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areca ARC-1231ML-KIT PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card w/Cables
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 12 Ports, great bandwidth (if you upgrade the onboard RAM) - sustained >300MB/s no problem!
Virtually no downtime for raid upgrade / expansion.

Cons: should be shipped with an active cooler like the 1210.

Other Thoughts: Used the 1210's active cooler on the 1231 and used an active aftermarket (southbridge) cooler wich didn't fit the 1231 but the 1210 on the 1210. Now both cards are happy.
I wish Newegg would offer the accessories like backup-battery-modules, LED drive fault / active indicators, active coolers.

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Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fairly large capacity. Good GB/$ correlation.

Cons: 1 of 7 DOA

Other Thoughts: I initially got 4 of these. I set them up in a raid 5. In order to transition to raid 6 I needed at least one, better several more. So I ordered another 3, one of which was DOA.
My original setup was on an areca 1210, the expansion was on an areca 1231 ml which is just awesome - it beats the (solid) 1210 in every aspect. Sustained transfer rates > 300MB/s. (Had to transition to a 64bit OS to take advantage of volume sizes > 2TB though)

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SonicWALL 01-SSC-5815 TZ 150 Wireless VPN Firewall - SMB
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs OK, but consider draytek's Vigor 2910 12/28/2007

This review is from: SonicWALL 01-SSC-5815 TZ 150 Wireless VPN Firewall - SMB

Pros: Works
Deep Packet Inspection

Cons: No dual wan, no sip, no 100+ Mb/s wireless mode
Antenna: Single, non-detachable

Other Thoughts: I set this one up for a customer because he requested it. Personally I run a Draytek Vigor2910VG at home (2 WAN ports, 2 SIP ports, hardware firewall, content filtering, VPN) which is considerably cheaper.
But unfortunately not available from Newegg...
You may want to consider it anyway.
What I really use for firewall and content filtering at home is a CentOS SME server. Both functionalities are a lot more sophisticated and you don't need a subscription for the content filter.

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Display Name: Stefan R.

Date Joined: 12/15/05

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 06/28/06
  • Last Review: 01/23/08
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