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ZyXEL NWA1121-NI Single-Radio Ceiling Mount N300 Gigabit PoE Access Point (AP)/Repeater
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Does what I need it to do.
No connectivity problems.
Easy to mount.
Unobtrusive appearance.

Cons: The major con for me is the fixed IP address. If your router is not set to 162.168.1.x you can't access the device's settings interface. It seems shortsighted to me to ship a unit that requires the user to reconfigure her network if she's not using default settings.

Security settings and interface are somewhat obscure. I needed to do some reading and research to determine the best settings for my use. It wasn't too difficult in the end.
2.4 GHz only.

Not getting 300 Mbps (but it only claims "up to" 300 Mpbs).

Other Thoughts: This was a good value on sale and with an email coupon code, even though some of the savings were negated by the cost of a PoE injector. My router is at one end of the house and I wanted to get a better wireless signal to areas at the far end, and this does that. The performance is not spectacular, but depending on the device I consistently get speeds of 65–130 Mbps compared to the 24–54 they were getting directly from the router (802.11g @ 2.4 GHz).

The fixed IP address is incomprehensible to me. My LAN does not use the standard 192.168.1.xx so I could not communicate with this device over the LAN. Fortunately I have a spare router that I reconfigured to and connected to an old PC so I could change the IP to automatic and assign it in the router (I keep my devices set to obtain the IP address automatically but give them reserved addresses in the router). If your LAN is already 192.168.1.x (as long as x does not = 2) you shouldn't have any problem accessing the management software; if not, you'll need to change your network settings temporarily to communicate with the unit.

The speeds I'm getting from the unit are somewhat disappointing, although this appears to be partly device-dependent. I can get 130 Mpbs with a Nexus 10 tablet, but only 65 Mpbs with a 2nd-gen Moto X smartphone when near the unit. I configured it to use the N band so range isn't that great, but the unit is near the devices I want to connect to it. For the price I can't complain, but if I see a promotion for the dual-radio version I might pick it up so I can get the N band on the 5 GHz frequency and set the 2.4 GHz band to G. I imagine the mount is the same for both.

I don't have any practical way to test, but I wonder if the TrendNet PoE injector I'm using has any affect on throughput. I'm running Gigabit Ethernet through 75 feet of CAT6 cable (Gigabit from wall to devices).

Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721032CLA362 (0A39264) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Quiet, reliable, fast enough.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Bought this in December 2009 to replace a WD Raptor boot drive; still going strong (June 2014).

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6770 DirectX 11 GV-R677UD-1GD 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Relatively short compared to many other graphics boards on the market, so will install in tight cases.

Runs fine with current AMD driver set (11-8).

There's not much else to say at this point. It's driving two digital monitors (1680x1050 and 1280x1040). The most demanding game this will face is Sims 2, which it runs smoothly with all settings maxed.

Cons: Given its relatively low power requirement, runs a bit hotter and with more fan noise than I would have expected, but neither are excessive. According to GPU-Z, the GPU temp tops out at around 71C at full load.

Other Thoughts: It's a bit early to draw any firm conclusions, but after a week this product is working without problems. The heat and fan noise are in line with what I have read in online reviews.Compared to other boards on hand (HD 4830 it replaced, HD 4770 in my machine, and HD 6850 that replaced it), this HD 6770 runs both hotter and with more fan noise. Under load, the fan is clearly audible over the other system noise.

Four eggs because of the temps and fan noise. It's true that I did not carefully research these two aspects of the board prior to buying, but now that I have the board, I would probably choose a different one if I had to do it again.

The 03/2011 WinXP 32-bit driver download for this board on Gigabyte's Web site does not support the board.

Associated components:
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz w/Arctic Cooling cooler
Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW
Corsair VX 450 power supply (the minimum, but have a TX 650 if needed)


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Display Name: F C.

Date Joined: 02/23/04

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  • First Review: 07/15/08
  • Last Review: 08/06/15
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