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HGST Touro Desk 4TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Bad Enclosure Electronics (Device Disappears) 04/30/2015

This review is from: HGST Touro Desk 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive HTOLDX3NB40001ABB(0S03396) Black

Pros: Large drive, USB 3 interface.

Cons: The drive simply disappears from the computer's device list, usually after a few days but sometimes within a few hours; the enclosure's SATA-USB bridge seems to be at fault. I eventually got fed up and pried open the enclosure (not easy) to snag the bare drive, and put it in a MacAlly enclosure. No more disappearing device that way!

Other Thoughts: HGST's internal drives have always been reliable for me, so it was surprising to have such a bad experience with this external drive.

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Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model 996643
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Reliable, good speed, low price. Everything budget RAM from a quality manufacturer should be.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Using this in a JetWay JNF99FL-525-LF motherboard/CPU combo.

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Linksys Wireless-N300 PCI Adapter with Dual-Band (WMP600N)
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5 out of 5 eggs Perfect for creating a Linux WAP/router! 02/26/2014

This review is from: Linksys Wireless-N300 PCI Adapter with Dual-Band (WMP600N)

Pros: Automatically detected by the Linux 2.6.37.6 and 3.10.17 kernels. Works perfectly as a Wireless Access Point using hostapd with nl80211 driver and WPA2 security. Supports all 802.11n speeds with 40MHz MIMO, although to avoid interference with the neighbors I'm using 20MHz at 130Mbps. Strong 2.4GHz signal strength. Replaceable RP-SMA antennas allow you to improve your signal strength even more. Can transmit at 30dBm with driver tweak.

Cons: 5GHz signal is very poor with the included antennas. It might be better with a replacement antenna, but since very few of my devices support 5GHz, I decided to just use it in 2.4GHz mode.

Other Thoughts: I got tired of consumer-quality routers needing to be rebooted so often and having limited features, so I made a Linux router and wireless access point. It's a lot more work to configure, but once it's going, it is rock solid and blazing fast. I'm using the JetWay JNF99FL-525-LF motherboard/CPU combo, which is a dual-core Intel Atom with dual gigabit LAN.

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Date Joined: 04/29/03

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