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ASUS RT-N56U Wireless Router Dual Band N600 Multimedia Ultra Slim Gigabit 802.11a/b/g/n support USB Storage, Print and Media Server
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Fast when it worked. Incredible connectivity range

Cons: Router completely broke down and will no longer load 192.168.1.1 even when using a wired connection. I hit the "reset" button on the back to restore factory default conditions and now it get can't past the welcome screen, nor will it let me browse the web even if using a wired connection.

Days before this I had observed the wireless connection get weaker (5 bars for the past 2 years now down to 2/3 bars), and the wireless internet came to a complete crawl (under 1mbps for download and upload and numerous timeouts). The only way to get the router to a somewhat usable speed was to remove the wireless encryption (brought it to 5mbps/1mbps), wired connections got 120mbps/30mbps.


Build quality is clearly an issue here. Many people below this review are like me and have owned this router for about 2 years and are now experiencing catastrophic failure. This is called planned obsolescence and I will NOT be supporting the ASUS brand anymore.

Other Thoughts: This went from being a fantastic router to a complete rip-off. I have 10 year old routers that still work.

For what it's worth my 2 and a half year ASUS monitor has also broken down on me. It now suffers from extreme light bleed. This company carriers a premium price but their products are not what they used to be.

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Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified  Active PFC
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Decent 12V amperage for the price

Cons: Not reliable, the unit developed an extremely loud whine and caused random reboots.

Other Thoughts: This unit started to malfunction about 2 and a half years into its life. I had been experiencing random reboots and my computer was getting increasingly louder. Eventually I realized this was the culprit and replaced it with a Seasonic X750. I was roughly a week out of warranty but figured I'd give Antec my side of the story anyway. Antec has completely ignored my requests for a RMA and has been very slow(over a month) at replacing my Antec 300 case USB header that also malfunctioned. Quality control and customer service for this company appears to be on a decline and I will be avoiding them in the future. The best Antec power supplies tend to be manufactured by Seasonic anyway.

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EDIMAX EW-7811Un N150 USB 2.0 Wireless nano Adapter
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs DON'T USE THE CD DRIVERS 03/27/2013

This review is from: EDIMAX EW-7811Un N150 USB 2.0 Wireless nano Adapter

Pros: Very small form factor
After using "RTL8192CU" Realtek drivers the product works 10x faster/reliable.. but still not the greatest

Cons: The worst wireless drivers I've ever used.
Shows 5 bars of wireless reception but gives relatively weak download performance
Had to hunt down Realtek drivers to make product work to an acceptable level.
Still has occasional hiccups with ping
Will probably have to order a better wireless adapter to replace this one

Other Thoughts: Go get yourself the drivers for the "RTL8192CU" from Realteks website and save yourself a lot of trouble.

The default Edimax drivers from the CD yielded a max download of 300 kilobytes, normally landing around 80K/sec. For reference, I have a Linksys wireless card in a room further away and it gets a solid 4MB/s download speed. Needless to say, something was very wrong. With the Realtek drivers I can max out at 1.8MB, but 1MB is much more common. It is an improvement for sure but this wireless adapter is too weak to be considered a good deal.

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Display Name: Phillip H.

Date Joined: 05/23/04

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 09/12/06
  • Last Review: 06/22/14
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