Date Joined: 05/20/06
Pros: - The included power supply is still kickin'
- Surprisingly cool for how cramped it is with just a miniITX and one 3.5" drive
- Tight squeeze but it fit the cpu fan without obstructing operating
Pros: After four years, still going strong without a hitch-- very stable
Overall Review: Just bought a second pair after four years to upgrade to 8GB and runs flawlessly as expected. Gskill changed the casing and label positioning so be sure you're not trying to force it into the slot backwards :P
Pros: - It works
- It looks nice
- It hasn't crashed yet
- Can assign unit any private IP address unlike lesser netgear models that force the unit to use the starting IP address
- Familiar admin interface you'll find on all netgear equipment
- DD-WRT support (unverified)
Cons: - The range is a joke. The unit sits on a shelf in a room on one end of a 2,000 sq. ft. house and the wireless signal is ***BARELY*** strong enough for me to maintain a connection with a device in a room on the opposite end of the house. Nearly unacceptable to say the least.
- The unit defaults to looking for a firmware upgrade upon accessing the admin control panel... a firmware upgrade located on a netgear site that IT CANNOT FIND. What a joke.
- Port 123 is used internally by the device therefore you are completely unable to manage port forwarding or triggering for that port (Port 123 is used for NTP protocol) This is particularly annoying if you run a time server that is not designated as the default dmz. My time server just so happens to be my hardware firewall, and therefore, my default dmz so it works, otherwise this unit would have already been returned due to such a needless crippling of configuration options.
- Comes with a cat5e cable instead of cat6
Overall Review: Has a lot of extraneous beeEss you can use to configure a media server if you're using windows machines and don't know how to configure a proper *nix NAS yourself.
I also was rather annoyed that the generic error message regarding "port in use" while trying to configure port forwarding for my time server was just that, a generic error message. I had to google for about 30 minutes to find out the port was used internally by the unit AFTER i visited all the configuration options the error reported to check for the port in use.
Pros: - Small form factor
- Works in FreeBSD
- Comes with drivers for WinXP to Win7 and has a nice control panel
- Can't really tell the difference between the sound output of this card and the lousy overpriced Creative X-FI XtremeGamer Fatality card it replaced
Cons: Wasted hundreds of dollars on overpriced junk before finding the gem
Pros: * Excellent connectivity throughout two floors of the house sitting in a USB hub on the second floor
* It's tiny
* LED indicator
Cons: * Needs to be removed and reinserted to the USB slot after a reboot