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This review is from: C2G Model 52039 10 ft. DB9 F/F Null Modem Cable F-F
Pros: Nice quality, works well. It communicates; what more do you want? Long enough I can slide one server out of cabinet without unplugging it.
Other Thoughts: Needed a crossover cable for an HA iSCSI server pair we built. Looked at several electronics stores in town and could not find one (or even someone who knew what it was). Thought I'd have to build it myself, but found this on NewEgg and ordered it. Thank goodness.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Foscam FI8906W Outdoor Wireless IP Camera 4mm Lens
Pros: Appears to have good image quality in initial tests, and fairly stable on the wireless. Looks attractive and the mounting hardware is well thought out. "Feels" like a solid piece of equipment.
Cons: The connections are NOT what I would have wanted for an outdoor installation. The cord coming from the camera contains a reset switch (appears weatherproof), a CAT5 plug and a power plug (1/8" probably) all in one. So, I'm a little concerned about corrosion/dirt on the connectors under use, especially the CAT5 plug which will have nothing plugged in (thinking about just putting a plug in it for this reason only).
The power plug (separate unit containing plug, transformer and wire) does not plug into a standard outdoor socket and, since it is a molded unit, is difficult to modify. I ended up purchasing a 4 gang weatherproof electrical box and hard wiring a cable to it, then had that cable come out of the box and down to my outdoor weatherproof outlet. I"m sure there are other ways of doing this, but it was the simplest for my use.
Due to the problems figuring out how to get power to the unit safely and weather resistant, I have not completed the installation yet. Just be aware installation may be an issue if you really want to mount it outside.
Other Thoughts: Overall looks very good for the price. Deducted 2 eggs for outdoor installation problems.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: WD Green WD20NPVX 2TB 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Hard Drive
Pros: Gives you 2T in a 2.5" space IF it will fit in the required space. I purchased 3 of these to be used as a software RAID-5 on a refurbished DL-380 G5 for use as an iSCSI target. Because of the extra height, I removed the metal shield portion of the carriage and they installed just fine. I now have almost 4T of RAID-5 with 5 bays open for expansion.
This use is what it appears the drives are designed for. They are not laptop drives unless your laptop has the extra height to allow their use.
Cons: Out of the three drives, one was DOA. Knowing NewEgg honors their warranties, I went ahead and set it up as a degraded RAID-5 (ie, only two drives), got an RMA from NewEgg and returned it. When the replacement came in soon after, inserted the replacement drive, rebuilt the RAID set and all was good. However, it cost me shipping (minimal) and the extra hassle of waiting and then going to the NOC to replace it was not good. However, I had read the other reviews here and was prepared for this.
Other Thoughts: Took off one egg for the DOA, but I'll buy more of these. The access time is adequate so far for my iSCSI application (I have 16G of RAM for caching). The only time the speed made any difference was when initializing targets by copying large amounts of data, but that is infrequent. I intend to create a second iSCSI device and set it up as HA, and will purchase the same drives for that, and also when I extend my RAID set on both machines. Just be prepared to RMA drives when (not if) they show up DOA.READ FULL REVIEW