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Linksys WRT150N-RM Wireless-N Home Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE802.11n Draft
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Great Router, while it works.. 02/26/2009

This review is from: Linksys WRT150N-RM Wireless-N Home Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE802.11n Draft

Pros: Excellent value for a cheap draft-n router and easily upgradeable to awesome dd-wrt firmware. Able to get great speeds of 130 mbps, which is the highest obtainable speed using the intel wifi-link 5100 abgn in my laptop (intel caps the speed limit). Logically, why would you truly need 300 mbps wireless when the LAN is only capable of 100 mbps?

Cons: After a month and a half, the router has several severe problems. The wifi signal no longer is reliable and fluctuates randomly with no discernable pattern. The signal has become noticeably weakened and I only get a 50-60% signal strength (according to the dd-wrt wireless status tab) while in the same room. The bandwidth also drops considerably from 130 mbps to as low as ~30 mbps when I go downstairs (2nd floor to 1st floor). Video streaming from any of my wireless devices to my xbox or other computers is no longer consistent and will frequently pause thus making me want to hulk smash the hell out of something.

Other Thoughts: Running Tx power at default 70mW in dd-wrt. LAN works fine, haven't really had any issues so far. I've tried reflashing the router several times with both updated linksys and dd-wrt firmwares with no recognizable improvement. Overall, this router rocks when it works, but be prepared for possible problems. YMMV.

On a side note to xbox owners:
You can easily open NAT for xbox live by first having dd-wrt installed, turning UPnP on, and then running a connection test from xbox settings, which should then automatically open NAT settings.

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SCEPTRE 32
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great TV/PC Monitor! 09/26/2008

This review is from: SCEPTRE 32" 1080p LCD HDTV X32BV-FullHD

Pros: The clarity of this 32" TV results in much greater detail, especially if you have this connected to a PC through the VGA input. If you crunch some numbers, 1080p has ~2 times the number of pixels as 720p. Xbox also looks amazing as well as any HD videos. In order to get the best picture, I also used Monster's TV calibration CD (you can find it as a torrent on isohunt)

Cons: The built in tuner is far from satisfactory. If you are watching an HD channel, you cannot flip it to another channel until ~10-15 seconds have passed. Go with a digital cable box to save yourself the hassle. As others have mentioned, the sound is nothing to write home about, instead have this connected to a 5.1 system and you'll be pleased. Also, there is no PiP and lastly, the acceptable angles for the remote are also very limited.

Other Thoughts: I have to respectively disagree with people and their respective opinions of the remote. It is not as bad as some other designs I have seen. It does what it should and everything is pretty easy to access. All in all, aside from a few small mishaps here and there, I am very happy with my purchase.

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Display Name: Michael S.

Date Joined: 01/29/06

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  • First Review: 09/26/08
  • Last Review: 02/26/09
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