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Paul S.

Paul S.

Joined on 08/09/09

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Most Favorable Review

Does What It Should

Rosewill RNX-GX4 Wireless-G Broadband Router / Open Source & DD-WRT Firmware support IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g
Rosewill RNX-GX4 Wireless-G Broadband Router / Open Source & DD-WRT Firmware support IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g

Pros: It works! Its small and inconspicuous and came with a free wifi dongle. And, the biggest pro in my book: it works with DD-WRT & Tomato.

Cons: None so far. Its not overly sturdily built, but no router in this price range is. That's as much a con as I've found.

Overall Review: I bought this due to another brand's router dying after 2 years of good service. I at first bought a third brand from a large electronics store and lost 5 hours of my life fighting with a mostly DOA unit. Then, did what I should've in the first place and searched Newegg. Saw this, got the great service they're known for and a good deal. I know in the past people have said Rosewill's quality is suspect. I have had nothing but good luck with them on the few items I've purchased so far. While certain components I would never buy on the "cheap" all the wifi at my house is run off rosewill adapters and router and we have no problems. Even though one computer is on another floor in an old house with plaster walls there's a solid connection and no drops.

Most Critical Review

It works...now...

TRENDnet TEW-423PI Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g 32bit PCI2.2 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
TRENDnet TEW-423PI Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g 32bit PCI2.2 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Dirt cheap. It works. It isn't dead like the one it replaced. Did I mention its cheap and it works?

Cons: What a nightmare getting it to work. The slimline Dell (i didn't realize this wasn't the slimline model) running Vista Home Pro (I think, its my wife's computer) detected it right away. And it logged on. For around 5 minutes. Then it would lose signal. I did a lot of things. Some very knowledgable people helped me reset lots of stuff in the computer. Eventually, I did what I should have done in the first place and install off the trendnet disc. It works now. I guess silly me assuming the driver Vista kept telling me was the "newest" would work.

Overall Review: This is cheap. And, well, yeah. If you don't mind some possible headaches and are looking for about the cheapest route to go, buy this. I know I'll probably another brand next time. I guess I should have installed off the CD first. I know better than to trust Vista again.

Inexpensive and solid

TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter, 300 Mbps, Dual 3dBi External Antennas, w/ WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, WEP / WPA / WPA2, Plug & Play in Windows 10 (32 bit & 64 bit)
TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter, 300 Mbps, Dual 3dBi External Antennas, w/ WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, WEP / WPA / WPA2, Plug & Play in Windows 10 (32 bit & 64 bit)

Pros: An inexpensive high gain USB adapter. Upped the signal to my computer upstairs noticeably over the small Belkin stick I was using. The WPS feature is handy as well. Ubuntu recognized it without any issues but check the cons on this. Long cable.

Cons: The standard driver in Ubuntu does not work well with this. I misread information online and bought this model and version which apparently uses a different chip. Ubuntu (14.04 and 16.04) recognized the adapter, would get a wifi signal, but would "forget" it was there if I wasn't actively streaming something forcing me to disconnect & reconnect. However, THERE IS A FIX. Some kind soul wrote a driver that works properly for this version of the adapter and you just need to install it and it will solve this issue.

Overall Review: I would recommend this to anyone based on price, features and how well it works. It is Ubuntu compatible, just needs the updated driver downloaded.

Came mostly dead

NETGEAR WGR614 Wireless-G Broadband Router 802.11b/g up to 54Mbps/ 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Port x4
NETGEAR WGR614 Wireless-G Broadband Router 802.11b/g up to 54Mbps/ 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Port x4

Pros: It was inexpensive. It came with clips to make a nice stand for it.

Cons: DOA. Well, actually worse than DOA. It sort of worked, see "Other Thoughts". If you're color blind you may be highly annoyed by the use of multicolored lights to tell you what is happening. If it was simply "lit" or "not lit" no biggy. But for some of the lights there are 2 color options, which looked so similar I couldnt differentiate.

Overall Review: I bought this, brought it home and started the installation process. I never, EVER got the wireless to work. It would broadcast a signal and the computer would say it was "connected" but it wouldn't actually go to any sites. "Oh, he had it set up wrong!" is what you're thinking. No, I did not. I was setting it up using my computer which is a continual wired connection. I could log into the router, and even got my computer onto the net for a period of about 15 minutes. However, it was the worst 15 minutes of connectivity I've had since maybe 1996. I was plagued by "cannot find page" almost every time I refreshed. Connection speed was amazingly slow. It was awful. The best part was when it finally stopped working all-together. I did try everything I, and 2 very knowledgeable (read, they setup and run wi-fi networks for their jobs) could think of. I used both a Linux and Windows computer. It was simply junk.

Good Value, Worked with Linux

Saitek P990 Dual Analog Pad
Saitek P990 Dual Analog Pad

Pros: Good value. Decent button placement. Right sized. Worked with linux and my emulators with no hiccups so far.

Cons: The R2 button is a bit sticky. It tends to get "caught." However, I personally won't be playing any games that would ever get me using it, so its not a big deal.

Overall Review: I run Ubuntu and use GFCEU (the NES emulator) and ZNES. So far, its worked like a charm, totally painless. I haven't used it with any MAME version yet or other emulators, but I really wanted ZNES up and going and its been good.

Very Happy

Rosewill RNX-G300EX Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128bit WEP WPA WPA2 802.1x, 802.11i, AES, TKIP with 100cm cable external 2 dBi Antenna
Rosewill RNX-G300EX Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128bit WEP WPA WPA2 802.1x, 802.11i, AES, TKIP with 100cm cable external 2 dBi Antenna

Pros: Price price, price! Easy install & setup. I liked the fact it has a wired antenna and 2 mounting brackets for a regular case or a slimline. That was nice. Painless to get it working. Just installed it, popped in the driver CD and set it up.

Cons: I wish the antenna cable was a bit longer, but did you see the price I can't really complain.

Overall Review: I bought this to replace another brand's adapter that had stopped working (even though it SAID it was working) after about 6 months of use. The price was right, it came with 2 mounting brackets, the antenna was nice and it just looked like a good deal. So far so good. This was a Vista machine that I currently am using it for. I bought an extra and will probably be trying it with my linux box soon. I'll probably buy an extra just to have a spare.