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Joseph R.

Joseph R.

Joined on 12/22/04

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Most Favorable Review

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APC BR1000MS 1000 VA Pure SineWave 10 Outlets 2 USB Charging Ports Back-UPS Pro Battery Backup
APC BR1000MS 1000 VA Pure SineWave 10 Outlets 2 USB Charging Ports Back-UPS Pro Battery Backup

Pros: Easy to setup. My NAS recognized it right away. Nothing special required.

Cons: None so far. We'll see how lone the battery life goes.

Overall Review: Easy to setup out of the box. I plugged the UPS in first and made sure the batter was charged up. Then my devices. I have an Asustor NAS with 8 drives. I connected it along with my router and cable modem. Plugged in the USB and started everything up. According to the UPS I'm running about 15% load. I did a test and unplugged the UPS from the wall and it was showing that I had about 35min of backup which is fine. I set the NAS to shut down after 10min on batt and let it go. Everythings been fine so far. I bought this unit because of the AVR feature which is really nice. It makes me feel better about trying to run my devices on generator power if I had to. The price was fair. I'm probably going to get another one for my desktop.

Most Critical Review

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Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996825
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996825

Pros: Mushkin is an American Company based in Colorado, which happens to be Employee owned. I like to support companies like that.

Cons: 1 of 2 sticks DOA. I need this PC for my business so I tried to contact Mushkin to see if they would RMA the bad stick, rather than RMA the hole kit with NewEgg and have to be dead in the water until the replacement kit gets here. I havent heard back from Mushkin yet. :(

Overall Review: The one good stick tests very well in Sandra. This is my first experience with Mushkin. Whether or not I continue to buy will depend on how they decide to handle this. I still have time to RMA with newegg I guess.

Great Product

Asustor AS6208T, 8-Bay NAS (Diskless), Intel Celeron 1.6 GHz Quad-Core, 4GB RAM
Asustor AS6208T, 8-Bay NAS (Diskless), Intel Celeron 1.6 GHz Quad-Core, 4GB RAM

Pros: Tons of high end features included. (SSD Cache, Link Aggregation, Load balancing) Asustor App store has a lot of options Virtual Box + Intel hardware allows you to run full OS VMs with no support issues. (Win/Linux)

Cons: The only issue I've had with it is when I had a power failure in the neighborhood. The NAS wouldn't reboot properly after power was restored. It just sat on "Initializing Storage" with the blinking green light for hours. Restarts alone wouldn't fix it. To fix the problem, I had to remove all the HDDs and reboot the device. Let it boot completely to the basic startup page. Then shut down the NAS, slide the drives back in, and start up again. Then everything booted as it should. Raid restored with no more issues. I prevented this from happening again by installing a UPS. Now it shuts down properly when theres a power failure and starts back up as it should. Improperly shutting the device down isn't really Asustors's fault, so I'm not going to deduct a Star for it.

Overall Review: Out of the box, I was immediately impressed buy the packaging and the fact that they were nice enough to include multiple ethernet cables. It ships with 4GB of ram, upgradable to 8GB. Don't make the mistake I made if you're going to upgrade and just buy 1 extra 4GB stick.... The NAS ships with 2 x 2GB sticks installed. You need to order 2 x 4GB or 1 x 8GB to upgrade. Very easy to install. The setup was pretty straight forward. You could do a basic setup from the front display panel to initialize the NAS but its much easier from another computer on the network through a web browser. The machine will display its IP on the screen when it starts up if your router is setup for DHCP. Once I installed the drives and created a volume, ADM will start and you can configure everything and install the Portal App from the built in App store which will activate the HDMI port on the back so you can hook up a TV/Monitor and set it up locally. PLEX Server, Virtual Box, Security Suite and about 200 other apps are available for download from the Asustor App store. The overall construction is good. The unit feels very solid and professional. I would have preferred the HDD trays be metal but I did like the rubber strips in them to prevent noisy vibration. The OS appears to be installed on the Raid drives from some onboard flash memory when you do the initial setup as I wasn't able to access ADM or any configuration other than the very basic first setup GUI until I installed drives and created a volume. I am currently setup with 6 x 1TB drives in Raid 5 for a usable 4.5TB array. I have 1 additional drive setup as a fail over spare. In the event of a HDD failure it will use the spare to auto rebuild the array. And in the last bay I used an old 180 GB SSD that i had from a laptop. The system gives you a really nice option to add a SSD as high speed cache for the array. I definitely noticed an increase in responsiveness when trying to open some things after this was added. I thought this was a very nice feature typically reserved for more high end NAS setups. Network is setup with 4 x GbE ports with link aggregation and load balancing. Again, another nice high end feature with multiple ways to configure it depending on your LAN setup. All in all, I like it. Very full featured. SFTP and VPN work well enough and the Windows share makes mapping network drives easy. If you're doing a lot of stuff with it, like multiple simultaneous connections while also using the onboard video to play movies, you might want to spend a couple extra bucks and get the next model up with the Core2 Duo. I'm mostly using it for a Plex server streaming to multiple devices in my house over a combination of ethernet and 5ghz wifi and it works very well even with 4k file sizes. Finally, I was very impressed with the online documentation for this unit. They have everything broken up into skill levels and "Classes" so to speak. It was very easy to find what I needed for specific tasks without drowning in page after page of hard to read irrelevant tech docs. I am very pleased overall with my purchase. It works well and has a ton of features. As long as longevity/reliability doesn't become an issue down the road, I would definitely buy from Asustor again and recommend to others.

Works as expected

VANTEC NST-266S3-BK 2.5-Inch SATA 6Gb/s to USB 3.0 HDD/SSD Aluminum Enclosure, Black
VANTEC NST-266S3-BK 2.5-Inch SATA 6Gb/s to USB 3.0 HDD/SSD Aluminum Enclosure, Black

Pros: I like the metal case. It sort of acts as a heat sink for the drive. Mounting was easy. All the holes lined up as they should. Transfer speeds are as expected. Works fine with Linux and Win 10.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I like it. The price was fair. I would buy it again.

Good Fans

Scythe SY1225SL12H "Slipstream" Case Fan
Scythe SY1225SL12H "Slipstream" Case Fan

Pros: Nice fans. They are very quiet considering the CFM. They move a ton of air. I just bought 2 for my radiator. I have 4 other scythe fans in my server case that work equally well.

Cons: They dont have S-FDB (Fluid Dynamic Bearing by SONY Corporation) so they wont last for ever. But for the price can you really complain if the fan died after 5years?

Great Job Hauppauge!!!

Hauppauge HD PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder USB Port
Hauppauge HD PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder USB Port

Pros: Easy Install right out of the box. Good sized Component cables, USB was average length which might be an issue if your gonna drag your server tower over to the TV to record. Driver & Software install was a breeze with XP. The Software package is great. It has a good range of options. The video quality is awsome! Really! Ive messed around with my fair share of tuner cards, all-in-wonders, etc. and this thing is by far the best. You wont get video quality like this for anywhere near the same price anywhere else. .TS format makes live simple. Nero can Burn without Transcoding so there is no long wait to burn a DVD. I recorded a 2:30 clip in 720p and the .TS file was 112,320KB (109MB) I used the Arcsoft program included and converted this file to a .mp4 and it came out to be 110,928 (108MB) I have an AMD 4800+ (2.4ghz Dual Core) with 2GB DDR400 and a SATA Raptor (10,000rpm) and it took 4:38 to convert the file. Not to Bad. Great quality final product. PS3/360/Wii Compatible!

Cons: No screen shot function.

Overall Review: You Might as well order a TB Hard Drive while your here. Your going to love this thing so much it will fill your HDD in no time!!!!