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Intel NUC Kit DCCP847DYE  Intel QS77 2 x 204Pin Celeron 847 1.1GHz
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Great box for the price 04/10/2014

This review is from: Intel NUC Kit DCCP847DYE Intel QS77 2 x 204Pin Celeron 847 1.1GHz

Pros: -Cheap!
-Small
-LOW POWER! (9.25W @idle,~ 30W @100% CPU)

Cons: -Lacking processing power

Other Thoughts: I bought this to set up a windows 8 box running hyper-v with a virtual linux server. This is only for personal use. This box does everything great, until you throw some real work at it. That's when it falls flat on its face. Windows update constantly hangs because it just doesn't have enough processing power. It's just slow, and you must be patient. But hey, this is a Celeron processor, so for the price, this is awesome. I figure I can just upgrade the machine to a better one, if I ever need more processing power. Easy swap of msata drive and memory into new box.

I put a Mushkin Atlas 120GB msata SSD along with 8GB of Corsair value memory. Windows 8 takes less than 9 seconds to boot.

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ZyXEL ZyWALL ZWUSG20 Internet Security Firewall with 4 Gigabit LAN / DMZ Ports, 2 IPSec VPN, SSL VPN , and 3G WAN Support
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Simple hardware, complex enough software, SUPERB support

Cons: Blocking or allowing certain addresses must be done by puitting each address into an object. Multiples must be put into a group, then a group can be added to a firewall rule. There's no way to add a raw address to a rule, nor is there a way to add a raw address to an address group. Meaning if you have 10 addresses to block, you have to add 10 address objects, then add an address group, then add those 10 addresses to the group. It's a bit over-complicated

It has no way to specify certain settings for DHCP clients. I use this in my home in conjunction with my office where we have a couple USG50's. But it doesn't support upnp, so I have a secondary router that handles xbox traffic for the 5 xboxes in the house. Each xbox has to have a static IP configuration rather than me being able to specify that each DHCP reservation has a different gateway address.

Other Thoughts: Their support is awesome and free. When I call they absolutely never ask for a serial number, and don't care how old the device is. They are quick to log into the device and help with any configuration or troubleshooting. Because of this, I will continue to buy ZyXel devices for our network.

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Slingbox 350 Media Player - Watch TV in 1080 HD anywhere, Ethernet Connectivity, Compact Design, Mobile Device Compatible, component / composite interface
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It works

Cons: Sling Media is a terrible company

Other Thoughts: I have been using this for several months. I got an email from Sling asking me to write a review to post on their web site. Here is the review I posted:

"Not as great as I expected. I bought my first slingbox (the solo) about 10 years ago. It was such a great device then, and continues to be a great device today. I bought the 350 in order to step up to a higher quality picture. What I ended up with was a marginally improved picture, with an absolutely terrible web interface player. It's always been pretty bad, but now with the 350 I can no longer use the desktop software. It was so much better than the web based plugin, plus it seems as if I have to update the plugin every time I use it, which just takes forever. The Chrome plugin is buggy, and doesn't work well within a multi-monitor setup. When you make it full screen, you can't see your mouse cursor on the other monitor. I reported this bug months ago and Sling has yet to fix the issue. What also drives me nuts is that on the iPad player, when I'm at home, it absolutely never automatically selects the right quality. I always have to manually select it even though it's on auto mode. The player also seems to auto change the aspect of the video signal both on the web and iPad. If you compare the picture to what's on the actual TV, some pictures are perfect, and others you can tell are squished or stretched. Would I recommend this device? Yeah, especially at the price. It's just not as good as I expected."

A couple days later I got an email from Sling saying: "Your review has been moderated. It cannot be published to the web site, but... Our staff has read your review and values your contribution even though it did not meet all our website guidelines. Thanks for sharing, and we hope to publish next time!"

It didn't meet their guidelines because it's not a hugely positive review. Sling Media is attempting to make their product look better on their site than it actually is. They will obviously only publish 5 star glowing reviews. So now, I'm posting terrible reviews on every web site I can.

Thanks for being a great company, Sling. Thanks for contacting me and asking what you could do to make my experience better. Thanks for taking the time to actually fix the problems that exist in your product. Oh wait... you didn't do any of those things.

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Ricky T.'s Profile

Display Name: Ricky T.

Date Joined: 12/21/04

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 12/06/11
  • Last Review: 04/10/14
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