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This review is from: ASUS WL-ANT191 Omni High Gain Antenna
Pros: Base allows me to keep router under desk, while antenna is out in the open.
Cons: Made no difference in signal strength.
Other Thoughts: I have a large house, with 2 above ground floors and a finished basement. Unfortunately, my Linksys WRTU54G-TM router is located on the far end, ground level. Reception in the basement is poor. Using the "Wifi Analyzer" android app, I measured the signal strength in several different spots throughout the house (ground floor -75, basement -85, upstairs -70). I then connected the Asus antenna both directly to the router and with the extender. Signal strength remained the same at each location. Also have an N-router configured as a bridge, so I was able to confirm my position was the same for each reading using it's signal strength. Wouldn't need this if it wasn't for my piece of S Chromecast, with it's lousy reception and refusal to connect to the bridge, that I'm trying to use in the basement.
Don't know if I got a defective refurb or if this is normal for this antenna. One star for the antenna and one for the rebate.
This review is from: MSI K8NGM2-L 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Thing just keeps running and running....
Cons: Thing just keeps running and running.... Can't justify upgrading until it dies.
Other Thoughts: Built this years back as my primary desktop, then relinquished it as a Windows Home Server when I upgraded. That was back in 2008. This thing has been running 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, for the past 7 years, without a hitch. I'll eventually build a WHS 2011 machine with newer parts, but until that day comes, this will keep serving its purpose.
While this review really isn't pertinent any more, I just had to brag.
This review is from: ECS KBN-I/2100 AMD E1-2100 Dual Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
Cons: Network adapter shuts off too early to use outside of OS
Slower than expected
Other Thoughts: Have built several systems, so I know my way around. Build this to use on the living room entertainment system, but utilize my SiliconeDust HDHomerun Prime tuner. Didn`t expect a high end gaming system, but did expect something that would run as a HTPC for a basic setup. Had a hard time steaming videos over the network and was slow as hell to load programs. Figured I`d try to help it by upgrading the HD from the standard 250gb HD to an SSD drive. That`s where the poor design really falls flat. While trying to reinstall the system onto the new SSD from my home server, I discovered that the Realtek drivers don`t function properly, requiring you to DL the drivers from Realtek and load them on a thumb drive. But don`t bother, because the ethernet jack shuts down after a couple minutes, while the WHS Restore software is installing. No ethernet, no finding the server, no restore. Going to have to order a USB/ethernet adapter to even get it up running. Too much work for too little reward. Going to keep an eye out for an alternative setup.READ FULL REVIEW