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4 out of 5 eggs Good firewall for the price but poor tech support 07/11/2016

This review is from: Ubiquiti ERPro-8 EdgeMAX 8-Port Gigabit Router fiber-enabled, rackmount

Pros: - Good and flexible firewall.
- If you are used to the old Vyatta or newer VyOS open source, this is the router for you. Can do most things with the GUI interface but the command line interface is more powerful.
-Allowed bridged ports with VLAN
-Aggregate throughput throttling seems to work as stated

Cons: - single non redundant hardware and power supply (but what do you want for $300?)
- mine died after a month of use. It stopped responding to pings and would not allow me to remote connect in. It was dead even after multiple reboots but I still had a white power light but could not get any network interface link lights. I brought it home and plugged it in and it started working again. Some weird intermittent or heat related issue idk. I RMA'ed it to Ubiquiti on the west cost and it has been over 2 weeks and they still have not shipped me a repaired/replaced unit.

Other Thoughts: Ubiquiti tech support turnaround time is inadequate. I should have just returned to newegg for a replacement.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
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3 out of 5 eggs Good 04/13/2015

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: Legit copy of Windows 8.1

Cons: No BitLocker support since it is NOT Pro or Enterprise.
No Media Center.

Other Thoughts: Got it on sale for 79.00 which seemed like a good deal I guess.

Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Huge capacity.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: # A great way to recycle a slighly older desktop into a great, cheap NAS server. (I have lots of Dell Optiplex desktops sitting doing nothing)

# Commands to configure a RAID array on huge 4TB disks (I run CentOS 64bit)
# I used a separate Linux OS disk already installed and
# added 2x4TB disks as separate data store (no OS, not bootable)

# 1) partition each 4TB disk
nas1:root:/home/me> parted /dev/sdb
(parted) mklabel gpt
(parted) mkpart primary 1MiB 4TiB
(parted) set 1 raid on
(parted) q

# 2) partition /dev/sdc the same way (your /dev/sdX dev names may be different, check dmesg)
# 3) reboot machine

# 4) verify partioning
nas1:root:/home/me> parted /dev/sdb (and sdc)
GNU Parted 2.1
Using /dev/sdb
Welcome to GNU Parted! Type 'help' to view a list of commands.
(parted) p
Model: ATA ST4000VN000-1H41 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 4001GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B
Partition Table: gpt

Number Start End Size File system Name Flags
1 1049kB 4001GB 4001GB linux-swap(v1) primary raid

(parted) q

# 5) Create RAID 1 Mirror Array
nas1:root:/home/me> mdadm --create --verbose /dev/md0 --level=mirror --raid-devices=2 /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdc1

# 6) Wait for RAID Mirror to finish Synchronizing (about 6+ hours)
nas1:root:/home/me> mdadm --detail /dev/md0
nas1:root:/home/me> cat /proc/mdstat

# 7) Create ext4 File system with some tweaks
# Since I'm storing huge files (Virtual Machine snapshots and copies)
# I really don't expect millions of files or deep directories or any root
# logging info, I disable su reserved space, and limit my inodes to 1M
# (The default mkfs options will eat up a ton of the 4TB usually unneccessarily)

nas1:root:/home/me> mkfs.ext4 -m0 -N 1000000 /dev/md0

# 8) Mount new fs and enjoy 3.7+TB usable RAID 1 space
nas1:root:/home/me> mount /dev/md0 /bigdata


Andrew B.'s Profile

Display Name: Andrew B.

Date Joined: 03/27/03

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 12/28/06
  • Last Review: 07/11/16
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