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Carl B.

Carl B.

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Awesome Router

TRENDnet TEW-633GR Wireless Router IEEE 802.3 (10Base-T) IEEE 802.3u (100Base-TX) IEEE 802.3ab (1000Base-T) IEEE 802.11b IEEE 802.11g IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)
TRENDnet TEW-633GR Wireless Router IEEE 802.3 (10Base-T) IEEE 802.3u (100Base-TX) IEEE 802.3ab (1000Base-T) IEEE 802.11b IEEE 802.11g IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)

Pros: Incredibly Easy Setup. Throughput with the gigabit ports for the wired connections rocks! Don't let TrendNet name be an issue for you. I was a Linksys snob up until this purchase and this unit blows Linksys out of the water.

Cons: Can't think of any. Lots of unfavorable noise on the reviews here about that highly visible fingerprints with the black glossy finish but who ever touches their router after they take it out of the box and set it up. Mine is in the basement and unless I have a problem with it, I could go months/years without touching it so glossy finish is a non-issue.

Overall Review: I had been a Linksys WRT54G until it died and gave this router a shot based on reviews here. The reviews are definitely correct. This router is awesome! You will not be disappointed with this purchase. I'm running 3 PCs, 2 mac minis, a macbook, a PS3, 2 Tivo 3 HDs, an Infrant NAS, another linux NAS running FreeNAS, and a Trixbox PBX server across a large 3 level home and this unit not only covers the whole house with a strong wireless signal, but the transfer speeds of both the wireless and particularly the wired connection is awesome. Dragging a 4.2GB dvd movie backup from my NAS to my desktop (wired) took under 2 minutes. It used to take more than 6 minutes with the WRT54g.

Awesome tuner

SiliconDust - HDHomeRun Network-based Dual Digital - HDTV Tuner Ethernet Interface
SiliconDust - HDHomeRun Network-based Dual Digital - HDTV Tuner Ethernet Interface

Pros: Great ATSC and QAM tuners. Multiple computers can access so you save money on tv tuners. My local cable company has a lot of QAM channels (including Starz HD) so I save money on my monthly cable bill. Be sure to go to silicondust.com and find the channels that are available via QAM in your area since this information will be needed by Vista Media Center if you want to customize the guide.

Cons: A little pricey.

Overall Review: Take the time to find Windows TV pack 2008 (it requires a clean install of Vista) and then install the TV pack updates. It's available via many torrents. With this completed, you can find and program the guide for anything this tuner finds for QAM and or ATSC. The TV pack gives incredible flexibility for setting up the channel mappings and guides. IT also allows you to have up to 4 tuners with Vista Home Premium or 8 tuners with Vista ultimate.

11/10/2008

V1jp comments

ASUS Laptop V1 Series Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (2.00GHz) 1GB Memory 120GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon X1700 15.4" Windows XP Professional V1JP-AK006P
ASUS Laptop V1 Series Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (2.00GHz) 1GB Memory 120GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon X1700 15.4" Windows XP Professional V1JP-AK006P

Pros: Great laptop; screen is amazing. Windows Vista Windows Experience Index score is 4.3 out of 5. Fingerprint reader allows you to log in to windows as well as store common web site username and passwords with the swipe of a finger. I never realized how convenient the fingerprint reader can be and I don't think I could go back to not having one now. Asus 3 year warranty is great and Asus is great about repairing laptops when they break.

Cons: The touchpad two click buttons require a lot of pressure before the computer recongnizes that you are trying to click. This is a little bit annoying. It was a show stopper for a friend of mine who sent his back. While the keyboard is great and doesn't have a lot of flex, just know that you're going to need to press rather firmly any time you want to do a right or left click with the touchpad left/right click buttons. It definitely takes getting used to. The 3 hour battery life is a bit short for a business user (and yes I know this laptop was targeted for gamers) but the laptop has a multi-purpose modular bay so you can pull out the DVDRW and put in a modular bay battery (when they become available) and this will get you close to 7 hours according to the Asus web site.

Overall Review: Why anyone would buy anything other than Asus baffles me! if you dont' care about the fingerprint reader, the Asus G1 is a much better value. You get a larger hardrive, a Gig more of ram and 256MB more of dedicated video memory.