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This review is from: NETGEAR AC1750 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router R6300-NAS
Pros: When this router worked, it had pretty good throughput.
Lots of features (DLNA, SMB, Print Server)
Cons: Hardware Quality
Other Thoughts: I bought this router after having a WNDR4000 for a year with great success. Should have waited longer so I knew about Netgear hardware quality. About 6 months later the WNDR4000 started being flaky, but I didn't know it was the router until a couple month ago when I switched to PFSense. The R6300 however, seemed to be going just fine for the past year. Everything I had was 2.4Ghz and was getting pretty decent speed.
My wife just got a 2nd gen Nexus 7 (802.11n 5GHz) and I got the new HTC One (802.11ac). Come to find out the 5GHz channel isn't functioning on the R6300. The router reports that its working but it's not. Now I'm a couple months past a year since my purchase and Netgear says I'm out of warranty to repair or replace. I'd switch to my WNDR4000 (which I bought before change to the lifetime warranty) but my network has lots of errors once that router is plugged in.
My last two routers were Trendnet and Buffalo routers. Both routers lasted between 3-4 years before they started acting flaky on WiFi. My first router was a D-Link and I had a very bad experience with it. I've avoided D-Link ever since. Looks like I'll be avoiding Netgear from now on too.
This review is from: ASRock Q87WS-DL ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel Q87 DDR3 1600/1333
Pros: This was almost exactly what I was looking for in a motherboard. No built-on sound, limited built-on video, dual gigabit NIC, and 8 SATA ports. After running for a week, everything seems solid running Windows 8. The UEFI was different to deal with, but kind of cool. My RAM is running at 1.35V with the correct timings, so in my opinion this board is very good. Wish I could utilize some more of the Q87 chipset features like remote console over Ethernet (haven't figured out how to do that yet).
Cons: The only thing I've had a problem with is understanding some of the BIOS settings. The majority are your normal BIOS settings, but some have different acronyms than I'm used to seeing and the manual doesn't really explain anything about the settings.
The ASMedia SATA ports are not RAID 0/1... I saw another motherboard with the EXACT same chip on it that supported those RAID levels so I figured this would. However, it doesn't. Those two ports are just standard AHCI. It really wasn't a big deal because I just wanted a mirrored array and software RAID 1 is nearly as good as pseudo-hardware RAID 1...
Other Thoughts: If you're using RAID 5 on an Intel RST motherboard, DO NOT install Windows 8.1. You will get frequent BSODs. I installed WIn8.1 before I got this motherboard (on an H57 chipset board) and got a BSOD about every 15 minutes when my RAID 5 was plugged in. Tried new drivers, but nothing helped... Tried installing Win8.1 on my new board and got the EXACT same behavior. Even tried wiping the drives and rebuilding the array, but that didn't help either. So it's not he board's fault... It's Microsoft's and Intel's problem. I'm back to running Win8 without issues (side note... Start8 is worth $5 to make Win8 good).
I can't figure out why they chose to put PCI on the board. Why not PCIe instead or at leas one PCIe 1x and one PCI. Oh well, I don't need the ports anyway.
Not sure why they didn't include a display port/hdmi/dvi port instead of the VGA port. The processors the motherboard supports handle those so it seems silly to do an analog signal instead of digital.
Pros: Love having the full modular. Having that many cables just hanging in my case always annoyed me. On my other modular power supplies they always had a some that weren't modular and I'd end up zip tying them up.
This thing is super quiet. I've never heard the fan come on since I installed it.
Running a bunch of USB devices, 8 hard drives, a Haswell 4771, 5 120mm fans, a USB 3.0 expansion card, and a 660 GTX with power to spare and the platinum certification means it's doing it efficiently...
Cons: Strange number of power cables. I actually needed one more long IDE/Molex style connector cable. All my hot swap bays use those connectors instead of the SATA style power connecter. It wasn't a big deal because I had a converter, but it just seemed odd that you'd get 2 CPU power cables and like 6 PCI-E power cables and only 2 IDE/Molex ones. I know they're pretty much going away, but most case fans use them or come with an adapter for that style.
Other Thoughts: Gotta love the 7 year warranty...READ FULL REVIEW