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Chris Barbere
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The Hardware - Part 3

12/03/2012 - 10:15

DVD Drive – ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U USB External CD/DVD (Optional)  [inline:files/review/2012-12-03/15_ASUS_Ext_DVD.jpg]

The Hardware - Part 2

12/03/2012 - 10:10

Looking at the costs to build your own HTPC, you can see that your return on investment can add up really quick depending on what you are currently paying for pay television service, especially if you already have some components that you don’t...

Running the Numbers on Cord Cutting

12/02/2012 - 21:38

To put it simply, Cable and Satellite television subscription costs can really put a hurting on your bank account.  The cable/satellite model offers subscribers access to hundreds of channels, many of which you may never watch, but there’s...

Assessing your Cord Cutting Potential

12/02/2012 - 21:36

The first step in assessing whether cutting the cord will be a good fit for you is to write down all the shows you and whoever you’re sharing your cable/satellite with watch regularly.   Simply documenting the name of the shows, what...

ASUS RT-N56U "Black Diamond" Wireless Router Review

11/30/2012 - 12:48

On deck for review today is the ASUS RT-N56U “Black Diamond” Dual-band Gigabit Wireless-N Router.  ASUS has a broad stable of networking equipment including wireless adapters, wireless routers, wired networking gear and even some power...

Amped Wireless R20000G Router and UA2000 Adapter Review

11/12/2012 - 12:10

Continuing with our networking adapter and router reviews, today we have a pair of devices on tap from a relative newcomer to the home and office networking field, Amped Wireless.  Founded in 2007, they began selling Wi-Fi products in 2010.  In...

ASUS RT-N56U Router Conclusion and Wrap Up

11/10/2012 - 02:51


Wireless Performance – Torture Test

11/10/2012 - 02:47

The “Torture Test” truly put routers and adapters to the test as the signal has to power its way a long distance through walls and floors into the distant Laundry Room of Wi-Fi Doom.  As expected we ran into problems immediately and in...

Wireless Performance – Normal Use Test –ASUS USB-N66 (High Power)

11/10/2012 - 02:44

So, now we move back to the ASUS USB-N66 adapter on its ‘High Power’ setting.  Let’s see how well the various routers perform with our little ASUS spaceship adapter 45 feet from them. [inline:files/review/2012-11-10/...

Wireless Performance – Normal Use Test - Intel Centrino Ultimate N

11/10/2012 - 02:42

Wireless networking speeds and connections would scream if we only sat a few feet away from our wireless router or access point, but that’s just not what happens in reality.  With that in mind, we run some ‘Normal Use’ tests that...