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Teodor T.

Teodor T.

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Most Favorable Review

Plug into a HUB at one end.

Nippon Labs Black 15 ft. USB cable A/Male to A/Female extension 15ft USB cable Model USB-15-MF-BK 15 feet
Nippon Labs Black 15 ft. USB cable A/Male to A/Female extension 15ft USB cable Model USB-15-MF-BK 15 feet

Pros: - Long cord. - Works when you have the right toys to make use of it. - The USB HUB you choose does NOT need to have external power. (see other thoughts)

Cons: - Due to its length, some devices won't even know something is plugged in...but you should already know that for any cheap usb cable above 10ft.

Overall Review: If you are looking for a 15ft usb cord, you already know that it probably won't work without extra power to boost the signal. - 10ft is one thing, but 15ft is too much for usb The good news: - I ordered 2 of these to experiment with and connect our Canon printer to my GF work laptop. We work from home and her VPN is so strict, it even blocks access to the network printer. So - USB cable sounded like a good workaround. So I picked up one of these cables, attached the 6 foot USB Type B cord to it and the printer. Plugged in the other end in her laptop and awaited miracles....right, that was a no-go. No sign of USB connection other than the physical linking. Well...that was a waste of a few $, right. Wrong! I read all the comments about using powered hubs. I went in my storage to see if I have one, so I did find a very old usb 2.0 hub, but no power cord for it. Doesn't hurt to try, right anyways. I did and it somehow worked, powered only by the usb ports on the printer and the laptop. No external power brick needed. Funny how the ports were not powerful enough to detect each other, but were powerful enough to power up a small hub and see not only each other but every device I plug into the other 3 ports available on it. So here is my setup Laptop->15ft cable (this one) + 6 ft (USB-to-Mini USB to power up the hub)-> Old USB 2.0 (no external power) -> 6 ft USB Type B cable -> Canon Pixma printer So, you see, no external power bricks, 1 little usb hub and 3 cables with a total length of 27 ft and the printer installed and works perfectly fine. Of course, I was lucky to have all these extra things to get this to work, so if you just plan to connect 2 devices directly with this cable without a hub between them - good luck, your chances are better with cords below 10ft.

Most Critical Review

Was bundled

D-Link DIR-615 Wireless N300 Router, 4-Port Switch, DD-WRT Open Source support
D-Link DIR-615 Wireless N300 Router, 4-Port Switch, DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: With DD-WRT on it, setup as Wi-Fi extender for my deck & backyard area. Extends the main signal through a solid brick wall. Have not had any issues with reboots or signal drops once I got it to work the way I wanted. Wasn't easy, that's for sure.

Cons: This has to be the most annoying impossible device to get to work right. All these comments about unstable - SPOT ON! This so-called DD-WRT support is a joke, memory size is so limited that you really can't have a full dd-wrt image on it (at least as of summer 2014). I've dealt with trendnets, d-links, cisco, linksys and some nonames. Had some pretty impressive DD-WRT setups which stand as pillars up to day. Let me tell you, I lost count of how many times I had to re-flash this router and start over with clean settings. Speaking off some distant memories here but I must've spent at least 2 full days total experimenting with it, configuring and re-flashing over and over and over again, until somehow at the end it finally bridged with and extended my home network and has not dropped any connections since.

Overall Review: Keep in mind, I only power it on when I need to extend my Wi-Fi and the speeds through the extender are indeed slower compared to directly connecting to my main router, but that was to be expected. I get a much more stable (although slightly slower) connection outside than I did before setting up this as extender. I cannot speak for the factory firmware or other configurations, because I went straight to DD-WRT as extender setup as soon as the plastic was off. I can confirm, it is a hell harder to turn this into a stable component of your home network. And even then I would never consider it reliable enough for anything other than occasional power on to patch you and your guests up when there is no other option to get wifi.

Short life

Seagate Desktop HDD ST3000DM001 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD ST3000DM001 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: - Performed great while it worked. I used it in my setup to store huge files, VMs and offload old files from other drives when I didn't need them anymore. Mainly storage, always online, not much read/write on daily basis.

Cons: - Died about 2.5 years after light usage. - I stopped relying on Seagates when its predecessor died.

Overall Review: - Purchased: 06/2012 to replace a 1TB Seagate, which also died shortly past the 2YR mark after light usage and with no warning. - Lost a partition of data: 11/2014 (it just disappeared, some of it was recoverable) - Attempted to die: 01/2015 ... But after leaving it unplugged overnight it just came back online like nothing happened. At that point I knew it didn't have much left, so I offloaded any critical content to external drives. - Finally died : 03/2015 ... took along with it 2.5+ TB of data, and thanks to the earlier signs of failure I lost nothing I need or can't re-create better. That's one expensive way to delete old forgotten files. Moving on to replace it with 4x3TB WD drives in RAID10. The reviews for those state similar length of life, so at least by the time they fail there is a good chance better inexpensive drives will be available to plug in their place.

5GHz Range is very small

Edimax BR-6478AC Dual-Band AC1200 Router/Extender/AP, 3-in-1 Smart Device, Provides iQ-Setup for Easy Installation via Smartphone/Tablet
Edimax BR-6478AC Dual-Band AC1200 Router/Extender/AP, 3-in-1 Smart Device, Provides iQ-Setup for Easy Installation via Smartphone/Tablet

Pros: - Gigabit - No reboots. Running strong since day 1. - 2.4 GHz range is almost as good as my old N router was. See cons. - Gigabit ports work at full speed, no issues. - Handles routing better than the cable company's modem. - Running solid on stock firmware. - Appears to have resolved my VPN issues which I had with my DD-WRT router, but it could be the fact that I also changed ISPs when I "upgraded" to this router. - Keeps my internet as fast as it comes to the house across all wired ports. - No issues with XBMC(Kodi), WMC and any media streaming I tried anywhere on the network.

Cons: - 5 GHz range is so small it is almost non-existent. If you have ONE wall (even with an open door in it) between this router and your phone/tablet and you are about 10-15 feet from that wall, forget about the 5GHz band. It either drops/reconnects when you least want it to, or it just times out, even though it shows connected. - 2.4 GHz range is better, but still not as good as my wireless-N router had.There are some very unstable spots just 2 (hollow) walls and about 40 feet from this router. - No DD-WRT, don't even hope on one. I really miss it. - No frequent firmware updates. I have not seen a firmware update for the entire year I've owned it. - DHCP reserved IPs limited to 16 clients. Terrible. I really don't need more than 20 reserved, but I had to do some costly sacrifices with my development VMs. If you are ok with setting static IPs this won't be a con for you, but I like to manage as many things as possible from one place. - Wi-Fi speed not even close to marketed, but that was to be expected from all AC routers.

Overall Review: To me this is 3 and a half star product, much to be desired for the price and marketed speed. Didn't want to drop it to 3 stars as although it is limited on features, short-ranged and rather overpriced for what you get, this router has been providing a stable network for my home with a good amount of wired devices and a wild party of wireless users hopping on and off its radios 24/7. If a firmware update comes out with support for 20+ DHCP clients and DD-WRT I'll raise this to 5 stars, even with the short wifi range.

Note to Time Warner Cable future customers

ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 8x4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 8x4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Pros: I'm sure this is a good device and it would've made its money's worth if my provider was more flexible. See other thoughts. Bought it bundled with a free buggy router, realized it wasn't really a deal shortly after when the prices dropped and better deals with the same modem came out....but I needed this and the price was good, so who cares.

Cons: Didn't get a chance to even test it. Was too late to ship it back.

Overall Review: I bought this prior to moving to an area where Time Warner Cable was the only ISP available. Did a good amount of research, waited for a goo deal, and finally bought this bad boy a few weeks before signing the papers for the new place. By the time I moved and had the TWC tech visit to set up the new account it was too late to ship it back, just my luck I guess. Long story short, I signed up for Phone & Internet with TWC. Turned out their phone service goes over the same coax as their internet, so I was forced to rent their special modem, which provides phone and ethernet output. Even with all the research I did I was not expecting that. Had Verizon and Comcast and AT&T before this...never bundled my Internet with phone before....lesson learned. Now I have a brand new modem which I'll never use. Thought about selling it on one of the usual sites, but almost a year later...have not had time to do so. TWC customers - if you bundle Internet with Phone, this is not for you.

Not a very long life

ABS FX-7 USB Light Weight Dolby Virtual 7.1 Gaming Headset
ABS FX-7 USB Light Weight Dolby Virtual 7.1 Gaming Headset

Pros: - Great sound. - Mic-off button - best feature for remote meetings. - Comfortable for short use. - They look great and sound best from all my headsets...while they worked. - USB powered only (no need for heavy batteries in remote) - One of the best headsets I've ever used.

Cons: - Painful on the ears after 2-3 hrs of use. - Control heats up if left plugged in for a long time (even if not used) - The build looks good, but the plastic becomes fragile over time. - Not manufactured anymore. - Only USB plug (not a real con, just wish I could also use them with portable devices) Review: Mine cracked under normal use for the first time about a year ago, so I was careful how much I extended them after that. They sounded great until a few days ago when I though to check on the plastic and found out it was shattered inside the extension channels even on the one that was brand new at the time the other one cracked. Extended, retracted and now the right cup is making all kinds of cracking noises while playing movies and now the headset will have to be trashed...or repaired (if I have the time)

10/18/2013