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Robert P.

Robert P.

Joined on 03/31/02

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Most Favorable Review

Painless

MOTOROLA SB5120 Surfboard Cable Modem 38Mbps Downstream, 30Mbps Upstream USB and Ethernet 10/100Base-T DOCSIS 2.0/1.1
MOTOROLA SB5120 Surfboard Cable Modem 38Mbps Downstream, 30Mbps Upstream USB and Ethernet 10/100Base-T DOCSIS 2.0/1.1

Pros: Plug it in, run through Cox cable's web based setup, and 3 minutes later I'm online -- without installing any bloatware garbage from Cox.

Cons: Only 1 tiny one... I would have preferred a horizontal layout fo it could stack with the router, and voip box. Yeah you can place it sideways but it still looks stupid like that.

Overall Review: This is my 2nd one of these. First one is still in use in another state. They just work. Simple interfaces.

Most Critical Review

Not my favorite drive...

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Quick, not too noisy

Cons: High failure rate

Overall Review: I've have many of these in several servers in multiple datacenters. In fact this purchase was to replace a failed unit (or I'd pick something like a WD RAID Edition) and was shipped directly to the DC for hot-swapping. If you worry about your data and want to use this drive, make sure to either do frequent backups or run some type of fault-tolerance such as mirroring or raid5+. If these were the sole drives in my systems, I'd have seen multiple long outages and surely would have lost data and customers. I use RAID10 (4 drives, 2 striped to 2 mirrors). So I got to thinking after buying this one, next time I'll buy 2 WD RE's instead and have them pull not only the bad drive put it's partner and replace a whole side... 2 Seagates to 2 WDs. And use the 'good' Seagate for the next failure, then start the cycle all over again.

Great little box - easy whs conversion

Intel Intel Celeron 420 1.6GHz 512MB DDR2 Entry Storage System (SS4200-EHW) Intel Celeron Processor 420 running at 1.6 GHz 512 MB DDR2 SS4200-EHW
Intel Intel Celeron 420 1.6GHz 512MB DDR2 Entry Storage System (SS4200-EHW) Intel Celeron Processor 420 running at 1.6 GHz 512 MB DDR2 SS4200-EHW

Pros: - Upgradable - RAM to 2gb, CPU to dual-core 64bit (only certain models & 3rd party bios highly recommended but easy to find) - up to 4 drives and no tools needed - well documented conversion to WHS

Cons: - fairly small PS, so watch the drives you use. - 2GB limit to RAM - somewhat picky about the RAM

Overall Review: I never even brought it up with the included NAS module in it. I wanted a reasonably priced WHS box and I already had a Whs license. Followed the easily found how-to on creating a bootable thumb drive with the needed drivers and less than an hour later had WHS server. Have since added drives & and upgraded memory & the processor. Discussions on how and what is compatible are easily found online.

11/19/2010

I'm in love!

D-Link DNS-321 Diskless System 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure
D-Link DNS-321 Diskless System 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure

Pros: It just works, and D-Link made enhancing it so easy with the fun_plug feature. 30 minutes after loading the drives and setting the IP's I was playing with telnet, rsync, lighttpd, and all the other linux goodness.

Cons: Memeo Autobackup software is a joke and doesn't run properly on x64 machines. Grab the fonz fun_plug and install rsyncd. Then use the opensource DeltaCopy client to backup your Win boxes.

Overall Review: Wish it was a little faster, but at this price this thing is a bargain! Be careful and do your research if you have to rebuild a RAID1 setup after a drive failure. Apparently it's not intuitive and doing it wrong will toast your data.

Makes a decent pc monitor too

19" 720p LCD HDTV
19" 720p LCD HDTV

Pros: VGA, HDMI, and component inputs. Nice picture in native 1440x900 mode.

Cons: No DVI. Not 1080p but 900p.

Overall Review: Bought as a basic HDTV with DirecTV HD DVR for the bedroom... Is currently also being used as a computer monitor. Originally I shuddered at the thought of going back to a VGA connector as this model doesn't have a DVI connector. But I picked up a cheap HDMI to DVI adapter and it worked great AFTER changing the resolution to it's native 1440x900 resolution. Before that it was blurry at best - but that's true of most any LCD.

raid5 goodness

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording) Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording) Bare Drive

Pros: no problems, reasonable price.

Cons: Throw the jumper to get SATA2 (300) speeds.

Overall Review: Bought 4 of these for a 1 1/2GB R5 array... just works...