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HAWKING HWUN4 Hi-Gain Wireless N300 Network Adapter USB 2.0 Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: *Inexpensive for the technology offered
*Tiny and compact, making placement easy
*Easy to setup and install
*WPS button on-board

Cons: *Driver software written in 'Chinglesh'
*Software occasionally lacks connected status
*Software required to use adapter
*Software can be confusing; not intuitive

Other Thoughts: After trying this and a few other wireless adapters on a Win7 x64 system, it has come to light that some older versions of ZoneAlarm firewall can interfere with proper operation of wireless adapters, including PCI, PCIE, and even USB, including this one. The solution is to save settings for ZA, uninstall ZA, install wireless adapter according to instructions, set it up for your situation, confirm function, reboot several times, then(and ONLY THEN) reinstall ZA. Even Micro$oft won't admit to such a problem, but it's quite prevalent. Just a heads-up. Newer versions of ZA may not be afflicted with this problematic situation.

Also, consider physical placement. This adapter works well when in close proximity to an access point, but performs rather poorly if the signal has no direct path. You may do well to grab an additional cable/base for experimental placement for better reception, as I had to do.

Overall, this adapter doesn't pull in such a strong signal as my ASUS PCIE adapter, and I will probably go back to that one soon. This Hawking unit has served me well as a testbed for figuring out problems within my own situation, and works reasonably well, so I'll keep it as a backup for my laptop system and/or experimental purposes, but it makes for a poor alternative to fully-connected PCI/PCIE solutions installed directly to the bus of a desktop machine.

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LG USB 2.0 Super-Multi Portable DVD Rewriter with M-DISC Model GP50NB40
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works, and works well 09/21/2013

This review is from: LG USB 2.0 Super-Multi Portable DVD Rewriter with M-DISC Model GP50NB40

Pros: *Small
*Lightweight
*Works fine
*Burns everything within its capabilities

Cons: *None

Other Thoughts: I can't imagine why anyone would review this drive as an extremely fragile device, because it is, by nature. If you buy it, you should already know its limitations, and not derail it by nature of it's size. Yes, its a drive form-factor which is commonly found in laptop computers. Why would that surprise anyone?

Contrary to a previous review, this drive IS bootable, for current Windows and Linux CD/DVDs. You simply need to set your computer's BIOS to be bootable from a USB device. I have booted multiple variants of Windows and Linux LiveCDs/DVDs from this drive, and all have performed without any failure.

There is no need to use the included Y-adapter cable to use this drive, unless you're using it with a USB 1.0 system. USB connections after that point provide suitable power for connected devices such as this.

This drive reads and writes everything I've asked of it, and does it well. I've never sent writing to it at max speed, which is a common failure of many optical drives, which is also a fact that many people don't understand.

I've yet to use M-DISC in this drive, but it's holding up very well to my demands of it so far.

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StarTech USBEXTAA5DSK 5 ft. Black Desktop USB Extension Cable - A Male to A Female
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: *Nicely weighted
*Decent-quality connectors

Cons: *Base connector distorted by plastic-molding process

Other Thoughts: It's exactly what you would expect, except that the USB connector molded into the 'base' has been apparently compressed by the plastic-molding process. This makes inserting a standard USB device or cable rather difficult in some situations. The fit is very tight, and may be a problem for more delicate connectors.

One egg removed for an apparent lack of manufacturing quality control, but it does work just fine for my purposes.

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Display Name: Craig M.

Date Joined: 02/07/04

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  • First Review: 04/10/04
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