Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month
- Nice design. Discrete, small and don't look bad on your laptop. - Really good speeds. I got 7.5 mb/s (megabytes per second) over a SMB ("Windows") network connected on my home server (which is my old computer) via USB 2.0. This is almost the limit of my entire network (the router isn't very fast). - Works perfect on linux. Took 5min to configure it. [9710:7830 MosChip Semiconductor MCS7830] - Works perfect on Windows 7 x64. Took a few minutes to Windows get the drivers from Windows Update. After that, all fun and joy.
I think there's no cons at all. Maybe the red LED, but I really don't care. If the LED gets annoying I can just remove it from the board! It may get just a little hot eventually... just ignore.
The first think I thought when I saw this device was "omg this should be damn slow!". It is NOT slow. It's fast enough for almost any application. I can even watch a 1080p movie from network!!
Buy it. You don't need it? Buy it anyway! Somedays I want to do some little experiments on computer networks. This device really helps. It's like having a laptop with 2, 3 or even more network cards.
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