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ASUS RT-N16 Multi-Functional Gigabit Wireless N Router w/ Storage,Printer and Media Server IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Powered right up. Surf to 192.168.1.1 and set up the basic wizard and you're good to go! Firmware update using the browser is also a breeze and got me running with the latest ASUS firmware version. The web interface to manage the router is slick looking, but it's kind of hard to see where you can click to get more info on things.

Cons: -Had to reset the router using the 10 second-reset-button procedure because the default admin password was not "admin". -The size of it, it's pretty big and not sleek by any means. I am not talking about the 3 antenas, just the main unit size.

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ASUS P5G43T-M Pro LGA 775 Intel G43 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Blue heatsink and board looks cool, goes well with black SATA cables and black case. BIOS conservatively set out of the box (IDE sata mode, not AHCI, memory remap setting set to disable which makes sense if you're using the built in video from the get go, but doesn't automatically switch if you're using a dedicated video card) but "just works". Bios update feature is slick (just plug in a USB device with the ROM at startup). Layout is ok, SATA ports all in a row. You'll need a long case fan cable if your fan is located in the back of the case because the connector on the mobo is located in the back of the board. PEG/PCI priority is set out of the box, you do NOT need a video card to enable the onboard video (another reviewer wrote that, just reset your settings using the jumper). Superb audio quality (using quadraphonic analog mode).

Cons: When using a dedicated video card, SATA ports could be annoying since they are in the way. I am using a MSI Geforce 9800GT OC and I did manage to install the card and route my SATA cables around it, but it took some consideration. ATX case pins (power led, power switch, reset etc.) end up being located between the power supply and the dedicated video card, so make sure you connect those 1st, you won't have any room after installing your video card. I/O shield didn't work very well for me, the little springy pins for the ethernet port ended up being outside the case at the end, instead of in. I had to bend them to connect my ethernet cable (didn't feel like disassembling everything and restarting), so watch for that also. If your case fan is in the front of your case, you might need an extension for the 3-wire cable. The pins on the motherboard are kind of far.

Other Thoughts: I did not really test the onboard HDMI output, I went with a dedicated video card right away. Also, I did not experiment with the overclocking bios options, I am running at default speed. I am sorry to hear about the people that got bad boards. Mine fired right up!

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Linksys WRT54GS-RM Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I have been streaming music with it via wifi constantly for more than 5 hours. Here at work we have several WRT54GLs so I am used to configuring them. This unit (the GS model) is a little different in the config menus, but not much (you input the mac address with a ":" as opposed to "-" for example).

Cons: Refurbished? I don't see that as a con when it comes to Linksys. It came in a sealed box clearly marked as refurbished, with cables and everything. I would buy Linksys refurb any day, it's worth the rebate.

Other Thoughts: It is not uncommon to have to unplug (reset them) every 2-3 weeks or so (to get full speed back, they tend to get cluttered inside, if you will).

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Display Name: Benoit L.

Date Joined: 11/28/03

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 03/15/06
  • Last Review: 02/07/13
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