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Sabrent USB 2.0 to Serial (9-Pin) DB-9 RS-232 Adapter Cable 6ft Cable with thumbscrews connectors (CB-FTDI)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Resolved crashes of software utilizing the USB to serial conversion

Cons: None that I've seen

Other Thoughts: I had been using a Proliant-based USB to serial converter to interface my ham radio equipment to a laptop running Windows XP with few problems. But when I updated to Window 7, the software became extremely unstable to the point of occasional blue screens. Online research suggested the FTDI-based interface used by this cable was much more reliable than the Proliant. This experience substantiated the reports!

TRENDnet TPL-406E2K Powerline  AV500 Nano Adapter Kit, up to 500 Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Worth the price 07/01/2014

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-406E2K Powerline AV500 Nano Adapter Kit, up to 500 Mbps

Pros: Extremely easy to put into service, low cost

Cons: Network speed is nowhere close to the advertised 500 Mb/sec. I consistently get 71 Mb/sec, even with the devices side-by-side in the same outlet. But considering my u-Verse is only 12 Mb/sec (on a good day....), it is quite adequate for my needs. No high-speed data transfers needed in the house.

Other Thoughts: I was a bit concerned when I saw some folks had difficulty getting their units to work out of the box. Such was NOT the case with my installation. Everything "just worked" from one end of the house to the other without any fiddling. Used them to install a second wireless router to improve coverage in the house. I have updated the firmware, as some folks found that to resolve issues. Doing so didn't break anything but current firmware is usually a good idea in an event.

Seagate Central STCG3000100 3TB Cloud Storage System
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good for basic needs 11/13/2013

This review is from: Seagate Central STCG3000100 3TB Cloud Storage System

Pros: I bought this unit to replace an old 500GB LaCie NAS that served me well for around five years before giving up the ghost. It was less expensive than the LaCie and, at 3 TB, obviously much larger. Its native support of the Apple Time Machine solution was an unexpected bonus (the LaCie, while it supported AFP did not support Time Machine). So it works nicely with both my PCs and my Macs on my LAN. Setup was quite simple.

Cons: As others have noted, its transfer speeds across my network (especially coming in from either of my two wireless subnets) is not always great. Time Machine backup of 30+ GB wirelessly can take 12 hours; the same amount on my 100Mb/sec wired LAN only about 3 hours.

Other Thoughts: As a ham radio operator, I've found it a bit frustrating that the drive cannot tolerate high external RF levels (it basically goes deaf and has to be restarted). Also, shortly after putting it into service, it stopped connecting via AFP from any of my Macs (wired or wireless). But an e-mail to tech support quickly gleaned a link to a newly minted firmware upgrade (not even on their update server at that point) that resolved the issue. I've not attempted to set up remote access nor anything beyond Mac and Windows filesharing locally.


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Display Name: David C.

Date Joined: 03/15/05

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 06/19/13
  • Last Review: 10/19/14
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