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This review is from: ZyXEL PLA5456KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV2000 Powerline Pass-Thru 2-Port Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Kit, up to 2000Mbps Transmit: up to 2000 Mbps, Receive: up to 2000 Mbps, Powerline Speeds: up to 2000 Mbps
Pros: 100+ mb/s connection over two stories in multiple rooms.
2 enet ports(?)
Getting combo pack w/ an 8-port GigE switch was cheaper than without it...
Energy saving mode
Cons: Energy saving mode makes setup tricky if you're not aware of it.
You need that pass-through outlet, because the top of the case blocks any 3-prong plug above it.
Management software is Windows x64 only, clunky and doesn't like Windows 10. (Oh, and the installer blows.)
Other Thoughts: It's in the documentation, but not very prominent: *THE UNITS MUST SEE NETWORK TRAFFIC TO STAY AWAKE*. Which is kinda a problem when you're first plugging in the second unit in different outlets trying to get it to make connection, thinking you have lots of different circuits or something, when the issue is you just didn't do it quick enough. Solution: Have a helper unplug/plug when you yell at them, race down the stairs after you plug in the first, or connect laptop/switch/something with enet to keep the dang thing "awake". (Would not be a problem if you could just wake them up by quickly pressing the reset/encrypt button.)
Once I figured that out, the second one connects in about 8 seconds after plugging into the wall. The software(see below) reported download speeds of over 100mb/s, upload around 60. (I haven't gotten to iperf yet or anything.) 10 year old house, new to me, no idea what circuits/electrical systems it's fighting through.
As mentioned, management software is Windows 64-bit only, but only supported/listed up to Windows 8. In Windows 10 on first launch, app processes just hung in background, and couldn't even terminate them. Set compatibility mode to Win 8, rebooted, then they worked okay. (Installer has 3 or 4 layers of compression, and includes WinPCAP and full .NET)
Pros: Overall nice quality for the price, decently solid materials. Good amount of holes and space on the back/bottom area ("behind" the right-side panel.)
Drive cage has a nice tool-less system design/idea, that seems quite nice once you figure it out.
Cons: The design doesn't work with the funky window cutout.
The drives are supposed to be mounted in "backwards", i.e. w/ the power/sata ports facing away from the window. This would be fine, if:
1 - The manual mentioned that.
2 - The manual pictures didn't show it them the *wrong* way!
3 - That the fancy window shape didn't interfere with the tool-less mounting rails. YES, I have the drives oriented correctly, YES the drives are pushed in all the way against the little nub stops until they click. The edge of the blue window cutout is catching on the mounting rail, at least with some of the drive slots. Go through the reviews of some of the other color versions, you'll find several people that can't actually close the case, even after figuring out the cable orientation.
I might be able to fix it by re-arranging drives, which means pulling the other cover off, and trying to make the power cables match up to the magic spot that won't catch on the side panel.
Other Thoughts: Not my style, but others like it. Overall nice quality, but with a fatal flaw. Stay away if you plan to use more than 2 or 3 drives.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Logitech G35 7.1-Channel Surround Sound Gaming USB 2.0 Connector Headset
Pros: Sounds much better than el cheapos.
Software seems pretty decent.
Emulated 7.1 is better than nothing.
Cons: Hurts like heck! It's just heavy and incredibly uncomfortable to wear - ears hurt and my neck aches after just setting it up and testing in a couple games and music, no matter how I adjust it.
Got some cracking/popping/static when games init sound/switch tracks or similar.
Surround effect is...minimal. No better, possibly worse than I was getting with a cheapie headset and the free razr surround emulation.
Apparently it cause The Witcher 2 to crash to desktop - at least it's never done it before.
Other Thoughts: Since it's a refurb, NewEgg says it's not eligible for a refund. :( My fault for not checking that I guess, but now I have to find someone with a neck made of steel and fifty bucks...
(Also it was missing one of the head bands, and one head band was kinda deformed looking. Not a huge deal, but...)