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Jetway HBJC200F99-525-B 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel GMA 3150 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Small, low power, efficient, suitable as a "small server" or specialized box. Works well for Linux or BSD server or router.

Cons: Does not provide 12v on drive connector(s), so it's not for use with a Seagate Constellation 2 enterprise drive

Other Thoughts: Bought this for a BSD Unix server/router box. Wanted to use Seagate enterprise drive, but after discovering no 12v on the drive power connecter I ended up with a WD Black drive. Hopefully the long-term reliability will be good.

Seagate Constellation.2 ST9500620NS 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: It weighs less than a desktop drive.

Cons: DOA. Doesn't even spin up. Not recognized by BIOS - in multiple machines. I expect DOA with cheap drives - this is an enterprise drive to be used in a server.

Other Thoughts: I should know better than to order just one drive. While I've had good luck in the past, it has now run out (I usually buy WD, but this drive got lots of eggs and was at right price point for enterprise drive). This will be RMAd in the morning.

That said, I may be done ordering drives from Newegg. They were kind enough to put the drive in a box, inside bubble wrap, but it was NOT in an anti-static envelope. That would cost a whole penny, but would save the chance of a bad drive and RMA. While I don't know whether it was the issue here, this is the first time I've ever gotten a drive from Newegg that was not in anti-static.... and the first time I've gotten a DOA drive from Newegg. Drive packing has been iffy in the past - this time it's worse.

So instead of completing my new Linux box this weekend, it'll have to wait until sometime next week. Disappointing, even more so because the local competition doesn't stock enterprise-level drives.

D-Link DIR-330 NetDefend SOHO Wireless G VPN Router 4-Port 10/100 Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Don't waste your money 01/22/2011

This review is from: D-Link DIR-330 NetDefend SOHO Wireless G VPN Router 4-Port 10/100 Switch

Pros: It was cheap. It's supported by DD-WRT.

Cons: IPSec, L2TP, and L2TP/IPSec don't work. Period. Despite meticulously following the GreenBow setup instructions, it won't work with that client. L2TP and L2TP/IPSec don't work with Android or iPhone (they disconnect 5 seconds after connecting). PPTP seems to work, but I can get that with DD-WRT.

No recent firmware.

Other Thoughts: I suppose if you're looking for a basic wireless router, this is OK. But there are cheaper solutions - a Linksys WRT-54 is far cheaper and will take DD-WRT as this one will.

I bought this to use as an L2TP/IPSec endpoint for a couple of smartphones. Didn't work quite right, so tried to test with straight IPSec using Greenbow - after all, there's a Greenbow setup description written by D-Link. Didn't work - always dropped during Phase 2. Could get L2TP/IPSec to connect briefly, but would always drop after 5 seconds.

I've got Netgear & Zyxel gear running IPSec - they work fine. I've got DD-WRT on an Asus box running OpenVPN. They all work great. Even tested PPTP on the Asus box - it runs fine with simultaneous PPTP & OpenVPN sessions.

Despite the claim of certification, this D-Link box is one of the worst pieces of junk I've bought.


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Display Name: William S.

Date Joined: 08/11/08

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  • First Review: 01/22/11
  • Last Review: 05/17/13
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