Sunday, November 22, 2015

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Sunday, November 15, 2015 compromised! has been compromised by a nasty "flash upgrade" pop up that leads to malicious software. DO NOT ACCEPT!!!

Redit link 1:

Original source:

Someone has encountered the problem with Kasperski (sorry for mentioning another vendor! But this needed to be said)

(Care of Jetster At Tech Power up forums)

Here's a handy report on the IP address this attack is originating from
Please see there lots of IPs to block in your firewalls to further secure yourselves from other malware/attacks as well. I blocked in my hardware and software firewalls and hostsfiles as well. I suggest y'all do so too

For all that want to contact the owners of the IP address where the attacks originated from please contact and be very nice and tell them the attacks came from and they are hosted with PKHost which resides on the network of Centrilogic. If we get rid of the source of the attacks we can save other webmasters/admins as well as newegg. source 1 source 2: also source2 has IP addresses you can block in your firewalls till centrilogic or the other layers of the food chain can take action. Please be safe eggers!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Amped Wireless APR175 review

4)Wireless configuration
5)Throughput tests (Wireless/Wired)
6)Firmware notes
7)Closing Notes

Intro: The Amped Wireless APR175 is a SOHO level wireless access point that is targeted at pro-sumers market  has an average amount  of features and can tolerate a good bit of heavy usage that pro-sumers require. 

Features: The Amped Wireless APR175 features the following:

1) Dual band 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz operation with 3 x 3 MIMO connectivity at up to 1200Mbps
2) 2 wired Gigabit LAN ports (1 PoE uplink/1 LAN)
3) 3 3x3mimo  dual band ext antennas with 27dBm output power for great wireless coverage.
4) SSIDs with configurable VLANs for each one providing more security then standard guest networks
5) Can operate as a controller and manage up to 7 APR175s with grouping
6) Full VLAN configuration 
7) And lots more


Setup was average, needed to be set as “access point” mode for this test. 
Also was unable to complete setup wirelessly. Needed to connect laptop to eth port to complete setup. 
Unit has a power brick like a laptop one instead of on the plug itself. 
Unit powered as PoE from a Cisco Meraki MS220-8P Poe Switch in 802.3.AT mode. 
Obtained proper IP from Cisco Meraki Z1 router within 4 minutes. 

Let's take a look at the really helpful status page that tells us all our status.

Wireless Configuration: 

Here’s the WLAN config screens:
Radio Settings:

Security Settings:

The Amped Wireless APR175 supports WPA/WPA2 security. Also supports RADIUS with external server. 
Unit lacks onboard RADIUS server and splash authentication pages. Also lacks proper SNMP implementation. Unable to edit strings and import MIB/OID file to apps like PRTG
Also adding another VLAN SSID does NOT work. clients stuck at "obtaining IP address"

Throughput Tests: (Wireless)

I will be using LAN Speed test for the throughput tests and PRTG to generate the graphs. It also is a comprehensive enterprise level network monitoring software and it can record uptime, transfer rates, errors, etc. 

Test environment: (Set 1)

Specs of Building: This is going through about 32 ft through 2 walls, a solid all-wood dresser, and a chimney. The room has plaster walls in some places. 

Specs of server :(my machine in the same room as the Amped WirelessAPR175): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC

Specs of client: (remote machine in other room): AGNXAndrakon/AMD Phenom 9650/6GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Asus AC53 USB WLAN connection

5Ghz 802.11anac mode: Channel 36+ -60dBm

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 20Mbytes/sec or 160Mbits/sec

2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 6  -45dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 5Mbytes/sec or 40Mbits/sec

Test environment: (Set 2)

Specs of Building Test Run 1: 16Ft away thru a wood door hallway right outside the office where the Amped WirelessAPR175 is located. 

Specs of server (my machine in the same room as theAmped WirelessAPR175): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC

Specs of client: HP2000-412NR/AMD E300/8GB DDR3 RAM/300 GB HDD/AMD RADEON 6310/Windows 7 x64 Home Premium/RalinkRT5390 WLAN
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 6 -50dBm

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 4Mbytes/sec or 32Mbits/sec 

Same system WLAN USB (Edimax AC600)

5.0Ghz 802.11ac mode channel 36+ -66dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 8Mbytes/sec or 64Mbits/sec


Ø Easy controls and options
Ø Decent throughput
Ø Fairly smooth setup

Ø Lacks some options for configuration 
Ø No detailed RF controls or monitoring
Ø No splash screen authentication
Ø No onboard RADIUS server
Ø No device onboarding
Ø No band steering
Ø Clunky UI
Ø No detailed client statistics like error rates, data-link rates, HOSTNAME, etc. Only displays MAC add and sig str. 

Rating:  5/10 
Recommended: mabye

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Luxul XAP-1510 review

4)Wireless configuration
5)Throughput tests (Wireless/Wired)
6)Closing Notes
Intro: The Luxul XAP-1510 is a wireless access point that is  targeted at pro-sumers market,has an average amount  of features and can tolerate a lot of heavy usage that pro-sumers require.
Features: The Luxul XAP-1510 features the following:
1) Dual band 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz operation with 3 x 3 MIMO connectivity at up to 1900Mbps
2) 2 wired Gigabit LAN ports
3) 2 3x3mimo  dual band internal antennas with 30dBm output power for great wireless coverage.
4) SSIDs with configurable VLANs for each one providing more security then standard guest networks
5) Full VLAN configuration
6) Fixed and DHCP client address assignments
7) And lots more
Setup was very easy and it connected pretty fast and got an IP quickly.
Let's take a look at the really helpful status page that tells us all our status.

Wireless Configuration:
Here’s the WLAN config screens:
Radio Settings:

Security Settings:

The Luxul XAP-1510 supports WPA/WPA2 security.
Throughput Tests: (Wireless)
I will be using LAN Speed test for the throughput tests and PRTG to generate the graphs. It also is a comprehensive enterprise level network monitoring software and it can record uptime, transfer rates, errors, etc.
Test environment: (Set 1)
Specs of Building: This is going through about 32 ft through 2 walls, a solid all-wood dresser, and a chimney. The room has plaster walls in some places.
Specs of server :(my machine in the same room as theLuxul XAP-1510): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
Specs of client: (remote machine in other room): AGNXAndrakon/AMD Phenom 9650/6GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Asus AC53 USB WLAN connection
5Ghz 802.11anac mode: Channel 153+ -52dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 12Mbytes/sec or 96Mbits/sec

2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 6  -77dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 5Mbytes/sec or 40Mbits/sec

Test environment: (Set 2)
Specs of Building Test Run 1: 16Ft away thru a wood door hallway right outside the office where the Luxul XAP-1510 is located.
Specs of server (my machine in the same room as theLuxul XAP-1510): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
Specs of client: HP2000-412NR/AMD E300/8GB DDR3 RAM/300 GB HDD/AMD RADEON 6310/Windows 7 x64 Home Premium/RalinkRT5390 WLAN
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 6 -38dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 4Mbytes/sec or 32Mbits/sec

Same system WLAN USB (Edimax AC600)
5.0Ghz 802.11ac mode channel 153+ -60dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 5Mbytes/sec or 40Mbits/sec

Ø Easy controls and options
Ø Decent throughput
Ø High signal strength
Ø Lacks some options for configuration

Ø Can't change management VLAN from 1 to whatever you need it
Ø No RADIUS authentication support
Ø No QoS controls
Ø No detailed client statistics like error rates, data-link rates, HOSTNAME, etc. Only displays MAC add and sig str.
Rating:  6/10
Recommended: Yes

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Magellan Roadmate 3120 review - "retro" review challenge in 5 minutes or less

Here's the results of a "5 minute review challenge" a lot of people are doing lately:

I did this when I was on my tablet with limited connectivity on a extensive 10 hour road trip.

The challenge was to get it done in 5 minutes while also taking pics of certain areas of a product that's typically hard to review and think of on the spur of the moment. Also the "retro" reviews are getting quite common specially with stuff that's off the beaten path like GPUs units, old consoles, old networking hardware, phones, etc...

Enough with the intro and here we are at the actual review! Note: from this point on nothing has been alltered from a raw notepad file typed on my tablet since the 3G was cutting out a lot (backwoods west virginia can do that to yah lol)

Magellan roadmate 3120

the magellan roadmate 3120 is a great midtier gpus unit that has a great ui, fast signal, decent amount of features, and is affordable and fun to use.

accuracy on eta decent

fast ui
great routing engine
ok voice
very fast with signal acquisition
very good on battery
very easy to use
very clear ui that looks great

persistent night mode ui saves battery and is easier to see
loud speaker
voice is clear

charging port location is wonky and cable attatch is flimsy
no ability to keep detailed stats on screen without tapping distance counter
no physical volume button
map updates are pricey at 89$USD

overall 8/10

screenshot gallery:

Friday, September 11, 2015

Aerohive Showdown! AP230 VS 370

Here’s the custom report that actually made it to the main blog! I hope you enjoy this quick showdown between the Aerohive AP230 VS 370!
Please note: if you’d like to view details such as in depth features, please see respective reviews [1] [2]. Also check there to get detailed test specs and sys specs.
Please also note: the main difference is the 230 uses a Broadcom chipset/radios and the 370 Uses Qualcomm Atheros chipset/radios.
The other features are the 370 has redundant PoE Links and higher Xmit power.
First adapter is the Asus AC53 USB 801.11ac adapter in 5Ghz 802.11ac mode:


Now, let’s see the same adapter in 2.4Ghz mode!:


Very drastic performance differences there! The AP230 performs much better in 5Ghz mode! Much higher throughput!
Now let’s take a look at the Ra-Link based laptop adapter for what most laptops have which is a 1x1 N150 chipset.


As you can see it’s much slower and not as stable!
On to the next adapter: The Edimax AC600, a cheap solution to add 5Ghz to a laptop that has a whitelist.


Again you can see that the throughput and signal is not as stable in the 370 as the 230. I only had one cutout on the 230 when the laptop had a CPU usage spike.

Roku TV and audio system streaming notes: The AP230 had far less issues with video streaming on the Roku TV than the AP370.
Winner of the showdown for stability and speed is the AP230. Much more stable connectivity and radios. The 370 might have higher range and power, it does not perform as well as the 230.