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ASUS RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I purchased this router because of the fast speed, IPv6 support, and the abiity to install firmware versions like merlin. IPv6 does work with comcast. QOS with my vonage device appears to be working as well.

Cons: The wireless on this worked great for a day or two and then failed miserably. I had to setup my old buffalo router in wireless mode only to get 2.4G + 5G wireless. I just started a support ticket. If I don't hear back from ASUS by Monday, I'll start the RMA process with Newegg.

I believe that this router has problems overheating. I noticed the router gets extremely hot with wifi enabled. When I turn the wifi off the temperature goes back down.

Other Thoughts: Very much disappointed with this router. A friend has the RT-AC66U and it works with no problem. The only reason that I gave this 2 stars is that the IPv6 does work.

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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
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap affordable unit. Has SSL VPN capability. (Limited to 1 connection.)

Cons: This unit has failed to meet my needs. I purchased this with the hope that IPv6 Prefix Delegation with Comcast would work. It has failed to do that properly with my own setup. Since I use Comcast Business, it's possible that it has not been enabled for my service. Various forum posts suggest that this unit still does not work with Comcast's IPv6 setup in places where it should.

The biggest sin of this device is that it can't even manage do a decent job of QoS. It's called BMW in their interface. My Buffalo Tech wireless router does a better job of managing QoS. Supposedly the latest version of the firmware broke BMW. I also wonder if the processor being used is a bit on the slow side. With the few rules that I had enabled for QoS, I saw the CPU usage spike 30% - 50%.

I own Zyxel powerline networking products, but I won't buy or even suggest that someone buy their firewall products.

Other Thoughts: If you want to buy this, I suggest that you look through the various forum posting about the device. I'm going to wait for another firmware revision before I completely dump this device. Current version 3.30 BDQ.2.

I'll probably end up building my own unit using Linux when I can find an Intel Atom setup that I like.

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HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Ultra Micro Tower Server System Intel Celeron G1610T 2.3GHz 2C/2T 2GB No Hard Drive Operating System None 712317-001
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small size with low power usage.
2 ethernet ports
1 HP ILO port
Ability to accept up to 16GB of memory
4 bays

Cons: To take full advanatage of the HP ILO remote management capbilities you have to purchase a license. This means is that remote console through a Java program doesn't work. You can use it for a short period of time to configure the BIOS. Once the server starts to boot it doesn't work anymore. You cannot remote boot from an ISO image on the network without the license. The cheapest ILO license was 1 yr for was almost as much as the memory. It wasn't obvious if the remote console would be enabled after the license ran out.

Only 2 of the bays are SATA III. The other two are SATA II. They are not hot swappable. The drive cages are flimsy plastic.

You have to buy HP certified memory if you want the extra features. I purchased Kingston ECC Unbuffered PC1333 (N82E16820139979) to use in this. It's slower than the max that it can take, but it works. The HP memory per stick is more than I paid for two sticks of generic.

The USB 3 ports on the back are not bootable.

Other Thoughts: While I listed a lot of CONS above, I am pleased with this small server. It has met my expectations and exceeded what I had expected to get.

I'm running Fedora 19 as the host OS and some extra virtual machines. The memory has been upgraded to 16GB. I'm also using a backup service for offsite backups. If you want to test new memory after installation, you need at least memtest86 v4.3.

Using a single drive, I was able to copy data from a windows 7 box to the server at ~90Mbps using smb. Using scp from another linux box the sustained rate was ~45Mbps. These are the reported numbers from the windows and scp tools.

I had been leaning towards purchasing a QNAP device over the previous model of this device. I ended up choosing this because of the updated features and the ability to install an OS and run Virtual Machines. I had been waiting for a new model with more than 1 ethernet port.

While I complained about the lack of remote boot and virtual console. I am glad that the ILO port is there. I am able to use the linux IPMI tools to connect to a remote serial console which allowed me to fix my ethernet configuration issues after I had messed up the settings.

I don't understand why SuperMicro hasn't released a comparable machine unless the margins are very small.

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Display Name: James H.

Date Joined: 11/16/04

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 10/03/08
  • Last Review: 03/14/14
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