were no slots available on the motherboard (only two, both used). If you are looking for high performance from your wireless nic, you may want to avoid USB adapters.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint M8 ST1000LM024 (HN-M101MBB/EX2) 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: * Large Capacity for 2.5"
* Seems reliable, so far

Cons: * Slow, but it is 2.5" and 5400 RPM!

Other Thoughts: I purchased this for my wife's Dell Core2 Duo laptop after the hard drive began to have media and mechanical issues (it fell off a music stand while performing). She uses it pretty much every day and also for her live music performances.

While it has only been 9 months, the drive is still functioning well. It is no speed demon though. It is high capacity in a small form factor, which is what she needed. Typically unless you have a defective drive, mechanical laptop drives will usually last over a year before encountering issues, but time will tell if this is a quality one or not.


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Display Name: Michael B.

Date Joined: 09/22/07

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 02/25/13
  • Last Review: 04/17/15
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