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Bruce S.

Bruce S.

Joined on 09/19/06

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Most Favorable Review

Very Good

EnGenius EAP150 Business-class High-Power Wireless-N AP and WDS Bridge/AP w/ Smoke Dector Housing & PoE
EnGenius EAP150 Business-class High-Power Wireless-N AP and WDS Bridge/AP w/ Smoke Dector Housing & PoE

Pros: Easy to configure. Powerful. Design. Price. POE option. Built in DHCP server.

Cons: Admin password length restriction. Needs better controls for WiFi transmitter, and WiFi password

Overall Review: I installed this for a restaurant client and the aesthetics of the unit make it nearly invisible to the clientele. Having it powered off the optional POE simplifies installation. It has been running trouble free for 10mos. Admin interface is basic; setup simple once I got passed a con: the admin password. The admin interface password is limited to a max of 12 chars. Many of my clients use PWs longer than that. The issue is that you can type well over the 12 char limit into the admin PW setup field. Unless you know about the 12 char limit, you can't login again. For example you can enter "neweggIsReallyAwesome", but it ends up truncated to "neweggIsReal" without warning. The second & third con have more to do with the ease of use and features for intended customers of this product: "hotels, schools, or public common areas." * No schedule for deactivating the transmitter during non-business hours to prevent squatters * No schedule for auto-updating of WiFi PWs Otherwise a

Most Critical Review

Used to love 'em, now I hate 'em

Seagate Desktop HDD ST2000DM001 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD ST2000DM001 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Price

Cons: Short life span.

Overall Review: Running 4 of these in a gently used ReadyNAS104 for long term storage of RAW photo files. At just about the year mark, one died. No problem, can happen. Replaced under warranty. Three months later and another one put into service at the same time has died. A third death occurred in an external enclosure, also at about 1 year. I used to be a Seagate fan, but not so much over the past 18mos.

10/29/2014

Easy install, easy setup, cheaper than their other model

Nest Thermostat E
Nest Thermostat E

Pros: Installation was very easy. Clear instructions, everything is color coded for wiring, and they provide a plate (if needed) to cover up larger holes from previous thermostats. Configuration to my network was easy, if sort of tedious because you must spin the thermostat dial to select characters for your WiFi password. App and website controls both stellar. Cheaper than the original unit because it lacks the hi-res screen, but that's not something I miss as the Nest-E is in an out of the way room, and everything I do is via the app anyway. Alexa and IFTTT integration.

Cons: These cons aren't specific to the Nest-E, but their thermo products software in general, but represent a couple of glaring usability holes: Lack of better manual fan control: you choose a specific run time from presets, but there is no "leave on" option. In the summer, we use the fan to better distribute AC through our two story, one zone home. With the old thermo you flip a switch and forget it until you no longer need it. Not the case here, which means you have to remember a couple times a day to reactivate the fan. Lack of HOLD feature: you cannot lock in a temperature manually. There are times where we need to set a specific temp and just leave it there, and not under the control of the schedule. You can change the temperature temporarily of course, but that's lost at the next schedule interval. No one wants to reprogram a whole week of scheduling just to lock in a temperature.

Overall Review: Two cons aside, would recommend this to anyone. Plus our area utilities are offering a $100 rebate, so it's really a no brainer.

Avoid

BUFFALO LinkStation Live 3 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X3.0TL
BUFFALO LinkStation Live 3 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X3.0TL

Pros: Time Machine, DLNA, iTunes, etc..lots of options, gigabit port

Cons: Purchased from another online retailer. Unit died 3 weeks out of warranty taking my data with it. If you Google around and you'll see this is becoming a common complaint with these units using Seagate drives. Mine tries to spin up a number of times before giving up. Could never get WebAccess service (cloud) to work. Many others have same issue. Some features are hard to find in the admin GUI and require serious digging.

Overall Review: Lesson learned: never trust your data to a "backup solution" that only offers a 1 year warranty. Removed drive from the Linkstation and connected directly to my computer and confirmed the drive was toast. Buffalo support forums aren't apparently watched or replied to by Buffalo employees, only other forum members.

Update: Dead in less than 2 weeks, can't reach support

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 104 4-Bay Network Attached Storage Diskless (RN10400)
NETGEAR ReadyNAS 104 4-Bay Network Attached Storage Diskless (RN10400)

Pros: Quiet, ease of expansion, dual gigabit ports, hot swap Apps available with current firmware

Cons: Death? First unit died quickly. Replacement been in place just under a month. Apps (see below)

Overall Review: After spending the better part of a day trying to reach Netgear (see previous review), I finally connected to someone over chat. While sympathetic, they still wanted to follow SOP for NG warranty which means sending the failed unit back at your own expense. Not exactly cheap with a 14lb box. I balked at this since this is a higher end storage solution that went south in less than 2 weeks that I am supposed to be entrusting my data to. It took a while, but finally convinced the tech to talk to their supervisor, who ultimately approved a return shipping label. Bonus points there. However they shipped the replacement unit ground, so it took about 5 days for it to reach me. Should have been 2nd day at the very least, IMO. Minus points there. New unit took the drives from the old and immediately started, updated its firmware (off the drives), rebooted, found even newer firmware, updated again and then a final reboot. The big question: yay my data was intact! Points back. Unfortunately during the time it took to get the replacement, the drive in a 3TB Buffalo Linkstation I had been using failed and I lost all the data I was planning to move to the ReadyNAS. Of course the Linkstation (LS-X3.0TL) went belly up exactly 3 weeks out of warranty. Another story, another time. Apps: with the firmware update to OS 6.x, apps are now available. There's a decent number of them for things like media streaming, subversion, php, mySQL and other web server type goodies. But where it's really lacking is any offering that is essentially a replacement for DropBox. Netgear offers their "ReadyDrop", but it's clunky and you cannot set up multiple users. Yes, everyone shares one common login. Really!? I even paid for the 3rd party Polkast which looked promising. However it turns out that the ReadyNAS version is really stripped down, offers few of the standard Polkast features, forces you into preset folders which it then scans on your PC, and also is not a replacement for DropBox. Seems to be essentially a glorified media server app. So for now my ReadyNAS is strictly what I originally intended it to be: storage for my large and growing collection of RAW photos. The package I purchased from NewEgg included 2x2TB Seagate drives, giving me about 1.5TB mirrored, which Netgear's X-RAID configured automatically as RAID 1. About 10days ago I added a 3rd 2TB Seagate drive hot. The ReadyNAS immediately recognized it, rebuilt the volume (took about 24hrs), then X-RAID switched it to RAID5, giving me 3.56 TB of space. While the rebuild was occurring, the ReadyNAS stayed fully available. So...more points back for ease of use. Note: for those desiring greater manual control, you can switch the ReadyNAs to Flex-Raid but do so prior to putting your data on it (or have a backup) because it does wipe the volume.

Nice Printer, One Config Caveat

Brother HL-2270DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer
Brother HL-2270DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: Networkable, wireless, cost per page low thanks to being laser.

Cons: You'll need a USB cable to configure WiFi

Overall Review: Purchased for a friend's business. Turns out you need your own USB cable in order to configure this for WiFi. Cable is NOT provided.