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NETGEAR SRX5308-100NAS ProSafe Quad WAN Gigabit SSL VPN Firewall 200000 Simultaneous Sessions 924 Mbps (LAN-to-WAN)
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: The feature set this router gives you for the money is nothing short of astounding. Extremely solid build. Not excessively loud or hot. Multiple options for VPN client/bridge. Huge throughput capacity. GigE everywhere. Lifetime warranty. Have yet to notice a dropped LAN connection of any kind after more than a year.

Cons: Proper configuration for complex networks can be tricky, has glitched out more than once with improper combination of settings requiring a factory reset/settings rebuild. Config portal is not as lightning fast as I would have hoped (but not terribly slow either).

Other Thoughts: I have setup three of these for small businesses. Two in a permanent IPsec bridge for one business. The VPN bridge is insanely stable, will usually auto-reconnect after any disruption, after over a year I have only had to manually reset/restart the connection twice.

Throughput over the IPsec VPN connection is also very very fast for a router in this price range.

SSL VPN is tricky to get working, but I have found the much easier SSL Port Forwarding is all you really need in most circumstances anyway.

All three of these that I have setup handle VoIP data without issue. QoS can be tricky to understand, but if you know what you are doing these routers can accommodate anything. But if you don't have the upstream bandwidth to handle the VoIP data outbound, no router can help you.

Domain integration for VPN client credentials/console login is a very nice feature.

This router also has an extensive set of logging and monitoring features that can come in very handy when problems a

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Rosewill RNX-EasyN1 Wireless-N 4.0 Dongle (1T1R) IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps Data Rates WPA/WPA2 (AES, 64,128-WEP with shared-key authentication) WPS PIN, PBC (Hardware WPS Button) QoS-WMM
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good driver support for Vista/7, good range, decent speed, compact.

Cons: Driver supplied by Rosewill for Linux is almost useless.

Other Thoughts: If using with Ubuntu 10.04 there are two things you need to do.

1. Apparently Ubuntu 10.04 (the newest kernel) is presently having incompatibility issues with WPA (1), so to use this authenticate properly with your router you will have to set your wireless router to WPA2 ONLY (NOT WPA/WPA2 mode). Research on www dot ubuntuforums dot org or launchpad dot net slash ubuntu for updates to check if this has been resolved.

2. You have to blacklist the re2800usb driver in ubuntu (the wrong driver is claiming this hardware in the OS). To do this:
1. Open terminal
2. Type:
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
Then a gedit viewer will open
3. At the bottom of the file add a line:
blacklist rt2800usb
4. Save/Exit the conf file.
5. Reboot

I have used this on 4 wildly varying hardware platforms running Ubuntu and it has worked every time.

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Logitech Harmony One Advanced Remote Control
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs One Remote to Rule Them All! 03/02/2009

This review is from: Logitech Harmony One Advanced Remote Control

Pros: This remote will control basically any IR device ever made or will learn the commands from an existing remote. Easy setup (more complicated/customizable than it looks at first glance), while also providing extensive tweaking opportunities. Software and code availability can be updated by Logitech. (we'll see how often updates actually come down the pike...)

Cons: Expensive, RF extender sold separately. Doesn't control Wii/PS3 out of the box, not sure if the RF extender would solve that problem, but there is an IR adapter available for the PS3, haven't found one for the Wii.

Other Thoughts: While I like it's overall design and look, the gloss finish can get a little clammy if your used to continually holding the remote in your hand when casually watching TV, it is also a fingerprint magnet. The buttons are all back lit and the back light will come on when the remote senses motion (or by magic, I'm still not sure), so no more blindly tapping a key just to get the back light to come on! And one of my favorite bits is that all of the buttons give a very satisfying 'click' when pressed, yay for old fashioned haptics!

This remote also has the ability to tune directly to a specific input on my Samsung 650 LCD. Both the factory remote and the TV's on board buttons require you to cycle through all of the inputs to get to the one you want, I was very surprised it could do this when the factory remote couldn't.

I have tried out several of the lower end Harmony models in realistic settings, and if there is any way you can afford it I would STRONGLY recommend this model.

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Christopher C.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher C.

Date Joined: 09/07/06

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 08/22/08
  • Last Review: 11/24/12
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