Joined on 09/03/03
Awesome card, easy to use and install, works great with Xbox 360
Pros: Worked great for what I needed for. It worked right away in Vista 64, I didn't even need to install drivers, it didn't even pop up new hardware, it just showed up in my device manager like its been there all this time. I love having the option to have external sata ports. It is sooo convenient for what I need it for without having to open and close the case.
Cons: I guess some people noted that it does not have esata connector. Separate purchase. Only two ports can be used at a time.
Overall Review: Be sure to set the jumpers on the card if you want to use the external ports. Comes default with internal ports enabled. The regular sata port works awesome for Xbox 360. Just hook up a regular SATA cable and you are GTG. BTW if you use the external ports. Be sure to hook up the cable to the port closest to the motherboard.
This router is a joke, no wonder there are so many horrible reviews
Pros: Worked for 3 months Fast when it worked
Cons: Stopped working after 3 months. The router would randomly just disconnect all connections (wireless and hard wired devices). It would take a powered reset for it to work again. Netgear support is a joke, they have 1 year warranty but only 90 day support warranty. According to the rep in order to assist me with step by step instruction on my issue I need support warranty... So there is something wrong with the router covered under 1 year warranty but there is no way to use the warranty because of their stupid policy. Last Netgear product I will buy. BUYERS BEWARE STAY AWAY!!! This router gets terrible reviews for a reason, I shouldn't have adopted early, now I am paying for it with a sub par router.
Great card when it works
Pros: Works great once installed and configured. Runs smoothly with HD shows. Able to pick up all my QAM channels.
Cons: Does not scan QAM channels properly, might be due to cable company, had to manually enter the channels in. Huge bug in my card, I gave it 3 eggs because of this: the hardware ID does not match drivers. When I first installed it, I thought I had a DOA device. But it turned out that the hardware ID written on this card does not match the drivers Hauppauge has. It is a known issue, if you do a google search you will find it. Luckily I was able to get the card working by the modifying the inf driver file. Others might have just given up and said its DOA.
Overall Review: For anyone that encounter this issue I had. If windows detect it but cannot install drivers for it, saying it can't find it. What you do is run the driver install program. It will create a folder C:\Hauppauge. Goto the drivers folder, find the hcs89.inf there is another for 64 bit OS also. Open it in notepad. In there replace all instances of 88800070 (correct Hardware ID) with 00001131 (incorrect one on board). Now run the driver installation program again and this time it will find it, since you have made the INF file match the ID with the hardware. Wish Hauppauge would get off their behinds and add this entry themselves. I mean its not hard, all they have to do is copy the two lines of code and make another entry for Hardware ID 00001131.
Pros: Works great Easy to install Small
Overall Review: Was alot smaller than I thought, which is perfect for my HTPC setup. I have it hooked up to a wireless bridge > this switch going to my Xbox 360 and HTPC. The other reviewer is wrong, this is a 100MBps switch. He probably have one of his components hooked up in the 1x port. The Uplink/1X port are shared, so if you hook it up via uplink, you have to connect your devices 2x-5x ports. When I hook up my HTPC to 1x port, it shows up as 10Mbps, but as soon as I switch to 2x it shows up 100Mbps. It is in the written literature also.
Pros: Beautiful case Customizable VFD w/ built-in IR Sensor Works with Windows MCE remote Easy to install
Cons: Tons of wires, theres no wire management inside. VFD is CHEAP. Like all other reviews my LCD came apart from the backlight, I had to fix it by using clear tape and taping the two top left and right corners to the back piece. Also trying to remove the VFD was a pain and hard. Since my LCD came apart while I was trying to remove the VFD piece, I could literally hear my LCD scraping against the case...
Overall Review: I was able to hide the excess cables underneath the DVD tray. I didn't have any problems installing my components, had plenty of room inside. The case is very easy to scratch. I already put a little ding in it during installation. It would have been a perfect 5 egg rating, but the poor quality of the VFD on an Antec product just kills it. So it gets Average.
Good for gaming!
Pros: - Works great with Xbox Live. - Can set QoS - Fast I replaced my old Buffalo MIMO router WHR-HP-G54 I did not think it was going to improve my XBL connection since it was hooked up via ethernet. It sure did, my connection rating for game searches increased by 1 bar on XBL, I can search and connect to games faster! I get game search results almost instanteneously, before it would take any from 5-10 seconds. I set QOS on my Xbox's MAC, so far I am loving this router.
Cons: No external antennas. Though it has internal MIMO it would be nice to have the option of installing better antennas at some point.
Overall Review: This is matched with WMP300N PCI adapter for my PC works great.