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Rosewill RNX-N150PCe, Wireless N150 Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11b/11g/11n, (1T1R) Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates, PCIe 2.0 Interface, WPS supported
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It works.

Cons: The drivers supplied by Rosewill on their site for this product are terribly outdated, so much so it's odd. At the time of writing this their site says the Win 7 drivers were updated in 2011, yet the chipset manufacturers own site has drivers for Win 7 that were updated in 2014! I could not for the life of me get this card to work with Rosewill's drivers. The drivers supplied are unsigned, buggy, and even the install is buggy saying the card is not present to install the drivers half the time. I recommend going to Atheros's site and downloading the drivers for chipset 'ar9285' (again, at the time of this writing, technically Rosewill can change the chipset). After getting the updated drivers (which are signed) everything worked perfectly. You'll have to manually install the drivers by going to the device manager and specifying the location.

Other Thoughts: I understand things between hardware manufacturers and chipset makers are fragmented... But if I was part of the process I'd try and partner with them to make something similar to an RSS feed to ping me as the hardware manufacturer about driver updates.

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Netgear 12-Port ProSafe 10 Gigabit Smart Switch XS712T
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Loud but goof 12/30/2013

This review is from: Netgear 12-Port ProSafe 10 Gigabit Smart Switch XS712T

Pros: Considering the price, you really can't complain to get 10 Gb. Used this for a SQL Server cluster and wanted 10 Gb for the shared storage interface.

Cons: Are the fans loud? Yes, insanely so actually. I am looking at popping this thing open and seeing if I can get some fans of the same CFM but lower operating DB... but even then, it's not big deal to me. It's rack mounted in a dedicated server room, so the noise is isolated anyways. I wouldn't recommend this if you want to be working next to it or anything.

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NETGEAR SRX5308-100NAS ProSafe Quad WAN Gigabit SSL VPN Firewall
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs This is the one to get 08/03/2011

This review is from: NETGEAR SRX5308-100NAS ProSafe Quad WAN Gigabit SSL VPN Firewall

Pros: At this point i'm not what you'd call a Netgear fan boy. I recently bought a Netgear firewall after having our original one fried from a storm (even with proper surge protection). The new firewall worked, but i was never able to get higher than 10 Mb/s off of it (the firewall was rated for 100 Mb/s throughput), however our connection goes to 15 Mb/s! Our upload was equally artificially capped. I also was annoyed by the fact that persistent MySQL connections over ODBC were getting dropped.
I got this firewall (the SRX) and all of these problems are gone. We're getting our full 15 Mb/s down and the connections are no longer being dropped. Apparently some of Netgears firewalls do not come with a configurable TCP session timeout, but instead have a static timeout set... that was the root of the issue with the other router. This one is configurable and even lets you set it to 120 hours (5 days, though that is probably too lengthy, but at least you get the option).

Cons: None at the moment, at least for my needs.

Other Thoughts: I really enjoy the vlan setup on this firewall and all of the options the firewall gives in general. Though, it is not true that you have to have something connected to one of the WAN's to configure the firewall. Simply get a computer, hook it directly up the the firewall via a LAN port, set your computers ip statically (including correct subnet mask) as well as set your default gateway to the firewalls ip (default 192.168.1.1). Doing that you should be able to access it every time, as well as configure it with no trouble. Though, to give the other user the benefit of the doubt, it's possible this configuration issue was a bug in some previous firmware version, but it's not there any more at least (firmware 3.0.6-9).

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Jarrod C.'s Profile

Display Name: Jarrod C.

Date Joined: 06/05/07

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 02/08/08
  • Last Review: 01/26/15
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