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This review is from: EDIMAX EW-7811Un N150 USB 2.0 Wireless nano Adapter
Pros: - Small enough to leave plugged in all the time
- Decent reception for such a small unit
- Connects at 120-150mbps consistently in my home
- Blue LED light is not annoyingly bright
- Between this adapter and my wireless router (Currently a Buffalo WZR-600DHP) my internet latency only goes up by ~8ms vs wired; more than acceptable for me.
Cons: - None
Other Thoughts: I've been using this for about a year as a replacement for the awful Intel 7260 wireless in my Lenovo Y410P. It has worked flawlessly and it was much cheaper to just buy one of these adapters instead replacing the wireless card in my laptop. Very satisfied. If it died tomorrow, I'd buy another in a heartbeat.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Price!
- Gigabit LAN
- Accepts full size desktop RAM
- Low low power
- Works great with pfSense
Cons: Could not, for the life of me, get this unit to run DDWRT x86 regardless of whether it was from a USB flash drive or a regular hard drive; infinite boot loops. Had success using the same installation media on another PC. I suspect it may be because of this unit's IDE/SATA options in the BIOS (or lack thereof).
Other Thoughts: I purchased this unit with a hopeful experiment in mind: a low power, home-made pfSense solution for my home. I paired this unit with: 8gb of RAM, Rosewill RS-MI-01 BK case, an Intel PWLA8492MT dual nic card (PCI-X cards fit into regular PCI slots with some limitations), and a USB flash drive. pfSense installed easily and I was up an running in no time. This motherboard (with pfSense) is able to handle every bit of my 105mbps internet connection through Comcast. During Speedtests (which peak around 125mbps down) and during heavy torrenting (download/seeding Linux distros) I never see CPU usage go above 41%. This setup also shaved ~5ms off of my latency to everything outside of my LAN compared to my Buffalo WZR-600DHP. Bottom line: This board will work and work well with pfSense and an additional NIC card!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Reliable; has yet to crash or show any performance issues whatsoever
- Gigabit network support
- Cable Card support
- DLNA for mobile devices/blu-ray players/smart TVs/etc
- Setup software from Silicon Dust works perfectly. Every time.
Cons: None that are worth mentioning, any problem I've ever had was the result of my error(s).
Other Thoughts: Being a computer nerd since age 9, I've always had a few extra computers lying around. I took three of those computers (w/ Windows 7 and Windows Media Center) and this unit and ditched the HD DVR and 2 HD set top boxes I was renting from Comcast. My bill went from $110/mo to $65/mo enabling me to save enough money to pay for this unit very quickly.
Long story short, I have a fully functional DVR and two "set top" machines that I can use to watch live TV and watch the recorded TV stored on the DVR.
I highly recommend having a gigabit network if you try something similar to me as this unit can throw around enough data to max out out a 100mbps network easily.
If you have Comcast or another CableCard television service and a little tech knowledge, I highly recommend purchasing this unit. It will pay for itself and save you money in the long run. I personally have loved having complete control over my television equipment. I no longer need to have a Comcast van visit me or run to a Comcast service center to swap out equipment. If there's a problem, I get to fix it and it almost always takes less time to fix than it would if I had Comcast do it.
Owning your own television equipment and modem/eMTA and receiving Comcast service through them is a great, and somewhat comforting feeling. Plus it saves lots of $$ over the years--what's better than having a lean monthly bill without sacrificing service?
If Silicon Dust products aren't your cup of tea, I would imagine you could achieve this same result with the Hauppage or Ceton network connected tuner counterparts.
Best of luck, everyone!