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ASUS RT-N12/D1 Wireless-N300 3-in-1 Router/AP/Range Extender IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very cheap when on sale
Compatible with DD-WRT and Tomato
Virtually unbrickable when upgrading firmware

Cons: range seems to be short

Other Thoughts: Bought this on sale for a great price. Out of the box, it is very easy to set up, if you do not want to or need to tweek the settings, you can be online in 5-10 min or less, it's that easy. However, this is the not the reason I bought this router. I do not buy any router that is not compatible with 3rd party firmware. This one seems to be compatible with both DD-WRT and Tomato, however, I had trouble to get DD-WRT to work with it. I then tried Tomato by Shibby, it works great. A few things that I want to share are:
- after uploading Tomato, you have to do a hard reset (a.k.a. 30-30-30 Peacock reset, google it) but the right button to use is the WPS button, not the recessed reset button. I had trouble before I figured this out, but once I use this button to do the hard reset, there is no problem to get the router to work after uploading a new firmware
- The first Tomato load I put on it had trouble with download speed when WMM is enabled, I was only getting 1-2 mbps but if I disable WMM, I get 50 mbps. Apparently, something is wrong with that build, I then tried the latest build, build 116, this time, everything works great.
- one great thing I like about Asus routers is they have a rescue mode so in case you messed up when playing with different firmware, you can still load factory firmware into it, It is very difficult to brick the router. Obviously, this is more for people who like to playing withe 3rd party firmware
- I did not use the factory firmware for very long, but it does seem to slow things down when I do online video streaming, using wired port, I'm not sure if this was due to some incorrect settings but I basically used the default settings. After I installed Tomato, thing are fast and stable.

LG IPS224V-PN Black 21.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: IPS
Good picture quality
Good price when on sale

Cons: shaky stand
power on indicator annoying

Other Thoughts: I got this when on sale during Black Friday. Overall I'm happy with the quality of the product - it's IPS (wide viewing angel), it's cheap (Black Friday), with good picture quality.
Two annoyances: 1) the stand is very wobbly. My desk is pretty stable but even when I'm typing, the monitor shakes very noticeably. I read the review before buying but thought, how bad can that be, well, it's pretty bad, so bad it lost an egg. 2) the power on indicator is big and red and kind of bright, not sure what LG was thinking when they decided to put a big indicator like that on the monitor, is it really necessary? Can't you save a few pennies if you choose a smaller indicator? it's about one inch wide. I've seen power indicator on a very nice (and expensive) monitor, that indicator on that was like 1/16th of an inch, which I think is adequate. To LG's partial credit, you can turn the indicator off, but I'd rather have a small one that's not so prominent.

TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline AV200 Nano Adapter Kit, Up to 200Mbps
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs good product, great value 08/08/2013

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline AV200 Nano Adapter Kit, Up to 200Mbps

Pros: - works great
- easy set up
- small

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: products are very easy to set up and judging by the look and feel, it's built with high quality. It took less than 5 min to set up, which really only involves plug the modules in.
Note, it will not work if you plug them in a surge protector.


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Display Name: Mike L.

Date Joined: 09/25/06

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  • Last Review: 02/11/14
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