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kenneth r.

kenneth r.

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Most Favorable Review

Finally, a router with all the features I want

NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router, Gigabit Ethernet, Compatible with Amazon Echo/Alexa (R8000)
NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router, Gigabit Ethernet, Compatible with Amazon Echo/Alexa (R8000)

Pros: I have owned several high end consumer routers and each one had problems or features missing that I wanted. This router has all the features I need and more. Router was easy to setup. I used WPS to setup all my wireless devices. Everything connected without any problems. Wireless signal and speed are excellent. I have 4 wireless IP Security cameras and with every other router I have tried, I had stuttering in the video and audio when running all 4 cameras at highest setting. Not so with this router. With all 4 running at 30fps, I get a pop up message from Genie that says high network usage, but this router does not have any trouble handling traffic of all the cameras with 5 other PCs, a WiFi Bluray player, and television all connected. This router has both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. The USB 3.0 was a welcome feature. If you have ever tried to use sharing through a router with a USB port, you pretty much know it is useless because USB 2.0 is slow. With USB 3.0 and an external hard drive, I was able to stream HD media to the television with no problems. If you want to share files with an outside user, but do not want them to have access to your network PCs or server, the Readyshare is a must have feature. You can share files using the Netgear Readyshare without giving away access to your network. Another feature that many routers are missing that I consider a must have is Network traffic usage and monitoring. With the Netgear R8000-100NAS I can monitor usage, have it reset the counter each month at the beginning of my billing cycle, and display a warning when I am reaching my bandwidth limit for the month. Robust security features include Parental Control, Block Services, and Device Access control. Three separate bands for WiFi. Older devices can connect to 2.4GHz while new devices connect on two separate 5GHz bands. Range is exceptional. Normally, 5GHz is limited in range because of the higher frequency, but the 5GHz range on this router is the best I have seen. I am on the opposite end of the house on the second floor and I get a 100% signal strength. I have not had one wireless device disconnect since installing this router. I previously had a higher end other brand dual band router and experienced frequent disconnects with my IP cameras. With the USB ports, Readyshare allows you to share printers and external USB drives. Readyshare Vault will allow you to do perform automatic backups to the external drive. Built-in FTP server to access your Readyshare device from anywhere. With the dual-core processor and three offload processor, this router has not trouble handling any task. The web interface is filled with features and works flawlessly. There was no hesitation in the menu selection or screens loading as seen in many routers. Built in VPN. This is a feature not normally found in consumer routers. You have full secure access to your home network from anywhere.

Cons: Price is a little steep for a consumer router, but I don't consider the price steep for this router.

Overall Review: I have replaced my router at least 8 times in the past 2 years. Each time, I found something I did not like with the router or there was a feature missing. These were not low end routers, they were all higher end dual band routers. This is the first router where I do not have any complaints. So far, I have not found any faults with this router and all the features I have wanted in a router are in this router. When you look at the price, it definitely seems a little high when you can get a dual band home router under $50. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for and what you are paying for in this router is definitely worth it. I have worked with small business routers and high end wireless access points and I can tell you this router is suitable in both a home and small business. I had a gigabit switch in my house with the previous routers because even with gigabit ports on those routers, the performance was subpar. With this router the gigabit wired connections perform just as well or better than the switch. If you are looking for a high end router that does what it is advertised to do, you should check out all the features of the R8000 on the Netgear site and then make your decision. Bottom line is I don't believe I will be replacing my router anytime soon. I finally find a router that does what I need and want it to do.

Most Critical Review

Worked for about a month

Sunforce 52013 1.8 Watt Solar Battery Maintainer Twin Pack
Sunforce 52013 1.8 Watt Solar Battery Maintainer Twin Pack

Pros: When it worked, it kept the battery charged on my lawn mower. Also had one to keep a battery charged on Vanwagon I am putting back on the road.

Cons: Quit working after a few weeks. The first one stopped working after a month and the second lasted about 4 weeks.

Overall Review: At least I found out the quality of Sunforce products before I bought something big. I was looking at some of their larger panels. Guess I don't have to look anymore because Sunforce makes about much sense as buying a used Yugo.

Superb Quality

METIS EVO BLUE ALS, an Alu. ITX case with solid panel, is designed to fulfill the smallest case built with ultra high air flow to solve all thermal issue of SFF chassis, 200mm fan option at front.
METIS EVO BLUE ALS, an Alu. ITX case with solid panel, is designed to fulfill the smallest case built with ultra high air flow to solve all thermal issue of SFF chassis, 200mm fan option at front.

Pros: Very easy install Full size graphics card Supports liquid cooling Good quality aluminum plate More than adequate ventilation Room for front, dual rear and bottom fans. Full size ATX power supply Easy cable management Plenty of space for drives and SSDs No sharp edges Finish coating quality. I dropped a screwdriver into case during install and it left no scratch.

Cons: Wish it had space for blu-ray drive

Overall Review: This case is a work of craftsmanship and art. The dust filters are adequate and the ventilation with fan options is more than adequate for any build. I like the cube design and the finish on both the aluminum cover and inside are top quality. Case is very sturdy there are absolutely no sharp edges where you will scratch or cut yourself. There are plenty of options for ITX motherboards and with this case supporting up to 180mm graphics card, you will be the envy of all your geek friends with a build in this case. I got this to replace an existing ITX case I have. The current ITX case I have was not a budget case and cost about half as much as this case. My existing ITX case is thin aluminum that bends easily, has sharp edges, no room for 125mm fan, one drive bay and pain to install. Bottom line: You can get cheaper ITX cases but not at this quality. Price is a little steep for ITX build but very few cases will have all the features this case has. This is a solid built quality ITX case and worth the money.

10/10/2020

Worked Flawlessly with Windows 10

USB Wifi Adapter for PC, EDUP AC600M USB Wi-fi Dongle 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter with Dual Band 2.4GHz/5Ghz High Gain Antenna for Desktop Laptop support Windows XP/Vista/7/8.1/10 Mac 10.7-10.15
USB Wifi Adapter for PC, EDUP AC600M USB Wi-fi Dongle 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter with Dual Band 2.4GHz/5Ghz High Gain Antenna for Desktop Laptop support Windows XP/Vista/7/8.1/10 Mac 10.7-10.15

Pros: Installed Windows 10 no problem. No drivers needed. Just plug in and Windows 10 installs built in driver. Good signal on second floor through plaster walls.

Cons: Minor con -- my wireless speed is transferring files is only about 200mbps using Netgear Nighthawk router. Both computers have SDD and M2 and wired transfer is about 4 times as fast. Not a big deal, I have yet to find a wireless USB adapter that meets advertised speed.

Overall Review: I usually don't buy inexpensive, no-name adapters but I am not disappointed with this purchase. I was only purchasing for short term use until I can find the internal adapter I want on sale. Decided this fills my need and I don't need the internal adapter so it saved me some money.

Lots of features problems with M.2 SSD and Windows 10

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Quality components and 8.3 phase PWM. Onboard sound ALC1220 is really good. I like the integrated IO shield. Integrated dual channel WIFI works well and getting close to advertised speed. Windows 10 did not require any drivers to complete install.

Cons: Update: Was able to resolve problems by moving M.2 to first slot, turning off Secure boot, enabling CSM and setting all devices to AHCI (Gigabyte should make AHCI default -- 99% installs are Windows 10). Previous: Installing Windows 10 on PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD was a real pain with this motherboard. As first the board did not show the drive in bios and it was on the compatible products list for this motherboard. In order to get Windows 10 to install, I had to go into bios and delete all the existing keys under Secure Boot, reset to Factory settings, reset to Setup, disable CSM Support to get Windows 10 to install. CSM should be disabled by default, that's old school and UEFI should be the default on all motherboards bios. After installing, I got the windows boot loader error to insert bootable disk. I went back into the bios, and set the first boot device to the M.2 SSD (Windows Boot Loader was not in the options). I then booted one time and shut down to install my other SATA drives. None of the SATA drives showed up in Windows after reboot. Went back into bios and noticed CSM Support was re-enabled (don't know how this was enabled) so I set all storage options in CSM support to UEFI only. After restart, my SATA drives showed up in bios and Windows Boot Loader showed in boot devices. I set boot to Windows Boot Loader and rebooted. Windows 10 booted and all my SATA device showed up in file explorer and disk manager. I spent 6 hours and did 4 installs of Windows 10 before I finally got the system to boot from the M.2 drive.

Overall Review: Update: Received email from Gigabyte support. The stated I needed to install the M.2 in first slot (M.2A) for Windows 10, enable CSM and set all SATA to AHCI (Gigabyte should make this the default) and disable Secure boot. Once I made those settings, Windows 10 boot problems went away and SSD speed doubled. There is no instructions in the motherboard manual to tell me to install the OS SSD in the first slot. Previous Review: I like the motherboard and everything about it is good quality. My only gripe is I should be able to install an M.2 SSD and install Windows 10 without any bios tweaking. Gigabyte and the SSD manufacturers need to get together and come up with a standard or at least publish some instructions. This should all be plug and play just like when installing a SATA SSD. On a new build, I expect to be able to plug in the M.2, insert the Windows 10 install USB stick, and install the OS without even entering bios. There is nothing in the Gigabyte manual or the AData install instructions concerning installing Windows 10. If you need specific bios settings to install the OS on the M.2 SSD, it should be in the motherboard manual and/or with the instructions that come with the SSD.

Updated: Was Difficult to install Windows 10. Half of advertised speed.

XPG SX8200 PCIe NVMe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 240GB SSD (ASX8200NP-240GT-C) w/ Black XPG Heatsink
XPG SX8200 PCIe NVMe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 240GB SSD (ASX8200NP-240GT-C) w/ Black XPG Heatsink

Pros: Good price for an M.2 NVMe SSD. Warranty. Much faster than SATA SSD.

Cons: Updated: Not the SSD, it was the MB. I had to install this in first M.2A slot. Now the OS works. I am getting speeds of R/W 2800/1600. The price went down nearly 30% after I bought this. Hate when they do that. The 512gb is now about the same price as I paid for 256gb. Previous review: Read/Write speeds 1500/1000MB sec about half of advertised speed. Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WiFi did not recognize drive until bios was tweeked. Had to reinstall Windows 10 several times to get Windows 10 BootLoader to work with this SSD. Each time before I ran Windows 10 Setup, I had to go into bios and reset the m.2 to factory setting, delete keys, and reset to Setup mode. Too much tweaking to get OS to load.

Overall Review: Updated: The problem was the motherboard. If installing in Gigabyte motherboard, this must be in the first m.2 slot (M.2A). Received an email back from Gigabyte support and they stated that I needed to install the M.2 SSD in first slot for Windows 10. Manual does not state this, it simply states to install in M.2A or M.2B. Previous Review: The MB manufacturers and M.2 manufacturers need to get together and come up with some standards for installing these SSDs. I ran into a lot of problems installing Windows 10 on a new Ryzen and Gigabyte motherboard build. I started with just the M.2 drive installed. After 3 attempts, I finally got windows 10 to install. Then when I hooked up the other SATA devices, the XPG SX8200 disappeared from boot devices in bios. I finally figured out there were some other settings in bios that had to be set after installing Windows 10 on the M.2 SSD. Gigabyte and AData have nothing on their website or manual to explain the bios settings when installing Windows 10. Then once Windows 10 is installed, you have to set the other options when hooking up SATA drives. I finally found out how to do it on a Gigabyte motherboard in a forum. It was a real pain and I have installed Windows on hundreds of systems. This is the first time using an M.2 PCIe SSD.

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Great Product - Laptop in almost new condition

Based on my one purchase, I would not hesitate to order from this seller again. Some reviews I saw were concerning the speed of some of the older laptops. People should review the specs of the laptop they are purchasing to make sure it meets their needs. These laptops are returned to factory specs - they perform extremely well if you remove the manufacturers bloatware and add some additional memory. The HP business laptop I purchased runs as well as a new $500 laptop once I removed all the HP software and added 2gb of DDR3 ($15). Bought for someone who needed a laptop and she was ecstatic.

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Good Deal and Fast Shipping

Received the laptop 2 days after ordering. Terrific deal. The Lenovo B50 series has some minor issues, but that is not the merchant's fault. These are well know issues with touchpad response and battery life. Regardless, this was a Core I3 laptop for under $300. Liked it so much that I bought another laptop from antonline.

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