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ARRIS SurfBoard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Easy Signal Strength Fix 12/01/2014

This review is from: ARRIS SurfBoard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Pros: Fast as lightening.
Line signal strength issues can be easily resolved, will extend the service life of the modem and prevent premature failures like those I've read about in prior reviews.

Cons: Sounds like the cut-rate, minimum wage paying contractor Motorola hired for their product support is worse than incompetent. Signal attenuators have been a VERY common solution for overly high incoming line signal strength for the last decade or so. Cable companies have known about this issue for at least 15 years or more. It's another sad example of unbridled corporate greed at its finest...

Other Thoughts: Sorry to see so many users are having problems with signal strength issues. A while back a Comcast/Xfinity service technician inserted an inline signal attenuator in series between my surfboard cable modem and the cable coming from the outside box. The signal dropped to levels that made the modem VERY happy and it solved the problems I was experiencing with network disruptions. Coax line signal attenuators are commonly available in -3db and -6db sizes through a TON of online retailers. if you need more attenuation, link them together in series.
Whenever you move to a new location OR get a new cable modem, check the signal strength against the modem specs. Once the modem is connected to the cable and powered up, it will give you signal strength in db via its GUI. Check your modem specs to see if your modem needs to have the signal attenuated. If so, insert the appropriate values of coax line attenuators between the modem and the cable feed. Check signal strength again via the GUI and adjust as necessary with additional attenuators if you need them. Simple, inexpensive, effective and absolutely NO tools required. And it will keep your new or old modem from getting fried by excessively high signal input.

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Very quiet in my application.
- Impressive fit and finish.
- Built like a tank with quality parts.
- Fully modular, not semi-modular.
- Good for HTPC, Media Center PC.
- Flat black color is attractive in most any case build.

Cons: Whether or not it's true, it has been reported that this PSU does not support the latest energy-saving features implemented in the latest Haswell-series Intel CPU's. With that said, my build employs a Core i7-3770 and this PSU functions perfectly with all the energy saving features it has. And I checked to make sure before writing this review.

Other Thoughts: This PSU is currently replaces the 280W LiteOn PSU in a Lenovo H520 Desktop. Since this PSU is larger than the one it replaces, it was a tight fit. It helps immeasurably if you insert the cables you'll need into the PSU BEFORE installing if you have limited rear clearance in your case.
Next month, I will be moving all the innards into a Fractal Design R4 Silent Case as it is used exclusively as a JRiver Media Center/HTPC. I am planning to add dual pairs of Seagate 2TB NAS drives in RAID 1 pairs using an external controller card which this PSU should handle without breaking a sweat. Well, that's unless I go completely bonkers with upgrade fever and swap out the current Lenovo mobo with an ASRock H77M mobo that has on-board RAID and would also allow me to increase the RAM past the Lenovo board's 8GB RAM limit. Would likely spring for a small SSD for the OS and apps as well as invest in a better CPU cooler while I'm at it. It never ends, does it?

WD 3TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBFJK0030HBK-NESN
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great Little NAS Drive with BIG Performance 05/30/2014

This review is from: WD 3TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBFJK0030HBK-NESN

Pros: Reasonably quiet.
Great value.
Runs reasonably cool, just keep it well ventilated so you don't fry the poor thing.
Easy to set up.
Ideal for music and media vault duty in most homes.
Distributes different hi-rez music streams to several locations at once without a hiccup.
Works amazingly fast when using JRiver Media Center.

Cons: LED light on the front can be distracting in dark rooms.
Built-in Twonky server app is horrifying slow if you're releying on it as the primary server software over DLNA. This isn't a problem if you're employing a dedicated computer running media server software like JRiver Media Center, Media Monkey and the like.

Other Thoughts: Absurdly easy to set up. I was stunned that it wasn't far more difficult.
This drive is used primarily as the centralized network storage drive for my music library. It serves multiple computers and Android tablets using JRiver Media Center on Gigabit ethernet and Wi-Fi. The tablets mostly pipe the tunes to the ridiculously good G-Boom bluetooth portable speakers (great for shop, garage and outdoors). Most of the music files are in lossless FLAC format so they're quite a bit larger but far better sounding than MP3. This little NAS has had ZERO problems handing five simultaneous music data streams at once.
If this thing dies, I'll likely get another. To get appreciably better, I would have to upgrade to an Intel Zeon-based FreeNAS server running RAID 1 mirroring, with dual Gigabit LAN connections and THAT runs about $1500 and up, waaay up.


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Display Name: Craig S.

Date Joined: 12/09/02

  • Reviews: 38
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  • First Review: 07/10/06
  • Last Review: 12/01/14
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