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I'm a bit of a tech geek, software engineer by trade and not afraid of significant home projects, so this was the perfect "toy" for me. I do like it, and I'd buy another one if I needed another one, and I'd recommend it to friends too.
Short version: If you can see the ad-hoc network but cannot connect to it, try to find another wireless adapater (anything apple, anything without an intel adapater). For me I used an old 802.11g USB adapater. I think it needs to be 802.11g. Also, beware instructions, faq, how-to, and other information about this product is very disorganized. Their website looks like something designed 15 years ago. Not very polished at all.
I spent an entire evening attempting to connect to the ad-hoc wireless network to log in and configure the thermostat to my internet-connected wireless network. I tried 3 different laptops, all with Intel wireless adapters (of various kinds, one being nearly 5 years old, another being less than a year old). All of them had the same problem: they could see the SSID broadcast, would attempt to connect, but would not obtain a DHCP address, nor any other communication. I tried assigning my own IP address and that also failed. Finally I broke down and e-mailed customer support. They suggested I try an ipad, ipod, mac, or some other apple product and that they had heard of problems with Intel wifi adapaters. That wasn't very helpful, I would have tried one if I had one easily available. All the research online said people could connect but not access the IP address so I was skeptical -- Windows gave me connection errors. Finally I remembered this old USB 802.11g adapter sitting in the bottom of one of my bins of computer stuff and gave it a try. To my surprise it worked just as advertised. Took me all of 3 minutes to "provision" the thermostat to my wireless and register it online. My particular adapater is a Zonet ZEW2500, but I'd guess most 802.11g capable USB adapters will work.
I'm pleased with the capabilities on my thermostat, and the android app seems like it will work for what I want which is to be able to turn on/off/up/down my thermostat from afar. I'm also pleased this thermostat has a published API for software engineers like me to write our own software to control the thermostat.
We ordered the royal blue for our 2 year old's room. The blue is vibrant and gives the room some added life. The curtains do an excellent job of blocking light, the main function of these curtains. Because of our rod placement light does come in around the edges. I used a picture hanging nail and a safety pin to attach the sides closer to the wall to block even more light which definitely made a noticeable improvement and is good enough for what we need. We also have 1" white vinyl blinds behind the curtains so I don't really care about the thermal properties of the blinds so much. I only wish they offered these blinds in more lengths so we wouldn't have to get them hemmed....Read more
Bottom line: It works.
I upgraded from a core2 system to a new Ivy Bridge Core i5 3570K with this motherboard. System components include two 4GB DDR3 sticks, three SATA hard drves (one of which is a SSD), and one SSD CD Drive. That's all I need because everything else is built into the motherboard (or CPU). The most difficult part about my upgrade is plugging in all the connectors for my case's front panel, a pain because many of them are broken out into single pins. Thankfully Gigabyte does a great job with the manual identifying everything so the hard part is getting my fingers into place. Everything worked the first time!
My only complaint has nothing to do with this motherboard: the heatsink mounts changed ever so slightly from LGA 775's. It seems completely unnecessary, they're only about 1/8" different spacing, just enough that I can't use my old heatsink/fan.
I guess I could complain about the graphical BIOS, it's a bit clunky and I'd prefer a text based interface over this one's GUI... but how often do you have to edit BIOS settings? No big deal.