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Pros: WIth refurbs, its really a carp shoot, you can get a good one..or one that was used as a prop in jurasic park II.
I was fortunate to receive one in pristine condition, along with what seems to be the stadard core play, a new battery. Albeit a generic one, but the thought is there. More importantly there was a set of recover DVD's a VERY rare find in the word of refurbs.
A TPM chip for had disk encryption
Included OEM HP a/c adapter
My unit included a Lightscribe compatible dvd drive. The software was on the hard drive.
Cons: none. I knew exactly what I was betting on.
Other Thoughts: I would buy with confidence. The laptop was clean and well presented along with it's OEM HP power supply and the promised dock.
A perfect laptop for your teenager. No bloatware.
Pros: Linksys is a long term player in the networking product market.
USB3 AND E-Sata(@3gbs) connectors for media sharing
Twonky DLNA Server
FTP and Samba file service--
I had no problems using either service, FTP is a little faster then Samba for things like scripted disk backups.
Tweakable Antennas- I like the option of moveable antenna, the Linksys has 4 of them.
Reliable and fast--
The UI for the router includes a speed test link, of course I had to try it and after picking my jaw up I tried it again, I was actually getting a 60MBS download! NO WAY!...So I went and downloaded some big stuff and lo and behold, it was true. Yipee! I even tried a few of the other web speed tests and they all came back showing around 50-60mbs/sec. My old router (really about three years old) was bottlenecking me) So after blaming my remote location, turns out it was old hardware!
Cons: High price--
Not a true con, but this is a high priced bit of hardware as far as routers go. In my case it would have been worth every penny given the faster download speeds. The bang for the buck factor certainly realized.
Bad rep from first revision--
Not much to be said, don't take possession of the V1 version of this "AC" product. It 's clearly marked on the bottom of the unit. The review unit was "V2" There is a newer hardware revision with faster processor + more ram available ( "ACS" version)
Open Source Firmware difficulties have been noticed on a number of web forums.--
Beware- if you install third party firmware your warranty is negated. Look hard before you leap.
Other Thoughts: The interface is attractive and visually pleasing and the networking map just shows connected devices but it often mistook my iPhone for having a wired connection. I’m sure the firmware team had many items higher up on the must fix list for this new hardware revision.
Nice Linksys router app available for IOS which allows you to monitor your network activity. It does require a cloud account if you want to check status when you are away from home. I opted not to participate in yet another opening up of my data to outside sources. My wife can check network status from her phone now instead of calling me from across the house.
I’d rate this router an above average buy given the immediate benefit in internet speed I gained by replacing the previous router..
We run multiple remote desktop connections from our home office every day and this router was able to serve up large amounts of data over the course of three weeks without a single call for the “family IT” guy to look into any problems.
It can take upwards of 15 minutes to get back to the previous working state if we get booted from a remote session, so reliability in my application is paramount. It’s obvious that the issues in V1 of this router have been corrected in V2, as I didn’t have a single instance after the setup that came close to raising an eyebrow, except seeing what the speed test numbers were.
Overall: Outstanding product
If you have 50mbs or greater internet service and you aren’t getting what you think you are paying for then it’s a pretty much a no-brainer that this Linksys should be on the top of your upgrade list.
This review is from: CyberPower CST1300ALU 1300 VA 810 W 10 Outlets UPS
Pros: Battery arrived fully charged and connected. Like another Eggxpert reviewer mused, my old rusty and trusty *** was dying when I was informed of this review UPS on the way and actually died the day before I returned from an out of town trip. Having the unit fully ready to go with no fumbling with heavy batteries and cables was a real plus.
Two USB charge ports are available up front. The explosion of portable power packs and devices means you can never have enough USB charging outlets available. Slightly tight and rough feeling on insertion.
USB and Serial connections for software communication using standard cables. I was never fond of proprietary communication cables used by other brands; the Cyber Power has a standard USB connector on it and a serial port too for those pesky legacy servers.
Multi language is supported for the Power Panel Personal Edition Software. Software is good on my Win7x64 system, could use a slight interface polish, but its dandy for what it is. It accurately reported line voltage conditions next to my fluke meter.
During my functional test the software noted that the utility power had been cut and followed the interface setting and ordered my system to hibernate after a few minutes. Because of my system setup, hibernation is not available, and the first reboot failed, but I was able to restart after deleting the hibernation data. Looks like a bug in the Power Panel software, the intentional disconnection appears, but not in the summary area ( maybe a few more days)
Good outlet layout on the back with one widely spaced battery supplied outlet for a big honking brick adapter. Runtime is a 200 watt load is shown as around 22 minutes. You’d have enough time with a full load to have the system shut itself down. Of course as batteries age the time can and likely will get far shorter. Running the ups on battery a few minutes a month can help extend the life of the SLA battery hiding inside the unit.
My unit just came with a USB cable, other arrive with the coax cable needed if you opt to run your cable tv thru this ups for surge protection. If your cable isn't buried, think about a high quality standalone spike killer in case your line is struck by lightning.
Cons: No software in the box. What’s up with that?
The company does not directly host the software, downloaded it from a large file serving company. I gave it the stink eye for not being really easy to find, but it passed muster for anybody really needing the monitoring software.
The manual interface on the unit itself to set parameters is a bit painful; I’d suggest using the software if possible. Make sure to read the fold out manual and 4 ;age supplement, even if it seems laid out in a hurry and nobody cared if pages were not on the correct reading sides.
The info you need is there including how to configure the LCD display to always stay on, something the FAQ’s at the cyber power support area state cannot be done. Guess enough people asked about it that they changed the firmware.
Other Thoughts: I can't really find much to be critical about here, which is unusual for me, but the battery access is difficult.(ha!)
Not that you will need to access the battery for a long time and by that time the unit may be ready to retire. I just re-batteried one of my higher end units from *** and anybody that has done this know it is not inexpensive to do that correctly and it can be difficult getting the power leads back where they belong. I didn't use generic batteries, the oem stuff is expensive, but so is the hardware that it is protecting.
In the short view after having this UPS installed for about a week, I’d rate this unit as a solid buy. Given the momentum of the other companies installed base, people tend to stick with one brand when they have multiple units. Now that I see what Cyber Power is really offering I can say that it will be my number one choice next time I am replacing a UPS.
Shipping batteries got expensive last year, and for a bit over the price of batteries plus install time, I have a new UPS.
Like all other electronics they do eventually die. 8 years on my last commercial grade UPS before it became unreliable
This is all subject to change over the next few months based on real world performance, so keep an eye out for any followups.