Joined on 06/18/06
Pros: 4 TB - quite a lot of space; I'm not quite sure what to do with it all, so I installed it in our Synology NAS which we use for backups and network storage. Hot-installing worked great and the drive was detected immediately. I don't have an absolute measure of read/write times, but intranetwork-data transfer times to this drive vs. the WD Red drive also in use seem comparable. The NAS says it is running at about 26C (with a maximum temperature of 28 when it was formatting the drive).
Cons: Details page claims it comes with software to work on older systems, but it was just a bare drive and I don't see this software downloadable from Seagate's website. Beyond that, I have seen no problems so far.
Overall Review: It isn't noted on the details page, but this drive is 5900RPM, but with the cache size and platter density, it's probably comparable in speed to standard 7200RPM drives.
Pros: Dual-band card, fairly cheap. Small footprint and available with a half-height bracket for slim cases. Solid 2.4GHz connection
Cons: Has a hard time staying connected with 5GHz networks. It's not the router, because my notebook's dual-band Intel card works just fine at any time. Once it disconnects from the 5GHz, a restart is required to get it (maybe) functional again. The 2.4GHz connections have been solid though, even during the loss of 5GHz.
Cheap Wireless Printer
Pros: -Very cheap printer -Wireless -Prints quickly -Small footprint
Cons: Setup was very frustrating. The printer claims to be B/G/N compatible, but it's really only B/G compatible. I had to switch my 2.4GHz network to "B/G/N mixed mode" to get this printer to connect to the wireless network (it was originally in N-only mode). Overall, this won't hurt my 2.4GHz network since I keep the printer off 99% of the time, but something to consider if you plan on leaving it on all the time and have devices using a 2.4GHz network.
Overall Review: Probably not necessary, but in my router, I set the router to always assign the same IP address to the printer.
Pros: -Multiple inputs available -Multiple adjustments available for height/swivel/pitch/tilt -Great picture quality (the other monitor I use regularly is a U2417H)
Cons: -None so far
Overall Review: I haven't been able to test the USB-C input with this monitor (no computer to test with). Works great with a MBP 2015 Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter.
Easy setup with nice UI
Pros: -Good range in my apartment. -Dual band -Easy set up -Lots of options in stock firmware -Very stable after firmware 160517.
Cons: -v1 Firmware 150916 was causing some weird issues every 12 hours or so where the internet would momentarily drop. But Firmware 160517 seems to have corrected that. -Confusing website for downloading firmware. I used the worldwide site, as the US site doesn't have the most recent versions available. -Some confusing options: eg: NATBoost vs. QOS. I just left those at the default and its been fine for 3 adults using wireless devices.
Overall Review: I'm not sure if it's a specific con or something I never noticed before, but when I was using firmware 150916 (the not so good one), whenever my DHCP IP address would renew, my connection would momentarily drop. I didn't see this on my old E4200 router, but perhaps I never noticed. But I worked around this by just using the IP address reservation feature and it's been problem free.