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Buffalo AirStation Turbo G High Power Wireless Smart Router 
Recommended by SubNuke
on 11/25/2009
BOTTOM LINE: Most stable consumer router I've used.
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: better than I expected.
DETAILS: I've used D-Link, Linksys, and Netgear wireless routers and all had some functionality issue or another. All would "lock up" the connection and require power-cycling to restore it; the Linksys from time to time, the Netgear more often, and the D-Link at least daily. I have been using the same Buffalo AirStation Turbo G High Power Wireless router for more than three years and it has never "locked up" the connection. Although it can be painful to set up because the user interface resets the router after each and every setting change rather than allowing you to enter all changes and then do one restart, this router is truly a "set it and forget it" device.

magicJack 
Recommended
on 11/24/2009
BOTTOM LINE: Excellent deal on cheap phone service.
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: much better than I expected.
DETAILS: I built up an energy efficient ITX board computer with a solid state hard drive to use with the Magic Jack 24/7. Works out great. Miiikeee said that!

Hamachi 2 
Recommended by Andrew Burton
on 10/16/2009
BOTTOM LINE: Pricing Clarification from LogMeIn
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: much better than I expected.
DETAILS: The new pricing of $199 for commercial use actually includes up to 256 clients automatically. Our previous pricing was on a per device basis (starting at $39 per computer), so once you're connecting six or more computers, Hamachi is actually LESS expensive under the new pricing. For example, a small business can buy the new version, connect 200 devices together and pay less than $1 per year per device. We'll update our site to make sure it's more clear for users going forward. Thank you, Andrew Burton VP, Consumer and SMB Products www.LogMeIn.com

Hamachi 2 
Recommended by Andrew Burton
on 10/16/2009
BOTTOM LINE: Pricing Clarification from LogMeIn
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: much better than I expected.
DETAILS: The new pricing of $199 for commercial use actually includes up to 256 clients automatically. Our previous pricing was on a per device basis (starting at $39 per computer), so once you're connecting six or more computers, Hamachi is actually LESS expensive under the new pricing. For example, a small business can buy the new version, connect 200 devices together and pay less than $1 per year per device. We'll update our site to make sure it's more clear for users going forward. Thank you, Andrew Burton VP, Consumer and SMB Products www.LogMeIn.com

Hamachi 2 
Recommended by Dave
on 10/16/2009
BOTTOM LINE: When it works its great
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: about as I expected.
DETAILS: It's actually much cheaper. The previous price was per client, now you pay $199 and get 256 clients.

Hamachi 2 
Recommended by Andrew Burton [aburton@logmein.com]
on 10/15/2009
BOTTOM LINE: Joe, Important clarification regarding the pricing
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: much better than I expected.
DETAILS: The new pricing of $199 for commercial use actually includes up to 256 clients automatically. For example, a small business can buy the new version, connect 200 devices together and pay less than $1 per year per device. We'll update our site to make sure it's much more clear for users. Thank you, Andrew LogMeIn

Snap Server 1000 
Recommended by Luis [lestribi@hotmail.com]
on 9/13/2009
BOTTOM LINE: Practical solution for small business filesharing
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: about as I expected.
DETAILS: None.

Check Point Safe@Office 500w 
Not Recommended by Nathan
on 7/20/2009
BOTTOM LINE: Never buy a Checkpoint product again.
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: much worse than I expected.
DETAILS: Poor support, very poor documentation. Licensing model is "cheap" as they will two bit you for everything.

Netgear ReadyNAS Duo RND2150 (500 GB) 
Recommended by Arimanio
on 7/17/2009
BOTTOM LINE: Highly recommended for standard home user.
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: better than I expected.
DETAILS: Admittedly, If you want Raid 0, then setup become a bit more complicated but the unit will do Raid 1 out of the box. I removed the 500 gig hard drive and replaced with two 1 Tb drives. I couldn't be happier with ALL the services this NAS provides.

3G Mobile Broadband Wireless Router 
Recommended by Simon Mackay [Simon_Mackay@bigpond.com]
on 7/3/2009
BOTTOM LINE: Good as an "entry-level" 3G router
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: about as I expected.
DETAILS: One thing I would like Netgear to do is to design it to work on 12 volts. Then they could easily supply a battery pack or car cigar-lighter adaptor for users to buy at a later date when they think of portability.

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