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This review is from: IOGEAR GUC2025H USB 2.0 to HDMI External Video Card
Pros: Inexpensive. Relatively easy to setup.
Cons: It's limited by USB throughput.
Other Thoughts: My rig is a Samsung QX-410 laptop (Core i5 quad-core, 8 GB of RAM, NVIDIA Optimus). It is already using an external monitor on the built-in HDMI port, but I needed a second external monitor for web development purposes. The laptop is running Windows 2008 R2 x64 as the base OS with Windows 7 x64 as a virtual machine.
I didn't bother with the CD that came with the unit. Instead, I went to DisplayLink.com and downloaded the latest version of the software (version 7.1). Here's the direct link:
I installed the software before I connected the unit to a USB port. It took about 2 minutes to install. The odd thing was that it never reported that the installation finished successfully or unsuccessfully. Instead the installation status window just disappeared. However, Task Manager showed that the DisplayLinkUserAgent.exe process was running the background.
Then I connected the IOGear unit to a USB port on the laptop without a monitor being attached on the HDMI port on the IOGear unit. It took about 2 to 3 minutes for the driver installation/configuration process to complete. It reported that the following devices were installed successfully:
- USB Composite Device
- DisplayLink Display Adapter (4120)
- USB to HDMI
Then it required a reboot.
After the laptop rebooted, I gave it a couple of minutes to "settle down". The DisplayLink icon now appeared in the SystemTray area.
Then I attached an LCD monitor to the IOGear unit. It took about 1 to 2 minutes for the DisplayLink software to tweak the video configuration, and then the Monitor activated in Extended mode at 1920x1080 automatically. This is exactly what I wanted!
And as a bonus it got the orientation/location correct because it was on the right-side of the laptop and the when I dragged my mouse off of the right-side of the laptop display it appeared on the IOGear display. This was just a lucky coin flip, though.
The Remote Desktop Connection software works great across all 3 monitors now when I connect to my Windows 7 virtual machine from the base OS. It rocks!
Be aware that I'm just using this to display web pages while working on web sites, and this unit is perfect for this purpose. I did not attempt to stream 1080p BlueRay movies or NetFlix on it like other folks have.
The installation was flawless for me. No complaints. I recommend to anyone else that you skip the CD and download the latest drivers from DisplayLink.
Pros: It supports DD-WRT! It's inexpensive!
Cons: No 802.11n.
Runs warm when you stack multiple units on top of each other. This problem happens when you stack the Linksys WRT54GL units, too, and they have a 5-egg rating.
I used a cheesy fix this week where I put a coffee cup on top of the bottom unit, and then I stacked the 2nd unit on top of the coffee cup. It's not one of my finer jobs, but it worked, and since the deployment was at a coffee house, it didn't look too strange.
Other Thoughts: The Rosewill RNX-GX4 is a rebranded NetCore NW618. The RNX-GX4 is nearly equivalent to the Linksys WRT54GL as far as horsepower, RAM, and Flash memory specifications are concerned. The wireless tweaker geeks say that the antennas on the WRT54GL are better for customization, though.
The RNX-GX4 is much easier to flash than the WRT54GL because you can flash with the Standard build, first, instead of having to start with the Mini build.
First, I flashed the unit with the following build: dd-wrt.v24_std_generic.bin (8/12/10)
Then I upgraded it to the following build: dd-wrt.v24_vpn_generic.bin (8/12/10)
Both builds can be obtained at the following link:
I always use the DD-WRT VPN build so that I can configure OpenVPN to allow a remote VPN connection for my laptop so that I can tweak the router configuration or access other network resources if necessary.
This review is from: Rosewill RX-C200 2.5" SSD / HDD Aluminum Mounting Kit for 3.5" Drive Bay
Pros: Bracket supports two drives. Bracket is high quality brushed aluminum.
Cons: The 3.5" screw holes aren't placed at standard positions. In other words, the positioning of the screw holes in the bracket do not match hold placement on a 3.5" drive. Guess what? If you are planning on putting this into a SATA hot swap bracket, get a different bracket. I was trying to mount a 2.5" drive into a 3.5" SATA bracket on an Intel server, but it's not possible without drilling your own holes.
Other Thoughts: Great unit if you love spending time modding. Unfortunately, that's not my gig. I just wanted a bracket that I could use out of the box.
I've had great luck with Rosewill products over the years. It's highly unusual to be
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