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On Networks N150MA-199NAS N150 Wi-Fi Micro Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Cheap. Nice box. Small.

Cons: Does not work. Tried Ubuntu and Mint 16.

Other Thoughts: This is a very biased review. If it does not work with Linux, I have no use for it. Will give it 2 eggs because I presume it works with the platforms specified. Find it soon at local Salvation Army Family store.

brother HL Series HL-5150D Personal Up to 21 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Steaming pile of dung! 12/15/2013

This review is from: brother HL Series HL-5150D Personal Up to 21 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: PCL6, Postscript, Duplexer. Easy to configure in Linux.

Cons: Printed fewer than 200 pages in its short life time of about 7 months. Then printed solid gray pages with nothing usable. Decent diagnostic support but absolute refusal by manufacturer to admit to infant mortality. They claimed it needed toner and drum, even though both parts were almost new. Printer disposed of by giving to charity. It was the most expensive per page that I have ever owned.

Other Thoughts: 90 days warranty on consummables. If you buy a brother product and it dies on day 91 after printing only 10 pages, you are outta luck and manufacturer does not care.

Karma Pay-As-You-Go 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Think FreedomPop Photon 11/03/2013

This review is from: Karma Pay-As-You-Go 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot

Pros: Device is a re-branded FreedomPop Photon, apparently served by a different carrier with different terms but using the same "4G" Wi-Max network. Interesting "sharing" plan that conditionally provides some free amount of data. All pay as you go with no contract, $14/gigabyte. Device itself is about the size of a half dozen beer mats. Very handy; charge via USB connector. If firmware is same as Photon, you will be able to secure your wifi signal.

Cons: Wi-max is a joke network and who knows how long it will survive with LTE buildout? Don't even consider this device until you check the coverage maps. Sprint/Clear wi-max is reminiscent of fledgling cellular coverage 20 years ago, except no coverage on even major rural highways. Usable in cities only. Unknown whether one can lock the wifi side of it.

Other Thoughts: Find another review under FreedomPop Photon. For my usage it would be 1 egg; no coverage. Only gets better because it will be usable for some people. I would also be very wary of the sharing thing. It is known to be YOUR device connected to the carrier and dispensing open wifi for share-ees. If one of them is reading filthy pictures or terrorist material, it could be pinned on you and that could mean hard time in the pokey. Don't go there!


D W.'s Profile

Display Name: D W.

Date Joined: 12/13/03

  • Reviews: 24
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  • First Review: 01/19/11
  • Last Review: 12/27/13
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