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This review is from: ASUS RT-AC87U Wireless-AC2400 Dual-band Gigabit Router
Pros: - Strong signal. I have my router on one side of the house and get full signal throughout the whole house.
- Fast data rates. My previous router only had a 100 Mb/s interface so when my ISP bumped up their bandwidth from 90 to 160 Mb/s, I had to upgrade my router in order to take advantage of the new speeds. Not only do I get really fast downloads from the Internet, I can transfer files from my computers over the WiFi very quickly.
- The USB applications are a nice plus. Being able to tether an android device is nice for those times my cable Internet goes out, I can switch to use my 4G connection. You can also use the router to download torrents in the background without a PC, or ever sync up files to and from cloud services onto an external hard drive.
- IPv6 support, although many ISPs haven't added IPv6 support yet.
Cons: Here are a list of issues or improvements that could be made with the current firmware version (18.104.22.168.376_2769):
- The biggest issue for me is that in the 5GHz frequency setup, you cannot choose WPA2-Enterprise for the authentication method. This works fine in the 2.4GHz frequency, and also works with ASUS' other router models.
- I wish there were more options to set up additional SSIDs. You can setup guest networks, but one option I wish I had was the ability to not broadcast the SSID in the guest networks.
- I purchased a 5TB USB 3.0 external drive to plug into this router. It mostly works however it displays errors in the admin screen, such as issue with calloc and not being able to run ntfsck. I'm guessing there's issues with supporting large drives with this router.
- In the DHCP server settings, I do wish you could add descriptions for the DHCP reservations (manually assigned IPs). Currently, it just displays the MAC address and IP address. The MAC address is not descriptive for me.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I am happy with this router. I hope some of the issues are resolved in the next firmware update.
The lack of WPA2-Enterprise authentication on the 5GHz band is a pretty big deal for me but I can get by just on the 2.4GHz band for now.
The admin interface looks pretty slick and is easy to navigate around. This is a fairly pricey router, but you get one of the fastest consumer WiFi routers on the market, competing with NetGear's Nighthawk X6. The nice thing the ASUS has over the Nighthawk is the ability to change the antennas to a bigger size.
The ASUS RT-AC87U isn't simply just a router, it's also a print server, file server, media server, cloud sync server, and supports updating dynamic DNS services. You can also use dual WANs with this router, using it as a load balancer or failover. There aren't a lot of options for the Dual WAN configuration, but it's a nice addition that gets the job done for basic needs.
This review is from: G-sensor GS8000L HD 1080P Car DVR Vehicle Camera Video Recorder Dash Cam
Pros: This device works as a camera and performs the tasks that it was advertised to do. The item is priced very well.
Cons: Considering the price, I wasn't really expecting much. I figured I'd give it a shot since I didn't have much to lose.
There are a few problems that I have with this camera unit.
- The camera mount doesn't seem to be very firm. I have to re-adjust it and tighten it every so often.
- The image quality is poor. I set it to record at 1080, however, when I played it back, it looked like it was recorded at a low resolution and just up-scaled.
- The camera sensor suffers from rolling shutter (jello effect). It does not handle vibrations very well, and the rolling shutter problem is very noticeable when you have your windshield wipers go back and forth.
- The loop recording doesn't seem to work properly. This camera has always stopped recording and stating that the memory card is full. I have to constantly format the card and have it start recording again.
Other Thoughts: If you have a few dollars to spare, then you can buy this camera but don't expect anything great. It's better than not having any video camera in your car so I suppose it's worth purchasing. However, if you are serious about quality, such as being able to read a license plate, check out the systems from FineVu or BlackVue.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Noctua NH-U12DO A3 for AMD Opteron workstations and Servers CPU Cooler
Pros: The fans run very quietly with this. If you end up hooking it up to a source that doesn't offer PWM speed control, there are some connectors with in-line resistors that will lower the speed of the fan so you can run it more quietly.
I chose Noctua because of the great things I've read about them in computer magazines and also from using them in a build I did for my brother. I was impressed with how cool and quiet his air-cooled system was, so I decided to use Noctua for my server upgrade.
Everything is included, such as heatsink thermal compound, hex wrench, C32 and G34 brackets.
Cons: Too tall for a 4U case. Removing the fans from the heatsink can be difficult, as I've had to do in order to return it.
Other Thoughts: Newegg lists this item as being smaller with the fan attached than without the fan, which I found out is not true. Also, Newegg lists its dimensions (With Fan: 6.1" x 4.96" x 2.56") out of order. Normally, dimensions are LxWXH but the height is actually over 6.2" according to Noctua's site. The heatsink/fan work great and Newegg's problem with dimensions is no fault of the product so I will not knock the rating down. However, keep in mind that this fan is just a bit too tall to fit into a 4U case. I was able to get it to fit with the lid sitting on the heatsink, but couldn't close it. Ended up returning it for the NH-U9DO.
Also, ensure that your motherboard is compatible with 3-pin fans. My motherboard, the ASUS KCMA-D8 requires a jumper setting to be changed to use 3-pin fans.