Sunday, November 4, 2018

Simple review of the Netgear Nighthawk A7000 WiFi USB adapter

Why get a USB adapter instead of PCIe?

My PC motherboard has a Broadcom 2T2R mini PCIe WiFI+BT card (BCM43xx) that supports up to 866Mbps data rate since it only has two antennas. Instead of trying to find a mini PCIe card that supports a 1300Mbps data rate, bluetooth, and some coax cables and antennas, I decided that a simpler USB WiFi adapter would be good enough.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Hard Drives for use in my Synology NAS

 Why I purchased Seagate IronWolf drives

I recently purchased two 6TB Seagate IronWolf drives. They are similarly priced to the WD Reds but have a faster RPM of 7200 compared to 5400 on the Reds. The IronWolf also have 128MB of cache vs 64MB on the Red. To get a drive similar in spec to the IronWolf would require purchasing Red Pro drives, which are a lot more expensive.