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Phil U.

Phil U.

Joined on 07/09/09

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Most Favorable Review

Good choice for novice networkers

D-Link Cloud Router 2000 (DIR-826L), Wireless N600, Dual-Band, Gigabit Ports, USB SharePort, mydlink enabled
D-Link Cloud Router 2000 (DIR-826L), Wireless N600, Dual-Band, Gigabit Ports, USB SharePort, mydlink enabled

Pros: Very Easy Setup – My impression of the setup process and quick-start documentation is very positive. The device and firmware behaved as described and the initial setup process was not overly mired in “netspeak”. Defaulted to 192.168.0.1 – and thus didn’t conflict with my existing 192.168.1/24 network. Not sure if the device will normally use 192.168.1.1 but if it adjusted because it detected conflict then that’s pretty cool. Mydlink.com – I hadn’t looked at this before and think dlink have done a nice job of providing anywhere/anytime simple remote status. (Firefox users may struggle – try IE). OK Wireless Range. Considering the 828L uses internal antennas I found the range acceptable and as expected however the device seemed more affected by its surroundings than other access points I tested. Once positioned somewhat above other electro-magnetic sources I found it worked quite well. I suspect other reviewers who struggled with range were constrained in their placement of the device and perhaps had to tuck it away in a cabinet perhaps parked near a large receiver or amplifier. Pretty comprehensive feature set with beginner or advanced setup options.

Cons: Not USB-3. I haven’t done the math and it might be that there is no practical value to having USB 3 support for attached storage but my emotional reaction to seeing the lack of USB-3 support was to immediately discount the device as a media or storage server. Never-the-less, I did set up media and storage and played with it for a little but was uninspired. Weak Wireless Performance. In comparison with my existing wireless access points I found the through-put via the 836L adequate but slower than I expected. No DD-WRT support. For those who are a fan of DD-WRT firmware alternative to OEM this router is not for you.

Overall Review: Footprint/Shape - I’m torn on the design. The small footprint is a plus and it’s not just another ugly box however it lacks the base weight to stand up when cables are attached and there is no way to add an external antenna for range extension. Stable? – I haven’t noticed any instability but I plan to be away for a while soon so we’ll see if it’s still running when I return. If the device proves to be unstable then it will not be suitable for a beginner and without that market its entire existence is called into question. Test Environment: My network setup is a little unusual - My router is a custom PC which runs Untangle and I use a commercial grade 24x1gb unmanaged switch. For the purpose of testing the 826L I simply connected it to my switch and allowed it to lease an IP (192.168.1.115) from my DHCP service provided by untangle. The intended application for the 826L is for direct connection to the internet modem but I have way too much traffic passing through my network to make that a reasonable test.

Most Critical Review

Pretty - but not effective for i7

Thermaltake V1 Max-Performance CPU Cooler with Massive 110mm Blue LED Full-Range Variable Speed Fan CL-P0401
Thermaltake V1 Max-Performance CPU Cooler with Massive 110mm Blue LED Full-Range Variable Speed Fan CL-P0401

Pros: Attractive Quiet (when not running flat out)

Cons: Big (might not be seen as a con) Sharp (the edges of this cooler reach out to cut you) Easily bent (first they stab you and then the elements bend, bending them back may result in additional cuts) ***Not proven to be a very effective cooler for my i7***

Overall Review: Assuming the high temps were my fault I reinstalled this monster twice trying to form a better thermal coupling between the CPU and the Cooler. I have now given up bought and Noctua NH-D14. I hope to reuse the V1 elsewhere - Perhaps it will work well with an AMD, Core 2 or Pentium.

A little extension goes a long way

Rosewill RCDV-12004 - 9.8" (250 mm) Single Sleeve 6-Pin to 6 + 2-Pin VGA Extension Cable - Male to Female
Rosewill RCDV-12004 - 9.8" (250 mm) Single Sleeve 6-Pin to 6 + 2-Pin VGA Extension Cable - Male to Female

Pros: Finding something positive to say beyond the accolade already provided is a challenge. Being late to review something has the benefit of examining other comments but also the burden of trying to be original. So, here goes: This is a sub $4 extension which is very well made, very good value and will add 10". Umm - best not read that out of context! 6>6 or 6>8 pins which is handy if connecting an older but still trustworthy power supply to a new monster graphics card.

Cons: No pre-rip edge on packaging - you'll need scissors or a knife to get at it.

Overall Review: Initially I thought the individual braided wrapping of the cables wasteful - making it bulky. However, when comparing it with other extension cables which are bundled into a thick single sleeve I have decided that the multiple strands make for a more flexible cable able to bend around corners with ease where my other cable extension fail.

10/29/2013

Nice idea but uncertain results

EZOLink 3.2FT (1M) Retractable Micro-HDMI to HDMI Cable + 3x Stylus for Asus Transformer TF300 / TF201
EZOLink 3.2FT (1M) Retractable Micro-HDMI to HDMI Cable + 3x Stylus for Asus Transformer TF300 / TF201

Pros: Retractable Came with three stylus that in colors my wife likes

Cons: Frequent signal delivery problems makes the cable almost useless. Larger than I expected

Overall Review: It could simply be the one I got was faulty but the damage is done, my confidence in the cable is shot.

Using DD-WRT to connect media devices to network via wireless Client Bridge

TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 450Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 450Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch

Pros: In my application (Client Bridge) this was overkill but is working well. * Seems feature rich but I am not using the advanced features. * Attractive - Will have to see if the shinny black plastic collects dust. * Quiet - I once had a Cisco device with a fan which whined horribly. * Gigabit switch is nice - allowed me to remove a switch. * Actual On/Off Switch

Cons: Quite large footprint (when compared with other offerings) – the three significant antenna add significantly to the space requirements. * Large - the 3 x antennas don't help * Atheros Chip – Not compatible for Repeater Bridge use against a central Broadcom Access Point. Ideally I wanted to use this device as a wireless repeater bridge allowing it to act as both a means of connecting my media equipment and as a secondary wireless access point to extend the range of my wireless network. However, trying to make this work between a Broadcom device and an Atheros device (while theoretically possible) isn't considered good for your sanity.

Overall Review: Unlike most of the other reviews I didn't even attempt to make use of the TP-Link firmware. I moved directly to replacing the factory firmware with DD-WRT. DD-WRT firmware located here: ftp://dd-wrt.com/others/eko/BrainSlayer-V24-preSP2/2012/10-12-12-r20119-testing/tplink_tl-wdr4300v1/ Using the TL-WDR4300 as a client bridge wasn't my initial plan but my Netgear WNDR3300 corrupted it's own firmware (not sure why yet) and I drafted this TL-WDR4300 as an emergency replacement. I use it to connect my media area with the rest of my network. Basically my media devices (TV, Receiver, DVD Player and Home Theater PC) connect to the TL-WDR4300 switch using Cat 6 cables and bridge them with the rest of the network via a wireless connection to my main access point (wireless bridge). Next time I see these on sale will may pick up a second one to replace my current Cisco (Broadcom) central access point - I expect a setup using a pair of TL-WDR4300's will work well and provide a performance boost of my current mixed setup.

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Logitech Supra-aural Wireless Bluetooth Headset for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch (981-000381)
Logitech Supra-aural Wireless Bluetooth Headset for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch (981-000381)

Pros: I'm still testing the unit but I found the Logitech Product information at the link below.

Cons: * No documentation with refurbished unit * Not easy to locate product on Logitech Site (see link)

Overall Review: Product Info Link: http://www.logitech.com/en-us/support/tablet-accessories/8452 If this link doesn't work or is removed the key information is the device number "8452" - use this in logitech search bar and you should find a match.