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ANDREW Y.

ANDREW Y.

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Linksys LINK-M20-RM Valet Plus Wireless-N Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Linksys LINK-M20-RM Valet Plus Wireless-N Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: Still working .... Flashed Tomato/Shibby, works great!

Cons: 4 MB flash memory, but I knew that.

Overall Review: flash with dd-wrt first, then tomato dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_m20.bin tomato-K26-1.28.RT-MIPSR2-101-MiniIPv6.bin change extension from .trx to .bin

GL.iNet GL-MT300N-V2 Mini Travel Router, Repeater Bridge, 300Mbps High Performance, 128MB RAM, OpenVPN Client
GL.iNet GL-MT300N-V2 Mini Travel Router, Repeater Bridge, 300Mbps High Performance, 128MB RAM, OpenVPN Client

Pros: Works great as a "poor man's" wifi mesh, just inexpensive multiple AP's around the house. Latest Openwrt software fixes the WPA2 bug.

Cons: Software is a dumbed down version of the standard openwrt. And the Luci interface is also dumbed down. The Installation wizard works for the intended presets. But running as AP's isn't a preset. So SSH command line is required. But just follow the Openwrt documentation for access points. No power supply, just look for old USB phone chargers.

Overall Review: Running an Ubiquiti ER-X and TP-Link Powerline Ethernet. AP roaming requires a much shorter beacon interval and lower transmit power via command line. OpenWRT 18.06.x works, but LEDE 17.01.x does not.

refurbished or new

HP Desktop Computer Pro 6305 A4-5000 Series A4-5300B (3.40 GHz) 8 GB DDR3 1 TB HDD Windows 10 Pro
HP Desktop Computer Pro 6305 A4-5000 Series A4-5300B (3.40 GHz) 8 GB DDR3 1 TB HDD Windows 10 Pro

Pros: Works. No scratches or big dents. Looks dust free inside. Windows 10 on the cheap. Came with a 2 TB drive, instead of 1TB

Cons: Small dent in the rear air openings, no big deal. Hard drive has 40000+ hours. 46 reallocated sectors. But passed the smartctl long test. (-1 egg for too many hours)

Overall Review: "Cloned" the 2 TB drive to a newer 1 TB. Run chkdsk.exe every time the file system/partition has been changed Use SystemRescueCD to shrink the C: partition to desired size. Move everything to the beginning of the drive. Use Clonezilla, using local to local disk, -icds option, to clone disk.

12/20/2016
ASRock A75M-ITX FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
ASRock A75M-ITX FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Everything works. Recognizes the correct memory speeds, no need to set the BIOS.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Front USB ports are USB 2.0 Don't mix USB 2.0 and 3.0 devices and ports. All "legacy" devices on 2.0 ports.

really fast

Seagate Momentus XT ST500LX003 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive Bare Drive
Seagate Momentus XT ST500LX003 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Fast, Win7 SP1 boots up in 40 seconds. Most cached apps open within 2 seconds.

Cons: Back to "slow" when transferring large files

Overall Review: Advanced Sector Hard Drive, you must use Win7 SP1

Linksys LINK-M20-RM Valet Plus Wireless-N Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Linksys LINK-M20-RM Valet Plus Wireless-N Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: inexpensive, everything works, Gbit switch

Cons: Ordered two, only one came with the easy setup key

Overall Review: Flashed with DD-WRT, build 18946