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This review is from: StarTech PM1115U Print Server RJ45 USB 2.0
Pros: + Works very well as a TCPIP Print Server.
+ Can be setup entirely from the brower-based configuration interface. You do not need to use the included utility.
+ Reliability has been rock solid.
Cons: - The browser interface could be prettier and more intuitive. You click Setup Wizard at the top menu of the UI to edit configuration items.
Other Thoughts: * Here is the setup procedure that I used:
1. Connect the print server to your network switch/router.
2. If your home network's subnet is 192.168.2.X, then goto step 9.
3. Change your computer's network adapter TCPIP settings to use a static IP of 192.168.2.1 instead of DHCP.
4. Restart the computer or disable/enable the network adapter.
5. Log on to the print server's browser based configuration interface at 192.168.2.2.
6. Change the IP address of the print server to a static IP within the same subnet as your home network. I chose 192.168.1.2. Save and exit.
7. Change your computer's network adapter TCPIP settings back to DHCP.
8. Restart the computer or disable/enable the network adapter.
9. Log on to the print server's browser based configuration interface at its IP address (default is 192.168.2.2, mine is 192.168.1.2).
10. Disable IPX (Netware), NetBEUI, and AppleTalk on the print server. Save and exit.
11. Add your printer device: From the "Add a printer" wizard in Windows, select "Add local printer". Then, create a "Standard TCP/IP Port" with the IP address of the print server. Finally, select your printer's driver.
This review is from: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BL Dual 120mm PWM CPU Cooler
Pros: + Cooling performance is very close to top coolers but with a lower price and smaller size.
+ It now comes with a new bracket for the AMD sockets. The new AMD kit mounts the cooler with the fans blowing from the front to the back of the case, which is good news for most users. Unfortunately for me, the cooler would only fit my case (Lian Li PC-V354) mounted with the fans blowing the old way, from bottom to top.
+ I sent Phanteks USA an email, and they promptly sent me the old kit that I needed.
Cons: - It would be ideal if Phanteks shipped this cooler with both old and new AMD brackets so AMD users could mount it either way.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: + Clean lines and brushed aluminum give it an elegant, refined look.
+ Easy to work inside this case. Both side panels, the top panel, and both 3.5" drive racks can be removed for easy access. The front panel is spring mounted with no switches or wires mounted to it, so it's easily pulled off and put back on.
+ Sturdy and light weight. The construction of the case with the fully attached motherboard tray and the side supports create a very sturdy case for an aluminum one. Also, the aluminum is a bit thicker than you would find on aluminum cases from some other manufacturers.
+ The orientation of the hard drive rack from front to back and the open top design allow for better airflow than the side to side orientation found in most cases today. With the side to side orientation, the hard drive cage restricts airflow. With front to back, air flows unobstructed over the hard drives, assuming the fan is blowing in from the front.
+ The door over the front mounted usb and audio ports keeps dust out of them and gives a cleaner look to the front. The front USB ports on my other machine, by contrast, are full of dust.
+ This case can be enhanced with matching accessories from Lian Li (see other thoughts).
+ The two external 3.5" drive bays are usefull for adding additional front mounted ports, fan controllers, or light switches (see other thoughts).
Cons: - The bottom 3.5" drive rack doesn't have anti-vibration grommets. I use this area for SSDs, so that doesn't matter to me.
- The two grills on the rear exhaust fan restrict air and add noise. Both the silver fan grill inside the case and the black fan grill on the exterior should be removed and thrown away. Replace them with a standard 120mm fan grill (N82E16811988017) on the exterior only.
- Doesn't come with a filter for the front fan, but there is plenty of room behind the front panel to install any 120mm fan filter. I use this one: N82E16811988015.
Other Thoughts: * I recommend getting the Lian Li HDD Internal Rack Mount Kit, EX-36B1 with this case. It will convert three of the 5.25" drive bays into a rack for up to four 3.5" hard drives with grommets and a 120mm fan. That will free up the bottom rack for SSDs.
* I also recommend the Lian Li CD Bezel, C-02. It works and will keep the front looking consistent.
I replaced the side panel with the Lian Li windowed side panel, PC-65B, which fits perfectly.
* I also mounted the SYBA USB 3.0 Bracket Cable (N82E16812186177) and the Kingwin eSATA Bracket Cable (N82E16812226003) on the external 3.5" drive bay covers, using the bracket as a template for the cutout. Because the covers are aluminum, they are easy to cut with a drill and a nibbling tool. Alternatively, you can buy one of the many front panels for 3.5" drive bays.