Joined on 07/07/04
lsusb + Linux
Pros: Detected and working on Xubuntu 12.04.02, kernel 3.5.0-18-generic lsusb: ID 0411:0158 BUFFALO INC. (formerly MelCo., Inc.) WLI-UC-GNHP Wireless LAN Adapter Device Descriptor: bLength 18 bDescriptorType 1 bcdUSB 2.00 bDeviceClass 0 (Defined at Interface level) bDeviceSubClass 0 bDeviceProtocol 0 bMaxPacketSize0 64 idVendor 0x0411 BUFFALO INC. (formerly MelCo., Inc.) idProduct 0x0158 WLI-UC-GNHP Wireless LAN Adapter bcdDevice 1.01 iManufacturer 1 Ralink iProduct 2 802.11 n WLAN iSerial 3 1.0 bNumConfigurations 1 Looks like its using the rt2800usb chipset
Cons: None yet
Good drive, bad enclosure
Pros: The drive itself is fine, but you'll be best served removing it from the included USB enclosure. I used it to replace a DVD-RW in a SSF Dell desktop. Works great. The drive is manufactured by Panasonic. Its front panel is a non-standard size (perhaps 1-2mm larger than normal), but uses the normal clip based mount so it can be swapped. On rebate the drive was ~42, make it about half what a bulk packed slim BDRW would cost. The internal interface is SATA 2, with the mini type power connector.
Cons: The USB chipset is in the enclosure is terrible. I wager many of the issues other purchasers have had are the result of it. Also, the drive and enclosure consume considerably more power than two USB ports can reasonably provide. The drive is rated at 1.6A @ 5v, I'd guess that the USB interface probably requires another .2A, giving a total of 1.8A. The labeling on the enclosure lists 2A, which should be a worst case requirement. The USB 2.0 spec states that a port can provide up to 500mA, so from two ports you should only be able to get 1A, leaving you at least .8A short. I'd bet the coaster issues are the result of the drive browning out.
Overall Review: Shuck the case, keep the drive. On rebate the drive was a good deal.
Pros: Low cost, good resolution, IR illumination, actuated IR shutter. After a bit of mucking about, I dug the following RTSP urls out: rtsp://user:pass@IP:554/iphone/11 (720) rtsp://user:pass@IP:554/iphone/12 (640) rtsp://user:pass@IP:554/iphone/11 (320)
Cons: Terrible web interface. Browser detection seems broken, appears to rely on ActiveX controls for Will only send 320 or 640 images using the "Mobile" option. Does not appear to be a way to produce images at a higher resolution.
Overall Review: Use RTSP and your cam backend of choice and its pretty reasonable.
Pros: Well laid out, nice selection of ports and options. TPM and LPC header present and documented on board.
Cons: The board claims vPro, however it does not have an on board TPM or an installable one available for purchase. The board does have a TPM connector to which on presumes an after market TPM module could be installed. However, it does not appear that ASROCK sells such module to use with this board. No references to a module can be found on their website or in Google. Contacting their technical support resulted in their suggesting that I purchase an ASUS TPM module and that "You can search in google". This is not a solution as the the ASUS module has a different physical connector on it than the ASROCK board, 2mm pin spacing vs. 2.54mm and a different key pin location. Besides the physical differences, the electrical pin outs of the modules are different. ASROCK's support appears to have no knowledge on this issue or its resolution.
Overall Review: ASROCK's technical support is rude and unhelpful.
Pros: Low Profile, Dual Tuner, PCI Express
Cons: No Low Profile Bracket, No hardware MPEG encoder. Not supported in MCE (will work under MCE, but the media center interface will not recognize it). Not supported in SageTV 6.1 or BeyondTV 4.3. Supplied software is junk.
Overall Review: Can't speak to Vista support, didn't try it.