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3 out of 5 eggs It was fun but... 05/02/2016

This review is from: D-Link Wireless AC750 Dual Band Cloud Router (DIR-810L)

Pros: Nice size, 5 gHz radio, reasonably cool running, very good price where I got it.

Cons: No reasonable open source firmware support

Other Thoughts: Took a chance on DIR-810L B1 found on close out table in local big box store. Picked it up, frowned, and put it down. Associate offered to mark it down to half the close out price and I took it. From there the fun stopped. I tried all the ways of flashing and only succeeded in moving from 2.01 to 2.02 to 2.03 and back. It would not take anything else until I got the SDK, extracted multiple tar balls, and used a utility therein to hack OpenWRT Chaos Calmer firmware to make it look right. It did take it and it does work, but 5 gHz radio does not show up. From reading all the forum stuff I find, I conclude that DD-WRT may also be possible but they don't have the radio working either! Therefore, if I can get manufacturer's firmware back on it (or not) it is on its way to the Salvation Army and someone else can have fun.

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GAMDIAS Ares Gaming Keyboard Combo 3 Adjustable RGB Backlit Colors, Consecutive Attack Button + Ourea Gaming Optical Mouse 6 Programmable Buttons Weight System
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: One good point! Cord jacket is textured and does not appeal to my cord chomping cat so she has not destroyed it yet.

Feel is good and keyboard works with Linux.

Cons: Not only is it ugly with the stupid yellow triangle logo, but those six keys below the space bar are going to get you! Especially the 4th and 5th ones.

Fifth one is the worst -- it does the asdf switching, rendering the keyboard useless until you figure out what to mash.

Fourth one is "fire" meaning multiple key strokes are sent each time you press a key. Equally annoying. If you accidentally brush one of these, you go back and redo.

Other Thoughts: Unless you are game-playing kid and those key functions do something for you, stay away from this model!

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GAMDIAS Ares GKB6010 Gaming Keyboard 16.8 Million Backlit Colors, 9 Macro Keys, Premium Micro-Processor
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Back lit, with key selection of colors and brightness plus composition and saving of macros. Pleasant action. Outrageous amount of customization possible. Excellent customer support via email.

Cons: Pre-programmed "gotcha" keys that do things only a gamer will appreciate like swap WASD keys for arrow keypad, and "game" mode that enables "firing" multiple characters with one key press. The key swapping is more obnoxious than the multiple characters. "Hera" customization soft ware not provided but easily downloadable and usable without actually installing. Firmware needed updating. "Hera" not usable in windoze XP and certainly not in Linux. "Hera"
worked in Windoze 7 but is gaudy and non-intuitive. Apparently provides an insane amount of customization if you can figure out how to use it. I managed to de-fang the re-map keys. Some customization is only possible via Hera, and will be painful if your target platform is not modern windoze.

Other Thoughts: I was going to knock this big time and send it back. User ran it 3 days before managing to brush the re-mapping keys rendering it useless in application as a regular keyboard on Ubuntu. Customer Support saved the day by responding fairly promptly (hour or two) to my complaint, and courteously provided necessary clues about the re-map keys. Well they are specified in the manual, but now we have a user that must remember what not to touch. CS once again responded with the confirmation that the re-map keys can be disabled using "Hera" software. The software had no instructions but I managed to accomplish the task so we are happy.

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Display Name: david w.

Date Joined: 12/13/03

  • Reviews: 29
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  • First Review: 01/19/11
  • Last Review: 05/02/16
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