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This review is from: MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Nice features. Good price.
Cons: Have used MSI boards on several builds, including the one I'm typing this on, and have never had an issue. Used this board for a home server build. Ran fine for ALMOST a year, then died. Will power up, but can't find the boot drive. Can't even get into the BIOS because there's no power to any of the USB ports.READ FULL REVIEW
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.