Joined on 12/02/02
Solid little WAP
Pros: Reliable, strong signal. Small form factor. Has capability to handle VLAN tags and multiple SSIDs.
Cons: Configuring multiple SSIDs was not straightforward. VLAN configuration was goofy, to say the least (at least when one is used to professional grade gear, such as Foundry/Brocade or Cisco). There was no setting to block access to admin screen from the wifi network, such as the old IronPoint 200 had (old Foundry WAP). No option to configure just "g/n" -- it's "b/g/n" or "n" -- kind of irritating. The old "b" standard shouldn't be forced into the mix like that, definitely not good to still be allowing.
Overall Review: This is essentially D-Link's entry level SOHO WAP. Single frequency design, which is okay as I wasn't concerned about 5GHz. They need to clean up and follow more conventional networking with their VLAN and SSID configurations. I had trouble getting multiple SSIDs working, but I'll get it once I find some more in-depth documents. Setting up the ethernet interface, I was surprised to discover it can be both tagged and untagged, meaning that it'll handle your direct CAT-5 connection even after you've applied the VLAN configuration. Nothing necessarily wrong with that except it makes it easier to compromise one's LAN (though with the physical access needed, you've probably got other issues as well). But, so far, this little unit is reliable and steady and fast. I have it on the other side of a room full of metal ducting, no real signal loss. It's got a good price for what it is (currently almost half off normal price, putting it in line with much less capable WAPs).
What a nightmare
Cons: Goofiest rash of problems I've ever seen with a RAID controller. First it wouldn't see the drives, then after lengthy tech support with LSI, I fix that, but can't get into the bios config. Finally, I figure out that I can get into the BIOS if I have a bootable external hard drive hooked up...and THEN I find out that the driver is only native to ESX, not ESXi. At first, LSI said it was supported, then a followup message informs me that the chipset used is not supported.
Overall Review: I have owned and run the 8204ELP for years, flawless performance and much more straightforward in its configuration, it gave me reason to purchase this controller. I think the 9240-4i was engineered by the "rightshored" team, not the A team that build the 8204. Now, I wish I'd bought the older 3Ware 9650 controller instead (3Ware is now owned by LSI). Just say no to the 9240-4i. Waste of time.
For FreeBSD, there's two versions of this
Pros: Price. It's listed as able to be an Access Point.
Cons: Two versions of this device, A and B. One uses RALink and the other uses RealTek. Not an issue for Windows or even Linux, but a definite issue for FreeBSD (and by extension, pfSense).
Overall Review: I purchased this to enable my pfSense firewall (FreeBSD based) to become a wireless access point. It's listed in various FreeBSD and pfSense documents as being compatible with AP Mode. However, A is compatible and B is not. And, nobody sells them by which version is which. So, it was a risk. I just wish Asus would have labeled them completely differently as to enable me to discern what I was actually buying. Seems like a nice device, but I can't do anything with the B version shipped to me.
Lousy software, nice adapter
Pros: Nice, small form factor. Reliable.
Cons: ASUS software has no option to select Windows to configure the adapter and when it fires up, it operates too late to handle things like network logins properly. ASUS software prompts on login for admin privs to execute. Don't load the software, see if you can load just the drivers (haven't tried uninstalling and re-adding, just disabled the startup and let Windows handle configuration). Speed also seems a little lower than the 150Mb/s, despite having 99% signal strength. But, it meets my needs.
Overall Review: Don't load the software. See if you can load just the drivers. ASUS should have followed the fifteen year old convention to let customer select whether Windows or ASUS manages Adapter.
Pros: Inexpensive. Decent, but not great, quality. Decent bang for the buck. Since motherboard was also Gigabyte, front panel connectors all worked. No having to decipher pin numbers with individual pin connectors and risking reversing something.
Cons: Flimsy motherboard back-plane. Front requires removal of screws instead of use of plastic clips. Depth is more shallow than older generation ATX Mid-Tower. This made it problematic to use the full size bays and even limited where hard drives could be placed depending on video card.
Overall Review: For an inexpensive case, this was okay. I didn't expect a tank. But, the shallow depth didn't make sense to me. Next time, I'll pay better attention to dimensions.
4 years without issue
Pros: I've run many RAID-5 cards in my career. This one I picked for my workstation, an AMD based system (was dual core, now quad-core). System was built primarily for multimedia work I do as a hobby but also had to be able to play various games, to include City of Heroes/Villians. Regarding the card, it's run flawlessly for me with three 250GB Seagate SATA-2 drives.
Cons: Newegg no longer carries it, nor anything priced as well as this card. All hardware capable RAID-5 cards are outrageously priced. I have no use for software RAID cards.
18 days, no product
I found out why these guys are so slow, after one of them gave me the USPS tracking number. The shipment originates in China, so it took a week to even hit US shores and get into the hands of USPS. Wish this had been more clear in the item description. NewEgg, I trust. If NewEgg wants to be the new Am*zon, that's fine, but make the vendor show country of origin for the shipment. I should not be waiting 18+ days for a simple order. This is not 1999 any longer. These guys are slow. Real. Slow.