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Linksys DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (DPC3008-CC)
Linksys DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (DPC3008-CC)
Price: $80.99
21 used & new from $28.98

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gimped Diagnostic Screens, March 28, 2012
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Using this modem with Comcast. I didn't even have to call them to activate it. I just used the self-activation website and was up and running in less than 5 minutes.

I got this to replace a SB6121 because I wanted 8 downstream channels, plus the SB6121 ran too hot and I had to have a fan blowing on it. I'm on the Blast 25/4 tier and with the SB6121 I was getting 36.5Mbps down and 6.5Mbps up with Power Boost.
With the DPC3008 I'm getting 36.1 down and 5.6 up with Power Boost. Kind of disappointing.

Like with the DPC3000 and DPC3010, the DPC3008's diagnostic screens are gimped to only show you the signal levels.
No channel frequencies, no uptime, and no logs. If Motorola can show all this information in a read-only format, why can't Cisco? Another disappointment.
As long as the modem works it's not that big of a deal, but detailed diagnostic information can be very helpful if you really need it.

Temperature wise the DPC3008 runs cooler than the SB6121 and doesn't need a fan blowing on it, so I'll stick with it for now.
Comment Comments (4) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 21, 2012 7:37 PM PDT


Motorola SB6120 SURFboard DOCSIS 3.0 eXtreme Broadband Cable Modem
Motorola SB6120 SURFboard DOCSIS 3.0 eXtreme Broadband Cable Modem
Offered by Great Caesar's Ghost!
Price: $144.99
22 used & new from $34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Works great, but sensitive, September 29, 2011
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This replaced a Linksys DOCSIS 2.0 modem that was rock solid. Speeds on the old modem were 24 Mbps and down and 4 Mbps up. I was on the Performance 12/2 tier with Comcast.

The SB6120 got 4 downstream channels and 2 upstream with the DOCSIS 3.0 channel bonding. Speeds were 12 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up, right at the ceiling of my speed tier.
I decided to upgrade to the Blast tier, 25/4. They just rebooted the modem, did not need to push a new configuration file to it. Now I'm getting 30 Mbps down and 4 Mbps up.

As I mentioned earlier the Linksys was rock solid, but the SB6120 was rebooting every 2 days because of T3 and T4 errors. I found a 25 year old coax cable in the line and replaced it. Since then there have been no more errors in the modem's log. Now the SB6120 runs great and cool.


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771 of 841 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stay with the SB6120, July 8, 2011
I have tried both the SB6120 and the SB6121 and the signal levels and speeds were the same on both.
The SB6121 is a little smaller than the SB6120 but runs much warmer than the SB6120. Looks like they tried to cram too much hardware into too small of a space.

My SB6121 did not come with the power save button (it's listed as an optional feature), so about the only difference between the two models is the design. Both the SB6120 and the SB6121 use the same firmware: labeled SB612X.

So unless you want the different looking LED lights and a smaller and warmer box for a higher price, stay with the SB6120.

As far as speeds are concerned: the multiple channel bonding on these DOCSIS 3.0 modems is nice for sustained constant speeds. It also makes it easier for your ISP to enforce the speed cap if they choose to do so (Comcast in my case does). I was getting 20+ Mbps down and 3+ Mbps up on my old Linksys DOCSIS 2.0 modem, however that was the peak when the transfer first started, then it would taper off.
The DOCSIS 3.0 modem stays right at the 12/2 ceiling of my speed tier, but at least the speeds stay right up there and do not drop off after a few seconds.
Comment Comments (37) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Apr 25, 2014 2:47 PM PDT


Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder
Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder
Offered by Yogi Comp
Price: $239.99
23 used & new from $114.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works 90% of the time, February 3, 2011
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Info: Hardware version F1, CD version 2.5

Pros:
>H.264 hardware encoding
>Can record video in M2TS, TS, or MP4 files
>Can record audio in AC3 or AAC format
>Works with Windows 7 x64
>5.1 optical audio in

Cons:
>Limited to 13.5 Mbps video bitrate. I record from my satellite box at 1080i, the bitrate is not enough for high motion scenes. This results in macroblocking on the recorded video.
>Program locks up on occasion. Happens when clicking on the Stop button to stop the recording. Have to power cycle the box to get it working again.
>No option to split the recorded files after a set amount of time or when they reach a set size limit.

Other:
>I couldn't get the WinTV Scheduler program to activate the video capture program to make timer recordings. Ended up using Macro Express to click the Record/Stop button at preset times.
>I don't do any playback or editing of the recorded files with the included software. I use Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 to chop out the commercials. It works great and is frame accurate. Just make sure you record the audio in AC3 format.


Blood: The Last Vampire [Blu-ray]
Blood: The Last Vampire [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Gianna Jun
Offered by Media Favorites
Price: $10.82
64 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deleted Scenes?, November 26, 2009
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I liked how they included some scenes from the Blood: The Last Vampire anime in this movie.
The action scenes were pretty good. Lots of wire work. It looks like Gianna did most of her own stunts.

The story seemed like it was missing a few scenes. In the making of featurettes we see pieces of a scene with Saya fighting in a meat locker and another with her fighting two afro vampires. These scenes are not in the main movie. Unfortunately there are no deleted scenes on the extras menu, unless they're hidden as an easter egg that I was not able to find.

Unresolved plot threads and missing scenes aside, this was an OK movie. Watch it mostly for the action scenes.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jul 8, 2010 10:05 AM PDT


Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad - Xbox 360
Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad - Xbox 360
Offered by FRONTIER HOBBY SHOP
Price: $48.98
68 used & new from $8.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun game, terrible manual, June 2, 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
What do you do when zombies invade your city?
Call the police? Call the army?
Dress up in armor to protect yourself?
If you're the ladies in Onechanbara the answer is: wear as little clothing as possible and attack the zombies with swords. Brilliant!

Despite not having played any of the previous Onechanbara games, it's easy to get caught up on the story. Because most of it will be read to you, in Japanese, with a wall of text on the screen. They couldn't have hired an English cast to provide voice-overs?

As others have said: an A game this is not, but a solid B game with fun to be had if you can overlook its shortcomings.

Once you learn how to play the game, it can be quite fun if you know what you're doing. Unfortunately the included manual is little to no help. I kept dying from low health because I didn't know what any of the helpful items did or how to use them (the Back button). I didn't know how to kill certain enemies because they required you to perform special attacks on them that were never explained.

Fortunately, D3 Publisher was nice enough to come out with a downloadable PDF guide for the game that includes all the characters' moves, special attacks, items, and how to use them.
They even include maps and walkthroughs for all the levels, bosses, enemies, and how to unlock the achievements.
With this knowledge I was able to get the most out of the game and enjoy it to the fullest.

Some other shortcomings are local only co-op. No system link or Xbox Live.
Camera can be a pain sometimes.
Too much text for the story progression instead of cutscenes.

Despite just mowing down zombies the entire game, it doesn't get old. The different playable characters and their varied combo attacks add enough variety to keep things interesting.


Samsung BD-P2500 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player (2008 Model)
Samsung BD-P2500 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player (2008 Model)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice mid-range Blu-ray player, January 19, 2009
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After looking at Blu-ray players from Sharp, Panasonic, LG, and Sony, I finally decided on the Samsung BD-P2500. Some of the features that influenced my decision are the Profile 2.0 support and the internal audio decoding.

It takes a minute for the unit to boot up when you power it on, but after that playing movies is a breeze.
Picture quality on Blu-ray discs is excellent for 1080p TVs. Colors are nice and vibrant, but not oversaturated.
It also does a decent job of upscaling standard DVDs. This works best for progressive DVDs (mostly movies) if you have any DVDs of TV shows that are interlaced, you'll notice jagged edges when they are upscaled.

One thing I don't like is the picture search. When you pause the video you can only advance frame by frame forward, but not backward. If you pass the frame you're looking for you have to press play then seek backwards and pause then advance frame by frame back up to it.

The built-in audio decoding is nice for my older 5.1 receiver.
I upgrade the firmware by downloading it from Samsung's website and putting it on a USB flash drive.

Like most Blu-ray players, this unit has a cooling fan but it's not loud. Make sure the back of your cabinet is open so it will get enough ventilation and make sure you keep dust off it.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jan 19, 2009 4:53 PM PST


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