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EDIMAX EW-7811Un N150 USB 2.0 Wireless nano Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works. cheap (at the time, was $9.99. now it's $29.99!!! screw that). small. connects to WPA2 PSK and enterprise networks.

Cons: Range is crummy compared to larger USB wireless adapters (which is understandable). But even at close range it doesn't feel super fast.

Other Thoughts: It was worth the cons for it only being $10. But with the price being tripled, stay away!

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HP J9561A#ABA Smart Gigabit Ethernet Switch 1410-24G
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Rock solid build. Totally silent. High performance. Very easy to setup. Awesome warranty. Zero problems with this switch / no need to power cycle it or anything. Completely sold on HP now when it comes to switches, would buy again and have been recommending them to friends.

Cons: They don't make a 48 port of the 1410 series, have to step up to the more expensive/advanced 1810 series. Which sort of makes sense but sometimes people only need basic gigabit switching.

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ASRock AM1H-ITX AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 DC-In/ATX Power Input Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Tiny. cheap. Everything I needed. Has DC-in jack. Used for pfsense firewall and was super easy to configure / rock solid stable. Even with legacy booting enabled it boots right into pfsense super fast. The included tiny cpu fan with these cheap AMD cpus is actually totally silent in use (it's 3-pin too).
PCIe slot being used for dual gig Intel NIC.
BIOS is very quick (nice that it has UEFI).

Cons: None? I just wish it gave you more suggestions on AC-DC power adapters. First one I bought though was cheap and rock solid though.

Other Thoughts: Bought a "ASUS 19V 3.42A 65W AC Adapter for Asus" from Amzn and it's been working flawlessly to power this thing. Only gets warm to the touch, draws 19-21w during idle and load. Made by Delta. ASIN: B004VS72W6 Item model number: PA-1650-66 feels very solid and well made. Cheaper than $20!

That total power usage, these are the following components: Sempron 2650, single stick of 1.35v ram, this motherboard, stock cpu fan, 120mm fan from case, Intel dual gig nic, and a cheap second-hand Samsung SLC SSD (probably uses about a watt or so). I disabled the built-in ethernet and audio.

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Colin S.'s Profile

Display Name: Colin S.

Date Joined: 04/05/11

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  • First Review: 12/13/11
  • Last Review: 09/14/14
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