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Michael J.

Michael J.

Joined on 05/17/02

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Excellent Speeds + Reliable PoE

TRENDnet TPE-TG44G 8-Port Gigabit GREENnet PoE+ Switch. Limited Life Time Warranty
TRENDnet TPE-TG44G 8-Port Gigabit GREENnet PoE+ Switch. Limited Life Time Warranty

Pros: Fast transfer speeds over 10/100 version of this device. Reliable PoE, running 4 Cisco Phones 24/7 without a hitch. Highly recommended device!!!

Cons: None yet

Overall Review: I previously owned a TPE-S44 (until a lightning strike killed it), the 10/100 version of this switch and it worked fine, when it was damaged in a storm near my house I replaced it with this unit and couldn't have be happier. Since replacing that unit I've noticed that transferring large files (typically movies) across my home network went from 8-11Mbps to 60-70Mbps. As with the switch that was damaged I've also had no issues with powering up the 4 Cisco phones I have in my home lab. As with any unmanaged switch, it's plug-and-play so as long as your cabling is good you should have no issues with this switch.

Most Critical Review

Couldn't Pass Digital Cable Advisor :(

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) 512MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100291L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) 512MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100291L

Pros: Silent, runs windows 7 fine, integrated audio is nice.

Cons: I bought this thing to be the video card for my HTPC, I also have an ATI Digital Cable Tuner, and before I was able to set it up I my system had to pass the Digital Cable Advisor (DCA - a utility that checks to make sure that your system is powerful enough to handle recording and playing back HD TV). My computer passed the first time, but I had to do a fresh install and every subsequent attempt failed, stating that the video card was not adequate. I put in an HD 5750 from one of my other PC's and finally my HTPC was able to pass the DCA. Unfortunately my HTPC is in a low profile case, and I could not use my 5750 going forward, and had to replace this card with a Geforce 9400

Overall Review: If you are not planning on using a CableCARD tuner, this card would be perfect for a quiet, low power HTPC or silent workstation.

Ooma Telo Free Home Phone Service
Ooma Telo Free Home Phone Service

Pros: Good phone service, and no bill other than a small amount for monthly taxes (around $2).

Cons: None Yet

So Far So Good

nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum panel & Steel HTPC 1000B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum panel & Steel HTPC 1000B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: -Clean look, wife approved -Good amount of space for clean cabling, especially with a modular PSU -Good ventilation -Lots of space for disks

Cons: No easy place to mount small SSD's I seem to have a unit with a dead HDD activity LED. Only brushed aluminium on the unit is the front pane, all other panels are painted steel. The Included fans aren't silent, I ended up replacing them with some aftermarket ones that do a better job at keeping the sound to a minimum.

Overall Review: Not sure I'm all that bent out of shape over the apparently dead HDD LED, in fact I think I may prefer not having that blinking light in my living room. One thing that I think all HTPC cases should offer is the option to have additional Power and/or Reset buttons located on the back of the unit, to prevent 'little fingers' from turning the unit off. Regardless of the Cons listed above I am very happy with this case and feel that it's a solid build at a good price.

Great Price!

Rosewill RTCA-A0V301F High Yield Black Toner Replaces Konica Minolta A0V301F
Rosewill RTCA-A0V301F High Yield Black Toner Replaces Konica Minolta A0V301F

Pros: High capacity replacement toner cartridge for cheap.

Cons: None yet

Overall Review: Getting the printer to rotate the cartridges properly so I can remove the expired one is weird, just had to keep opening the door till the one I wanted to replace happened to be in the right place. That is obviously an issue with the printer and not the cartridge itself.

Awesome Cable Modem

ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 8x4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 8x4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Pros: Excellent Speed, noticed more consistent/faster speeds even over an old SB6161 that I had to replace due to a lightning strike. Note: Ease of setup is based on your service provider.

Cons: None yet