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Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST1000NM0023 1TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SAS 6Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 1TB, SAS, Price, Reliability, Multipath, 128MB cache, Cheap.

Cons: 3.5", 7200RPM and hot.

Other Thoughts: I have twelve of these running in a VSAN cluster of 4 hosts, three of these disks per host. Storage serves over 30 guests quickly and reliably.

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SL7-F-O uATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C222 DDR3 1600
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I am running four of these boards in 514 short depth 1u chassis. Four Intel Xeon E3-1230V3, with 16GB+ Crucial CT2KIT102472BD160B per host. They are a lab VSAN cluster. The LSI2308 SAS chip is HCL certified, simply goes in IT mode (use usb stick+efi). Runs great using HDPLEX 160W DC-ATX Power Supply, HDPLEX Internal 120W AC-DC adapter for each 1u Host. Supplies plenty/stable power, foreach running: Dual Gb-NIC, One Samsung 850pro (esxi/host-cache), One Intel DC S3700 Ent SSD, and 2x 3.5 Sam E.3 SAS/1TB/72k. North bridge heatsinks swapped with Enzotech BGA. Fully VSAN HCL and performs!

Cons: 24/7 99% cpu/load, and on all four hosts has not been verified. The Supermicro 1.42 IPMI firmware does bug out on graphical shell booted from any esxi boot volume (graphical corruption). So if you want a usable interface over iKVM/iPMI boot from non efi.

Other Thoughts: After each ESXi install go ahead an update to the latest LSI 9207 firmware using Vmware VIB LSI package/software. If you in IT mode (passthrough) keep it clean remove any boot roms, you don't need. Supermicro's IPMI is also unlockable allowing you to CLI bios changes, exports, imports, updates, etc. Without the SUM tool, the $20 unlock only provides the ability to flash the motherboard bios via the IPMI web interface. Go pro and link you motherboards bios to a git repo and subversion and script scheduled updates and upgrades. Granted the boards on my cluster has APC, PDU, and console servers on an OOB. |;)

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LINKSYS E3000 Wireless Router simultaneous Dual Band Gigabit 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHz / 5GHz up to 300Mbps with USB Built-in UPnP AV Media Server
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: DD-WRT firmware support, two radios, virtual adapters with DD-WRT, flawless design, excellent built in coverage. Did i mention DD-WRT?

Cons: Can get hot and no external antennas ports. USB over Samba is way slow, configuration is picky.

Other Thoughts: If you looking for the best apartment or small business access point this is golden with DD-WRT. Works much better than other AP's when OSX reconnects SMB shares after sleeping. Wheel now spins for 30 seconds, instead of maybe connecting after a minute. Make sure you choose a good channel for congested environments, scan and choose smart. 5ghz is great cause no one uses it, and or doesn't configure it past channel 13. Having owned and setup countless wireless access points, this is by far the best consumer model available. With DD-WRT you get inundated with features. I can't account for how decent DD-WRT uses NAT and other Firewall and Port features, its simply an AP for a Blackberry and MacBook Pro. BB@802b, MBP@802n. Thank you Newegg and DD-WRT, and thank you SSH you are my best friend.

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Display Name: Jon R.

Date Joined: 01/10/06

  • Reviews: 27
  • Helpfulness: 16
  • First Review: 04/05/06
  • Last Review: 03/12/15
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