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Total of 8403 reviews
Pure Networks Network Magic Pro 
Recommended by Jim B [onetechy@gmail.com]
on 1/3/2009
BOTTOM LINE: Great Product I love it!
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: much better than I expected.
DETAILS: Very nice layout and easy to setup. I not use it on a regular basis. I was considering Microsoft Home Server but Network Magic seems to do everything I need and more.

Sling Media SlingBox 
Not Recommended
on 12/30/2008
BOTTOM LINE: Don't bather
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: worse than I expected.
DETAILS: jerky video with audio drop out on home network with slingbox attached to wired network and outputting with G wireless.

Linksys NSLU2 Network Storage Link 
Not Recommended by d2f [d2f@hotmail.com]
on 12/22/2008
BOTTOM LINE: don't buy this one
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: much worse than I expected.
DETAILS: Linksys installer saw the NSLU2 and two 500 GB drives. After setup it formatted the drives after which I exited. Firefox was able to connect to the NSLU2 and change the password and I setup a series of accounts. NSLU2 showed up on Vista network but I could not access the drives from the desktop. Linksys tech support could not get it to work either and after 3 hours gave up and issued a RMA number. The replacement came within a week (less a few items) and the installer software recognized the NSLU2 and this time after exiting the setup program Vista could not see the NSLU2. I hooked up a PC with XP, and the installer-setup program saw the NSLU2 and could change the settings, but after exiting the NSLU2 did not show up on the network. In each case the firewall was turned off and several reboots were interlaced to make sure the PC was not lagging behind any changes. I am still trying to get this device to work. At this point the web browser times out looking for the device on the network. If I bypass the router I can ping the device, but with the router in line nothing can be pinged. In all cases the iMac also sitting on the network can ping the device but the NSLU2 does not show up on the desktop nor can it be seen by the mac network. This device is a black hole as it sucks away hours of your life trying to make it work.

Linksys NSLU2 Network Storage Link 
Recommended
on 12/19/2008
BOTTOM LINE: Bom produto... sem defrag... :(
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: about as I expected.
DETAILS: None.

Buffalo AirStation G54 Wireless Broadband Router 
Recommended
on 11/15/2008
BOTTOM LINE: brilliant
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: much better than I expected.
DETAILS: None.

D-Link DPR-1260 RangeBooster G Multifunction Print Server 
Not Recommended by hosan15 [hosan15@yahoo.com]
on 10/22/2008
BOTTOM LINE: lost money
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: worse than I expected.
DETAILS: not woprth it. it did not detect the scan capability of the printer although it is claimed to work with my printer. it keeps losing wireless connectivity. and offcourse not printing except when connected by hardwire.

Bartels Media MaxiVista Pro 
Recommended by User
on 9/15/2008
BOTTOM LINE: Works as advertised
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: much better than I expected.
DETAILS: Thanks!

Western Digital NetCenter Network Drive 
Recommended by LedZled [info@ledzled.se]
on 8/18/2008
BOTTOM LINE: Does the job - Vista problem can be fixed!
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: about as I expected.
DETAILS: I had the same problem as some others guys with connecting from Vista. The solution was found here: http://www.conetrix.com/Blog/post/Problem-with-Vista-and-Western-Digital-NetCenter-NAS.aspx

Netgear ReadyNAS Duo RND2150 (500 GB) 
Recommended by MikeP
on 8/17/2008
BOTTOM LINE: Would recommend this to any home user
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: much better than I expected.
DETAILS: Worked right out of the box. Built the second drive with no problem when I added it at a later date. Biggest con is trying to figure out the User rights and Home directory structures but once that is done it works like a charm. Very fast

D-LinkAir Wireless Broadband Router, w/ 3-Port Switch + Print Server 
Not Recommended by EatMe
on 8/13/2008
BOTTOM LINE: Discontinued in 2003 - update these reviews, Tim!
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: much worse than I expected.
DETAILS: I already typed in my opinion once and then found out the captcha picture hadn't displayed. When I punched the Get New Image button it erased everything, so figure out for yourself what I REALLY want to tell you right now.

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