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TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port,  , DD-WRT Open Source support
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Good router, lousy wireless range. 04/22/2014

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port, , DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: Good wired router.
Never had to reboot during the week I had it.
Software is good and it was easy to setup.
DD-WRT support.
It matched my Motorola modem.

Cons: Horrible wireless range. I got this to replace an old Dlink router and was very disappointed. I have a small house and the Dlink covered all of it, the TN would drop around the perimeter. My phone was constantly dropping off in my bedroom or the signal was so low it wouldn't work and I would have to shut off the wireless and use 4G. I reconnected the Dlink and even with it's age it solved the problem.

Other Thoughts: I own a few TN products, 2 wireless cameras at home and 2 APs at work. The 2 TEW-638AP access points at work have great range and are rock solid never needing rebooting. I'm not sure how TN dropped the ball on this product so badly.

I rarely do reviews on here and I buy a lot of products for a consulting business, so believe me when I say steer clear.

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EPSON Perfection Series V550 (B11B210201 ) 6400 dpi with Epson MatrixCCD 48bit USB 2.0 Interface Flatbed Scanner
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast start up and scanning.
Works well with slides, negatives and film.
Allows scanning of multiple photos at one time creating a separate file for each.
Optical resolution up to 6400 dpi.
Automatic color restoration and dust elimination work OK for most scans.
Software works well once you figure out how to use it.

Cons: Took 6 days for my 3 day shipping. I don't think it was actually in stock yet.
Price dropped after I purchased it.
Front panel buttons don't work but that is probably because I installed just the basic scanning software and drivers from the Epson website and didn't load all the other software that came on the CD.

Other Thoughts: I haven't had this scanner long but I have scanned over 500 photos since I received it. The automatic picture detection is hit or miss and sometimes detects multiple photos correctly and other times it needs to be done manually, but is easy to do in the scanning software. I tested negatives, slides and one film negative that I had and it worked great with all the formats.

I didn't install what is on the CD, I downloaded the latest driver and scanning interface software from Epson and used only that to install it. It installed easily and I haven't had any issues with the software or hardware on my system. I am running Windows 7 64 bit.

I experimented with different scan settings and found that 600dpi works well for most old photos. I did scan some smaller ones at 1200 to bring out some detail. Many of the photos I scanned were very old and ranged from extremely damaged to mildly faded. It worked well fixing some of the faded photos, either grey scale or color. If you have a lot of old photos to scan I would recommend this scanner, for the price I don't think you can beat it. Being able to scan multiple photos at once helps speed up the process. I've done up to 9 at one time with no issues.

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ONKYO TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Updated review 05/11/2011

This review is from: ONKYO TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver

Pros: Good amp.
Nice features.
Great GUI.
Looks pretty.

Cons: HDMI board is still fragile just like the older Onkyo line. I originally gave this 5 eggs, but it doesn't deserve it in the long run.

Other Thoughts: I still like the thought of this receiver, but I don't trust it anymore. I have had to get the HDMI ports repaired twice under warranty. I bought a low cost Samsung receiver to use while this one was being repaired the first time. I'm glad I still had the Samsung since the Onkyo went out again. The Samsung has never had an issue with the same components hooked up to it. I used it for a few months before I sent the Onkyo back the second time since when it broke again I just left it in a corner for a while. I am selling the Onkyo and Samsung and I have purchased a Yamaha RX-A700 as a permanent replacement since the Onkyo will not be put back into service at my house. I hate even looking it.

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Display Name: Michael G.

Date Joined: 01/19/02

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 01/25/02
  • Last Review: 04/22/14
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