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CORSAIR CX550M 550W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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Pros: High quality look and feel. If you have a see-through case cover, it will look great. The fan is absolutely whisper quiet under normal load! You have to put your ear right up to it to hear it. 550W is plenty for most applications unless you have a monster video card or cards. Hang on to your receipt, because this power supply comes with a 5 year warranty.
The cabling is modular, so you can leave out what you don’t need (especially the molex). Except for the main motherboard connector, the cables are all ribbon style which makes them less bulky and easier to manage.

Cons: The A/C cable receptacle on the back of the power supply is quite wide which means that it won’t fit in all Dell cases. Since many clients I serve have Dell computers, this limits its usefulness for me as a replacement unit. For the sake of simplicity, I try to carry only universal power supplies that fit in all cases, and because of the wide A/C connector, I would not consider this one “universal”.

Other Thoughts: The power supply tested fine with the following voltages:
+3.3V: 3.2V
+5V:5.0V
+12V1:12.1V
+5VSB:5.0V
-12V:12.1V
+12V2:12.3V
Either perfect, or well within normal tolerances
This power supply has two separate cables for SATA. One is extra long with 3 connectors along it’s length, and a shorter cable with only two. This makes sense, since the optical drives are closer to the power supply, while the hard drives tend to be further away, and having 3 hard drive is not that unusual. If you have more than 3 hard drives then you will likely need a molex to SATA converter adapter.

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NETGEAR CMD31T-100NAS High Speed Cable Modem - DOCSIS 3.0 Ethernet Port
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2 out of 5 eggs Doesn't work with Cox Premier Svc 04/27/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR CMD31T-100NAS High Speed Cable Modem - DOCSIS 3.0 Ethernet Port

Pros: DOCSIS 3.0. Gigabit Ethernet port. Supports speeds up to 150 Mbps.

Cons: Unfortunately, I was never able to get this modem working on the Cox network. I am not sure if it is a faulty modem, or if it is no longer compatible with the recent changes Cox has made to their network to accommodate the new speed standards, especially with the roll out of their GigaBlast service in the Phoenix area (where I live).

Other Thoughts: When I plug the coax cable into the modem, it never comes ready, and the ISP (Cox) can not see it. It is not possible to provision and register the modem. There was some confusion at Cox as to whether this modem is on their approved list, with some lists showing it and others not showing it. In any case, this is an older modem that Netgear tells me is being phased out. I upgraded to a CM600 which is working great. See my review for more details if you are interested.
Bottom line is that this modem is being phased out by Netgear so you will probably not see it in the stores anyway. Stick the the CM600 which is future proof right up to Gigabit speeds.

For those interested, this is what was contained in the error log:
Time Not Established Error (4) ToD request sent- No Response received;CM-MAC=28:c6:8e:31:4b:...
Time Not Established Warning (5) MDD message timeout;CM-MAC=28:c6:8e:31:4b:80;CMTS-MAC=6c:41:6...
Time Not Established Critical (3) No Ranging Response received - T3 time-out;CM-MAC=28:c6:8e:31...
Mon Mar 21 08:17:09 2016 Critical (3) Received Response to Broadcast Maintenance Request, But no Un...
Time Not Established Warning (5) MDD message timeout;CM-MAC=28:c6:8e:31:4b:80;CMTS-MAC=6c:41:6...
Tue Mar 22 16:10:49 2016 Critical (3) Received Response to Broadcast Maintenance Request, But no Un...
Time Not Established Warning (5) MDD message timeout;CM-MAC=28:c6:8e:31:4b:80;CMTS-MAC=6c:41:6...
Tue Mar 22 16:32:42 2016 Critical (3) Received Response to Broadcast Maintenance Request, But no Un...
Tue Mar 22 16:32:46 2016 Critical (3) SYNC Timing Synchronization failure - Loss of Sync;CM-MAC=28:...
Time Not Established Warning (5) MDD message timeout;CM-MAC=28:c6:8e:31:4b:80;CMTS-MAC=6c:41:6...
Tue Apr 5 09:02:49 2016 Critical (3) Received Response to Broadcast Maintenance Request, But no Un...

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ASUS RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n AiProtection with Trend Micro for Complete Network Security
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Pros: This router is very easy to set up. I had it up and running in a few minutes. The GUI for advanced users gives you a lot of control if you like to tweak. The router operates in 4 modes: wireless router, repeater, access point, and media bridge. I tested the unit both as a router and an AP, and both worked with no problems.
The GUI itself is really slick. Long gone are the days of crude and cryptic firmware interfaces. Speeds were great. This router has no problem keeping up with my 300 Mbps Internet speed, and no problem streaming high-def 1080p video from my HDHomerun Prime.
A few other points: It has a switch to turn off the bright LED lights, has a built in stand, can act as a file server (both USB 2 and 3 connections to a storage device), and has an off/on switch.

Cons: It’s nice that the firmware has a setting to allow you to adjust the WiFi transmission power, however the power is not shown in mW, which renders it pretty well useless. The slider goes from 0% to 100%, but it does not tell you what 100% is in real terms. It appears that, for some reason, manufacturers do not want you to know what the transmission power is exactly. This makes shopping for, and comparing routers more difficult. I have spent countless hours scouring router spec sheets for the max transmission power with no luck. This would help me choose what router to use for a specific purpose and coverage requirement.

Other Thoughts: I have Cox ultimate Internet, and it whistles in at over 300 Mbps with this router for both wired and wireless AC devices. I’ve had it running for just about a month with no problems. Seems like a solid router overall.

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