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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Mixed bag leaves you wanting more and expecting better2/20/2018 11:44:07 PM

Pros: I have this in the basement and I felt that the wi-fi signal upstairs was strong enough to eliminate an access point. A benefit of the LNAs in the antennas perhaps. I have several devices that support link aggregation including some L2 managed switches so I can add this to the gigabit link aggregate backbone of my network (sort of, see cons) for load balancing and failover. Setting up was pretty easy especially coming from another Netgear genie router. The VPN Server works and allows secure connections (sort of, see cons) to my home network..

Cons: The issues are numerous. Changing settings seems to almost always require a 2 minute reboot of the router. The first thing I did was set up reserved addresses and DHCP then start connecting devices. First device connected gets the reserved address for another device instead of it's assigned address. Fortunately, things have settled in and the reserved address devices all seem to be properly assigned. The email send mail service doesn't support TLS/SSL secure connections making it useless since it's difficult these days to find a service that supports insecure connections and clear text user password authentication. The router won't complete a connection to the PPTP VPN Server running on my NAS something that worked fine with my previous Netgear R6100 router . The router OpenVPN Server worked but generated 2 warnings and 3 errors using the router generated configuration script. One of the warnings is a Man In the Middle attack vulnerability. The link aggregated connection is detected and shows as active when connected to my NAS but when connected to my L2 managed switch it says inactive BUT it seems to be working anyway according to the switch (and, typically, you can't connect unless it is). Ports 4,5,6 share a 1000 mbps connection. Netgear support leaves a lot to be desired. The inability to get my PPTP traffic through the R8500 was one of two tickets I opened with Netgear support during the strictly enforced 90 complimentary installation support period and still open weeks later. First contact support offers no solutions and seems to fall back on the default of insisting you re-flash and reset the router even when he problem is a known issue that has no solution as was one ticket I opened (found the problem reported since 2012 in the Netgear community forums). Once you do that, they quickly pass you to more knowledgeable Level 2 support who also work from the script and always seem to want to arrange a phone call where they'll talk you through a lot of screenshot taking and other data/log collection. They haven't offered any solutions either. Next they escalate you to engineering but you never actually talk to an engineer, the Level 2 simply relays your responses and the engineers questions back and forth every few days. No solutions and a lot of busy work sums up my experience so far.

Overall Review: While I won't call it a con you need substantial space for this 12" wide monster. I can barely decide whether to keep it or send it back much less be able to recommend this router.

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Off to a good start5/16/2017 7:44:09 AM

Pros: Just received this monitor a few days ago and the initial impressions are good. Arrived shipped in good condition in it's original (mostly styrofoam) packaging with no outer packaging. Setup was painless with the included display port cable connecting to an nVidia GTX670. Started up right into 2560x1440 on my Win7 x64 Pro OS. No dead pixels (so far). Good black level. No light bleed in the edges or corners. Solid color Red/Green/Blue all look good, no color variations. No problems with flashing in any of the games I tried so far (none of the ones that were reported to have problems however). Connected to a swing arm VESA 100x100 mount with no problems. I was worried that the swivel/rotation of the head might be interfered by the back cover but it was no problem and the cover gives it a cleaner look from the back. USB 3 hub connected and was recognized but see some caveats below. So far just what I was looking for.

Cons: Only one knock on the monitor. It seems that the super charging ports can't/don't connect to the USB 3 when configured for super charging. I'll have to play around with it some more to see how it works in other configurations but ports 1 & 2 don't connect to the USB 3 in the configuration I have set for super charging. Ports 3 and 4 do connect so I'm not sure if that's a feature or what or if it's configurable. Minus one star if for no other reason than that the USB 3 setup is confusing. Update: The issue with the monitor going to sleep and refusing to wake has been occurring with some regularity lately. I've been finding I need to cycle the power from the front panel to get it to wake back up.

Overall Review: I was hoping that the increased screen size would compensate for the higher resolution shrinking the text but my poor old eyes had difficulty with the default small size text. Moving to Medium helps in places where it's properly programmed for but some applications don't handle it properly resulting in cropped lines etc. Not a problem with the monitor as with the implementation of the various text sizes.

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Working great as a data drive8/6/2016 9:01:55 AM

Pros: Installed in two separate computers since purchase and working great as a data / encoding drive. Samsung Magician reports 555 MB/s seq reads and 515 MB/s seq writes. Random reads at 52281 IOPS and random writes at 46816 IOPS.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I saw that some others have had problems with this drive so I was a bit concerned when I purchased it but it's been doing it's duty well for a while now.

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A bit expensive but nice8/6/2016 8:53:42 AM

Pros: Installed on a vertical riser off an X99 Deluxe 2 mainboard. Samsung Magician reports 2590 seq reads and 1544 seq writes, 133094 IOPS on random reads and 87657 IOPS on random writes. Great encoding times combined with a Broadwell-E i7-6950x 10 core.

Cons: Subjectively, I expected more on my boot times (must be other things slowing that down).

Overall Review: I tried to benchmark with AS SSD but the measures were clearly incorrect with seq writes at around 80-90 (no better than an HDD and it subjectively didn't feel that way)

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Works okay8/6/2016 8:40:17 AM

Pros: Works as expected. Setup hot swapping support on an X99 Deluxe 2 and everything worked great.

Cons: Not as rigid as one would like. Feels like a little flexing of the back plate when inserting the HDD and closing the door. Could just be a stiff connector that will loosen with use.

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Deluxe feature set and extras.7/23/2016 10:56:13 AM

Pros: This is a deluxe board with all the features you'd expect. It included PCIe add-in cards for Thunderbolt and m.2 SSD (in addition to an on-board m.2 and 2 on-board u.2 connections) as well as a case mountable Q-fan controller expansion card with three additional fan headers and three temperature sensor probes (also included). Fit into a Cooler Master Storm Trooper full tower with ease with a 280mm H115i water cooler radiator/fan assembly in the top. 3-way SLI supported but I'm not using it that way with only a single nVidia Geforce 1080 installed. UEFI is good and I liked the display of the EZ-mode though I tend to use advanced mode mostly. UEFI automatic overclocking routine generated a 38% stable overclock of the Broadwell to 4300MHz.

Cons: UEFI include was out of date version (4001) but did support the new Broadwell i7-6950x 10-core processor. The LED post codes were a real weak point. As I sorted out some initial issues like putting a video card in slot 3 which was fine with 4001 but failed to post with 8001 UEFI and returned CC code that wasn't in the list...in fact, none of the error codes where it has hung have had any related entry in the table of codes...kind of useless. AI Suite 3 5-Way optimization pushed the processor to 120% before it crashed and then set the overclock to 6900 MHz which was unbootable. The 2 ethernet ports can't be teamed in Windows 10.

Overall Review: In spite of some areas for improvement, this is a solid board overall and was mostly easy to install and setup.

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Quietly doing it's job.7/23/2016 10:28:01 AM

Pros: Modular design means you only run the cables you need. Used with an overclocked i7-6950x cooled with an H115i water cooler in an Asus X-99 Deluxe II mainboard with a Zotac Amp'd GTX 1080, Thunderbolt card, m.2 SSD, SATA3 SSD, 2x Optical drives, 2TB HDD. Kill A Watt reports 4 Watts power off, 110 Watts idling on Windows 10 desktop, and 255 Watts running Fallout 4 at Ultra everything on a 2560x1440 display so plenty of head room still. Cables were long enough to reach where needed for bottom mounted Power Supply in a full tower Cooler Master Storm Trooper case. Plenty of video card power cables for SLI configurations.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: Bag included for storing unused cables. Power Supplies are easy to install but a bit of a pain to wire up neatly, this one is no different.

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Not tool less but a nice case never the less7/22/2016 4:20:00 PM

Pros: Roomy case with plenty of room for expansion. A metal piece under the back of the shroud means you can lift it with two hands. Fits the 280mm H115i water cooler radiator in the top with no problems matched with a Asus X99 Deluxe II mainboard.

Cons: LED fans are poor quality and didn't even have airflow direction defined. This is not a tool less case so have a #1 and #2 philips handy.

Overall Review: Everything fit nicely and wiring looks clean thanks to adequate grommeted passthru's. Looks nice too.

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Expensive but Nice7/18/2016 8:07:00 PM

Pros: 4300 MHz overclock is rock solid. Asus AISuite 5 way optimization pushed it 120% over 3000 MHz (with H115i water cooler) and it was stable until the end but that wasn't bootable stable.

Cons: Painfully expensive

Overall Review: I was amazed it was stable for such an extreme overclock. Looks like a keeper.

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Easy7/18/2016 7:52:57 PM

Pros: Easy to install into the top of a Cooler Master Storm Trooper case with an Asus X99 Deluxe II motherboard with 20011v3 socket only needed standoffs and thumbscrews to secure the pump to the processor. Sweet. Great performance

Cons: none

Overall Review: I had an early hydro series cooler before and it was great too so I'm back for this one with a new PC build.

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7 mos and all is well.6/25/2013 8:28:36 AM

Pros: Good value and reasonable performance. I installed the first one of these back around Nov, 2012, the second in February 2013 and I'm adding a third this June 2013 (going in my NAS box). All are working well and I'm happy with them.

Cons: None so far.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
DRM fail3/7/2013 7:34:00 AM

Pros: It could be good if you could play it.

Cons: Always on DRM is as expected a complete fail. Servers are not accessible due to Origins failure to anticipate the initial load and the complete failure of the always on DRM. Cities are not saved Cities are not carried across servers so if you can't access the server where your city is you can't access that city. Every new server forces you to replay the tutorial. I've spent more time running the Simcity Recovery than playing the game. Desperately in need of some major patching.

Overall Review: Wait until confirmation that the crippling defects have been corrected and you can actually play the game before putting down your money. nVidia has a beta driver 314.14 that has specific support listed for Simcity.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Smooth sailing w/Win7 x649/28/2010 8:24:47 AM

Pros: I had to do a destructive flash of the firmware on my SSD so I needed a fast reliable backup. I had used the TIH2010 trial some months ago to clone to the SSD so I knew it would work. Back then I had tried the cloning with Driveimage XML (v2.13) and MS Windows Backup neither of which created workable images. Only TIH2010 worked as advertised then and cloned the Win7Pro drive. This time I backed up my SSD with DriveImage XML and TIH2011 Trial. To complete the 88GB backup, it took Driveimage XML 2 hours while TIH2011 took under 20 min! Wow big difference there. Also, the TIH image (default/standard compression setting) was 58GB while the Driveimage XML image (Good/High Compression setting) was 69GB. That was enough for me and I didn't bother with the Driveimage XML recovery and used the TIH image to recover. The recovery was fast (20 min) and trouble free and I booted into Win7 without boot or activation problems. It was like I never did the recovery, just the way I like it.

Cons: The Acronis backup/scheduler services may have caused a performance hit to my start up.

Overall Review: I used the trial versions twice, 2010 trial and 2011 trial, to create a workable clone and a workable backup. I used a USB key created by TIH2011 to restore the backup but it would not allow you to backup using the key giving a trial version limitation message. Saved my bacon twice and for free so I sprang for a licensed version.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Initial impressions; Network features are nice8/8/2010 11:12:14 PM

Pros: Setup using HDMI really cleans up the cable mess that I had before. Audyssey MultiEQ setup with the supplied mic made speaker configuration a breeze. The internet radio worked well and I might actually use it. Great deal of connection flexibility and input assignment. I setup to upconvert to 1080p and the video looks good although I have only two HDMI video sources connected; the cable TV source ranges from 480p to 1080i depending on the channel and a 1080p Bluray Player. Just a few (annoying) problems (in the Cons section) keep me from being completely happy with this unit.

Cons: Coax input from the SPDIF of my PC's Sound Blaster Audigy card intermits (drops out) frequently. I had to switch to a multi-channel hookup to get acceptable audio continuity playing movies with PowerDVD9. Several times on start up the unit has had no output until I pull the AC power for a couple seconds. RiHD is needed in order to enable the pass through function (for one thing) but is also hazardous to firmware updating (although no firmware updates are currently available). Some settings are under the setup menu but others under the home menu makes finding things less intuitive.

Overall Review: Replaces an Onkyo TX-DS777 (which handled the PC's SPDIF coax just fine). The output level seems a bit lower although that may be due to the by ear manual setup of the older model. The unit could see my linux network attached storage uPNP server but not any of the listings, a problem shared with Media Player 12 and with the Dlink DNS-323 NAS not the Onkyo.

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Failed after one week8/5/2010 11:33:09 AM

Pros: Nothing good about a bad drive except I was able to get my data offloaded in time.

Cons: Failed after 1 week. Windows notification of imminent failure allowed me to offload my files in time. Seagate's Seatools diagnostic reported SMART FAIL. Drive returned for replacement

Overall Review: I'll try one more of these since I have and like the Seagate 7200.12 1TB drives.

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Excellent but Noisy7/12/2010 11:07:28 AM

Pros: Full on-line (0 transfer time) sine wave UPS. Your equipment always runs off the inverter and never sees fluctuations in the line voltage and hence the 0 transfer time. Transfer time means when the power is out of range, your equipment is exposed to the fluctuations of the input line for that amount of (transfer) time before the battery backup cuts in and takes over. Also many UPS's generate square wave power instead of normal sine wave. Square waves are easy for digital devices to create but contain harmonics not found in line voltage.

Cons: Noisy fan (-1 star). I have a Cosmos 1000 case (that has sound proofing) so things were pretty quiet around my desk until I installed this UPS. The fan sounds like it's running at full RPMs even when the power output is shut off.

Overall Review: I purchased an earlier version of this same UPS (that one only had a serial port output) eight years ago. It was still running just fine on the original batteries. It wasn't exactly silent but this new one is so much noisier. My old one died out on a hot day recently. Autopsy found that it had clogged completely with dust bunnies and burned out.

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Fast but not perfect6/6/2010 7:06:07 PM

Pros: Boot drive with 1.5 firmware of new build with Win 7 Pro on Gigabyte UD7 board. Read/Writes in line with the ones shown in the OCZ forums (pretty good relative to SSDs). In service since Feb. 2010.

Cons: Read error occurs on a warm start (restart). Cold start (startup/reset) is no problem. Seems like it doesn't initialize properly with the warm start. Didn't see anyone else with a similar problem in the forums so haven't resolved. Not a deal killer but not optimum.

Overall Review: My windows startup was a little dissapointing but it would seem it has to do with driver or service startup than an issue with the OCZ. The system feels much pep-ier.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Garbage3/25/2010 9:04:17 AM

Pros: Look nice. Looks like a P380 with camo.

Cons: Doesn't work properly. The left side shoulder fire buttons aren't recognized in either GTR2 or Dirt-2 (the only games I use the pad for at the moment). No support on the Saitek website. I'll be asking for an RMA.

Overall Review: I generally like the Saitek controllers and have owned P880 and P990 versions. The price point and fairly rugged construction are usually good.

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Okay but not great3/2/2010 11:45:27 AM

Pros: Good specs. Installed okay and came with a cable and software (which I didn't use).

Cons: Rips much slower than my 2 year old Sony BWU-300S. i.e, Sony 35min, LG 79min for the same media.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Not too bad1/28/2010 2:18:50 PM

Pros: Sounded better than Ipod and Sony with similar design to Ipod earphones I used previously. Good fit (for me) with the default ear piece. Additional ear pieces should allow for comfortable fit over a wide range or users. Stays in place and comfortable during my 1 hour walks with the dog. Cord seems relatively heavy gauge and has reinforcement at the split point and a slide to adjust the earpiece cords.

Cons: Cord is too short at only 1 meter. Cord rubbing noise would be less of an issue if the cord were longer but hasn't been a significant problem for me in any case.

Overall Review: The earpieces provide a lot of isolation from environment which might be good or bad depending on your needs. I was happy enough to buy a second set on sale.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Okie dokie!11/30/2009 9:15:30 AM

Pros: I've been through three packs of these so far (down to my last few blanks) so I ordered two more. No coasters so far burning at 4x with a SONY BDRW BWU-300S.

Cons: Still tooo expensive.

Overall Review: For those who care, these disk ID as RITEK-BR2-00.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Good and Bad11/10/2009 7:56:26 AM

Pros: Only True Image 2010 was able to restore my Win 7 backup properly. I originally was using DriveImage XML (which required a boot repair of the restored image to work with Win 7) and I also tried the Microsoft Backup included with Win 7 Pro and up. Neither of the other restored backups was bootable even after the boot repair. I read the Acronis EULA but didn't find a time limit however I didn't test the premise either.

Cons: After 30 days, support cost $10 per incident. This software hooks in at what seems a pretty low level and after install I experienced my first blue screens with Win 7. It is newly updated for Win 7 so there may be a few stability issues to work out.

Overall Review: After a hard drive crash, I restored from a Win 7 driveimage xml (DrImX, free) image with no problems. After bringing the restored PC back up to date, I created a new image with DrImX. I received a replacement drive and attempted to restore the updated DrImX image but the restored PC wouldn't boot so I looked at several other products and found True Image 2010. I used the free trial and did not activate.

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decent, basic ipod functions10/21/2009 9:07:23 AM

Pros: The sound is clock radio decent. Works okay with my two Ipod Classics. Easy to setup. I was surprised at the radio reception (in a good way, probably due to the permanently attached antenna wire) since the old clock radio I was using had terrible reception . The alarm starts softly and builds to a peak then changes pattern

Cons: You need to download the user manual to find out how all the features work. Only a quick start guide with the most basic information is included in the box. Ipod function is *very basic*.

Overall Review: You will need the white insert that comes with your Ipod, a set of inserts isn't provided. I haven't used the shaker.

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Good but mixed bag3/20/2009 7:43:30 AM

Pros: A wealth of features and pages of configuration options for just about any situation. Manual configuration was easy since I'm an old hat at setting these up (see con below). Firmware 1.01 update required to fix issues and add function of network shareport went smoothly. DHCP allows reserved addresses, good if you have a PC hosting a webcam for instance. Stateful packet inspection, Network address translation, MAC address filtering and more security features. Wireless Guest zone for (configurable) internet only access for guests. Most everything can be scheduled and have custom inbound IP filtering. -Website and domain filtering. And that's not all! Great feature set! I had great range even though the unit was located in the basement.

Cons: At every turn it says do the CD setup first. I run the CD setup and it can't detect the DIR-825 and won't proceed no matter what I tried. This unit casued a shutdown BSOD on my Win Vista Ult SP1, throwing a STOP 0x0000009F, DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE. I traced the problem to the DLink shareport driver in device manager. After accessing, it refuses to shutdown. The shareport utility replicates the USB connection at the back of the router to the client computer. Only one user can connect at a time and they have to disconnect when finished to make the USB port available to someone else. Workable but not exactly the most transparent solution. Because I have a wireless 2.4GHz camera, I tried to set a fixed channel on the 2.4GHz radio. After setting Ch4, the wireless radios were repeatedly restarting. I had to reset the 2.4GHz radio to autoscan to stop the problem.

Overall Review: Shareport is kinda neat given it's one con (see above). It seems that connecting one device (printer, scanner, flash drive tested) to the port is supported but the documentation often shows more than one device listed in the utility,,,,hmmm. I connected a hub and an Epson printer, an HP scanner and a PNY flash drive. All devices were recognized and replicated through the shareport utlity to the clients. Scanning (from the scanner) to the printer (Copy mode) worked great so some multiple device configs seems to work okay. I was also able to connect different computers to different devices (more testing required), excellent! This is a router I really want to like but some of the problems cause me to temper my enthusiasm. Hopefully a future firmware/software update will correct some of the problems I experienced. Revised 3/20,2009

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Good but mixed bag3/16/2009 11:42:56 AM

Pros: A wealth of features and pages of configuration options for just about any situation. Manual configuration was easy since I'm an old hat at setting these up (see con below). Firmware 1.01 update required to fix issues and add function of network shareport went smoothly. DHCP allows reserved addresses, good if you have a PC hosting a webcam for instance. Stateful packet inspection, Network address translation, MAC address filtering and more security features. Wireless Guest zone for (configurable) internet only access for guests. Most everything can be scheduled and have custom inbound IP filtering. Website and domain filtering. And that's not all! Great feature set!

Cons: At every turn it says do the CD setup first. Okay all ready! I run the CD setup and it can't detect the DIR-825 and won't proceed no matter what I tried. The shareport utility essentially replicates the USB port connection at the back of the router to the connected shareport client computer. This means only one user can connect at a time and they have to disconnect when finished to make the USB port available to someone else to connect. It's workable but not exactly the most transparent solution. Because I have a wireless 2.4GHz camera, I tried to set a fixed channel on the 2.4GHz radio. After setting Ch4, I started receiving large numbers of logs (I had setup for full logs to be emailed). Examination showed that the wireless radios were repeatedly restarting. I had to reset the 2.4GHz radio to autoscan to stop the problem.

Overall Review: Shareport is kinda neat given it's one con (see above). It seems that connecting one device (printer, scanner, flash drive tested) to the port is supported but the documentation often shows more than one device listed in the utility,,,,hmmm. I connected a hub and an Epson printer, an HP scanner and a PNY flash drive. All devices were recognized and replicated through the shareport utlity to the clients. Scanning (from the scanner) to the printer (Copy mode) worked great so some multiple device configs seems to work okay. I was also able to connect different computers to different devices (more testing required), excellent! This is a router I really want to like but some of the problems cause me to temper my enthusiasm. Hopefully a future firmware/software update will correct some of the problems I experienced.

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