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This review is from: NETGEAR XAVB101-100NAS Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps
Pros: PRO: Plug and Play. But...see below:
These power line adapters were suppose to replace my wireless DD-WRT bridge that was being used in a corner room to supply an Xbox 360, a PS3 and a computer with internet connection. The wireless was unstable so I decided to go with these adapters to save time. I plugged one in the basement which was connected to the router and the second one on the first floor connecting to my wireless bridge/ network switch.
First impressions - it worked with the computer and the PS3 - both were getting between 2-4 Mb/s - not the advertised speed but just enough for online gaming (with FIOS my regular speed is 40/30).
So the quest began to set up the 360 to work through the power line adapters. First step was to remove the wireless bridge/ switch from the equation. Connected the 360 directly to the adapter - same results...could not get an IP address from the router.
There is more below:
Cons: CONS: Doesn't work with Xbox 360. Okay may it does, but if you have the patience to deal with trial and error. See my Pros then Cons for my experience:
(Continued from Pros) I had DHCP reservation list setup for the game consoles (so I don't get those annoying "strict NAT" messages when testing Xbox live connection). Removed the 360 from the reservation list, Now there was one straight connection between the 360 and the router through these power line adapters. But got the same results... could not get an IP address from the router.
Tried to setup a static IP address on the 360 - now got errors related to DNS.
So I asked Google and some one on a forum said that they were able to fix it by upgrading the power line firmware.
See below for what happened next:
Other Thoughts: (continued from Cons) Downloaded the Netgear XAV101 Configuration utility and connected the adapter to the computer. Surprise Surprise! The configuration utility does not detect the adapter!
Yes, the computer and the PS3 worked fine and the ones in the basement (closer to the router) even had the same upload/download speed that they have when connected directly to the router.
I had another 360 in the basement so I tested the adapters with that one and got the same errors.
The errors were all consistent with the power line adapters - once the adapters were removed, the problems disappeared.
I spent close to 5 hours trying various troubleshooting methods to get these to work with the 360 - I would have given them 2 eggs but they lost 1 egg because their configuration utility did not work and was not very accessible (I had to dig for it).
I am probably gonna run a cat5 cable into the corner room but for now these are getting RMAd.
This review is from: ZOTAC GF9300-G-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Generally, I don't like pointing out cons of products that I buy because I usually know the cons beforehand and it my decision to buy that product. But Zotac has failed to shine for me. I was reluctant to buy Zotac based on them not having any reputation in BYOS market, but I couldn't it resist to finish my living room project fast.
I bought this board in May of 2010, the first board had a bad sata port. After going through online tech support (there is no phone support offered on their website) and registering the board with them, I filed for RMA - it was approved, I paid the extra shipping fee of about $10. Once Zotac gets the board, it takes them a good 30 day period to finish the RMA process and send a new board. I got a new second board and I was excited to finish my project.
Lo and behold! the second board had no video. I checked all connections several times. I even tried changing the PSU to more heavy duty one. No video on the screen. Only the LEDs would go on. See bel
Cons: Continued from Pros:
So I contacted Zotac yet again to get another replacement. After going through their online tech support (and several techs repeated the same troubleshooting instructions to no avail), I got another RMA for which I paid another $10 or so to ship. And Zotac again took about two months to process everything and today I got my replacement. This time, it wasn't a new board like last time. I am even speculating that they sent me back the same board after performing incomplete repairs. The problem? The DVI + HDMI ports are still not outputting any video. On the first board that I had, this was not the case. I am hoping that I am failing to check all setting and its my own fault. But so far I haven't found anything that would enable the Digital video ports.
Other Thoughts: Continued from Cons:
As someone who has gone through the torment of using a ZOTAC product and dealing with their astronomical failure rates, I WILL STRONGLY ADVISE YOU NOT TO BUY ANY OF THEIR PRODUCTS. I HAVE LEANRED MY LESSON THE HARD WAY I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED MY INSTINCTS BEFORE MY FIRST PURCHASE.
TODAY IS 29 OF NOVEMBER (6 MONTHS SINCE THE PURCHASE) AND I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF A PENDING PROJECT. LIKE SOME OTHER USERS, I HAVE YET TO SET UP MY HTPC FOR WHICH I PAID A PREMIUM PRICE. NOT TO MENTION IF I HAD WAITED THIS LONG ON MY OWN, I WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BUILD A MUCH MORE HEAVY DUTY MACHINE FOR THE SAME PRICE. I FEEL THAT ZOTAC SHOWED ME THE MIDDLE FINGER AFTER I PURCHASED THEIR PRODUCT. I AM A TECHNICIAN AND HAVE BUILT SEVERAL PCS IN LAST TWO YEARS. NOT ONCE I HAVE DEALT WITH SUCH INCOMPETENT COMPANY.