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Timothy C.

Timothy C.

Joined on 10/07/03

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Most Favorable Review

Bumpy start but works great now

BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N300 Gigabit Wireless Router - WZR-HP-G300NH
BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N300 Gigabit Wireless Router - WZR-HP-G300NH

Pros: 400MHz CPU. 64MB RAM. 32MB Flash. USB support for printers or NAS. Gigabit ports for LAN and WAN. 300mbps wifi. DD-WRT support. Great range and speed over Wifi. Support for multiple SSIDs on the same MAC address. Pretty good price when it is on sale.

Cons: No VLAN support on built in switch. DD-WRT devs are working on this. If you want to run multiple SSIDs and separate IP ranges, this has to be done on L3 instead of L2. I would prefer to set up separate VLANs for each SSID, but you can accomplish the same thing with iptables ACLs and separate DHCP servers for each subif. Factory installed DD-WRT had issues loosing the DHCP lease from Cox. I did a 30/30/30 reset and re-flashed the firmware and all is well now.

Overall Review: I am a network admin that mainly deals with Cisco gear at work. If this had VLAN support (access, not trunk) it would be a great product that competes with high end Cisco gear. As of right now (1-10-11) the LAN ports are not differentiated, so you cannot do VLAN access ports or assign QoS based on ethernet ports. The LAN ports are all seen by the router as eth0. You can however assign QoS based on service port (TCP, UDP, ICMP), device MAC address, or IP address (or CIDR block).

Most Critical Review

Expected more from Silverstone

SILVERSTONE Silver Aluminum front panel, 1.0mm SECC body LASCALA LC13-S ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
SILVERSTONE Silver Aluminum front panel, 1.0mm SECC body LASCALA LC13-S ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Good looking. Plenty of room for over-sized video cards. Good air-flow. Fans included. Full ATX. Pretty good price for an aluminum HTPC case.

Cons: Power button, Power button, Power button!! First off it did not work out of the box due to the wires getting crimped between the front panel and the case. Mine stuck in all the way the first time I used it as well. I had to remove the front panel to get it free and to fix the crimped wire problem. This is unacceptable from a company like Silverstone. The flip-down front panel feels like it should put up more resistance when moving it, but this is a small gripe.

Overall Review: This case is deeper than most entertainment centers are. If you are putting it in an entertainment center, then triple check the measurements before you buy this. I would have returned this due to the power button problem, but I was able to fix the problem on my own. If you are not mechanically inclined, I would steer away from this case.

Excellent for the price

Polk Audio PSW Series PSW10 Black Subwoofer
Polk Audio PSW Series PSW10 Black Subwoofer

Pros: Great freq response for a 10". Stereo passthrough or LFE. Very affordable. Looks good with or without the grill.

Cons: No heatsink on amp in the back. Tends to get a little hot to the touch when I am running it at high volume for a long time. (This is normal, but a heatsink would dissipate the heat much quicker.) Subwoffer tends to "walk" on tile floor when dumping really hard. Needs more grippy rubber on the legs.

Overall Review: For the price it cannot be beat. It is ported, so you will get a little delay in the bass, but it will be boomier.

12/13/2011

Works great with Asterisk

Cisco Small Business PAP2T-NA Internet Phone Adapter with 2 VoIP Ports
Cisco Small Business PAP2T-NA Internet Phone Adapter with 2 VoIP Ports

Pros: Very feature rich. Easy basic setup to use as an extension on Asterisk. Can set it up with 2 lines and 2 extensions on Asterisk. Studdering dial tone indicates new mail on Asterisk server.

Cons: Built-in feature codes conflict with Asterisk feature codes such as *67 to clock callerID. If you use the built-in *67 feature code, it just blocks the callerID sent to Asterisk. When a call is made using *67, Asterisk never sees the *67 feature code and sends the callerID out. You have to disable the built-in feature code and have it pass *67 to Asterisk in order to block outgoing callerID.

Overall Review: If you just need a simple ATA to use analog phones with a PBX then this device is perfect for you. Registering it directly to your Voip provider can be a bit more complicated.

Great Router. DD-WRT suported

BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N150 Wireless Router - WHR-HP-GN
BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N150 Wireless Router - WHR-HP-GN

Pros: Supports DD-WRT. Great range and speed. Much more stable than the DI-524 it replaced. Faster CPU and more memory than a WRT54GL.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I have not used the built-in firmware's interface as I immediately flashed to DD-WRT. I don't have any N devices to test the full speed out with. Seems to handle all the BitTorrent traffic I can throw at it without a problem.

Good for AGP Boards

PowerColor Radeon HD 4670 1GB DDR3 AGP 8X Video Card AG4670 1GBK3-P
PowerColor Radeon HD 4670 1GB DDR3 AGP 8X Video Card AG4670 1GBK3-P

Pros: Good for older PCs. Quiet fan. 1GB GDDR3. 6.7 score for Windows Experience Index.

Cons: 128bit memory bus. Drivers for Win7 from Powercolor's website don't have overdrive tab for Overclocking. GPU client for Folding@Home does not support the drivers for this card.

Overall Review: Upgraded from an X1950 Pro. Like most people using AGP boards, my CPU is the bottleneck now for most newer games. Was hoping for some overclocking options with this card.