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Cisco Small Business RV325-K9-NA Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Routers
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs No nonsense, serious firewall 10/25/2015

This review is from: Cisco Small Business RV325-K9-NA Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Routers

Pros: The GUI is understandable and if you mess it up, the reset to default is straightforward. If you have a working understanding of Networking and router setup, even though it is a CISCO, you can handle this device. The Firewall and attendant Port functioning is a more in-depth than the usual consumer models, but the defaults are sufficient if you leave it alone. VPN capability is likewise there, but I'd suggest the average user do some reading up before configuring it. This firewall is suitable both for a small business or a Home with a small network of devices (Multiple PC's/Laptops, Networked Devices, Printers, TV's, etc). And attaching a WiFi Access Point or router is easy-peasy. Lastly, it's a small point, but it has a power rocker switch at the back. I always prefer a switch to 'Pulling the Plug'.

Cons: The device is meant really to sit on a shelf or to rack mounted, but there are two holes in the base place for Wall mounting. But CISCO only packs in screws for the Rackmounts. You have to get the wall screws for wall mounting on your own. Warning, the mounting holes are NOT the standard size...they're tiny! The heads must be smaller than 5mm ! And that means a trip to the hardware store.

Other Thoughts: At my office I installed Sonicwalls, but their way out of my price range for my home. But I looked at my old Netgear FVS318 Firewall and realized it was over 20 years old and non up-date-able. And I never trusted the Minimal firewall patches in the ISP provided router/modems. And in an age where more and more home devices are networked (TVs, Thermostats, etc) a router with ample ports is a necessity. The CISCO has all the ports I need without having to add another switch and finding a plug for it.

If your a home user and have never dealt with CISCO before, or you have a Different brand and want to change/upgrade, remember to go into your current firewall and Document all the settings. Then log into the CISCO BEFORE you install it to see how it deals with everything. Everything is there...but each manufacturer gives different names & terms, or they place functions in different submenus.

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LG Blu-ray Player BD370
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Be careful with this one 08/07/2009

This review is from: LG Blu-ray Player BD370

Pros: You can get Netflix. That's the main reason I got this one. I managed to get the thing set up and connected and could see my Instant Queue. I actually own NO Blue-ray Discs. I'm happy with plain DVD. And this thing plays them. Good enough.

Cons: The Networking Capability now being encluded with Consumer Electronics can be dicey. If you happen to have the basic setup that they designed for, then you're okay. But if you have an extended, complex Home Network, they will not be able to help you. YOU must be willing to troubleshoot the connection like a true Network Administrator. Routers and Firewalls are NOT made alike. A Netgear box may behave differently than a D-Link box or a LinkSYS. And then there are default level Firewall Settings to consider. Open up your Router or Firewall Settings and take notes BEFORE you start plugging in this device.

Other Thoughts: I say READ the Bad Reviews on this one even if you decide to buy this. The CON's listed are valid points that may make or break your reason for this purchase. I read them and decided to take the risk because I reasoned that I knew my network setup well enough to tackle it.
And on this point they are all correct: DO NOT DO THE SOFTWARE UPGRADE IF YOUR PLAYER WORKS.
This upgrade is more properly defined as a FIRMWARE UPDATE such as what you do for a Motherboard. And the rule for FIRMWARE is Hard and Simple: If It WORKS-- DON'T UPGRADE. FIRMWARE updates are NOT REVERSIBLE.

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Synology DS107 1-bay SATA NAS Server
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Easy Set-up & install 12/02/2008

This review is from: Synology DS107 1-bay SATA NAS Server

Pros: Easy setup--the shell opens easily for drive installation. The software CD is needed to find the unit on the network and then you are able to login and set the IP address. What's good about the software is that after you do the initial setup-- the software disappears-- no bloatware/crapware installed on the PC. I appreciate that.
The rest administrative of the setup is standard for network storage unit-- Setup Groups and Users and Folders and you're off. The DS107+ has more memory-- but for a small home network-- this is sufficient.
The size also makes it amenable to placement in an unobtrusive place in your system.
Last-- the plethora of Functions-- Download, Broadcast, USB printer, iTunes, etc far outstrips the first generation Home NAS's (ie: my old Buffalo LinkStation)

Cons: I did not give it 5 stars because there is no Drive Maintenance function such as Repair or some kind of DriveScan.
And I would have liked the ability to create partitions if I were to put in a terabyte drive.

Other Thoughts: The Administrative interface is best viewed in Internet Explorer-- so Firefox users need to use IE Tab for full functionality and less frustration.

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Display Name: Lonnie V.

Date Joined: 07/25/06

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  • First Review: 07/06/07
  • Last Review: 10/25/15
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