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Michael H.

Michael H.

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Most Favorable Review

Better Price Than EnGenius, albeit a Ralink chip

Rosewill RNX-N2X IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB2.0 Wireless-N 2.0 Dongle (2T2R) Up to 300Mbps Data Rates WPA/WPA2 (AES, 64,128-WEP with shared-key authentication).Cisco CCS V1.0, V2.0 and V3.0 compliant, Vista/ MAC 1.3/10.4/10.5/10.6 Ready
Rosewill RNX-N2X IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB2.0 Wireless-N 2.0 Dongle (2T2R) Up to 300Mbps Data Rates WPA/WPA2 (AES, 64,128-WEP with shared-key authentication).Cisco CCS V1.0, V2.0 and V3.0 compliant, Vista/ MAC 1.3/10.4/10.5/10.6 Ready

Pros: Well, it's a Senao rebranded as Rosewill. That's like selling a diamond ring in a candy machine. A very pleasant surprise. This is a great buy compared to the EnGenius branded version. The added RP-SMA jacks allow the addition of higher gain antennae than what is included and the semi-rigid USB extension cable is worth several, bucks on it's own. For the price, this is unbeatable.

Cons: It's a Ralink chipset. Unlike Senao's previous adapters in this form, these don't contain Atheros chipsets. There are dongle based versions of this Ralink and another Atheros based N adapter from Senao and EnGenius, but this is the only one so far in the "EXT" form.

Overall Review: I'd place this beyond any of the comparable 2x or 3x external antenna 802.11n USB adapters out there from Linksys or D-Link, although this model will likely pale in comparison to the likely Atheros version to come. Hopefully Rosewill will pick that one up too, and maybe some of the other mini-pci cards as well.

12/12/2008
Most Critical Review

No juice, no dice

Rosewill RHB-330A USB 3.0 4 Ports Aluminum Hub
Rosewill RHB-330A USB 3.0 4 Ports Aluminum Hub

Pros: Multiple ports, ability to mount to some surfaces.

Cons: Including a 2A (A=Amps/Amperage) AC adapter is a joke. This could be 7 ports, or 70 ports, and 2A wouldn't make a difference if you use contemporary USB peripherals on more than just four of the available ports. 500mA (.5A, or half an amp) is the minimum amperage each port ought to have (like on a PC). Yet, Newegg assumes you won't use all the ports at once, which is the selling point of a hub like this, so they save a bit by including a lesser power adapter. Still, if you have seven USB mice you want to use at once, then it may be the one for you.

Overall Review: What's funny here is that Newegg seems to include the appropriate AC adapter for this model with their 10-port version, which has an included power adapter rated at 3.5A. Of course, that leaves that model as underpowered as this one, but apparently, they know enough that those 3 extra ports ought to have 500mA. It's just a shame about the rest.

Unpopulated Internal Port Pads = No go

Mediasonic ProBox HP1-SS3 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Mediasonic ProBox HP1-SS3 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: The price might be reasonable during a promotion (such as Free after MIR).

Cons: One can clearly see from the product images that this is a card designed for two additional internal SATA ports, but the solder pads are unpopulated. That just turns me off. I actually went and looked for the full version, but it's not sold here.

Overall Review: Were the version with the added ports available, I'd consider picking that one up.

12/19/2013

7-port hub, really

Rosewill RHB-520 10-Port High Speed USB 2.0 Hub - Retail
Rosewill RHB-520 10-Port High Speed USB 2.0 Hub - Retail

Pros: Multiple ports, ability to mount to some surfaces.

Cons: OK, we know that 500ma is the average power supplied to a USB port (like on your PC), and that many current peripherals take advantage of that, leaving us to need powered hubs like this. Add that Newegg includes a 3.5A (A=Amps/Amperage) power supply which can only really handle seven ports, plus they add a button to the hub to shut off the remaining ports, and we can take it for granted they acknowledge what ports ought to be supplied with. So...why make a 7-port hub into a 10-port hub if you can't use all the ports? If you flip the switch, you take a properly powered 7-port hub, and underpower many, if not all of those seven devices to the point they won't function properly, if at all. Really, the added ports are useless in that situation unless all you have on the hub are mice. The fact is that many modern devices we would plug into a powered hub will draw more power because they are designed to take advantage of the standard. Yet, Newegg assumes you won't use all the ports at once, which is the selling point of a hub like this, so they save a bit by including a lesser power adapter.

Overall Review: What's funny here is that there is another hub here touted as being a 7-port hub, with a switch to turn off three ports, and it comes with a 2A adapter. If only Newegg supplied that with the adapter included here, that one would be a great buy. Otherwise, if you have, or can find, another 5A adapter with the same polarity/diameter plug as the one here, this 10-port version could be worth owning, but just not as cheaply.

Current drivers are an improvement

Rosewill RNX-N2X IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB2.0 Wireless-N 2.0 Dongle (2T2R) Up to 300Mbps Data Rates WPA/WPA2 (AES, 64,128-WEP with shared-key authentication).Cisco CCS V1.0, V2.0 and V3.0 compliant, Vista/ MAC 1.3/10.4/10.5/10.6 Ready
Rosewill RNX-N2X IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB2.0 Wireless-N 2.0 Dongle (2T2R) Up to 300Mbps Data Rates WPA/WPA2 (AES, 64,128-WEP with shared-key authentication).Cisco CCS V1.0, V2.0 and V3.0 compliant, Vista/ MAC 1.3/10.4/10.5/10.6 Ready

Pros: Throughput and range is still great. The RT2870 chipset is surprisingly good. (Still wonder if Atheros might be better)

Cons: Despite the lightness of the adapter, I wouldn't use the semi-rigid cable for it. It would still be too stressful for the USB port. It's great for small dongles, though. (Like the other Rosewill ones)

Overall Review: I've found an improvement with the current unbranded RT2870 package. Ralink updates the drivers more frequently than Rosewill or Senao/EnGenius gets around to rebranding and uploading them. Head to support on ralinktech and after choosing OS, look for "USB (RT2870/RT2770/RT307x)".

Yes you can change the display from Farenheit to Celsius!!!!

APEVIA X-Dreamer II ATXB4KLW-GN Green Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX 420W power supply for AMD/Intel Power Supply
APEVIA X-Dreamer II ATXB4KLW-GN Green Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX 420W power supply for AMD/Intel Power Supply

Comments: Remove the front bezel to see the back of the lcd display, and you'll see a black switch to change it! Enjoy :)