Joined on 04/26/08
Great board, beware of flashing BIOS with M-Flash
Pros: Excellent product. To understand the pros, you need to learn about the Zacate platform. This board delivers them all and leaves nothing to be desired for my HTPC.
Cons: The CPU fan is a little noisy. If you're an avid SPCR reader, you'll probably want to swap it out for something else. Beware of flashing your BIOS with the M-Flash function within the BIOS. I attempted to update to latest BIOS 15 and it bricked the board. I have many years of experience building computers and this is the first time I've ever had such a problem. After reading up in forums, apparently M-Flash is not reliable -- others have reported the exact same issue.
Pros: Nice design, has repeater mode, works well while it lasts.
Cons: Unreliable. Wireless slows to a crawl and/or completely hangs periodically.
Overall Review: After RMAing my frist unit because it would hang during wireless transfers, the new one worked fine for a couple months and has now began hanging too. Typically the wireless light either goes off or turns steady, wireless dies and the router becomes unresponvive. Then this happens, the ethernet switch remains functional. I believe the Broadcom SOC on this unit is probably overheating, so I opened it to apply a heatsink. However, the SOC is covered by a protective metal case that is soldered on the PCB and therefore isn't easily accessible. Becasue a separate chip handles the Ethernet switch (this one is visible on the PCB), this function remains active even when the main processor freezes. Note that on both oy my units, the freezes occur regardless of if I am using native firmware, dd-wrt or Tomato-USB. Therefore, this is a hardware issue: either defective SOCs or a design flaw.