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EnGenius ESR9850V2 Wireless N Router with Gigabit Ports IEEE 802.11b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Bought this to replace the older version, pretty happy 08/04/2013

This review is from: EnGenius ESR9850V2 Wireless N Router with Gigabit Ports IEEE 802.11b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: I bought the v2 version as a backup to my original ESR9850. After I started having slight difficulty in connecting one of my laptops (Atheros chipset, had to reboot the laptop after sleep mode to connect) I put the backup in place to see if it would help. While my benchmarks were always top-notch with the older router, I noticed an immediate improvement in response times with this one. Websites are snappier across the board. I will keep the older one and refresh the firmware just in case (it did have a problem with the last upgrade, maybe that caused some issue) and keep this one in place.

Overall a very good Internet appliance Engenius. Kudos for staying focused on making a fast, reliable, inexpensive device instead of getting distracted like the rest of the industry by trying to make mini-Linux computers out of them (and screwing up the works in the process).

Cons: Not seeing the v2 version explicitly listed on the site, so I couldn't find out if there were firmware updates. I see in the comments below there are, so please consider updating your website so we can find them.

Also, discontinued product. I think with a different case and some more firmware updates, you could have continued this product as the top-quality offering of the low-price contenders.

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G.SKILL 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory Model F2-5300CL5S-2GBSQ
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works fine mixed and matched with the original 1gb memory in my tablet PC (HP TC4400).

Also, G-Skill was the only vendor to give me the actual timings (5-5-5-15) so that I could get a better sense of how well it would mix with the original memory in my tablet. I spent an hour looking at manufacturer's websites and even called on directly, only to be told that "they don't have that information" and "your computer will make it work even if it's not exactly the same". I'm torn between lol and /facepalm on that one.

So thank you, Gskill, for putting out the information I needed to make the right purchase the first time.

Cons: None, just works.

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BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N300 Gigabit Wireless Router - WZR-HP-G300NH
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Unreliable model. support horrible 12/04/2010

This review is from: BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N300 Gigabit Wireless Router - WZR-HP-G300NH

Pros: When it works, I get 130m connection speed (single-band router). I was once able to get it configured to 300m speeds, but didn't notice any download, browsing or video difference.

Cons: This model has a confirmed IPtables problem - if you're streaming anything (video, music, games) the iptable fills up, the router locks up and then needs a power reset. I averaged 24-48 hours between reboots, compared to my old Linksys which never ever ever made me reboot it. So being forced to manually reset the router every other day and restart the Netflix movie / Pandora connection is not acceptable.

Refund? nope, replace only.
So I RMA'd the router and the torture began. You ship at your own expense, you have to print and follow their checklist word-for-word or they disclaim responsibility, and even when you do follow it ("send all accessories", I sent the attached stand - that's an accessory, right?) they don't return your unit or your box, they just send you a plain box refurb. So I didn't get back my original box or stand.

Oh, and the refurb unit locks up just like the original, because it's a design flaw, not a defective unit (or rather, all the units are defective).

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