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Check Point Safe@Office 500w 
Not Recommended by Kahn
on 5/1/2010
BOTTOM LINE: Check Point/SofaWare Support is nonexistent
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: much worse than I expected.
DETAILS: I was issued a non-working Product Key and Support gave me the run-around. I'm told to contact any reseller and have the reseller contact Check Point. Why the hassle?

Buffalo AirStation G54 Wireless Broadband Router 
Not Recommended by wtxgringo [wtxgringo@gmail.com]
on 4/18/2010
BOTTOM LINE: keeps dropping connection
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: worse than I expected.
DETAILS: was using a belkin wireless g router that was 4 yrs old, got a new pc with w7 & since had probs with belkin, decided to look around & liked the buffalo air station's features etc. have had it 6 mos now & last couple wks, drops connection every other day or so. didn't realize time i bought this that it was such a dated platform!

Home Portal 100 
Recommended by becca austin [beckysroom96@aol.com]
on 3/15/2010
BOTTOM LINE: fact
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: about as I expected.
DETAILS: school is shit wer have to wear uniform

Check Point Safe@Office 500w 
Recommended by stevegarvey
on 3/4/2010
BOTTOM LINE: Incredibly stable. Easy to setup/manage.
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: better than I expected.
DETAILS: Has never once required a reboot in over 1 year! No complaints with speed. Straightforward management. Well built. Yes licensing with all bells and whistles is expensive but you might not need all of them.

SonicWALL SOHO3 
Recommended by that guy? [yourhouse@yourmom.com]
on 2/7/2010
BOTTOM LINE: good!
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: better than I expected.
DETAILS: None.

Buffalo AirStation G54 Wireless Broadband Router 
Not Recommended by ttahola [ttahola@suomi24.fi]
on 1/25/2010
BOTTOM LINE: Wlan connection drops
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: much worse than I expected.
DETAILS: I've been using Buffalo for a couple of months now. It seems that the ADSL connection works ok, but the wlan connection is not very reliable. It has got worse. Currently the connection is dropping maybe every two minutes or so. Both with my HP G7032 laptop with integrated wlan and with my Nokia 5800XM phone.

Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit 
Not Recommended by JRot [windgroup@aol.com]
on 12/19/2009
BOTTOM LINE: FAR too many major problems
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: worse than I expected.
DETAILS: Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit: FAR too many major problems Problem #1: If these wall adapters run this hot, what kind of power/electricity are they wasting ?? Are they then reliable over time ?? Problem #2: "Despite the implication of "starter kit" in the product name, the Belkin adapters aren't currently available individually. While that won't be an issue for most, it will be for those that want to use the Belkin adapters to network devices in two separate locations back to a router, thus needing three devices." Problem #3: "The level of performance you ultimately wring out of the Belkin powerline adapters will depend on the capabilities of devices you connect to them, as connecting either adapter to a device with a mere 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet port can represent a potential bottleneck. That's an important thing to remember, because while many desktop and notebook PCs and routers sport Gigabit Ethernet ports these days, they're far from a given." Problem #4: "(plugging powerline adapters into surge suppressors or battery backups is a recipe for poor network performance due to the power filtering those devices perform)" And Belkin is actually selling these ?? And why can't we assign "NOT recommended" ??

Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit 
Not Recommended by JRot [windgroup@aol.com]
on 12/19/2009
BOTTOM LINE: FAR too many major problems
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: worse than I expected.
DETAILS: Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit: FAR too many major problems Problem #1: If these wall adapters run this hot, what kind of power/electricity are they wasting ?? Are they then reliable over time ?? Problem #2: "Despite the implication of "starter kit" in the product name, the Belkin adapters aren't currently available individually. While that won't be an issue for most, it will be for those that want to use the Belkin adapters to network devices in two separate locations back to a router, thus needing three devices." Problem #3: "The level of performance you ultimately wring out of the Belkin powerline adapters will depend on the capabilities of devices you connect to them, as connecting either adapter to a device with a mere 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet port can represent a potential bottleneck. That's an important thing to remember, because while many desktop and notebook PCs and routers sport Gigabit Ethernet ports these days, they're far from a given." Problem #4: "(plugging powerline adapters into surge suppressors or battery backups is a recipe for poor network performance due to the power filtering those devices perform)" And Belkin is actually selling these ??

Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit 
Not Recommended by JRot [windgroup@aol.com]
on 12/19/2009
BOTTOM LINE: Too many problems
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: worse than I expected.
DETAILS: Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit poses insurmountable problems: Problem #1: If these wall adapters run this hot, what kind of power/electricity are they wasting ?? Are they then reliable over time ?? Problem #2: "Despite the implication of "starter kit" in the product name, the Belkin adapters aren't currently available individually. While that won't be an issue for most, it will be for those that want to use the Belkin adapters to network devices in two separate locations back to a router, thus needing three devices." Problem #3: "The level of performance you ultimately wring out of the Belkin powerline adapters will depend on the capabilities of devices you connect to them, as connecting either adapter to a device with a mere 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet port can represent a potential bottleneck. That's an important thing to remember, because while many desktop and notebook PCs and routers sport Gigabit Ethernet ports these days, they're far from a given." Problem #4: "(plugging powerline adapters into surge suppressors or battery backups is a recipe for poor network performance due to the power filtering those devices perform)" Is Belkin is actually selling these ?? (and this is NOT offensive language or flaming)

Network Magic Pro 
Recommended by Reid [waredbear@yahoo.com]
on 11/28/2009
BOTTOM LINE: Get it.
REALITY vs. EXPECTATIONS: better than I expected.
DETAILS: I am trying to set-up a network at our church. I installed all the wires, routers and switches. I was hoping for a program that would show me the complete lay-out on one screen. That way I would know everything was working properly. Instead it shows all of the computers connectd to the main switch that is connected to the Internet. All of the second layer routers are shown off of it with nothing connected. It is great because I can see all of the computers and get their information from my sound room computer instead of having to go to each computer. I agree that the troubleshooting program needs work. I was working on it last night and none of the computers were showing up (might be because my Internet wasn't connected) but the Magic couldn't find a single problem. Even though I ran it on all of the computers. It kept telling me to go to their home page. I'm going back this morning to run the coax upstairs to the modem to see if that is my problem. Over all I like the ease of use of Magic and plan on buying the full version once I get everything in place.

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