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ZyXEL ZyWALL USG50 Internet Security Firewall with Dual-WAN, 4 Gigabit LAN / DMZ Ports, 5 IPSec VPN, SSL VPN, and 3G WAN Support
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Has a ton of features that aren't mentioned in the marketing material. Based on Linux, adds higher-level config features, and will route almost anything IP.

Cons: Steep learning curve if you want to make networks with any complexity. Very slow booting, and traffic can be pokey until it's fully booted.

Other Thoughts: I bought this thinking it was just a very basic router with a VOIP ALG, to separate out some phone traffic. Happily suprised to find out it's a full-featured router with a lot of options, a full-featured console command line interface, a very nice looking web interface (using ext.js), and it's ready to use out of the box. It has a 4 port switch that can be configured to be grouped across 3 LANs. Supports VLANs. Has basic bandwidth limiting. Seems to support putting hard drives into the USB ports. This is the best thing I've come across for learning networks since the WRT-54GL was hacked with OpenWRT.

For net installers who like Linux, this is Linux and you can build a clone for experiments or whizzy upgrading, and deploy this low-cost solution for uniformity.

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ECS Goal3+(1.1C) AMD Sempron 3000+ 754 SiS 761 GX Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Installed easily, worked with old hardware.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: It was an effective fix for a legacy system that was given to a child. The net cost was less than $100, which I figure is a good price for getting a year or two of computing use from a system.

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SAMSUNG ML-2510 Personal Up to 24 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Not worth it. 09/10/2011

This review is from: SAMSUNG ML-2510 Personal Up to 24 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: Cheap. Good print quality.

Cons: Breaks. Expensive ink.

Other Thoughts: The toner cartridges are freaking expensive and don't last that long. The overall build is okay, but the controller board gave up the ghost after only a couple years.

This is pretty annoying, because in the past, I could have spent around 5x as much on a printer that would last 10x as long. I'm now inclined to buy old HP printers.

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Display Name: John K.

Date Joined: 03/26/05

  • Reviews: 27
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 06/07/05
  • Last Review: 10/31/12
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