Date Joined: 10/28/07
Pros: The phone catches a lot of people's eyes. Everyone is curious about it but too wary to purchase it themselves. I got the white one with LTE for a reason, because the white one is semi-exclusive as only the black one is sold everywhere, and LTE because I have unlimited data with 2.5 GB of LTE for T-Mobile. The phone works very well with T-Mobile and I had no problems with it. The touch only keyboard is a gift and a curse in that it auto corrects VERY well and predicts words you will type early on so you can swipe up and just have the word entered for you. It also intuitively learns weird words you type, i.e. transliterated words of other languages, uncommon names, and predicts those words, too.
Cons: I upgraded to this phone from a Torch 9810. I do and don't miss the sliding keyboard, as I am still getting accustomed to typing on the touch only keyboard. Sometimes it gets annoying but I have a feeling it will become easier with time. My MAIN complaint against this phone is the LACK of BlackBerry Traffic app. That app is GOLDEN to me and I am considering enabling the mobile hot spot and keeping the Torch in the car to use for Traffic purposes. However, I use an iPhone for business purposes and have seen that an update is rolling out to Google Maps for iOS whereby they will have traffic updates as well, with the option to reroute on a less traffic route. I find that connecting my facebook is extremely annoying as it constantly shows an update despite the fact I have read everything. Same with missed calls, as they are not read unless you actually take the time to call back.
Overall Review: The phone is certainly nice to have but there are things to give up in comparison to the Torch 9810, at least for me.
Pros: ****UPDATE**** 5/9/2013 to NEWEGG review posted by N/A on 4/29/2013
*THIS IS A CONTINUOUS REVIEW FROM PROS TO CONS TO OTHER THOUGHTS*
*PLEASE READ THE 4/29/2013 THEN READ THIS ONE TO FOLLOW UP ON MY UPDATE; THANK YOU*
After reading all the other reviews, I had to give the switch credit because no one else had problems with it. I brought the switch to my in-laws house and tried it there with one device. It worked.
Turns out that the electricity at my apartment is all messed up and it seems like that's the reason I had problems with the switch. The switch itself is fine. After hiring an electrician to fix the problem (circuit breakers, switch box, etc. were replaced), I tried the switch again.
Here are my findings:
After plugging in the power to the switch, which always worked, I then plugged in an ethernet cable from my modem to the switch. The gigabit light on the top left turned green and began blinking, indicating that everything is working. Sure enough, I unplugged my W7 desktop PC's ethernet cable from the modem and plugged it into the switch. Internet turned off, and within SECONDS, internet began working again, INSTANTLY. All speed tests were run by speedtest.net.
Speed test on the W7 PC connected ALONE, with pandora program playing & my roadrunner internet is 10mbps up and 1mbps down:
39 ms ping
14.98 mbps down
0.97 mbps up
I then disconnected my hackintosh directly from the modem and plugged it into the switch. After turning wifi off and connecting ethernet, it showed that it connected but internet did not work. I forgot that I recently updated it from 10.8.2 to 10.8.3, so I ran multibeast & got the ethernet driver installed, restarted, and - presto, it worked. Ran a speed test, now with the W7 PC running pandora and the hackintosh connected.
Results of Hacktinosh speed test:
33 ms ping
14.59 mbps down
0.96 mbps up
Cons: I then disabled wifi on my HP Pavilion dv6-2157sb and connected a newly bought 3 foot cat5e ethernet cable to the laptop. Instant connection. Ran a speed test.
Results of HP Pavilion laptop, with two previous PCs still connected:
23 ms ping
14.26 mbps down
0.97 mbps down
I then disabled wifi on my MacBook Pro & connected another new ethernet cable. Instant connection. I ran a software update, rebooted, and did a speed test.
Results of MacBook Pro speed test with all previous devices still connected:
60 ms ping
14.63 mbps down
1.00 mbps up
I then disabled wifi on my HP Mini 110 netbook & connected another new ethernet cable. Instant connection. I ran Windows update & did a speed test, with all previous devices still connected.
Results of HP Netbook:
36 ms ping
23.84 mbps down
0.97 mbps up
I then disabled wifi on my old IBM ThinkPad R60 running XP and connected it with another new ethernet cable; instant connection, did a speed test, with all previous devices still connected.
Results of IMB ThinkPad:
20 ms ping
14.97 mbps down
0.96 mbps up
Finally, I disabled wifi on my old Dell Latitude D600 (my first ever wifi device :-D...) and connected it with another new ethernet cable; instant connection, did a speed test, with all previous devices still connected.
Results of Dell Latitude D600:
18 ms ping
17.36 mbps down
0.94 mbps up.
Eight ports. One modem. Seven devices.
Four on gigabit speeds... five, counting the modem.
Three on megabit speeds.
Switch works flawlessly.
Sorry for my incorrect post before, but it was out of my hands.
Pros: *CONTINUOUS REVIEW FROM PROS TO CONS*
At-a-glance & unpackaging.
The router is well packed and comes with a power cord and ethernet cable, approx. 3' long.
The router itself is very flimsy and feels cheap in your hands. It feels like it could break very easily if you drop it. Also, there is one delineated ethernet port for the modem and only TWO other ethernet ports, which are 10/100, and do not have gigabit speeds (10/100/1000)
Set up is extremely simple. Connect the router to your modem and turn on the power. If you did it right, you'll see the special wifi SSID located on the bottom of the router on your list of available wifi networks on your internet device. For example, on the bottom of my router, the SSID was OnNetworks87. I checked for wifi access points on my laptop and saw that there was one labeled OnNetworks87.
I clicked it and entered the password that was also listed on the bottom of the router. The instructions then directed me to open a browser and go to http://www.mywifirouter.com; Upon doing so, I was directed to a site labeled OnNetworks N150R, and there was an Important Update: To avoid a conflict with your Internet Service Provider, your router's IP address has been updated to 10.0.0.1. I clicked Continue, and it proceeded to check the internet connection. It quickly finished, and then showed me the current SSID and password to log in to the wifi that I mentioned before, giving me the option to print the information and informing me that I can change the name (SSID) and password. It's also interesting to note that UP UNTIL I got to this page, I did not have internet connection, but upon reaching this page, I had full internet access.
I click Next and it asks me to complete registration; There's a convenient "skip this step" link that I clicked and moved on. It even tries to scare you that your router will not be updated if you fail to register and I skipped it anyway.
Once you do this, there's a congratulations page that lets you know you're connected to the internet, and it even has this convenient chat now link on the bottom right of the page that lets you use chat support if you need it.
The congratulations page does me no good, so I went back to mywifirouter.com and got asked for the settings user name and password (admin and admin, respectively).
A new firmware upgrade was available, so I clicked that to get it first. It confirmed a new version was found and I clicked Yes to update it. It took literally ten to fifteen seconds to download it, and about three minutes to install it. It then reset the router and I had to refresh to get back in to router settings.
The home tab shows router info, internet info, and wifi settings, which say that I have a throughput speed of up to 65 mbps.
Cons: The Setup tab is your standard internet settings page which is very reminiscent of netgear router settings. Very standard; under wifi on the left side, I changed the SSID and password, and also made the mode "up to 150 mbps."
There are no WEP security options - only WPA2 & WPA. I applied the settings and moved on to see if there is anything else of interest. The rest of the settings in the Setup tab were not of interest.
The next tab was the Security tab, which has site blocking and service blocking, including scheduling blocking and email notification settings for the above.
The management tab has the same router info as the home page, and not much of interest except for a connected devices list.
Finally, the advanced tab contains a bunch of interesting features, like WPS settings (which I always disable), wireless repeater function, and remote management features.
Overall, there's nothing special about this router that makes it different. I ran a speed test and had a ping of 29 ms, 2.98 mbps download and 0.75 mbps on my in laws verizon dsl service.
I left the router in the living room of the house & watched my BlackBerry's wifi signal indicator as I walked outside the house. I fully lost range at 60 feet away not counting change in height as I had to go down about 10 steps to leave the house & go halfway in the street. I lost signal halfway across the street away from the house. The signal went down from 4 – 3 bars about 20 feet away at the door to the house. Immediately OUTSIDE the door about 2 – 3 ft further w/ both a door & metal storm door closed I got 2 bars. Another 20 feet away it became 1 bar & I lost signal into the street about 20 ft more further. Not bad.
I also went upstairs & my BlackBerry had 3 – 4 bars throughout the entire 2nd floor & had 2 bars in portions of the house closer to the front door of the house (vertically). Not bad. Using my BlackBerry's browser, I was able to load YouTube videos w/ no problem.
Overall 3 out of 5 for this router based on my preferences & experiences w/ it, which were a simple router with easy setup and no headaches and fast internet.
Pros: *CONTINUOUS REVIEW FROM PROS TO CONS TO OTHER THOUGHTS*
The router comes in a standard box w/ the router antenna cables power cord approximately 3’ Ethernet cable. The router is enclosed in a plastic bag w/ a red label advising of the importance of securing wifi networks from unauthorized access.
The router itself is pretty small a little bigger than my wallet. One thing I noticed off the bat was that the 4 ethernet ports are 10/100 speed & do not have gigabit support i.e. 10/100/1000 speed. This would be a limitation that would lead me NOT to buy this router in the first place. The price of gigabit capable routers (w/out looking at other features) in relation to this router is simply a $10+ difference. It has your standard indicator lights for power internet wifi & 4 LAN ports.
I had a lot of trouble installing the router with my modem (which has a built in wifi router) Model -Motorola SBG6580. See the online post here: [http://fascinated.fm/post/2379188731/getting-a-motorola-sbg6580-into-bridge-mode-on]; these settings did not work for me and I gave up on trying to install it after several days of attempts. I installed it on a Verizon modem which also had a wifi router built in but this one worked and the install was pretty easy.
D-Link Cloud Service
Once I had internet up & running I went to the main router settings page and configured the my dlink account to use with the iPhone app which is called mydlink Lite not to be confused with mydlink Cloud. Make sure you visit mydlink.com before you try to log in using your iPhone because registering on the computer will be a little easier than on the iPhone.
Under Router Status I get the model name the SSID that I chose for the wifi signal the IP address of the device I am using to access the page (i.e. my laptop) the gateway address (LAN IP) & the number of devices connected which I have as 5.
For some reason it lists my laptop as two separate devices w/ the same name but different MAC addresses presumably wifi MAC & ethernet MAC yet I don't have the ethernet cable plugged in for several hours & it still shows it. Similarly my friends laptop was plugged in to the network & it shows it as a device yet he is long gone. That's 3 total devices listed the other 2 are my BB & iPhone.
There's a reboot option at the top right of the page allowing you to remotely reset your router instead of unplugging it & plugging it back in & to the left of the information I mentioned above is a upstream & downstream; Im guessing its an OVERALL counter of how much info was transferred in terms of size. There's also a refresh key under the stats. Finally there's another list of connected devices labeled the SUSPECT list i.e. suspicious devices that don't seem to "belong" on your network. I'm not sure exactly how the router determines what is suspect & what is not but it looks like a cool feature to have.
Cons: Next to all the connected devices I mentioned theres an iPhone style switch that allows you to block the internet connection to that device despite it knowing the password to the wifi signal etc. To try it I blocked both laptop connections & tried to use the internet w/ the ethernet cable connected AFTER I blocked both. Clicking the switch to block by itself did not prevent me from using the internet. I guess I have to save the settings somehow first although there was no save button - maybe reboot?
Another cool setting is the notifications & there are settings which allow you to be notified via email when either of the following occurs: (a) a new device connects to your router (b) a device FAILS to connect to your router & (c) new firmware is available. C is checked on by default. I checked A & B as well.
Theres an option to enable remote web access. After going through everything I clicked Save settings on the bottom & had to do the obligatory reboot. The wifi signal reconnected but told me I had no internet access. Similarly my iPhone lost its wifi connection. After a few minutes more though it reconnected properly on my laptop & I had to go back into settings on my iPhone to reconnect it. Strange. Ill note that the installationmanual etc is very well written and a good reference to use in general.
When I got to the end of the setup portion of the manual it mentioned the app name & instructed to download the dlink lite app as opposed to the dlink Cloud app; I found this confusing as the box made a big deal out of the word "Cloud." I plugged in the info I used for mydlink.com; the iPhone did have the option to create the account there too. Once I logged in I instantly saw a picture of my router w/ the Model # next to it & a green check mark to the right presumably to indicate that it has been set up or is currently working. I clicked the router & it told me the upload & download; no refresh button but if you press on it it updates. I then played w/ it again & realized that pressing on it RESETS the counter not refreshes.
Next theres connected Devices. I tap that & it shows my iphone BB & laptop ONLY; 3 devices total which is correct. Next is an event notification setting page for which everything is off even though I had saved it previously on the actual website mydlink.com (not the app). I turned everything on. Upon turning on the first it prompted me for an email address TYPE default being GMAIL (other options being hotmail 126 139 163 QQ sina sohu sogou/other) & the email address & password. I wasnt comfortable giving dlink my email info so I didnt enable it.
The next part of the main app is a section labeled Internet which shows the IP address under it & the fact that remote web access is off. Click it to see the Internet IP address & actually toggle remote web access on or off. The last part of the main app is labeled LAN & shows the gateway info & gives the option of disabling wifi & editing security setting
Overall Review: I went ahead & turned WIFI off on my iPhone & tried logging in to the dlink Lite app. When I went back to the app after going to 3G it took a few seconds longer to log in but it did work. I clicked it & was actually able to see all the settings but it did not update the number of connected devices to 2 despite me not being on 3G w/ wifi off even after clicking that part to see if it updates. On the top right of that section there's a refresh symbol so I clicked that to see if that would do it - it still failed to update which bothers me because if you are really away & you want to know if someone is using a device on your network you have to necessarily assume that they must have used the device on your network in the past & not necessarily now. When you refresh it the screen goes dim & shows a black square & a quasi-hourglass saying that it is "connecting" - yet after repeated clicks to refresh it fails to state that only 2 devices my blackberry & my laptop are in fact connected.
I will mention that I found the dlink router settings page at 192.168.1.1 or http://dlinkrouter to be a bit voluminous & confusing. Linksys & motorola routers that I use happen to be a lot simpler & easy on the eyes. This one was harder to use & was not easy on the eyes.
All in all for a budget router this one does have some appealing features. I can see this being a family router where parents w/ several children want to prevent their children from accessing the internet during a set time (via block option) or turning it off at night. The ideas employed are to me pretty novel & interesting but they are just not fully there when it comes to actually being directly on target w/ up to the second information about who's on the network & who's off. Instead it provides you w/ information about who WAS on the network. The lack of gigabit ethernet ports alone would have prevented me from buying this router.
I left the router in the living room of the house & watched my BB’s wifi signal indicator as I walked outside the house. I fully lost range at 60 feet away not counting change in height as I had to go down about 10 steps to leave the house & go halfway in the street. I lost signal halfway across the street away from the house. The signal went down from 4 – 3 bars about 20 feet away at the door to the house. Immediately OUTSIDE the door about 2 – 3 ft further w/ both a door & metal storm door closed I got 2 bars. Another 20 feet away it became 1 bar & I lost signal into the street about 20 ft more further. Not bad.
I also went upstairs & my BB had 3 – 4 bars throughout the entire 2nd FL & had 2 bars in portions of the house closer to the front door of the house (vertically). Not bad. Using my BB’s browser I was able to load YouTube videos w/ no problem.
Overall 3 out of 5 for this router based on my preferences & experiences w/ it.
Pros: This vacuum's a beast, and has all the features you want, at the expense of being a little bulky and a little heavy (i.e., my wife requires me to help her carry it when we're vacuuming the stairs).
Cons: Bulky, heavy, as explained above.
Overall Review: Got this bad boy for $179.99, and have never been happier - also extremely happy I am not paying $400 - $500 for a dyson just because it has a brand name and a ball.
Pros: I bought this to get the n feature which topped the capabilities of this products predecessor, the ASUS WL-330gE. It works as described and is very helpful thing to have.
Cons: Unlike the WL-330gE, this puppy does not allow you to create a NEW SSID when using repeater mode, which is actually the reason why I bought this device. Certainly, a firmware upgrade could resolve this problem... but as a result of this, this device is hanging around as a "just in case" emergency WiFi access point in case a WiFi card goes berserk on any computer I have.
Overall Review: ASUS Tech Support is actually very great in terms of courtesy and being polite, but they were dumbfounded when I asked about the ability to rename the SSID in Repeater mode, and it took them quite some time to basically tell me it's impossible. I found this hard to believe - why would a feature from a predecessor be removed? I'm at a loss with this device.
Pros: Provides you with everything you need to make your Mac interoperable with any other OS you may want. I love the fact they provide Google's Chrome OS, Linux, and Windows 8 Release Preview with the package for free. Really a great program.
Cons: Parallels should work out a deal with Windows to have a stand-alone product key for W7, and the W8 RP should be upgradeable to W8 Pro.
Overall Review: Overall a good value.
Pros: I got this just to get a product key and it worked to activate W7 on my parallels desktop 8 on my hackintosh.
Cons: I wish Windows provided Product Keys as a stand-alone product without providing media for people that already have everything set up.
Overall Review: I wish Microsoft charged less for their OS.
Pros: Speakers work very well and the cost of them is the main attractive feature
Cons: No cons that I can think of.
Overall Review: If there was a 10+ deal for $3 to $5, I'd buy ten!
Pros: quick & simple scanning, creates searchable PDFs that do not take a large amount of file space, great portability features, great integrated program, and lots of nice bells & whistles that would be appreciated by anyone scanning a large amount of documents.
Cons: page limit is sad. 20 or 30 should be the standard. furthermore, the Scan to Folder setting always pops up the preview in a small window and I would prefer to have the ability to automatically maximize that window. I snooped around and found a Scan2Folder ini file, but cannot for the life of me find any code that would make the window maximized upon opening it, despite the fact that there are window size settings with number values for up down left right for which changing the values does not do anything! ...
Overall Review: great device, and the best thing i could find cost wise. bought one originally for ~$208 and a second one for ~$216.
Pros: really thin & sleek, aesthetically pleasing, very long battery life, works very well
Cons: as mentioned previously, you cannot wrap it around the other way.
Overall Review: i settled for this keyboard because it's the best thing out there given my research. i did not like the price of $99.99 so I waited for a deal and stole two of them at 79.99 each. very happy with my purchase.
Pros: works as described, but is just a glorified alarm clock
Cons: touch screen is a little iffy, needs to be pressed, wait one second, then press the next button. gets annoying when entering text. in other words, its not very fluid.
Pros: I have two other RC helicopters - the helo TC and some regular remote controlled one I bought for $25 at the mall. This one is SIGNIFICANTLY smaller than the others. The charger for it is not a separate USB, but is connected to the actual remote and thus drains battery life. The helicopter itself lifts off well but has problems spinning around. I fiddle with the radial L/R control in the center but it does not help much.
Cons: Spins to the left or right too much, does not have steady flight capabilities
Overall Review: Worth it for the $14.50 I paid for it, I guess.
Pros: length is good, everything as described.
Overall Review: very happy.
Pros: Works as described, blue LED is not blinding.
Overall Review: very happy
Pros: Works as described, especially if everything is plugged in BEFORE you turn on the device; has, on occasion, NOT worked upon plugging in while turned on...
Overall Review: very happy; sorry, wanted to add - does, in fact, work with all three - XBOX, WII, PS3 - I bought three and have it installed on all three.
Pros: Fits well with the motherboard I got and the mouse, keyboard, and reader are certainly a plus.
Cons: cheap quality, so must be careful
Overall Review: overall happy with the purchase.
Pros: Popped right into an Acer Aspire ONE, an older model which does not seem to appear readily in the acer support website, strange as it is, but then again I got the laptop on e-B-a-y...
Cons: Did not provide as fast of a speed upgrade as I thought it would, but probably processor's fault, as it is an Atom.
Overall Review: Recognized right away and overall happy with the purchase.
Pros: Easy install, love the fact it has the low profile ready feature for my small form factor dell optiplex 745, I think it is.
Cons: Doesn't seem to respond well to certain monitors and have trouble getting 1920x1080 on my 26 & 27 inch monitors.
Overall Review: You get what you pay for, and I am happy I can see everything on my monitor once I configure the settings correctly and enjoy it in vibrant color.
Pros: Works right away with no issues, very happy with speed and eight ports.
Overall Review: Happy with the purchase.
Pros: The colors are vibrant, monitor is responsive to all commands, and the webcam worked right away with no real issues. The HDMI, DVI, and VGA ports provide easy access to multiple computers. Enjoyable experience, overall.
Cons: Does not support 1920x1080 (or whatever it is) using HDIM cable with ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card. Well, it does, but, there's a black rectangular ring around it. Seems to work better with 1680x1050 (or whatever it is), which my older 26" westinghouse monitor was capable of doing, although this monitor LEAPS in improvement compared to that one.
Another interesting thing is that it responds only to its own volume control, which is fairly easy to use, but does NOT respond to the computers volume controls - I could mute it using the computer (either keyboard command or clicking to the status tray bar).
Overall Review: Overall very happy with the monitor
Pros: Size helps, and 7200rpm provides faster feel to computer speed.
Cons: Nothing I can think of
Overall Review: Purchased this hard drive to replace a defective macbook hard drive. The hard drive was easily installed and the Mac OS X installer guided me the rest of the way. Very happy to have my mac back.