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TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 2TB USB 3.0 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Almost totally silent, cheap and so far reliable. Connected up to my Netgear R7000 as a NAS and my Ubuntu Plex server with no issues. Power management works perfectly fine with Linux. Transfer speed is perfectly reasonable and as expected for this price.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Not sure what the other reviewers are talking about... I have two of these drives and they have been perfectly reliable. The USB connectors are fine. It has an industry standard USB 3.0 type connector and works just fine on both USB 2.0 and 3.0 PC ports on several different PCs and laptops. Also, if you have a bad drive why not return it under warranty instead of complaining about it?

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NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router (R7000)
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The coverage with this router is fantastic!

Setup was very simple. Really was plug and play! And even after I messed around with every setting I could find it still worked!

No problems at all getting every Wifi device I own connected no matter how old or new.

Connections are stable: no wireless dropouts, no buffering.

Runs fairly cool with no fans.

Throughput from attached USB 3.0 drive rivals a dedicated NAS.

Crowdsourced Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube QoS works fantastically. I was unable to cause a stream to buffer no matter how hard I tried.

DD-WRT is fully supported (though still a work in progress)

Simple SMB file sharing and Video/Music streaming with DLNA.

Built in OpenVPN server in the stock firmware!

Antennas are removable.

Buying a router that supports wireless features that doen't even exist yet on client devices means I (probably) won't need to replace it anytime soon.

Cons: Yes, its big. (but lays flat or wall mounts just fine)

The web interface is very basic and looks fairly dated. The usual settings are there, but has no "frills" like wireless client connection quality/speed or bandwidth graphs. I expected more on a flagship router at this price point.

Wireless throughput is so far disappointing. On the far end of my home I get between 4 and 5 bars (-55 RSSI 2.4GHz and -60 RSSI 5GHz) yet I can only get around 27 Mbps downstream on 2.4 GHz and 19-22 Mbps on 5 GHz. I do live in a WiFi-noisy area however and there are no clear channels available. Still the connections are very stable so I'm not really complaining.

Other Thoughts: WiFi range and coverage is as good as my previous 1000 mW Ubiquity PowerAPN with much better WiFi compatibility.

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Karl D.'s Profile

Display Name: Karl D.

Date Joined: 06/08/09

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 10/21/13
  • Last Review: 11/07/13
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