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APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Compact but cramped 12/02/2013

This review is from: APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply

Pros: Compact, nice construction, price is nice.

Cons: Cramped internals present a significant challenge when positioning components as well as reducing the overall effectiveness of internal cooling fans.

Other Thoughts: I had to customize a low profile cpu fan to fit between the psu and cpu as well as add an additional fan to help direct outside air towards the cpu cooler. Cpu, hdd, internal air temp are still on the high side when the system is used for watching youtube videos, etc. Will spend the extra money next time to buy a better configured case.

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EVERCOOL SB-F1 Case Cooling Fan
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Supplement to Existing Cooling 03/21/2012

This review is from: EVERCOOL SB-F1 Case Cooling Fan

Pros: Quieter than most other fans; reversible bracket; high air flow.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Excellent supplement to my existing cooling. I positioned it on the opposite side of my Radeon HD GPU and decreased its operating temp by 5 degrees C (idle and under load) and the GPU fan speed by 9%. Purchasing another to install in a HTPC I built for a family member that has one available PCI slot and NO space for cooling other than a CPU heatsink and PSU fan.

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NETGEAR WNR834B RangeMax Wireless-N Router IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Upfront issues, but fixed them 10/15/2008

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR834B RangeMax Wireless-N Router IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft

Pros: Once properly configured this device works flawlessly. I have had no speed issues and can even get a signal on my wifi-enabled phone while in the garage, out in the apartment parking lot (50 yards away), and inside the complex clubhouse (about 50 yards away, through my walls and theirs). It is set to wireless g mode because we still have G devices in the apartment.

Cons: Hybrid Mode: Known issue causing issues when negotiating between N and G. By default the device should backlevel to G Mode, but doesn't, and therefore crashes. Forums on linksys, netgear, and dlink sites indicated that this is potentially a firmware issue, but also related to N adapters constantly trying to communicate a N speeds. Unless you are using all N adapters, set the speed default to 54 Mbps on the router and on the N adapter.

Chipsets: Mingling different manufacturer devices can cause issues as well due to the chipsets they use. This is one of the issues they are trying to resolve for the N standard. Unfortunately, the big companies seem to be split on which sets to use. If you have a bunch of linksys adapters, well, buy a linksys router to be safe. I have had little issue with this however with my netgear/linksys mixture.

Network Attacks: Noticed alot of ACK and SYN Flood (DoS attacks) in the logs. Enabling MAC address filtering eliminated this and reduced outage freque

Other Thoughts: Weigh your needs versus what you are buying. This device will require some configuration and if you are not familiar with the technology or comfortable playing around with it, go with something simpler, like the one touch setup routers.

Also remember that wireless router technology is still evolving and will continue to do so rapidly. Unless you absolutely need Wireless-N, stick with wireless G.

Also keep in mind that the speed of your internet connection is dictated not by your internal network but by your internet provider. I believe the average offering today is 6Mbps (usually operates at 10-12) with the max being around 40Mbps (residential). The point is that a connection from your computer at 300Mbps is still only going to surf the net at the maximum speed allowed by your provider.

Using G i download files at 1+ MB/Sec (not Megabits)

Hope this helps!

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Display Name: David M.

Date Joined: 10/15/08

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  • Last Review: 12/02/13
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