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This review is from: SYBA SY-PEX40039 Plug-in Card SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: Well, it's fast ENOUGH. I don't have it connected to any components that could saturate either the SATA bus on one end or the PCIe bus on the other. It's in a WHS2011 box with two WD RED 3TB drives attached to it, in a mirrored setup (in software, via Windows). Sequential reads and writes to the WHS box are bottlenecked by my gigabit Ethernet; ~105 MBps. Setup in Windows Home Server 2011 involved simply inserting the card and turning the machine on. The SATA connectors felt like they got a secure grip on the cables, too, which is nice.
Cons: None, basically. I wish it had four ports, though. Or eight, as long as I'm dreaming.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Tenda FH1206 High Power Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Router
Pros: I actually *like* the simple web UI, since I'm using it as an access point, and I have no need for tons and tons of extra features. The range appears to be good, too, with even 5GHz punching through a few walls and holding onto at least 50% at the edge. 2.4GHz coverage stays at 100% even at the far ends of the (admittedly not very big) house. I don't have any 802.11ac capable devices, though, so I can't say how good that works.
Cons: The throughput is rubbish. 40MHz-wide 2.4GHz channel, 100% signal strength from about 5 feet away, and I manage under 2MBps (average about 1.5) from my laptop to my file server. The old Linksys gave me over 8MBps.
5GHz n isn't much better, making it up to ~2.3MBps.
I used InSSIDer to choose the channels with the least interference, and that's the best I got. Other channels were worse.
Also, like a previous reviewer said, the "latest" firmware on their website is actually from December 2013, not November 2014 like it's labeled. So I actually ended up downgrading when I applied the firmware. Who knows? Maybe the throughput was better on the firmware I wiped out.
Other Thoughts: Well, it was only $30 when I bought it, so I guess my little experiment wasn't too costly. I'll hold onto it and hope future (properly labeled) firmware improves its performance.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Sturdy construction, power adapter makes running multiple external 2.5" HDDs possible, plenty of ports. Nice long cable.
Cons: The blue LEDs that light up when a port is in use is kind of nice, but they don't have to be so bloody bright! On the other hand, I suppose they make a nice night light.READ FULL REVIEW