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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The presentation on this router when you open the box was impressive. It's a very nice looking device and it's packaged really well. The packaging I seriously impressive.

Now the hardware is equally impressive, you get an eSATA/USB combo port along with a USB 3 port on the rear. You have your standard modem uplink along with four gigabit Ethernet downlinks. Dual-band 5GHz & 2.4GHz, a physical on/off switch, and huge heatsinks and a cooling fan to keep that dual-core 1.2GHz CPU nice and cool. Add 128MB of flash memory and 256MB of DDR3 RAM? Yes, please!!

iOS app for default Linksys firmware, along with cloud support is pretty awesome too.

Cons: The price tag is a bit much to swallow. Although the hardware is great and supports open source firmware, the default Linksys firmware leaves a bit to be desired.

Other Thoughts: Hey Linksys, if you're listening - look at all the options that the open-source firmware has, read the reviews and the forums, and see what POWER USERS want and love, then implement it in your own firmware! You've got the hardware down good, and the firmware is better; but us power users always want more.

This is one heck of a step up from my WRT54GL routers that I've been using forever.

TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a sleek looking repeater, with easy one-button setup. If your router or Wi-Fi access point doesn't support one-button setup, you can go into a web interface to manually configure the repeater and do a site survey to see all available wireless networks in range (oh the possibilities). In the web interface there's some techie/power user options that can be very handy if you know what you're doing for optimal/advanced configuration (I'm looking at you fellow DD-WRT users). The price point for this is really good also, especially because you get a repeater and night light all in one!

Cons: The blue LEDs. I honestly cannot stand how almost everything that comes from China is decorated in blue LEDs, as if they don't make them in any other color? It would be really nice to have different colored LEDs for power, wireless, etc. The signal strength meter would be awesome if it used an array of colored LEDs like Ubiquity hardware does (red/amber/green like the RF spectrum analyzers on oldschool stereos).

Other Thoughts: Keep in mind when you're connected to this thing, your device will show the signal strength of it's connection to the repeater - this does not reflect the connection between the repeater and the access point/router. If you're getting an excellent Wi-Fi signal but your speeds are horrid, it's more than likely the connection between the access point/router and this range extender. The range extender's signal strength meter will reflect it's connection between itself and the Ap/router - not itself and the devices attached to it.

Rosewill RSV-L4412 - 4U Rackmount Server Case or Chassis, 12 SATA / SAS Hot-swap Drives, 5 Cooling Fans Included
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I'm an IT guy and I was looking for a cheap chassis to throw a bunch of drives in for a hybrid NAS/SAN build. This is a roomy 4U rack mount case w/ 12 3.5" hot-swap bays which was perfect for what I needed.

Cons: Multiple LEDs on the hot-swap bays stopped functioning after a short period of time, yet in another set of bays the LEDs are "stuck on" and will not turn off even with no drives installed. LEDs are simply there to tell you a drive is installed (even though this is faulty!), not to monitor activity. Unable to RMA drive cages, have to send back the entire case!

Fans are pretty much worthless for the application. With the possibility of up to 12 enterprise 3.5" SATA drives that create quite a bit of heat, why would you install low-speed 120mm/80mm fans? This is a rack-mount server chassis, not a HTPC chassis! Yeah it's the quietest thing in my 42U server rack, but it also runs the hottest. Goodbye worthless fans!

Filtered front tilt panel hits & rubs on below server, this is more of an annoyance than anything.

No slider rails for rack-mounting. I purchased some Rosewill universal rails for an added cost of $50, which were a huge pain to assemble and didn't fit or work correctly, but were [barely] better than nothing.

Oh, and if there's a rebate, it's a complete scam - as I'm still waiting over a year later for mine.

Other Thoughts: This case really needs some LEDs on the front filtered tilt panel. In a rack of servers it's nice to just glance over quickly and make sure everything is powered up, there's HDD & LAN activity, and no fault lights. I mean, would it really be too hard to add 2-4 LEDs to the tilt panel, instead of having to open the tilt panel to see the Power/HDD LEDs? I purchased two other different-brand 4U rack-mount chassis', and both of them have PWR, HDD, FAN1FL, FAN2FL & ERR LEDs in the front filtered tilt panel, AND they came with (4) monitored high speed 92mm fans.


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Display Name: Chris M.

Date Joined: 11/14/05

  • Reviews: 52
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  • First Review: 08/17/07
  • Last Review: 05/07/15
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