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Nippon Labs USB3-15AB 15 ft. USB 3.0 A Male to B Male Cable
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Cable doesn't work 03/27/2014

This review is from: Nippon Labs USB3-15AB 15 ft. USB 3.0 A Male to B Male Cable

Pros: Quality looking cable, connectors are done well.

Cons: Doesn't work

Other Thoughts: The 'specs' on USB 3.0 cable says 3 meters... roughly 10 feet. I bought this 15' cable and struggled thinking I had bad USB ports on my ASUS motherboard. Turns out that when I swapped to a 10' cable my problems went away. I don't have the engineering tools (a scope and digital ohmeter etc) to prove the cable is the failure, but I suspect it is the length and not the cable. Be Careful with this cable choice.

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Planet POE-163 IEEE 802.3at Gigabit High Power over Ethernet Injector (Mid-Span)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: HPOE - 30 watts is much more useful for devices such as security cameras and other higher draw devices.
Transformer has Mount stubs for posts/walls etc.

Cons: Large transformer - unnecessarily large transformer.
Not switchable from 5/12/24/48 v.

Other Thoughts: This unit did its job however. THe specification for HPOE is still slightly debated. The documentation doesn't give clear detail about the wire resistance or technical info about what cables are necessary to carry the voltage... in my implementation, I wanted the Cat5 to be 50m... the HPOE worked in the test environment when the cable length was 3meters. When the extra distance was added the PTZ Camera wouldn't work. Ultimately I had to run a power cable to the camera location. In this case, my PTZ camera was drawing 33watts, 10% over the 802.3at spec (which is technically 29.3 watts at 100m). Also - the splitters at the other end... be careful not to attempt using generic 802.3af (standard POE) or they will get very hot over time and likely die an early life. Use high quality cabling. The new cisco HPOE Ultimate (60watts) is very interesting technology to be watching at this time tho extremely expensive.

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Cooler Master HAF X - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0 Ports
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Case has 2 hot swap bays.
Fan Flow design is smart.
cabling tie downs are located smartly.

Cons: the front panel header is terribly designed. The USB ports on BOTH of my units are upside down. Inside the front panel header is mickey moused and pins are bent just to make it all fit. It disassembles with no room to care for the top panel cables.
The fans used are not the best quality. I replaced all fans

Other Thoughts: Overall I love the case. Having to mod the front panel was a nightmare though since all the cables were glued and the connectors got in each others way and were purposely bent by the vendor to get it all to fit. THe pro's outweigh the cons on this case, its the best I've used for my last 2 custom rigs I built for clients this year.

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Display Name: James S.

Date Joined: 02/09/09

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  • First Review: 06/22/09
  • Last Review: 03/27/14
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