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Kenneth A.

Kenneth A.

Joined on 10/24/03

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Most Favorable Review

By sure to save screen capture of forwarding settings before upgrading firmware

TP-Link TL-R600VPN SafeStream Gigabit Multi-WAN Desktop VPN Router
TP-Link TL-R600VPN SafeStream Gigabit Multi-WAN Desktop VPN Router

Pros: Works, thruput fine if you don't have FIOS or killer ISP service, price is very affordable.

Cons: It lost all the forwarding ports when updating firmware. The restore of the settings .bin file failed, but it took the IP setting. It also defaulted to factory IP after updating firmware. This is for V1 product

Overall Review: Perhaps V3 has improved. I can't say.

Most Critical Review

Didn't meet my expectations.

EnGenius ECB350 N300 High Power (29 dBm) Wireless Gigabit Access Point/CB/WDS/Repeater with Network Management Software
EnGenius ECB350 N300 High Power (29 dBm) Wireless Gigabit Access Point/CB/WDS/Repeater with Network Management Software

Pros: In the upper tier of most access points

Cons: Not really much better than ECB-9500. The range is SO marginally little, even when set to the highest setting that it isn't worth it. It actually is almost identical to the old Linksys WRT100 unit in range and thruput.

Overall Review: I've been a MAJOR buyer of Engenius products for quite some time now and used to buy about 75-100 ECB3500 units a year. I liked the range of those units and they seem to hold up well if you don't run them at FULL. (best at 1dbm lower) So I was figuring the new ECB350 would give me the same (or better!) range but it doesn't. There is no control over whether you want B, B/G, or G/N. You essentially get BGN. The user interface seems like it was rushed. It isn't as complete at ECB-9500, but it does include support for their new multi-unit management app, if you can get it working. For $40 more than ECB-9500, I just don't think it's worth it. And in my testing, I was kind of bumming that the ECB-9500 didn't have the range I had been expecting either. So, it's time to look for a better, LONG range N access point.

Look for an updated model

Rosewill RCW-608 USB Type C to SATA Adapter Cable for 2.5" SATA SSD HDD, Support SATA III / II / I and UASP
Rosewill RCW-608 USB Type C to SATA Adapter Cable for 2.5" SATA SSD HDD, Support SATA III / II / I and UASP

Pros: Works well with MBR and CD drives

Cons: Doesn't handle GPT drives

Overall Review: Took me a while to figure it out, but whenever I connected a GPT initialized, or a completely blank SSD to this unit, Ghost wouldn't find it. If I initialized it with GPT, it still couldn't find it, but if I initialized with MBR, I could.

10/19/2017

Simple, price is OK, but only 3/4 length

Corsair CSSD-BRKT1 SSD Mounting Bracket Kit 2.5" to 3.5" drive bay
Corsair CSSD-BRKT1 SSD Mounting Bracket Kit 2.5" to 3.5" drive bay

Pros: price metal

Cons: if you plan to install in a screw-free (typically plastic) disk bracket, such as what Dell ships for servers, desktops (they are called "Tool free" you will only be able to insert the mounting pins in one of the holes because the bracket isn't long enough to truly look like a 3.5" drive. A little tape and you're good, but it's worth knowing before you order.

10/15/2017

Diskless, power cable-less, PSU offers no options

Lenovo ThinkServer TS150 Office Products Server System Intel Xeon E3-1245 v5 3.5 GHz 8GB DDR4-2133 70LV0032UX
Lenovo ThinkServer TS150 Office Products Server System Intel Xeon E3-1245 v5 3.5 GHz 8GB DDR4-2133 70LV0032UX

Pros: Price, ability to add SSDs to a entry-priced server

Cons: The PSU doesn't expect you to EVER install disks! What no SATA power cables? Really? No SATA data cables. It's like someone from Lenovo handed a partially-made server over to a refurb place and they stuck in the most basic PSU they could find so that it would boot to the BIOS, but not much more. It's then as if someone forgot to include any cables for the server.

Overall Review: Unless you REALLY know what you are buying, I would warn potential users to what this "server" includes.

great while it worked-- needed something approved by Dell for PE2900

StarTech.com PEXUSB3S4V 4 Port PCI Express PCIe SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Controller Card Adapter with UASP - SATA Power - USB 3 PCIe Card
StarTech.com PEXUSB3S4V 4 Port PCI Express PCIe SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Controller Card Adapter with UASP - SATA Power - USB 3 PCIe Card

Pros: It was the only card I could get to cooperate with Dell PE 2900

Cons: I'm another "statistic" (like the other reviews) in that it worked, but now, 7 months later, it won't "start" and fails to load the driver.

Overall Review: I will try the PCIe reset as others have suggested, but if you aren't worried about specific compatibility, I would look elsewhere for this card. I have no idea about warranty, but this is running in 24/7 server.

11/16/2016