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Brian A.

Brian A.

Joined on 12/06/04

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Most Favorable Review

Good Router

BUFFALO WHR-HP-G54 802.11b/g Wireless-G High Power Router up to 54Mbps/ Open Source DD-WRT Support
BUFFALO WHR-HP-G54 802.11b/g Wireless-G High Power Router up to 54Mbps/ Open Source DD-WRT Support

Pros: 1. Can flash to 3rd Party Firmware. 2. Decent Range. 3. Reliable Connection when in range.

Cons: 1. Range is not as good as my D-LINK DWL-220AP (That failed after 3 years)

Overall Review: 1. Never really tested Buffalo Firmware, upgraded to Tomato v1.25 for first hour I had it. 2. Then changed to Tomato RAF firmware mod (v1.25.8515 ND) [wl0_corerev = 9 on mine] Slight improvement over Tomato v1.25. 3. Notice RSSI and Signal quality dropped when using WPA or WPA2 vs. open quite significantly. 4. Obtaining about 18 Mbps throughput. 5. Adjusting Transmit power did not really effect RSSI or Quality. 6. Enabling RX Sensitivity increased RSSI and quality. 7. Had no luck with AfterBurner Enabled, Transmit rate decreased. 8. Adapters tested: Netgear WG511T (2); Edimax EW-7128g (2); TRENDnet TEW-443PI (1)

Most Critical Review

Decent Budget Board

BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: X3 is Now X4

Cons: On-Board network adapter failed after 4 hrs. Put in a PCI Network adapter. 24 pin connector in weird spot

Overall Review: Got this board for a cheap test machine. Hangs for awhile on XP-32bit boot, may be signs of problems to come. Win7-64bit boots fine. I have been building computers for 15 years now, it seems to me the quality on motherboards (all manufacturers) has been going down. When they work they work, but percentage wise more DOA's and more components not working out of the box. Also, they are coming with IDE ports, floppy ports, printer ports, USB ports and no cables to use them. I guess they want to make an extra 3 bucks.

12/10/2010

Cable Modem

MOTOROLA 16x4 Cable Modem, Model MB7420, 686 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0, Certified by Comcast XFINITY, Charter Spectrum, Time Warner Cable, Cox, BrightHouse, and More
MOTOROLA 16x4 Cable Modem, Model MB7420, 686 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0, Certified by Comcast XFINITY, Charter Spectrum, Time Warner Cable, Cox, BrightHouse, and More

Pros: It works on day 1. Works with Wowway.

Cons: Longevity (TBD) No fan

Overall Review: Had Motorola SB5120 that lasted for 10 years, changed only to update modem. Bought ARRIS SURFboard (Motorola) SB6141 8x4 in 2014, started dropping connection a few months ago. Put external fan on it and helped, but was getting worse - so got 5 to 6 years out of that one. I am sure modem companies know these units run out, why they don't put fans in them, so they can sell more modems of course. I have this 7 inch fan that will always be running on this one. It's hard to find a modem that doesn't have 10% 1 or 2 egg review. I guess 90% customer satisfaction is ok.

Hard Drive

Seagate IronWolf Pro 4TB NAS Hard Drive 7200 RPM 256MB Cache CMR SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal HDD ST4000NE001
Seagate IronWolf Pro 4TB NAS Hard Drive 7200 RPM 256MB Cache CMR SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal HDD ST4000NE001

Pros: It worked out of the box. 4 TB (really 3.6 TB)

Cons: - Longevity is unknown, when first plugged in, it had a click that went away.

Overall Review: Bought to put into computer with 100's of movies on it (no internet mountain house computer). Had 4 smaller drives in it and ran out of space. Hard drives in general, gone are the days when 97% of the hard drives worked out of the box and for years. Now it seems like they all have 10 to 15% that fail within a year. Most people review after they first get, so that 10 to 15% most likely is higher. I have several hard drives that are 10+ years old, I am sure some are 20 years old. I had a spare 1 TB hard drive that I took out of the box last month (bought 2 years ago), yes you guessed it - was a dud. Just look at the reviews of all computer parts, rolling the dice on everything. What has happened to quality?

Purchased 11 of These Boards

MSI MAG Z390 TOMAHAWK LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI MAG Z390 TOMAHAWK LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I have had no problems with these boards. They have been reliable and everything has worked good. 2 network adapters, 2 M.2 slots, fixed back panel.

Cons: Manual good be better.

Overall Review: I built 10 machines at work with this board, had no problems. Used i7-8700k and i7-9700k CPU's. The 10 worked well enough, I built one for the house. Didn't install any MSI software so can't comment on it. Don't care about the lights - turned them off. I am amazed at the people who care about some stupid lights.

It works

G.SKILL 2GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5S-2GBNT
G.SKILL 2GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5S-2GBNT

Pros: It works on older computer that needed a little more memory for win 10

Cons: No heat spreader.

Overall Review: Basically, an old computer in living room connected to TV / Internet used rarely. Computer had Win 7 and I downgraded to Win 10; needed a little more RAM for operating system. I like GSkill and for last 10 years is only RAM I buy. Choices on DDR2 are limited.