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Rosewill RNX-N180UBE - Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Adapter - IEEE 802.11b / g / n, (2T2R), Up to 300 Mbps Data Rates, USB 2.0 Cradle, 5 dBi High Power Antenna
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Essentially plug and play on Windows 7 64-bit. I had no trouble at all installing or configuring the network. I have a Netgear WNR2000 router using WPA-PSK2 and MAC address filtering.

Cons: Haven't yet been able to get it to work in Ubuntu 10.10 or Arch Linux. The driver appears to load, but the device never comes up. Kernel messages indicate an issue with requesting the firmware from the device or something.

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Shuttle SG41J1-VPH Intel Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Dual-Core, Celeron 400 serial support Intel Socket T(LGA775) Intel G41 Intel GMA X4500 Barebone with ICE Genie 3 Heatpipe Cooling System
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Small form, good routing. Nice specs

Cons: Doesn't work. Can't get a POST on my monitor (which works with my laptop).

Onboard VGA and PCI-E card VGA -- neither one gets me any POST. Don't have a cable compatible with the on-board "Default" DVI connector so I can't test that.

Other Thoughts: I'll be contacting support to see if it's the mobo or CPU.

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OKGEAR LAN-SI 3.5” SATA series HDD e-storage Ethernet/ USB 2.0 combo enclosure
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Easy to set up/ relatively inexpensive for the features.

Cons: It doesn't work. Well, it did for a month or so. I plugged it into my Linksys BEFSR81 wired router, and installed the software on two Vista machines. I copied tons of files over, it was working very well.
Then we took a couple of weeks vacation, so I powered the network hardware and all the computers down while we were gone. When I came back and powered everything up, suddenly the drive only shows up as offline - the computers can't find it.
I followed the recommendations to uninstall the software, remove antivirus software, turn off the firewall and reinstall. It still didn't work.

Other Thoughts: It still works as a USB drive without any problems, but that isn't what I bought it for. Don't buy it to use as a network drive.

The proprietary NDAS protcol doesn't use TCP/IP so any well-known network troubleshooting is of no use when things go wrong.

Ximeta and OKGear's web sites are terrible and there doesn't seem to be an easy way to get support beyond the FAQs.

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Nicholas C.'s Profile

Display Name: Nicholas C.

Date Joined: 12/02/06

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 03/01/08
  • Last Review: 12/29/10
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