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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Linksys WRT54GS

I've had this router for about 6 years.  Never had any problems with it.  I run 6 devices on my routers so they need to actually be good at routing data for me.  I don't use this much anymore since I got my DSL modem with integrated router.  I will say that this router is more versatile than the integrated router in my DSL modem.  I like the user interface on the lan web browser.  Not a bad unit.  Adding a DNS server would make this a better unit.  Maybe a gigabit network capable lan and it would be better.  But for the money this is a great unit.  This is another unit you can find cheap if you shop around. Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster WRT54GS - Wireless router - 4-port switch - 802.11b/g - desktop


  • Device Type Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated)
  • Enclosure Type Desktop
  • Compatible Slots None
  • Connectivity Technology Wireless , Wired
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet,
    IEEE 802.11b,
    IEEE 802.11g,
    Fast Ethernet
  • Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
  • Network / Transport Protocol L2TP , PPTP , TCP/IP , IPSec , PPPoE
  • Remote Management Protocol HTTP,
  • Encryption Algorithm AES,
  • Authentication Method RADIUS
  • Features DMZ port , VPN passthrough , Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X) , MAC address filtering , Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) , Dynamic DNS server , DHCP support , NAT support
  • Compliant Standards IEEE 802.1x , IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.3u , IEEE 802.3
  • Status Indicators Link activity,
    Port status,

Expansion / Connectivity

  • Interfaces LAN : 4 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45,
    DMZ : 1 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45
  • Expansion Slot(s) None
  • Expansion Bays None


  • Networking type Wireless router


  • Power Device Power adapter - External


  • Type None


  • Width 7.3 in
  • Depth 7.9 in
  • Height 1.9 in
  • Weight 1.1 lbs
  • Cables (Details) 1 x Network cable
  • Compliant Standards CE

Software / System Requirements

  • OS Required Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
  • Min Processor Type 200 MHz
  • System Requirements Details Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP - RAM 64 MB

Environmental Parameters

  • Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
  • Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
  • Humidity Range Operating 10 - 85%

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Service & Support 3 years warranty
  • Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 3 years

Surfboard SB4200 Cable Modem

I've had this cable modem for 14 years and I can say that it has never given me any problems.  I live in a rural town that only supports the old docsis 1 & 1.1. Our service with DSL is faster here so I decided to go with DSL.  One of the disadvantages to this modem is that you have to have a external router hooked up to it to have multiple computer hooked up.  That's not really that big a deal in fact it might be a advantage to some considering you can choose a high end router instead of using a integrated one that you find in most newer cable modems.  A advantage to owning this modem is you don't have to pay the cable company rent on a modem that is capable of docsis 1 & 1.1 because you own it. You can hook up 2 pc to this modem without a router.  1 connects to the ethernet jack and the other goes to the usb port. A disadvantage is that there is no hard  reset switch on the unit. Considering how old this unit is, you can find them cheap used if you shop around for them. Motorola External Cable Modem (SB4200)

Product Features

  • DOCSIS 1.0 CableLabs Certified (upgradable to DOCSIS 1.1)
  • New user-friendly, top-mounted stand-by button for additional end-user security
  • USB and Ethernet connections
  • Ethernet and USB are bridged allowing LAN traffic between USB device and Ethernet LAN
  • Compatible with Windows 95, 98, 2000, Me, NT, XP, Mac, and UNIX operating systems

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Motorola
  • Model: 484939-012-00
  • Number of Ports: 4

Monday, February 13, 2012

ION PowerPlay USB Turntable

A lot of people might find that converting LPs to MP3s to be a waste of time and money.  It really all depends.  If you have a old record that is rare and cannot be bought, this would be a wonderful way of converting the songs to MP3.  The sound quality is not as good as a standalone Turntable hooked up to a stereo, but for the money it is a great buy.  I think you'll find this to be a easy way of converting those LPs to MP3s.  It uses EZ Vinyl/Tape converter that basically guides you through the entire process.  The software uses iTunes to finalize your turntable tracks to MP3.  The only thing that I would like to see with the EZ Vinyl/Tape converter would be a built in wav editor to remove pops and hiss from the tracks.  Other than that, it is a great turntable. Ion PowerPlay LP USB-Powered Vinyl-to-MP3 Turntable


Product Highlights

  • Convert LPs to MP3s Via USB
  • Macintosh and PC Compatible
  • No Batteries or Power Cord Required
  • Draws Power From USB Connection
  • Plug-and-Play
  • No Driver Installation Required

Actiontec DSL Modem GT784WN

This modem runs really good and has a fast internet connection.  Had problems with it when it went out to update it's firmware in the middle of the night.  Had to call me DSL provider and have them reset the password.  After my password was reset it didn't give me any more problems.  It works well for a lan too.  I have 4 computers, wii, and 2 Iphones hooked up to it with no problem.  Two of my computers are hooked up to the wired ports and the wireless to wired file transfers work great.  There are a lot of features on this modem. Actiontec Electronics, Wireless N ADSL Modem Router (Catalog Category: Networking- Wireless B, B/G, N / Routers & Gateways)

– Four 10/100 BaseT Ethernet LAN
– One RJ-11 ADSL Line
– One RJ-11 Phone Port

– 802.11n
– 802.11 b/g
– External RADIUS Server Support
– Multiple SSID
– WMM, WMM PowerSave (available upon request)
– Wireless Security
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA, WPA2 TKIP & AES encryption 802.1x authentication Pre-Shared Key (PSK) MAC Address Filtering

Remote Management
– User-enable Remote Management
– TR069 Carrier Remote Management
– TR064 Local Management

Advanced Security
– Firewall
– Stateful Packet Inspection
– Website Blocking
– Web Service Blocking
– URL Keyword-Based Filtering
– Customizable Filtering Policies per

– Internet Traffic Logging
– Denial of Service (DOS) Protection
– Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
– Intrusion Detection
– IP Protocol Filtering

QoS Support
– Diffserv
– 802.1p/q Prioritization
– Random Early Detection
– Pass-through of WAN-side DSCPs,

PHBs & Queing to LAN-side devices
– Prioritization via DHCP options Advanced Features
– DHCP Server Option
– DHCP Server/PPPoE Server Auto

– DNS Server
– Full Bridge Device Control
– LAN IP & WAN IP Address Selection
– MAC Address Cloning
– Port Forwarding
– PPPoE Support
– IGMP v1, v2, v3 (available soon)
– MAC Address Filtering
– IGMP proxy and snooping

Min. Sys. Requirements
– PC or Macintosh with Ethernet or 802.11b/802.11n wireless connection.
– Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari, Firefox

Gold's Gym 390 R Indoor Bicycle

     The Gold's Gym 390R is a wonderful starter indoor bicycle for the person that is on a budget.  I bought mine at Wal-Mart about 2 years ago and it still works great for me.  I try to ride at least 30 mins a day.  But just like all exercise equipment, you won't get anything out of it if you don't put in the effort and actually use it.  Out of the box it has almost everything you need.  You will have to use batteries unless you go and get a power supply.  It is very easy to use and has several levels of adjustment to help you advance with your fitness levels.

* Oversized, Adjustable Seat 
* 12 Digital Resistance Levels
* Self-Leveling Pedals
* Dual-Grip PowerPulse™ Heart Rate Monitor
* iFit® Workout Card Technology
* 12 Personal Trainer Workouts
* CoolAire™ Workout Fan
* Compatible Music Port for iPod®
* Blue-Tinted LCD
* Warranty
* Recumbent Design
* Intermix Acoustics™ 2.0
* SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
* Water Bottle Holder