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John C.

John C.

Joined on 07/21/08

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Most Favorable Review

Great little security appliance!!

Ubiquiti ERLite-3-US Edgemax EdgeRouter Lite-3 3x Gigabit LAN Ports
Ubiquiti ERLite-3-US Edgemax EdgeRouter Lite-3 3x Gigabit LAN Ports

Pros: Where to start, this appliance does it all, great GUI with easy CLI structure. I’ve seen many reviews that knock the ease of the GUI, but let me just say, this is not for the dumb user. If you know what you’re doing or have internet access (and can navigate YouTube), you will have no issues setting up this box.

Cons: The only con is that it isn’t rack mountable. I know I know, get the rack mount version if you have a nice rack setup in your house.... I would like to see Ubiquiti put out a rack mount kit.

Overall Review: Some of the features I wanted to employ weren’t very straight forward and took some heavy research to implement. Things like VLAN client isolation while running a DNS & DHCP server on another client of the VLAN. But all that research was fun and just made the experience more rewarding once I figured it all out.

12/12/2017
Most Critical Review

I guesss you get what you pay for

Thermaltake V9 Black Edition ATX Computer Gaming Chassis with Dual Oversized 230mm Ultra-Silent Cooling Fans VJ400G1N2Z Mid Tower
Thermaltake V9 Black Edition ATX Computer Gaming Chassis with Dual Oversized 230mm Ultra-Silent Cooling Fans VJ400G1N2Z Mid Tower

Pros: Lots of fans, nice HDD access and toolless.

Cons: Flimsy design, knockouts not stamped correctly and will cut you if you are not careful. Short case too, I have a GTX480 and it will barely fit. Side fan was 1 inch to far back and would on allow side pannel to lock in place with CORSAIR H50 installed. Front audio plugs have static when connecting headphones.

Great little box!!!

Ubiquiti ER-X-US EdgeRouter X 5-Port Advanced Gigabit Ethernet Routers, 256MB Storage
Ubiquiti ER-X-US EdgeRouter X 5-Port Advanced Gigabit Ethernet Routers, 256MB Storage

Pros: - Perfect little firewall for a dev network or non-critical prod. (e.g. vacation home or rental property) - Low cost makes it a sure bet for starters into EdgeRouter and Uniquiti. (but wait for newegg deals, I got mine for $39.99) - EdgeOS is still the best I've used for quick setup and status updates.

Cons: - No LEDs on the front suck if you're into blinky lights to make your closet look cool!! - It's almost too small, I would like to have the ports spread out a little so the case looked more serious.

Overall Review: - Don't be a conehead and forget to download the latest firmware before disconnecting your PC...just saves time when you realize you need the update and can't get to the internet.

Great product with a small NTP flaw

EnGenius N-EAP1750H Kit Indoor AC1750 Access Point & PoE Kit
EnGenius N-EAP1750H Kit Indoor AC1750 Access Point & PoE Kit

Pros: Handles every connection I have thrown at it. Guest networks w/client isolation helps keep visitors on the network but off my LAN. The very basic tests I have run, I can get about 300Mbps to mobile devices and about 360Mbps to laptops (which seems slow for a device that claims to have 1300Mbps but that could be due to single antenna clients). Looks really great mounted to the ceiling.

Cons: The NTP flaw ... even with a firmware update, this device requires an active/accessible NTP server upon reboot, or it will lose its clock. My example was I setup a scheduled reboot once per week at 0400, after the first reboot it reset the time to 0356 and rebooted 4 minutes later. So I setup the NTP to point to the global pool, everything worked for weeks, and one week my internet was down during a reboot and it began cycling every 4 minutes until the internet came back up. Final solution was to use a Raspberry Pi on my LAN as an NTP server, now no more issues.

Overall Review: Another consideration that many people who don't know much about enterprise networking hate the "two click" save process, but if you think about it, this allows you to make many changes and apply them all at the same time, reducing the number of reboots/bounces you need to make on your enterprise.

11/30/2016

USB 3.0 ... not so much!!

Rosewill RX307-PU3-35B - 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure - SATA III, USB 3.0, Energy Saving, UASP, Black Aluminum & ABS Plastic
Rosewill RX307-PU3-35B - 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure - SATA III, USB 3.0, Energy Saving, UASP, Black Aluminum & ABS Plastic

Pros: Seems to run cool, I have a 1TB WD Black in mine and it never gets too hot to pick up.

Cons: Only gets 63MB/s (~500Mb/s) no where near USB 3.0 saturation, moving big files too...

Great Little WiFi Adapter

Edimax EW-7711ULC AC433 Wireless USB Adapter for PC/Laptop, Nano Size to Plug it & Forget it, Upgrade for Faster Performance, Support Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (5GHz Band Only)
Edimax EW-7711ULC AC433 Wireless USB Adapter for PC/Laptop, Nano Size to Plug it & Forget it, Upgrade for Faster Performance, Support Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (5GHz Band Only)

Pros: Speeds are comparable to every other WiFi adapter I have ever used, and much smaller profile. Cost was the biggest factor in buying.

Cons: Not having 2.4GHz band might be an issue if you have public WiFi or an older AP, so I dropped an egg.

Overall Review: Win 10 drivers weren't shipped, but easy to get from Edimax web site.