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NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB5101)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Ibrahim H.-youre just wrong! 03/24/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB5101)

Pros: Items work out of the box. No setup really necessary. Just plug it in and go. Actual speeds vary, but is roughly the equivalent of a 10/100 wired network (speeds 50-100Mb/s) from about 5 years ago using old cat5 cabling. Instead, you're using your AC wiring to do it now, instead of having to run wiring yourself through the walls, attic, etc

Cons: GENERATES RF LIKE YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE!! If you're a HAM/Amateur radio operator like me, don't even think for a minute you're gonna work HF anymore with these things plugged in. Matter of fact, you'll hear these things belching out RF many houses down...hope your neighbor doesn't own one. Using one of these on basically unshielded cable turns your AC power lines into a very rough "antenna" and will generate all kinds of radio frequency interference on and around the low frequencies they use in order to operate. If you listen to AM radio, or have any cheap, unshielded appliances around the house that are susceptible to interference from radio waves, these babies are most likely the culprit. It's just how HOMEPLUG works.

Other Thoughts: Ibrahim H. - you're just wrong - these will work FINE on power outlets that are not on the same "Breaker". Now, if you have multiple breaker BOXES in your house - then you might run into issues, but they will still work, just at lower speeds.

IF YOUR NEIGHBOR IS A HAM RADIO OPERATOR WITH A BUNCH OF ANTENNAS IN HIS YARD - AND YOU REALLY WANT TO MAKE THEM MAD - put these all around your house - guaranteed you'll put them out of the HF business.
As a courtesy to any HF/SW/AM radio listeners or HAMS that might be near me, I ALWAYS unplug all of mine when not in use.

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Hammacher Schlemmer Pocket Spy Pen Camera with USB 4GB Memory / MAX Resolution 640X480 (HS-77779)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It was supposed to be cool. It did work 3 times.

Cons: Only did what ti said it would do 3 times. I, like most, bought it as the shell shocker deal. Only fully charged one time, there's no circuitry in there to prevent over-charging, so as the manual says, don't leave it in the USB port for more than 5 hours - or you've just killed the non-replaceable battery inside.

That's ok, video and audio were out of sync, poor quality audio AND video needing too much light to do anything indoors with anyways. Cheap Chinese junk.

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Rosewill RSV-S8 8-Bay 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Bought this on sale for around 220 and haven't regretted it once. Well built, plenty of airflow. The RAID card included is an absolute JOKE and you will get less than 30MB/s read/write out of it (not to mention crummy drivers and management software)

Cons: Newegg's shipping. Even after paying 2.99 for their 'priority' service along with next day shipping, it took over 3 business days to get here. Not impressed with Newegg's shipping department lately. Also, the included Silicon Image RAID card. Took the advice of a former reviewer and bought the HighPoint RocketRaid 2314 and am now getting over 100MB/s in RAID-5 using 8 drives (totaling around 10.5TB of storage!)

Other Thoughts: Throw away the included SATA controller that comes with it and buy the HighPoint 2314 card sold here on Newegg instead. TONS faster, better drivers and management software. Glad I did it.

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Display Name: Robert H.

Date Joined: 03/24/04

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 05/20/09
  • Last Review: 03/24/14
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