Date Joined: 03/27/03
Pros: It's a good router, and based on the hardware, I'd highly recommend it. Mine was bought as a Black Friday 2012 item and has been pretty solid for well over a year.
Cons: The firmware has a critical vulnerability that allows anybody with an internet connection to hack into attached USB drives. Look up an Arstechnica article titled: "Dear Asus router user: You’ve been pwned, thanks to easily exploited flaw" for more info. Firmware below 30043744422 has this vulnerability.
Overall Review: Asus updated the firmware once previously, attempting to fix the problem, but dropped the ball. The exploit persisted. I am skittish to continue using Asus AiCloud until I learn that the exploit is resolved this time.
Please upvote if this helps you. It's a pretty critical flaw.
Pros: Very responsive interface, especially with sufficient RAM installed. Interface may grow on you, once you give it some time to become proficient.
Cons: So many changes from older versions of Windows without baked-in options to retain access to features that just "worked". Using winxp and win7 was second-nature after all these years. Like most PC users, I want to boot up and be productive, giving little-to-no attention to the operating system. The OS should exist to facilitate programs, and the less effort it demands, the better. The changes in Windows 8 may have made sense on a drawing board, or to software engineers and those with the time on their hands to beta-test this stuff, but out in the wild, the frustrating changes to the interface amount to a computer version of that dripping faucet or a fly that buzzes around your head. I want to ignore it or make it go away, but it keeps on distracting with its little annoyances every time I use it.
Overall Review: I expelled Windows 8 and went back to my Win7 laptop. Gave the windows 8 laptop to my wife. She said she has no problem with the OS, but I noticed recently that she uses the laptop for nothing but iTunes to sync her iPad and iPhone, while her iPad is used daily for web browsing, facebook, words with friends, email, netflix, and pinterest.
Another thought: Why give a 5-egg review on a product that you need to spend additional time and money to get it right? I'm talking about the 3rd-party start-button solutions.
Bottom-line: I really wanted to like this release. Everything on paper pointed to a winner. In real-life, however, an OS upgrade that forces me to reset my well-practiced routine is no upgrade.
Pros: Seems to NOT thrash the hard drives as much as WHS v1, which is huge for me. V1 would burn up a couple HDDs a year with its incessant "balancing". (WD Green). Seems more responsive than v1 when installed on modern 64-bit hardware. No stutters or pauses when streaming video anymore. With the optional Drivebender add-in, I don't miss the Drive Extender functionality that everybody, including me, was complaining about. I'm rocking 16Tb right now, without a hiccup. I've been throwing it some curveballs to test its limits, but it's been rock-solid this whole while. (Knocks on wood)
Some of the available add-ins give some cool functionality!
Nightly backups and shadow copies are godsends.
Cons: Constantly nagging me about updating client computers. Never seems to want to show the "green light, all clear" icon for the network health, even when everything is hunky-dory.
OS is limited compared to a desktop OS like Win7; there's a RAM ceiling (8gb), some hardware won't work (like my TV tuner card). It's a home server though, and so I can't deduct any eggs for not delivering outside of specifications.
If you'll miss Drive-Extender, you have to budget an extra Jackson for DriveBender or StableBit. That's why an egg is lopped.
I can't comment on the AV streaming feature, except that it won't play nice with DVD format (.vob, etc)
Overall Review: I was looking for a way to have all my media located in one box using WHS 2011, only to find that some of my HTPC options would be limited. To overcome that, I built a 6-core box with 32gb ram running Win7 Pro that takes care of all my DVR functions. I installed VMWare Player (it's free and really cool!) to host WHS 2011 on top of Win7, and this solution is working very well. Only gripe is that it takes all night to prepare an full HDD to commit as a virtual HDD on VMWare. If the host hardware flakes out, I can still move a backed-up image of WHS to another VMWare host and re-mount all the HDDs without skipping a beat. Win7 can see all available hardware resources and transcode Mpeg2s using all the CPU and RAM muscle available to it, while WHS would have been somewhat crippled. This rig is humming along "headless" in a corner of my basement. All administration is accomplished remotely. Too bad Microsoft is abandoning WHS, but there will be other solutions over the horizon, when WHS 2011 is retired. Right now, this software is totally worth it at the sale prices Newegg is offering lately.
Pros: Good assortment of accessories. When they are working, they do the job well. Colored the LED light red with a Sharpie and it makes a great accessory for stargazing. Ethernet cable looks convenient, but I never tried it. I like how the cords spool automatically. Headphones have microphone built-in.
Cons: I have two of these, and one set works well. In the other set, some keys on the 10-key don't work at all, and the mouse was DOA. Headphones are hard plastic and don't sit well in the ears.
Overall Review: This exact item was sold by Target Stores as a store-brand holiday gift set. It's cheap, and if you're lucky, you may even get what you pay for.