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ZyXEL VFG6005N 4-Port Wireless N Gigabit Firewall Gateway
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4 out of 5 eggs Nice Entry-Level Firewall with Decent WiFi Range 01/24/2016

This review is from: ZyXEL VFG6005N 4-Port Wireless N Gigabit Firewall Gateway

Pros: This is a nice entry-level firewall that I would recommend for home use or very small office setting. It's in the same price category as non-firewall routers, but with the benefit of added security.

Setup was quick and straight forward. I've used this unit for over a year, and I had one or two firmware updates in that time. Updating the firmware was a simple process.

The WiFi range isn't huge, but it was actually a bit better than I expected for such a small unit with small antennas. The antennas are removable, so you do have the ability to install larger antennas.

ZyXEL tech support is excellent and US based.

Cons: The unit is all plastic and very light weight.

If you have a lot of walls, other obstacles, or need a large area to be covered by WiFi plan on either upgrading the antennas, getting a WiFi extender or access point, or consider a higher model that has a larger WiFi range.

For anything above a home or very small office setting, you should consider a higher model unit that is more suited to those types of applications. This unit is not designed for huge amounts of traffic or for anything beyond entry-level security. If you need more levels of security you will need to look into higher models.

Other Thoughts: I always recommend using at least an entry-level firewall, whether it's in a home or office setting. With so much personal and financial information on your computer and transferred online, it's worth the extra security. You should also always use a full Internet security suite, not just an anti-virus. And yes, you can use software firewalls, like those included with Internet security suites, and a hardware firewall together. It's just another layer of security and protection.

I used the ZyXEL VFG6005N for over a year. Then I upgraded to the ZyXEL ZyWALL USG20W. I had the ZyWALL USG 20W for two years, and now I just upgraded to the ZyXEL USG40W. I've been very happy with each unit and the US based tech support.

System Information:
ASUS P8Z77-V PREMIUM
Intel i7-3770K
Zalman CNPS9900MAX
Arctic Silver 5
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SC 4GB
4 x 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws Z DDR3 1600
Corsair Force Series GS 240GB SATA3 SSD for SSD Caching
2 x Seagate Constellation ES.3 2TB SATA3 HDD in RAID 1
2 x ASUS BD-RE Burner
Corsair AX1200i 1200W PSU
Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Case
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
4 x ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" LED Backlight Monitor

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Omron BP791IT 10+ Series Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
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5 out of 5 eggs The Best Blood Pressure Monitor on the Market 01/24/2016

This review is from: Omron BP791IT 10+ Series Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor

Pros: We've been using this blood pressure monitor for three years. It has been working perfectly. After doing a lot of research, I found this to be the best one to buy. It has great features, is very easy to use, and fits small and large arms. It even includes batteries and a power cord. So it stores all the blood pressure and pulse readings automatically in the memory with both the date and time of the reading. There is a switch for user "A" and user "B", so two people can use this and keep track of their history independently. It's very easy to line up and secure the arm cuff, and then you just press the start button. The unit does the rest. It will even tell you if there was a testing error, which typically only occurs if the arm cuff is not secured correctly. There is even a USB port to connect to a computer to track and share readings via Microsoft HealthVault. I have not tried this feature, but everything else works flawlessly.

Omron is the brand that all the doctors I know have personally recommended. I've had Omron brand blood pressure monitors in the house for decades, and they have always worked flawlessly.

Cons: None - This is the best choice for a blood pressure monitor.

Other Thoughts: There is a 10 Series+ and a 10 Series model. Make sure you get the "Series+" model. It's the better model.

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HP 88XL Black Officejet Ink Cartridge(C9396AN#140)
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4 out of 5 eggs High Quality Ink Cartridges at a Premium Price 12/30/2015

This review is from: HP 88XL Black Officejet Ink Cartridge(C9396AN#140)

Pros: I've been using HP 88XL cartridges on my HP Officeject Pro L7780 ever since I used up the included ink cartridges that came with the printer several years ago. The ink quality seems good. I don't see any noticeable ink bleeding into the fibers of the paper, and the ink dries pretty quickly. I haven't really had any issues with wet ink on paper. It does take a little bit longer for a graphic or image to dry, so if you do press on the image with finger once it has printed a tiny amount will get on to your hand. If you were to print a picture, I would wait about a minute before touching the image.

I have printed on several types of paper. I've used premium 98 bright/24 lb paper, economy 20 bright/96 bright paper, 100% cotton watermarked résumé paper, photo paper, and various letter & résumé envelopes. The ink has looked good on all of them.

I print fairly regularly, so I have gone through a few of these cartridges. I have never had any issues with any of the HP 88XL cartridges that I have used. I probably average about 1-1.5 years of usage out of an XL cartridge. I prefer the XL cartridges, because they are a better value.

I have had a cartridges in use past their expiration date. I have not run into any issues because of expired ink. I think the longest past the expiration I have gone is somewhere between 6-12 months, and documents still printed fine. I probably wouldn't use a cartridge that was years past its expiration date, but based on my experience, so far up to a year expired has not caused me any issues.

Cons: There really is only one con, and that is the price. These cartridges are not cheap, as the price is higher than it really should be.

Other Thoughts: Although you do pay a premium price to have the OEM ink cartridges, I never really wanted to try the various alternatives that are out there. I did a bit of research on the alternatives, and they either seem to be messy or sometimes have created issues. For many, non-OEM seem to work perfectly okay, but I'm perfectly okay with spending a few dollars more to get the OEM to avoid dealing with a potentially messy refill or the chance at getting a shoddy non-OEM.

System Information:
ASUS P8Z77-V PREMIUM
Intel i7-3770K
Zalman CNPS9900MAX
Arctic Silver 5
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SC 4GB
4 x 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws Z DDR3 1600
Corsair Force GS 240GB SATA3 SSD for SSD Caching
2 x Seagate Constellation ES.3 2TB SATA3 HDD in RAID 1
2 x ASUS BD-RE Burner
Corsair AX1200i 1200W PSU
Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Case
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
4 x ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" LED Backlight Monitor

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Date Joined: 02/16/09

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