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ASUS RT-N66R Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support -Asus Certified
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Installed latest firmware right away. Easy set up (don't use WPS, there is a security venerability with that, just log in and use password. Interface makes setting up a password and even multiple guest accounts very easy. Fast file transfers and streaming movies from downloaded files.

Cons: Interface does not allow me to configure the router to only allow configuration changes via direct cable connection. Since I can find no way to prohibit WiFi connections being able to configure modem, I am potentially venerable to a neighbor or Drive-By hacker changing my settings. I use a long complex password, so probably not a big issue, but always felt safer with the unit locked down to where could only change Router configuration via a hard wire physical connection.

Other Thoughts: My old basic router had taken one too many nearby lightning strikes, and was getting a little bit unstable. Having trouble getting some devices to connect while others worked fine?

I am up in the mountains, and my range is generally limited by line of sight. Have tested it with WiFi Analyzer, and get a little more range than my old router. Even the 5 ghz band goes out several hundred yards. My son has the same router in a flat area, and was surprised to see his phone connect to his router while at a friends house almost half a mile away, thanks to beam forming technology.

RAVPower RP-PB07U Super High Capacity Power Bank (12000mAh Capacity / 1A & 2.1A Dual USB Output) for iPod, iPhone, Smartphones, Digital Cameras, Tablets and E-Books
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fully charges a dead iPad Air 2. Small, Tops off the phone to make it through the day.

Cons: All 3 connectors, (2 USB out, one 1A USB out, one 2A USB out, and the small USB power in port) are loose fits. Tried a number of different cables, and all are a loose fit and fall out easily. Hard to carry around in a bag to recharge something without the cable becoming disconnected.

Other Thoughts: This unit is labeled as having a 12,000 mAh capacity. After hearing that many of these battery packs exaggerate their capacity, I decided to test it. Fully charged the RavPower pack, and took the battery out of my cell phone, a Samsung Galaxy S4, and saw it was rated at 2600 mAh. Ran the phone completely dead and then charged it from the RAVPower with the phone turned off. Then ran the phone down again, and repeated. Got 3.6 phone charges out of the RAVPower battery pack, which calculates to roughly 9400 mAh. Still pretty good, but not quite the stated 12,000 mAh. Newegg should run a lab test on these type battery packs and publish the actual capacity on the product page. Also, while testing the battery packs, check the quality of the connector ports.

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Seems to be a good stable board with a nice UEFI BIOS. Working well for client

Cons: Why is it that these boards are always designed so that when you insert a nice graphics card in the top PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot as directed for single Video Card operation, the video card covers the top PCI Express 1X slot, and if you insert anything in the 2nd PCI Express 1x slot you are blocking the fan for cooling the GPU. I know space is at a premium, but perhaps you could put the older format PCI slots where they are the more likely ones to be covered with a single GPU, and have the more modern PCI Express x1 mini slots at the bottom of the stack where they are more likely to be useable. Even then, a dual GPU setup would most likely render ALL other PCI slots unusable.

Other Thoughts: GPU designers, figure out a way to move most of your hardware ABOVE the slot, so that the adjacent slots are accessible and useable for their intended purposes. May need a cutout for Mother Board NorthBridge or SouthBridge heat sinks.

.Or design a cutout in the appropriate area for access to the PCI Express x1 slots, and move your fans further back on the card so they are not blocked by a PCI Express x1 Card.


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Display Name: Donald D.

Date Joined: 11/28/05


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