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BUFFALO WHR-300HP2D AirStation N300 Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Unlike other routers I've reviewed over the last year or so, this router is open source. This is intriguing because the development of the software is up to many others than just a massive corporation. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing, as referenced below and in other reviews. The installation of the this router was simple and it didn't require much effort.

Cons: Cost wise, I wouldn't expect to pay $69.99 for a 100Mbps router. Albeit many don't have the capacity to breach that threshold with their networks, it is a matter of principal and comparable features with other similar routers of lesser price. Additionally, while I was very excited about the range of the router, I was actually disappointed to find out it had a lower operating range in the same working conditions as my Netgear R6250 router. Of what I measured, I had a 5-10Mbps loss over my other router.

Another thing, that I've experienced in another router before is the rebooting of a router to implement settings. For many this won't be annoying, but I don't want my router to have to reboot for a change to implement....think older Windows operating systems versus the new ones...remember how annoying that was?

Other Thoughts: What is more interesting is this router out of the box is vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug and updating off the version that came with the router was...awkward to say the least.

Closing thoughts is this...I wasn't really wowed by this router. I think your money can be spent better elsewhere for less cost and equivalent or better features.

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Seagate ST500LM021 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Should be standard laptop hard drive... 05/15/2014

This review is from: Seagate ST500LM021 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop Thin Hard Drive

Pros: As it relates to other laptop hard drives, this one is fast. Most hard drives that come with laptops are 5400RPM and slow. This hard drive ups that to 7200RPM and it comes with 32MB cache. All things you normally don't get with a laptop nor do you get to choose. This hard drive was tested in a newer Dell laptop to upgrade the existing 500GB hard drive that was 5400RPM. I was pleasantly surprised it worked right out of the box and I could noticeably tell the speed difference with transfers.

I also tested this laptop as an auxiliary backup hard drive on my desktop. I mounted it next to my SSD. It again performed flawlessly and had nearly identical transfer speeds as the other Seagate drives in my computer.

Cons: The price is a bit high, but if your laptop has a 5400RPM drive or is smaller than 500GB, then why not? It is only $79. While the sizing is a cool feature, it isn't really necessary and it probably is factoring into the costs.

Alternatively, if you don't care about RPM speed and are using a slow laptop, then obviously you can buy a 5400RPM hard drive with more capacity and probably for cheaper...but why would you?

Other Thoughts: Again as previously stated, if you need a new hard drive, or a faster hard drive, or a more reliable hard drive for your laptop, then get this drive. Seagate is a solid name in the hard drive business and are consistently innovating new and functional solutions for storage.

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TP-LINK TL-WN881ND Wireless N300 PCI Express Adapter, 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Great for those who can't use a cable, but need WiFi on their desktop... 03/03/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WN881ND Wireless N300 PCI Express Adapter, 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2

Pros: Installing this product was a breeze. It is low profile and short. Definitely is dwarfed in my monster tower case. The card comes with (2) antennas which is helpful for when your PC is far from your WiFi router or blocked by walls, etc..

The installation software came with everything you'd think you'd need, however they were dated, but that is expected in this era of computing.

From a connection bandwidth standpoint, I was pleased with the PCIe throughput and didn't notice a hitch over using my Ethernet cable. However, I am a traditionalist and prefer to use a cable when I can.

Definitely affordable where running a cable just isn't an option..

Cons: Having to locate updated drivers for the card to function properly was annoying, but not a killer. Not having 5Ghz support is someone of shortcoming for those who prefer that option, but almost unnecessary unless your house is small where 5Ghz excels.

Other Thoughts: Like others have stated, to prevent your system from being overwhelmed with bloatware, just installed the drivers for the adapter card and not the card manager software, it is unnecessary.

My system:
Asrock Motherboard
4.5Ghz i5-2500k
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

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Kristopher K.'s Profile

Display Name: Kristopher K.

Date Joined: 07/11/03

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 11/08/13
  • Last Review: 06/10/14
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