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Rosewill RNX-N250UBE, Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11b/11g/11n, (2T2R) Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates, USB 2.0 Interface, 2x 5dBi High Power Detachable antenna
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: works

Cons: but can get expensive

Other Thoughts: .
Before anything else, this thing works fine. My years-old Toshiba laptop suddenly detected 7 networks where once there were 2.

Same laptop, I got 4 bars out of 5 at a paced-off 70 feet going through 4 residential building walls, 5 bars at 50 feet and 2 walls.

Installation was smooth. I downloaded the latest driver ZIP file from Rosewill, installed only the drivers, and that was petty much that.

Like others I had to click to let Windows do the managing, but the dialog boxes for this popped up automatically. Things seem well thought out by somebody.

All good. BUT the first antenna I received didn't work. During the usual re-plug, re-start, re-install I found that the connecting cable was too hot to touch! A short inside the antenna. Happily, my motherboard withstood the load, but this was scary.

So send it back. But now, even though I printed out the Newegg return label as instructed, UPS still wanted 12 bucks to do the shipping.

Send it in, or forget the whole thing? Sent it. So I wound up paying 32 bucks for this 20 dollar antenna. Not what you could call a really great deal.

So like the man says, you pays yo' money and you takes yo' choice. I'm sure faulty units are few and far between, but if you happen to receive one this winds up being a pretty expensive piece of hardware. Your bet.
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SYBA USB 3.0 4-port PCI-Express x1 Controller Card, VLI VL80x Chip Model SD-PEX20133
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Six weeks of occasional use and I'm very happy with this card. The test result numbers don't really tell the story, in everyday use the speed increase over 2.0 is impressive. Those with problems, are you connecting a 4-pin Molex power plug? Power to the card is not optional, it's necessary.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Absolute number are meaningless because machine speeds vary. Here are my relative test results running everything on the same machine. The 2.0 port used was a rear motherboard port, the 3.0 port is this Syba add-on card. The test program was H2testw v1.4, tests were run more than once.

A 3.0 flash drive plugged into this card's 3.0 port:
Write speed: 16.8 MByte/s
Read speed: 74.0 MByte/s

The same 3.0 flash drive plugged into a 2.0 port:
Write speed: 12.8 MByte/s
Read speed: 31.3 MByte/s

And interestingly, showing that USB flash drive speeds do vary a lot:

A 2.0 flash drive plugged into the same 2.0 port:
Write speed: 3.45 MByte/s
Read speed: 15.6 MByte/s

REMEMBER: Don't just unplug an NFTS-formatted drive because data loss and damage to the drive are possible. Use the tray (where the clock is) icon to shut down the drive before you unplug.

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Team C123 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model TC123332GC01
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good Stuff 04/20/2013

This review is from: Team C123 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model TC123332GC01

Pros: A couple of weeks of intermittent use and I love this thing. The test result numbers don't really tell the story, in everyday use the speed increase over 2.0 is impressive.

Cons: The generic con of people who want to explain all about how they lost the cap. Look kittens, if you can't keep track of your mittens, well then you can't. But telling everybody about it doesn't make you look good.

Other Thoughts: Absolute number are meaningless because machine speeds vary. Here are my relative test results from running everything on the same machine. The 2.0 port used was a rear motherboard port, the 3.0 port is a no-name add on card.

This 3.0 flash drive plugged into a 3.0 port:
Writing speed: 16.8 MByte/s
Reading speed: 74.0 MByte/s

This same 3.0 flash drive plugged into a 2.0 port:
Writing speed: 12.8 MByte/s
Reading speed: 31.3 MByte/s

A 2.0 flash drive plugged into the same 2.0 port:
Writing speed: 3.45 MByte/s
Reading speed: 15.6 MByte/s

(Tested with H2testw v1.4)

Some more information: Formats to NFTS noprob. IMPORTANT: Do not just unplug an NFTS-formatted drive because data loss and damage to the drive are possible. Use the tray (where the clock is) icon to shut down the drive before you unplug.

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Display Name: Alan A.

Date Joined: 02/10/09

  • Reviews: 33
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  • First Review: 01/05/11
  • Last Review: 03/20/14
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