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Pros: It works great, and provides USB 3.0 on the front panel (in a floppy slot). Couldn't be better that way.
Cons: You'd think just plug it in and off we go.... But the cable connector is about an inch long, and the clearance at edge of motherboard to install it is somewhat less (plus it plugs in about 1/4 inch too). Asus puts the connector on the edge of the motherboard, facing out, and there simply is insufficient room there. Motherboard connector should have faced upward, to be able to plug it in. That would make it be trivial. Cable could have been a couple inches longer too - it reaches, but it does not help trying to get a straight in shot at plugging it in.
I wrestled and wrestled with it, and bent the fragile pins on the mother board. Finally, I removed the motherboard to be able to plug it in, but even then, getting the motherboard back in with the connector interfering was some issue. There is insufficient clearance to face the connectors outward, should point up.
(Antec Sonata case).
This USB adapter is great, an easy 5 * rating, but the motherboard connector should face up, and I down rate Asus for that, 3 *, for the motherboard and my aggravation.
I wrestle with the SATA connectors too, same thing, they should face upward. The right angle connectors are useless, can only use one, and they angle wrong way anyway. <grumble> But the Asus motherboards do really work well.
The motherboard and I survived it, and the USB connections work great, but would not buy it again, if I knew.
This review is from: TP-Link TL-PS110P Fast Ethernet Print Server RJ45 Parallel
Pros: Works great. There is no driver. It is a remote device, accessed with a web browser (like a router). Default address is 192.168.0.10. My network uses 192.168.1.xx, so I just logged in and changed it to 192.168.1.10. Multiple network computers can share the printer, it's great.
Cons: None. It fits in the laser printer case, but it does also need a AC power connection.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It can be made to work, that's good. Mine was on Win7 64 bits, and serial and parallel are working (now). Card has a power connector, but is only for providing power to a RS-232 device. If no such need, then no connection at the power connector is necessary.
Cons: But its a mess. Drivers on CD failed, at least in my Win7 64. Tech support was helpful and said to download newer drivers. Installing them at Device Manager worked OK, and Device Manager was happy. Serial worked, but parallel did not work.
The parallel ribbon cable to connector on second panel is clearly marked red on the edge, for pin 1. The card connector is not marked. The socket is not keyed. The manual makes no mention of its orientation. The front of the manual on the web site had a color picture, which clearly showed the cable red edge towards the rear panel,, so that the cable dressed cleanly over the top of the card. This is opposite direction to the installed serial cable, and seemed suspect, but I asked tech support, and he said, sure, like the picture. So I tried it. Parallel does not work.
A closer exam thinks maybe the tiny pins on the soldered rear side has one square pad, and the rest are round. Assuming that is marking pin 1, I turned the ribbon connector around, so the red cable edge is on it, toward the power connector, toward the front of the computer. This dressed the cable awkwardly down, instead up to go over the top the card... but it works!
Card seems fine now, everything is working, and I assume it will be fine. I want to rate it a disgruntled 2, but will give it a 4. I guess the card is not to blame for the documentation. But it certainly seems crummy installation documentation.
FWIW, a SIIG Firewire card ordered same time installed itself unassisted (via Win7), and worked great first time. A real pleasure.