Date Joined: 02/23/17
Pros: Works great -- for about six months ....
Cons: Starts dropping connections after several months of use....
Overall Review: In the past I used cheap routers from the local superstore, and threw them out when they stopped working. This time I decided to bite the bullet and buy a 'quality' unit -- unfortunately, cost does not translate to quality. This one has started acting up in less time than my cheap ones, and in fact, I've had to switch back to my last, somewhat flaky Netgear unit until I can acquire a new one. Linksys is clearly just another company riding on a reputation it no longer deserves. You'd do better to buy the cheapest (non-Linksys) unit you can find, and just flush the difference in price down the toilet.
Pros: Excellent sound, logical controls, super good FM reception
Cons: Bluetooth is useless
Overall Review: I chose this model on the basis of its FM sensitivity figures, and it definitely performs well in that respect. I also opted to do without front-panel USB & AUX connectivity on the basis of its offering Bluetooth, and THAT was a mistake. If my Samsung Galaxy had difficulties with all devices, or even if it always had issues with this Kenwood, I would assume it was a setup problem, but this is not the case. Sometimes it works fine. Sometimes it just says: "no device", and no amount of toggling BT, resetting, or what have you will make it work. Essentially, the feature might as well be missing. Moreover, the paltry cables they provide for the rear USB and AUX connections aren't nearly long enough to access under the dash, so at this point, I have to remove my dash cover again if I want to install aftermarket extensions. In the past I always stuck with Pioneer, and I will definitely stick with that brand in the future. If you have no need of Bluetooth, or aux-in, or USB, then save money and buy a model without those features. I would simply not trust Kenwood for anything in the future.
Pros: I had an old M-Audio Delta-44 audio recording interface board that required a PCI interface, and just upgraded my computer with a motherboard that had only PCI-Express slots. I was VERY skeptical that this kind of solution would work but since there's nothing in the market that could replace my old Delta-44 at an affordable price, I decided to give it a shot. For my application, at least, it works flawlessly, and I would not hesitate to try it for other obsolete, irreplaceable components. Aside from the electronic uncertainties, I was concerned about how it was going to allow the old board to fit. I have to admit it took a bit of fiddling, but it comes with two adapter brackets. I was going to describe the process under 'cons', but I really think that would be unfair because one has to expect to expend SOME ingenuity to make something like this happen, so I'll elaborate a bit under 'other'.
Overall Review: If you're considering one of these, then you probably know the mechanical environment: raising the original PCI board an additional inch or so above the motherboard introduces a corresponding offset in where the support bracket is going to screw into the back of your computer case -- no way around that. The unit ships with an extender for the 'inside' of the bracket - that is, were it slides in behind the motherboard, but that still leaves the end with the 90-degree bend off by a corresponding amount. With a shallow card, it would probably be possible to replace the bracket with one for a low-profile installation, or even just cut and bend the end, but the Delta-44 is a large card, and that wasn't going to work. The adapter also includes a full length bracket that is cut away where the I/O connects on the back (this might not fit all cards, but it worked for mine. It screws into the adapter board, and lays right over the original bracket perfectly (it's offset appropriately to fit right). This still left the original bracket extending beyond the end of the space where the bracket normally screws in. It also leaves the card supported only by the PCI slot, which may or may not be a problem, but I wasn't comfortable with it. My solution was to CAREFULLY cut off the original Delta bracket to where it just fit the 'overlay' bracket (using a Dremel cut-off wheel), then drill a couple of tiny holes and secure it with two small sheet metal screws. If that makes you squeamish, then this might not be a good solution for you, but it was really quite easy and didn't take me more than 10 minutes or so. As stated ion the beginning - works perfectly.