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BUFFALO LinkStation Duo 2-Bay 2 TB (2 x 1 TB) RAID Network Attached Storage (NAS) -  LS-WX2.0TL/R1
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small. Quiet. Worked OK for the first 9 months. Probably would work OK as a network backup device, but it is not suitable as a network server. Buying from newegg is always a great experience!!!

Cons: After 9 months of usage, I started getting "Communication Error with LS-WVL" popups on all 5 of my computers that were using the NAS and running NAS-Navigator2. I replaced my router and network cables and that did not help, so it was definitely a problem with the NAS. A month after that, Drive 1 in a Raid 1 array started getting errors. I broke up the Raid array, intending to reformat Drive 1 and then rebuild the array. After breaking up the array, the device reformatted both disks. I don't think Buffalo understands that the purpose of Raid 1 arrays is to preserve data in the case of a hard drive failure. Documentation is very poor and does not address breaking up Raid Arrays, or actions to take when you have a bad drive. The online forum has a question from a user as to how to go about replacing a bad drive and it is sitting unanswered and has been for months. At its best, the NAS would have spotty performance. When scrolling through photos ( I have thousands of photos on my NAS), I could scroll through 15 photos, then have to wait 10 seconds for it to get another batch of 15, repeat ad infinitum. This could be very frustrating to Type A personalities. The NAS did not meet my performance expectations and did not meet my longevity expectations.

Other Thoughts: There is no way to tell when the hard drives are spinning, so it is impossible to tell if "Auto" power mode actually saves power and preserves Hard Drives from excessive spinning. After I get the good hard drive out of this thing, the rest is going in the trash. The death of a Buffalo is a tragic thing, but I will be glad to get rid of this after all the grief it has caused.

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TRENDnet TV-IP551W 640 x 480 MAX Resolution RJ45 Wireless N Internet Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Works OK on home network 11/13/2012

This review is from: TRENDnet TV-IP551W 640 x 480 MAX Resolution RJ45 Wireless N Internet Camera

Pros: Adequate for basic home monitoring locally on a wired network.

Cons: Power cable is very short. Wireless setup with WPS did not work even after multiple multiple multiple tries at different distances, settings, etc. Remote monitoring setup is too cryptic to figure out. Hostname - what is that? A list of web sites in a drop-down menu with no explanation. If you are hoping to monitor your camera and get a live video from a remote internet site, don't get your hopes up unless you know someone that has done it before. Motion detection - no guidance on the sensitivity number, but I will warn you that if it is high, you may get 30 or 40 emails from one trigger. FTP works, but has some quirks. I set up FTP to get a photo every 3600 seconds. 3600 seconds is exactly one hour, but I get one new file exactly every 2 hours. I wanted to set up a trigger on motion, plus a trigger every hour - no such luck. You can do one or the other, not both. Documentation is pretty sparse on things that need explanation (such as setting up remote video monitoring). Audio is useless - a loud 60 cycle hum is all you hear. You can hear a little bit of sound on top of the loud 60Hz hum if you shout loudly in the room.

Other Thoughts: No way to shut off the bright annoying flashing lights on the front. For some reason, my router assigns the camera a different IP address every day. I don't know what the issue is here as my PCs and printers get the same IP address. All are using DHCP. Makes is a little more challenging to find it on the network every day.

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RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WR Black/Red SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great case for your i5 10/14/2009

This review is from: RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WR Black/Red SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Fits my Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P motherboard nicely. Easy access to the SATA ports on the far edge of the board by opening the case back panel. All the right hardware with 6 standoffs was included. 3 case fans!

Cons: Some of the 3.5" bays are a bit difficult to get a drive into, but there are enough of bays, it isn't a problem for me. Top 5.25" bay has a nifty fold-down door, but it didn't work with my DVD drive and had to be removed. The drive mounting is a bit primitive (no rails) so you have to open both panels and put screws into both sides of the drive. Works OK, just not as slick as some other cases I have used.

Other Thoughts: For the price, I would definitely buy this case again. Looks beautiful. Didn't cut myself on any sharp edges. Great airflow.

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Alan H.'s Profile

Display Name: Alan H.

Date Joined: 03/31/05

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 03/09/09
  • Last Review: 04/21/14
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