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NETGEAR N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router R4500-Factory Refurbished
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Normally a fan of refurbs /// 1 of 2 arrived with corrupted firmware // Buyer Beware! 06/18/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router R4500-Factory Refurbished

Pros: Excellent range and value.

Cons: Seeing the other reviews of this product I cautiously ordered two of these routers to serve as access points in my home network. Both units were the same version (V1) so there was one small success. However one routers’ firmware was corrupted right out of the box. Not unexpectedly given the reviews, I spent some of my own time researching the recovery and then reading between the lines of the fix instructions.

The firmware corrupted again when I powered the router off (using the switch on the back of the router) to relocate the router in my home.

The second router has not shown any issues. Both units have appeared to be relatively stable in operation for the past two weeks. However only time will tell.

Other Thoughts: First let me say I am a big proponent of refurbished products. They offer savings for sometimes brand new or thoroughly inspected/tested used items. Needless to say I expect a refurbished product to arrive tested and working. This is the only time in nearly three dozen refurbished products that I have experienced an issue. Given the similar reviews, the felt tip blacked out serial numbers and via my 50% success rate, I believe this to be a poor supplier, period. Purchase at your own risk.

SYBA SY-VIA-150 PCI SATA / IDE Combo Controller Card, Non Raid
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Does not work with Windows 7 x64 07/14/2010

This review is from: SYBA SY-VIA-150 PCI SATA / IDE Combo Controller Card, Non Raid

Pros: It booted once after multiple tries and I started to transfer files onto my additional HDD. I promptly received a BSOD. I give it one star for the 1 time it worked (partially) out of 5 attempted boots.

Cons: Driver support.

Other Thoughts: I should have paid closer attention to the reviews.

BYTECC Bracket-35225 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Self-tapping screws don't belong in a computer 07/14/2010

This review is from: BYTECC Bracket-35225 2.5" HDD/SSD Mounting Kit For 3.5" Drive Bay or Enclosure

Pros: Cheap, does it's job of mounting a 2.5" HDD.

Cons: Self tapping screw setup is hokey at best. The holes aren't really optimized for the screw size and the screws are crumby, resulting in a fair amount of torque required for installation. It's not very easy to get the screw threading straight either.

Other Thoughts: Wouldn't risk a standard platter HDD in this item.


Matthew A.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew A.

Date Joined: 01/27/05

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 11/03/09
  • Last Review: 06/18/15
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