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Cisco Valet M20 802.11b/g/n Gigabit Wireless HotSpot Router up to 300Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Needs frequent reboots 12/10/2012

This review is from: Cisco Valet M20 802.11b/g/n Gigabit Wireless HotSpot Router up to 300Mbps

Pros: Fairly easy to set up. Good price for features. Gigabit wired ports.

Cons: Seems to need too-frequent reboots, especially for handheld devices. Our Nook, Kindle Fire, and Android phones have difficulty connecting to it at times until I reboot it. Sometimes I have to power cycle it to get its full attention. This is after making DHCP reservations for all our devices to avoid potential IP conflicts. I'm not too bummed given the price I paid but routers shouldn't be an annual purchase. I went Cisco after my previous Netgear went insane after a year, but the previous Netgear lasted me until I wanted to go Wireless-N.

Problem isn't heat-related as it's in a 66-degree basement with plenty of ventilation.

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BELKIN F5D8235-4 802.11b/g/n N+ Wireless Gigabit Router up to 300Mbps
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Doesn't suck, but is close 08/19/2010

This review is from: BELKIN F5D8235-4 802.11b/g/n N+ Wireless Gigabit Router up to 300Mbps

Pros: Fairly easy to configure
Orange/blue lights are blinky and pretty
Can check for updates from router config page
Guest access to WAN without allowing LAN access a plus, easy to set up, easy for guests to use

Cons: Why make this router stand on edge rather than lay flat as He intended?

I bought it partly for the USB connection to make a simple NAS, but that's been a disappointment. I didn't try it out until a week ago when I started using it as a centralized backup point. It's very slow and as the drive got fuller it seemed to cause the router to hang, requiring a power cycle to clear. Disconnected USB drive and it's OK again. Since I have a desktop that is on 24/7 anyway, I'll move the drive to that. Forget about the USB port for all but the least demanding uses.

Other Thoughts: Could not make connection with this router through DSL modem, but didn't try too hard and let DSL modem handle it instead (this router is the sole DHCP client off DSL modem/router instead).

No firmware updates from Belkin yet - must have been perfect the day it was manufactured. Riiiiiiight.....

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GIGABYTE GV-R467ZL-1GI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Easy to configure, no problems installing in new custom system (AMD Phenom II X3, ASUS M4A78T-E).

Cons: Died at about 10 weeks of age. Came into office one day and saw computer was off, wouldn't restart ("no VGA" beeps from BIOS). After removing video card and resetting BIOS, system would boot. As soon as I put the card back in, no boot. Never was pushed very hard, system always ran quite cool (CPU/mobo temps rarely above 45C).

Other Thoughts: Argh - now I gotta dig up the warranty information. Nuts.

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Display Name: Mark C.

Date Joined: 12/08/08

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  • First Review: 01/04/10
  • Last Review: 12/10/12
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