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John P.

John P.

Joined on 10/22/03

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Sabrent USB to Serial Cable

Sabrent USB 2.0 to Serial (9-Pin) DB-9 RS-232 Adapter Cable 6ft Cable with Hexnut connectors (SBT-FTDI)
Sabrent USB 2.0 to Serial (9-Pin) DB-9 RS-232 Adapter Cable 6ft Cable with Hexnut connectors (SBT-FTDI)

Pros: Works with Win8.1 64bit. Plugged it in the HP Envy laptop and within seconds it was ready to go. Tested with a radio controlled by a Windows program and it worked flawlessly.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Many cables will work with Win7 but it does not mean that it will work with Win8. This one does work.

Nice add-on for your garage door opener

Aladdin Connect WiFi Smart Garage Door Controller by Genie - Retrofit Add-on Unit for Existing Garage Door Opener / Compatible with Amazon Alexa, SmartThings, & Google Assistant
Aladdin Connect WiFi Smart Garage Door Controller by Genie - Retrofit Add-on Unit for Existing Garage Door Opener / Compatible with Amazon Alexa, SmartThings, & Google Assistant

Pros: As technology marches on, products are often harder to set up and get working. The Genie WiFi add-on was no exception. I started with reading the quick start guide to get an idea of the various ways this unit could be installed. Then I watched the video that walks you thru the process. I had a Genie Opener which was about 6 years old. They did not offer a Wifi controller at that time. So the Newegg special offer caught my eye right away. Free and fast shipping is a newegg hallmark. After the installing the App on a Android phone it guided you through how to set up the controller and get it connected to your Wifi router. After completing the process it was time to decide where to mount the controller. You can put it next to your exisitng control box. The unit does require an AC outlet for the transformer and outlets are not often in the right place. But there is an outlet at the opener/motor. That's where I mounted the unit and connected two wires to those leading to the exisitng controller. My old controller also controls the light and the vacation settings so you want to retain that controller. There is also a wireless door sensor which mounts on the upper door panel. When the door is open, the sensor is horizontal and sends a signal to the controller to indicate an open door. When the door is closed the sensor is vertical and a signal is sent to the controller indicating a closed door. The installation ran into trouble when the the app said the controller was "paired but not connected." After trying to reprogram the controller it was time to call the tech support number provided. Many have experienced frustration when dealing with vendor support people and I was prepared for that possibility. But this time it was different. I had a support person on the phone in just a few minutes. She took my number so she could call back if we got disconnected. She had me go through some steps and determined that the door sensor was the problem. But the problem was not corrected until she had me connect the phone directly to the controller's Wifi so it could be reprogrammed. Problem solved! After the call I thought about what had transpired. I have to say that the person that I worked with was very knowledgable, courteous, patient and spoke very clearly. She never tried to hurry the process. Genie is a Company that has been around for a long time and I would recommend their products. And they know how to give outstanding customer support. I hope someone at Genie reads this and gives that support person a big raise. She eared it!

Cons: Once the Android App is launched, it will not close normally. You have to press the lower left part of the screen which will bring up all of your previous windows. Then you can close it from there. I'm sure they will fix this bug so that the program will close normally.

Overall Review: This project works as advertised. Genie has a solid reputation and backs it up with outstanding customer support!

Aluratek ABS02F Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
Aluratek ABS02F Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Pros: Good sound quality considering the size. Rugged case, solidly built. Good battery life.

Cons: The only problem I have with this unit is similar to another review posted earlier. The unit doesn't seem to remember what it has been paired with earlier and therefore will not connect to a device without putting it in the discovery mode. It will not pair with my S3 or a bluetooth adapter unless you go through the process to pair by holding the button down. My phone easily pairs with other bluetooth devices and those devices remember so you don't have to go through the process each time like you do on the Aluratek.

Overall Review: Great price on sale even with the pairing inconvenience.