Joined on 07/29/08
Pros: Love this. It is a must have for my builds going forward. load an OS onto a HDD and swap out HDDs instead of having to deal with the boot up menus. Will probably purchase the 3to5 box version Athena for a home server build later on.
Cons: trays are not sold separately but at this price point you can't complain too much.
Overall Review: Athena offers this in 2(5.25bays) to 3(3.5HDDs) and also 3to5 and 5to7 variations.
Fast, poor documentation, poor support, poor configurability
Pros: -Fast -Looks good -good ventilation
Cons: -Poor documentation -Poor configurability -Poor support -Non-existent parental controls
Overall Review: This is my first Wavlink product and was purchased to be used my main router to help offload traffic from my TP-Link M9 Plus which was experiencing connectivity issues due to thermals. This router performs well for both wired and wireless connections (my TP-Link M9 Plus was moved as an access point/WiFi extender) and I am no longer experiencing dropped connections since this router is much larger and better ventilated. Speeds are comparable to the TP-Link Deco which was very good. My issue is with the software, documentation and support. -The only documentation Wavlink has for this router is a 14-panel quick start guide included with the router (can also be downloaded but no other documentation). -The GUI interface is appealing and relatively easy to navigate but the icons are huge and it's half baked. It looks like it gives you a lot of settings to play around with but dig deeper and it's really superficial. -The display settings, there are only three things you can change, when to turn the display off, showing passwords and location. You can't change the time format from the 24-hour clock and you can't change the temperature from degC to degF. Which....? Those are some really basic things. -For the location, the "auto" function did not work for me and the router seems to want the location input in a certain format (no spaces, no state) for it to pull up the correct location. I don't know how it's pulling up the right location since it doesn't want the state and the auto function doesn't work..? But that just goes back to the poor documentation. -The parental controls are non-existent. There is a location to go in and setup parental controls but if you dig deeper, the parental controls don't actually do anything. For some reason I can only select a handful of devices to apply controls to and the times are limited from 00:00 to 04:00 (24-hour time format). Again, no documentation. -Again, no documentation on how to set up the wireless extension. The wireless extension shows multiple devices already on my network as options to connect to on both radios but none of the devices are MAC addresses that I recognize...? What's it trying to do...? I sent an email to Wavlink regarding these issues more as "It'd be nice to have..." but I didn't get any response, not even a generic "your email was received..." response. Doesn't exactly fill me with confidence. By contrast, the TP-Link Deco system was sooooo easy to setup and configure. Overall, if all you're looking for is a router to connect your devices then this is a nice unit but If you need something more configurable, I'd look elsewhere as the settings are really just superficial. Doubt, I'll buy a Wavlink again product again.
Works well if not for BIOs
Pros: Worked well when it was running.
Cons: BIOs is touchy. 1st board I loaded the updated BIOs onto the board and let it cycle on and off overnight. In the morning it was still cycling on and off so I manually shut it down. Board would no longer POST after that. 2nd board stopped POSTing after I manually reset the BIOs with the jumpers, just kept cycling on and off again.
Overall Review: Tried two Asrock boards for two new builds this time around. I am not impressed. The headaches are not worth the lower price point. Runs good with GSkill DDR3 ram(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231190)
Pros: Sexy looking RAM. Wished the RAM slots were angled so I could show them off better. Works like a charm. Bought the first set for one build and liked them so much I bought two more sets for another build.
Cons: Price went down shortly after I bought the initial batch.
Overall Review: I have a suspicion that this RAM is just not compatible with the Asrock X48Turbotwins mobo. I have been unable to confirm whether it is compatible or not with Asrock's tech support since they won't return my emails and RAM compatibility is not listed on Asrock's website. RAM is not faulty since I've tested each stick individually with memtest and swapped them out with my other system and it works just fine. See my review of the Mobo for more info (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16813157140)
Pros: Taught me the value of my time
Cons: I have the Wifi verison. I have spent a small amount of time everyday for the past two months trying to get this system to work. System will test out just fine through the usual tests (P95, CPU burn-in, memtest) run for maybe two days or so then BSOD. I've tested all other components on another machine and they run just fine. Stock speeds, overclocked, underclocked playing with the jumpers per manual, setting memory timing/voltage and enabling/disabling memory features in BIOS. Nothing seems to help. I can get it to run, but it will eventually crash. BIOs is inconsistent and intermittent as far as access to CPU voltage. BIOs had a minor crash where it deleted some internal files or something and I had to reload the MAC address and IDE address onto the board. Also has some inconsistent weird power issues where the unit won't power down which seems to be independent of OS and BIOs settings. Contacted tech support which helped me with the minor BIOs crash but haven't heard from them since
Overall Review: I don't like giving up on this sort of stuff especially when there's $$$ involved but I'm going to cut my losses here. I have a suspicion that the RAM I have is just not compatible with this mobo. My other system uses the same RAM so I am unable to test different RAM without spending more $$$ and have been unable to confirm whether it is compatible or not with their tech support since they won't return my emails and RAM compatibility is not listed on their website. RAM is not faulty since I've tested each stick individually with memtest and swapped them out with my other system and it works just fine. Memory support forum suggested raising voltage but this had no effect on stability. RAM is 4x2gb DDR3 GSkill (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16820231190)
Pros: tons of fans for cooling. love the internal 3.5" HDD mounting setup. excellent looking case.
Cons: not really a con as I knew this going into it and nothing a can of paint can't fix but I wish they would have painted the whole case black.
Overall Review: Couldn't decide between this or an Antec nine hundred. I have an Antec Twelve hundred and decided to give this a shot for some variation in looks. I'm fairly pleased as this compares well against the Antecs, although the Antecs are a notch above in quality IMO (but pricier as well).