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C2G 31209 7 ft. Cat 6 Blue 550 MHz Molded Shielded Patch Cable
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs CAT-6 is better than CAT-5 or 5e 04/19/2015

This review is from: C2G 31209 7 ft. Cat 6 Blue 550 MHz Molded Shielded Patch Cable

Pros: Got an e-mail from Egg asking for a review for this very simple, basic item. I ordered several units of the Cables-to-Go, one or more additional of the Nippon Labs variety.

Generally, I figure that cables with the molded design and the expense of C2G etc. will be more reliable than the cheaper units. The cheapest units usually have the little plastic lever with locking mechanism for your RJ-45 ports. In a rats-nest tangle of cables -- which I attempt to manage -- replacing or manipulating such a cable results in the lever acting like a hook. IN tight or inaccessible spaces, this is really an irritating development which causes extra work, strain and sweat.

I replaced all my CAT5 and CAT5E cabling with CAT6. I also replaced some NetGear 5-port switches with 8-port CISCO units -- I needed extra connections.

The switches wouldn't account much for improved reliability; but the cables apparently make a difference.

So all the connections downstairs have been replaced with CAT6 C2G or similar. The only fly in the ointment is the CAT5 connection of the cable-drop from upstairs to downstairs. Since our internet router is upstairs, it has no bearing on the 60Mb/s connection from our ISP. The only possible limitation might be in very high traffic with media. Nobody upstairs wants to use my HDHR'-'s which are connected downstairs, so not even a possibility of a need or improvement with the existing cable-drop. I'm not eager to go up into the attic to replace it now, anyway.

Cons: I really can't complain about the price. I explained that already.

Other Thoughts: None that I can think of at this time.

Connectland 20 pin Header to 2x USB3.0 Port via 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Sturdy, Inexpensive Front-Panel USB3 ports 04/03/2015

This review is from: Connectland 20 pin Header to 2x USB3.0 Port via 3.5" Front Panel Plug and Play

Pros: After at least a few years, USB3 is "coming into its own" for various storage needs. I'd actually like to take a survey of "mainstream" users to discover the percentage equipped now with USB3 thumb drives. Or maybe new storage needs of mainstreamers make them more likely to be USB3-equipped, when some of us are up to our necks in USB2 external drives that just take a licking and keep on ticking.

Howsoever that may be, I feel compelled to equip my systems with easy-access front-panel USB3 if the motherboard is equipped with the 20-pin port for it.

More specifically, many new cases come equipped with front-panel USB3 ports and the wiring for the 20-pin motherboard port. But many of us DIY'ers recycle old cases, so we need something like this.

Earlier USB3 hubs were less than ideal. The bundled cables were supposed to be plugged in to a rear external USB3 port; my own motherboard reported "lack of sufficient resources" to use the hub. A Deluxe model of the same motherboard had been bundled with a device like the ConnectLand: Just a double cable molded to 3.5" front-panel adapter. Nothing fancy, but all you'd need.

So I was glad to find this product. It is constructed of sturdy metal, and should install easily in any 3.5" floppy bay.

Cons: None, really . .

Other Thoughts: It seems to work just great. But what would you expect? Simple is best, said the Swiss chef. If you need four front-panel ports (for whatever reason -- I can't imagine), there are now some decent USB3 3.5" internal hubs which connect directly to the motherboard. I'd just think it's a bit "kloogey" if someone "needs" to have four or more USB connections at one time for a single computer.

Two ports is just fine. Just fine and dandy.

StarTech 4-Port PCI-Express SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card Model PEXSAT34RH
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5 out of 5 eggs More about PEXSAT34RH: Answering Terry D.'s question 03/25/2015

This review is from: StarTech 4-Port PCI-Express SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card Model PEXSAT34RH

Pros: You can see my earlier reviews on this. Egg sent me an e-mail suggesting someone found those reviews useful, and I find a recent reviewer asking about a "hybrid-drive" setup for this controller.

There are a few solution options to simply buying a "hybrid" drive which are much better: Intel ISRT SSD-caching; Marvell Hyper-Duo SSD-caching; and general caching software like Romex Primo-Cache (which has proven that the proprietary limitation(s) of options like ISRT or Samsung RAPID are not a limitation to achieving the same result by other means).

All you need for either HyperDuo (a feature of the PEXSAT34RH) or the Romex software is a 40 to 60GB SSD, but you could use a larger one, contrary to the 64GB limit in Intel's ISRT. If you want to use the inherent features of the Startech card, you can read their instructions and do it that way. If you want to use Primo-Cache, follow that approach.

You don't need an SATA-III HDD and certainly you don't need a "hybrid" HDD. One or more reliable, high-capacity SATA-II HDDs would be just as good. You only need to assure that the caching SSD is connected to an SATA-III port -- which would be the case with either Marvell Hyper-Duo or Primo-Cache using the PEXSAT34RH

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I'll think of some, if there's a need or someone asks.


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Date Joined: 11/05/03


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