Joined on 12/09/02
Pros: Does the job well. Nice build quality. Lots of manual customization options (though this could be a CON, depends how you look at it). Tons of resources online on getting this to work.
Cons: When placing calls from with line1 or SIP phone to PSTN, echo may be present for the local party (the remote party seems fine). Took quite a bit of fine tuning to get it to a reasonable level where it doesn't bother me. Upgrading firmware without a PC could be tricky (though there are ways to do it). Wish there was an application for MAC, like there is one for Windows.
Overall Review: Has worked well so far, no reboots, no crashes. Does get a little warm, but should not be a problem. I'm running this with Asterisk setup. Definitely requires a person either knowing what they're doing, or be open to do researching online for getting this to work as needed.
Makes a great pfsense router
Pros: Small form factor Can be used without fan (Intel Atom rated to 100C) Works well with pfsense (AMD64) No issues with video drivers on the latest build Plenty of horsepower for the SOHO job Low power consumption
Cons: HDD power cable could be longer - it reaches, but just barely Flimsy connection ports, but all I really need are the Network ports, which are fine Front power-light is very bright (but nothing that electrical tape can't handle)
Overall Review: Used for the pfsense build. Latest version as of this review (AMD64). Combined this with: * G.SKILL 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 F3-8500CL7S-4GBSQ * SanDisk ReadyCache SDSSDRC-032G-G26 2.5" 32GB SATA III HDD power cable is very short, as others have mentioned -- but I was able to use it. CPU fan is louder than I'd like. I haven't measured what difference it makes, honestly, probably not a whole lot (cheap fan). Disconnected the fan - system runs at about 62-65C at nominal load, I haven't tried to load up the system at this time for further testing. This is well within the Intel Atom specs (100C) -- and also at ambient temperature of about 80-83F in the room. Performance is very good. Actually, for a SOHO application this is probably an overkill. I'm running all the basic services (DHCP, DNS, etc.), plus Squid proxy, SquidGuard, VPN, and snort with almost all rules turned on. CPU doesn't average above 5% utilization during normal browsing from 4-6 separate devices in the house simultaneously (YouTube, Netflix, work VPN connection, etc.). I have a 50/10 line (runs more like 57/12 mbps) - during full speed tests the CPU doesn't go above 15% utilization - most of that due to snort with all rules turned on (almost). Solid box so far. Happy.
Works as a standard SSD under linux.
Pros: Works as a standard SSD under linux Cheap
Cons: None at this time.
Overall Review: Bought to be installed into a pfsense box, as I was planning to run Squid proxy on it. Works as expected, no issues detected. Equipment: OEM Production 2550L2D-MxPC Intel NM10 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System - OEM
So far a great AP
Pros: Great AP for the money. Does all of the WiFi duties well. Great signal. I live in a somewhat challenging environment for WiFi; in a building with cinder block/concrete walls, 5 GHz AP was not an option for me (the bricks would absorb the signal) -- but this unit is performing very well at 2.4. At -60 dBm signal I get MCS15 (130 Mbps) ... and that's 2 walls away from the unit (at 23dBm). Unfortunately there are legacy b/g units in the vicinity, hence 40 MHz wide channel is not possible on 2.4 GHz. This unit handles picking of the best possible channel and transmission rate quite well. I've used another unit (D-Link) in this apartment, and it would connect at 300 MBps, but due to all of the WiFi conflicts, the actual X-fer speeds would be a less than with this AP connected at 130 Mbps. In my case, leaving everything set to "Auto" makes for the best performance, I've tried to play around with settings manually, and came to the conclusion that "Auto" still provides the best performanc
Cons: While it has some advanced features that you won't find in a consumer-level products (generally), you still won't get all the extra advanced features of Cisco APs -- but in my case, I would never actually use any of them, so shelling out another $300+ would have been just silly. No other cons at this time.