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D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655) Wireless N300, USB SharePort, Gigabit
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Simple setup. Guest network. One-button setup. Lots of advanced features for routing, forwarding, etc...

Cons: The DIR-655 periodically reboots itself for no apparent reason. The reboot cycle is long enough to drop all your open ssh connections, disconnect your skype/facetime/whatever call, give you a "commercial break" when watching netflix, or lag you to death in any game.

The "default" downtime for a connection is about 2-5 minutes, but this can be somewhat ameliorated by turning off "automatic bandwidth detection" in their QoS service (or just disabling the QoS service). The router still auto-reboots, the downtime is just reduced because it no longer spends minutes "measuring bandwidth".

I hate this router, and I'm actively looking for a replacement. Only thing that is holding me back is that I don't trust reviews of wireless routers any more (you see what positive feedback this one's gotten so far, no?)

Other Thoughts: My hardware version is A4. There is a B-rev too. B-rev might fix the problem, but if there's a fix for the problem, why is it not also in the latest A-rev firmware?

You might ask why 2-stars for a router I hate? Well... when its not rebooting, its pretty good.

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Western Digital Scorpio Black wd5000bpkt 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Purchased 4 and put them in a RAID-10 over a year ago, and they're still working well. Quiet--can hear drives spinning, but seeks are almost inaudible.

Cons: Not silent.

Other Thoughts: In Intel RST RAID-10, HDTune reports 114MB/sec average transfer rate and 15.2 ms average seek. Just to reiterate, these are RAID-10 numbers, single drives will have different numbers.

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iStarUSA BPU-124V2-SS 1 x 5.25
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Four 2.5" drives in a single 5.25" slot. Quick access to pull/replace drives. Lock seems to hold out well enough to prevent unintentional removals. Only takes a single SATA power cable. Relatively quiet for what it is.

Cons: One of the drive activity LEDs died! Yes, the drive still works, but the light doesn't blink any more. (Docked an egg for this).

The "activate led" feature of Intel RST doesn't seem to do anything on the working leds on the cage either.

Other Thoughts: I have this housing four WD 500GB Scorpio Blacks in a RAID-10 for over 1 year.

While quiet, it is not silent--it adds two small fans and moves HDD noises to the front of the case. If silence is important criteria for you, there are better solutions.

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Jeffrey I.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeffrey I.

Date Joined: 11/13/05

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 08/03/06
  • Last Review: 03/17/13
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