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Brian R.

Brian R.

Joined on 01/31/06

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Most Favorable Review

Stable, cool but noisy

Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K1000 HDS721010KLA330 (0A34915) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Retail
Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K1000 HDS721010KLA330 (0A34915) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Retail

Pros: I selected this drive for a NAS drive. This drive runs cool, meets all speed requirements and has been very stable since I have had it. I had no problems with installation and Oh yeah...it's an entire TB!

Cons: It's not the most quiet drive.

Overall Review: I can hear the clicking but I kind of like the sound. Weird?

Most Critical Review

not impressed

EDIMAX SB-2200G 802.11g/b Indoor Signal Booster
EDIMAX SB-2200G 802.11g/b Indoor Signal Booster

Pros: Small footprint, comes with its own antenna dongle and external antenna connection.

Cons: The manual says not to use any other antenna that comes with it even though it has a removable external antenna connection. I tried it both with the packaged antenna which is just the standard 2dbi omnidirectional antenna and a 7dbi omni directional antenna. - Packaged Ant: at the full .5W I was only getting the same distance as the standalone 7dbi antenna. - 7dbi Ant: I would get limited range increas indoors up to the .25W setting. When I went the full .5W with the 7dbi antenna the connection would become unstable.

Overall Review: I purchased this product because I live in a 3 story cinder block home and wanted to be able to attach a wireless streaming appliance in the workout room in my basement. The 7dbi antenna is just barely too weak to make it there from the top story in the house. This product wasn't able to give any real usable range increase compared just using a regular high decibal antenna and it costs at least $20 dollars more for maybe the same performance.

Infrant?? rocks

Netgear ReadyNas NV+  1TB (2 x 500GB) 4-bay Network Storage (NAS) w/ Gigabit & speeds up to 25MBps
Netgear ReadyNas NV+ 1TB (2 x 500GB) 4-bay Network Storage (NAS) w/ Gigabit & speeds up to 25MBps

Pros: So I guess that Infrant got bought out by Netgear but it's the same product so I will go ahead and review it. I just bought this without the hard drives. I chose a single Hitachi 1TB drive for the initial storage option. **note** This HD is not on the compatability list and I knew this before I purchased it. I just wanted to see if it worked or not. That being said, it does work but the container is limited to 666MB with this drive for some reason. Mayber Hitachi would like to explain. I can't knock Infrant/Netgear down for that because I knew it wasn't on the HCL before purchase. Other than that this NAS works extremely well for a home/SOHO NAS. I purchased the model w/ 256 MB memory. If you have basic understanding of RAID/media streaming/network tech you will have this drive configured in very little time. I had my NAS configured within 30 min and it took an additional 30 or so to format the 666MB container using XRaid. Using standard RAID options will take longer.

Cons: None on my Infrant NAS. That big Fugly NETGEAR symbol on the new model seems to really ruing the simplicicty of the design. Glad I got mine before the buyout.

Overall Review: Performance on this NAS rocks compared to my precious NAS, Buffalo Terastation. That thing didn't support jumbo frames nor was it SATA. It also couldn't keep a connection long enough to transfer a single 700MB file. I transfered my entire 500GB collection of movies over to my ReadyNAS in just under 5 hours using Jumbo Frames. The connection never dropped even when XP paused to verify the file write. I also am very fond of the built in media streaming support. I can watch all of my electronic media from my networked dvd player on a wireless connection to my readyNAS without having to turn on my computer and with the skip free performance as my core2 e6600 machine.

Great cost efficient dedicated FW appliance

ZyXEL ZyWALL P1 Perfect Personal Firewall Security Solution
ZyXEL ZyWALL P1 Perfect Personal Firewall Security Solution

Pros: Easy to setup with basic understanding of fw technologies, https mgmt console, supports a plethora of protocols and great cost effective fw appliance. Originally designed to connect to a SOHO or enterprise VPN server but can be used as both a Statefull Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall and single connection firewall. Great for the home user. Creates it's own PKI certificates for both VPN and SSL authentication. Upgrade the flash for beter designed interface, some more functionality and trial/paid virus scanning.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I have mine connected between my hawking broadband packet booster (packet prioritizer) and my Dlink GL router. No drop in functional throughput on the WAN. Blocks everything I tell it to and has DDoS protection.

QoS for dummies

HAWKING HBB1 Broadband Booster
HAWKING HBB1 Broadband Booster

Pros: Excellent packet prioritizer. Take the guess work out of QoS. I torrent alot and before if I torrented even with QoS configured and firewall ACL's I would still have problems surfing. Now I get constant connectivity with torrent and surfing/streaming/gaming. Worked right out of the box. Has simple web config but not really necessary. Well worth the price.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Really makes the best use out of my limited 1.5MBs DSL connection.

Fast nonmanaged

D-Link DGS-2208 Unmanaged 8-Port Desktop Green Ethernet Switch
D-Link DGS-2208 Unmanaged 8-Port Desktop Green Ethernet Switch

Pros: Simple setup. Works great used as a simple switch behind a router to break up collision domains. No management options to screw around with. I mainly got this because it had Gig-E and supports Jumbo frames to communicate with my NAS.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Works great. Never locks up and runs cool. Through-put is excellent. I haven't had a dropped connection yet.