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LG Blu-ray Player BD370
  • Owned 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.

Synology DS107 1-bay SATA NAS Server
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned 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.

IOGEAR GCS1734 4-port MiniView Extreme Multimedia KVMP Switch Kit w/Cables
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Can switch between older PS2 boxes and newer USB boxes. Can also switch Audio and limited USB devices. The Keyboard hot-switching almost makes the manual switches superfluous.

Cons: USB is still 1.1. So don't use a USB harddrive with this, nor a high end scanner. The Audio may act weird depending on your device.

Other Thoughts: If your power supplies in any of the boxes are high-end (ie: Antec)-- do NOT use the included power supply. The juice coming through the USB alone will power the KVM. Plugging in the brick will lock the KVM up.


Lonnie V.'s Profile

Display Name: Lonnie V.

Date Joined: 07/25/06

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 07/06/07
  • Last Review: 08/07/09
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