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Tom S.

Tom S.

Joined on 08/03/02

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Guess I've been lucky...so far so good

NETGEAR WNDR3800-100NAS N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
NETGEAR WNDR3800-100NAS N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Pros: Been using this for a couple of weeks now. It replaced a WRT54G that was running DD-WRT. Upgraded the firmware to 1.0.0.24. Have this connected to 3 desktops (2 running gigabit and 1 on 100MB) and a PS3 over CAT 5e cabling. 1 laptop and 2 Motorola Droids connected to 2.4GHz Wifi at 130Mbps, and another laptop connected to 5GHz at 300Mbps. At least to my knowledge, I haven't experienced any connection problems nor any dropped connections. No problems either with port forwarding, DDNS, or IP reservations.

Cons: The few things I don't like I knew about before purchasing, so I can't really ding the device for it. Would be nice if you could change the username and not be forced to use admin. USB performance for attached storage sucks. Traffic metering per device would have been nice rather than just a total of all devices. Would be nice to have the capability of enabling/disabling a port forward rule instead of changing to an unused IP when I don't want a rule applied, or deleting it until it's needed again. Biggest complaint is how port 80 appears to be exposed to the internet even if you change your remote mgmt port to something else. For example, if you set the port to 12345 (or even use the default 8080) an external port scan still shows port 80 as responding unless you disable remote mgmt.

Overall Review: All in all, it seems like a decent router for the average user. I haven't played with Tomato or DD-WRT on this device yet. I'd recommend it.

Intel Core i7-930 - Core i7 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.8 GHz LGA 1366 130W Desktop Processor - BX80601930
Intel Core i7-930 - Core i7 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.8 GHz LGA 1366 130W Desktop Processor - BX80601930

Pros: What can I say that others haven't already?

Cons: Less than a week after purchasing this the i7-950 dropped to just $10 more than what I paid for the 930 but oh well, that's how this game works.

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850 W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850 W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Awesome looking PSU, seems solidly built. Comes with an awesome bag. Has more connectors than I think I'll ever need.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Only regret that I have is that I didn't spend the extra money and go modular. I put this in a CoolerMaster HAF932 so I've got ample room for the big bundle of unused cables but modular would have made this latest build look a lot cleaner in the end.

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G

Pros: Running flawlessly using XMP on an Asus P6X58-E.

Cons: One of the sticks was DOA.

Overall Review: Never, ever, EVER use the Eggsaver shipping. Did I say never? Replacement RAM was sent from Memphis, TN to my house in Nashville, TN. Package went from Memphis, to St. Louis, MO, to some city near Cincinnati, OH, then finally to Nashville. Shipped out on a Monday and was received on a Friday. I can drive to Memphis in 3 hours, yet my package had to take a 5 day, 900+ mile trip through 3 states? Other than that, Newegg was awesome. I was able to use just 4GB of RAM until my replacement was received, and then shipped the first set of RAM back for a full refund. I'll just know in the future when I'm offered Eggsaver shipping for free that I need to spend the extra $5 and get it here in 1-2 days via UPS.

ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Working as expected. Fired up first time without any problems. Installed with an i7-930 and 6GB (3x2B) of Corsair XMS3 (TR3X6G1600C8G) and using XMP. Tons of BIOS options for OCing. I really like the OC profiles you can create as well.

Cons: I knew these things before purchasing but one complaint is that for the price you don't get built in eSATA. Using an HAF 932 case with an eSATA connector so that gets the job done, but still would have been nice to have ports built in on the back. The first 2 PCI-E slots each block a PCI slot so if you're planning to SLI you won't be able to use any PCI cards. Only other complaint is that danged IO shield. Way too much padding made installation harder than it should be. Had to push hard on the board to hold it in place so I could drop in the first couple of screws.

Overall Review: Even with the cons it's a great, solid board and if I had it to do over again I'd make the same decision.