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ASUS RT-N16 Wireless Router 802.11b/g/n up to 300Mbps DD-WRT Open Source support with USB Storage, Printer And Media Server
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I have a simple rule: don't review it unless you've had it long enough. We bought this November 2012. It's almost 2015. That's over 2 years of absolutely HAMMERING this router with a heavy workload, and it has held up well. Reviewing it after just a month or two doesn't make sense, because I don't need a router that lasts 2 months.

- No downtime
- No need to restart it to "resolve sluggish performance"
- Always a consistent ~100 MB/sec if devices can handle sending/receiving at that speed
- Enough CPU or RAM horsepower to not cause bottlenecks
- No weird glitches, like ports not forwarding when set up correctly or anything
- No conflicts, no strange errors in log, etc
- The wireless works without issue (I like external antennas)

We have about 10 ethernet devices hooked up to it (via use of switches) and 20 or so wireless, and never a single issue or hiccup in all this time. With a huge custom home server (many 3TB drives in RAID6), we move serious data around constantly, and it doesn't skip a beat.

We put DD-WRT on it from the start. It handles it flawlessly. I love the level of customization this offers.

Cons: None! A lot of people said theirs died after X number of months. Hopefully this doesn't happen here. If it did die, I think we got our money's worth because we got it at a great price.

Other Thoughts: I've had an up and down experience with this company (the thermal part on my ASUS Radeon card was not conducting well, but my ASUS 24" LCD has been going strong for 5 years) but they generally seem like a reliable manufacturer.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've had this RAM installed in my Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 (rev 1.0) since November 2012, and it has not given me a single error. No failed boots, no issues coming in and out of sleep mode or hibernate, no instability of any sort.

Cons: I guess a VERY small con is that the price dropped from $38 to $24 the day after it arrived, but then again, it's now $86 so I can't complain too much.

Other Thoughts: I always like to give my products plenty of time before reviewing them, because knowing it works fine for a few weeks isn't that helpful.

This RAM is on Gigabyte's approved/tested kits for my motherboard, so I expected good results and that's what I got.

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ASUS GX-D1051 Power-Saving Gigabit Switch
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works without any issue, can't ask for more. 01/28/2014

This review is from: ASUS GX-D1051 Power-Saving Gigabit Switch

Pros: We got this switch in August of 2012 and it's still working well, 18 months later. No issues. I like that it has different indicator lights for Fast Ethernet and Gigabit.

Cons: I don't really feel the VIP port does anything. I've checked it with software that checks traffic and it didn't denote any differences, but whatever. A small quibble: I do wish it had an on/off switch. I don't like unplugging stuff to disable its power.

Other Thoughts: This may be an isolated touch, but it's interesting: a few times when the connection to the ethernet cable wasn't super snug (for whatever reason), instead of failing outright, it instead dropped the signal down to 10/100 Fast Ethernet (noted by the amber light rather than yellow). Unplugging the cable and plugging it back in brought it back up to Gigabit. I'd probably blame that on the cable (some of them are old and the latch isnt too secure) but I guess it's better that it gets a reduced speed signal rather than report no connection at all, in those situations.

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Display Name: Chris B.

Date Joined: 12/26/08

  • Reviews: 25
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 05/22/12
  • Last Review: 12/02/14
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