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ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Firmware can be DDWRT, Merlin. The bugs are worked out before Asus gets them worked out. Just installed John's [Fork] Merlin 374.43. It keeps some of the channels that have been removed from the later firmware. Plus you get all of the fixes from the newer builds. My wireless connection is nearly twice as fast as what it was with older firmware. Getting 100Mbps on 2.4 and up to 172Mbps on 5G.

The thing runs hot. They could have easily designed it better. I'm a bit worried my 32 Gb flash drive will die early because of the heat. I'm gonna buy a short cable to get the drive away from the case. But that's a pain in the rear as I'll have the drive dangling from the body.

VPN is supposed to be solid although I haven't dove into that yet. The forums are the best source of information. I've waited up to 40 min when I call Asus support. Figured out most everything on my own by reading. It's hard to brick this thing unless you don't have a clue on what you're doing.

Cons: Rather cheaply built. Heat issues couldhhave been avoided with better design.

Other Thoughts: Overall very satisfied.

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ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Firmware can be DDWRT, Merlin. The bugs are worked out before Asus gets them worked out. Just installed John's [Fork] Merlin 374.43. It keeps some of the channels that have been removed from the later firmware. Plus you get all of the fixes from the newer builds. My wireless connection is nearly twice as fast as what it was with older firmware. Getting 100Mbps on 2.4 and up to 172Mbps on 5G.

The thing runs hot. They could have easily designed it better. I'm a bit worried my 32 Gb flash drive will die early because of the heat. I'm gonna buy a short cable to get the drive away from the case. But that's a pain in the rear as I'll have the drive dangling from the body.

VPN is supposed to be solid although I haven't dove into that yet. The forums are the best source of information. I've waited up to 40 min when I call Asus support. Figured out most everything on my own by reading. It's hard to brick this thing unless you don't have a clue on what you're doing.

Cons: Rather cheaply built. Heat issues couldhhave been avoided with better design.

Other Thoughts: Overall very satisfied.

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Seagate BarraCuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Holding my breath on 3rd Replacement 08/02/2013

This review is from: Seagate BarraCuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Seagate was nice enough to send me my 3rd drive even though I was out of warranty. Happy as a pig! Yeah but now the cons.......

Cons: Can you say "I'm having a drive nightmare?"

Purchased first drive 08/31/09 with CC32 firmware; it died 12/17/11 so I got a little over 2 years on that drive.

Seagate replaced it with a refurb with firmware CC34; that drive died today 8/2/13 so I got less than 2 yrs on that drive.

So, even though I was out of warranty I called Seagate and cried. I complained that even a refurb drive can't last 2 years? They were nice enough to agree to send me another drive and warranty it for 30 days.

Other Thoughts: Fortunately I had no data on the drive. It was just sitting there spinning and suffering a terrible slow death. If a drive could have cancer, this drive has a high risk rate. Just read the other 600 reviews.

Seagate is cross shipping the replacement. First thing I'll do is check the firmware and update to CC35 if it's not done already. Second thing I'll do is a full format so if there are bad sectors I can return it for another one.

Then I'll let it spin for a month or so and see if it dies. Then I'll read/write small and large files to it and see if it still refuses to die.

Then I'll probably actually use the drive but back it up. You never know when cancer will hit this drive. I look at this as an experiment.

Had I know that there was a CC35 firmware update I would have done that a long time ago. Too bad there's no way to put in your email and request updates as they become available.

I'm beginning to think that purchasing hard drives is a bit like rebuilding a car. Only difference is that a rebuilt car lasts much longer than 2 years; unless your rebuilding a lemon, which, in this case is exactly what we've got.

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Display Name: Gary F.

Date Joined: 07/14/05

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 04/15/13
  • Last Review: 03/14/15
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