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TRENDnet TEW-726EC N600 Wireless Dual Band Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express 1.0
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Basic, no-frills adapter. Decent size.

Cons: Schizophrenic behavior would basically define this NIC. It connects, but pings go from 20ms to 500ms in fits and spurts. All over the place. A laptop right next to it pinging google on it's built-in wifi is rock solid. Seems to have trouble maintaining a connection with certain brands of consumer routers. So far with two different brands of Comcast router it just decides to call it quits.

Included software is useless and redundant.

Other Thoughts: Why WHY can't one company make a competent internal N wireless adapter? We don't need your included garbage-ware wireless util, we just need it to work consistently and for more than a month before it goes into a landfill. Suck less hard. Really. Please.

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TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless N150 High Gain USB Adapter, 150Mbps, w/4 dBi High Gain Detachable Antenna, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Better-than-average wifi reception.

Cons: Like nearly all USB wireless, heat and time will eventually kill it.

Other Thoughts: I'm on my second 722N and as I type this that second one is beginning the long, downward spiral to eventual uselessness. The first lasted about two years as my primary NIC. The second has only managed around six months.

Heat is the enemy of these USB cards. The problems manifest themselves as occasionally slow performance. Occasionally the card will lose its connection the router, but a reboot or disabling/enabling the card fixes it temporarily.

Interestingly enough, I removed the plastic case and I got better coverage, but it didn't help much with the heat-related performance issues.

Just know that you're buying a disposable card. If it's for occasional use you will probably get a few years out of it. If it's your main interface, not so much.

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MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: *IF* if worked, it would have been packed with a nice set of features and outputs.

Cons: ...*BUT* it doesn't. Either it's DOA or I'm yet another victim of the supposed FX 8-core support that, as has been reported by others, is either poor or prone to catastrophic failure, often taking the CPU with it. Even if I got a replacement, I'd be stupid to risk a $200 chip in a $80 motherboard, and forget overclocking, so the $50 I spent on an aftermarket HSF is also wasted.

Other Thoughts: All they had to do was state the boards didn't support FX series and offer a coupon or something to people who already purchased, but they took the lying route. Now I'm in a position where I have a CPU (FX-8350) that may or may not be dead with no practical way to test it as a result of this awful board. I'm going to try and return both the CPU and Motherboard, purchase a new CPU and never buy a MSI Product again. Thanks for wasting 10 hours of my life testing and troubleshooting your worthless product.

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Jonathan O.'s Profile

Display Name: Jonathan O.

Date Joined: 11/23/04

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 11/27/12
  • Last Review: 03/12/15
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