• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited


  • check
    Agree 70
  • info_outline
    Informative 40
  • tag_faces
    Funny 13
  • thumb_up
    Thumbs Up 50
  • thumb_up
    Likes (Old) 0


This user doesn't have any awards

1 Follower

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    US, but known not to stay in one place.
  • Interests
    Stuff I find interesting
  • Biography
    Tall, Dark and married with children. Since new stuff only lasts about 2 weeks, I buy used.....a lot.
  • Occupation
    Tech Stuff
  1. That is correct only to get the full speeds capable of AC. In order to use the full speeds of AC, both ends must support it. Backwards compatibility means that it will run at the matched speeds for the lowest band used. Therefore, You can get an AC adapter and connect to an N router. The pricing is negligible, so getting an adapter that is AC is perfectly acceptable. If someone has an N router, they are not confined to only purchase a matching N adapter. It doesn't matter if the B,G,N router supports AC or not. The AC adapter is required to support the connection of B, G, N.
  2. I'll be limited in availability, but I'll check as frequently as I can.
  3. The IEEE 802.11 standard. You might want to do a little network reading:
  4. As stated "and AC is fully backwards compatible."
  5. #1 - don't do USB 2.0 unless you don't have USB 3.0. Even then, they're cheap enough and most are backwards compatible with 2.0, so get a USB 3.0 adapter. 2.0 doesn't support enough bandwidth to allow you to get full wireless speeds when using Wireless-AC. USB 2.0 supposedly transfers data at 480mbps (60MBps). USB 3.0 runs about 5gbps (640MBps). #2 - look to adapters that have Wireless-AC. N would be okay, but the price difference is most likely negligible, and AC is fully backwards compatible. So having an older router won't be a problem. At the low end, look for AC600 dual band adapters, or better. Enjoy.
  6. I don't think Lenovo has an outlet, but I'm pretty sure you can find Business Thinkpads, NEW, for the specs and price you're looking for. They're pretty decent machines for the price. If you do a search for 'Dell Outlet', you can go to their direct outlet portal and select 'Laptops > For Work' and find either open box or Scratch & Dent models with the specs you're looking at for $150-$200 under your budget. I found a Latitude with similar specs containing an i7 and a 500GB 7200RPM drive for $649. It even had a dedicated 2GB nVidia card. The outlet site changes regularly, so check often.
  7. Display Port to DVI and Display Port to HDMI adapters are pretty cheap. If this is the 256MB card it's not high end, so I wouldn't spend too much money on it.
  8. Depends if your mainboard supports that video configuration. CHeck your BIOS to make sure you can select just the onboard video as your primary graphics, as some (including Dell) just automatically select the card if it detects one installed. Most 3rd party manufacturers now allow you to go into the BIOS and select your primary graphics device, though.
  9. Still check and see if it is a Radeon HD3450. Just a different version.
  10. Looks like it's out of a mainframe. Got any closer shots of part numbers or serials, back side, and ports???
  11. The Green label isn't very visible, but the HD3450 should be listed as this part number for you to try and match up: 102B4030900
  12. Looks like an HD3450 Radeon card with dual Display Port output. It has a Dell logo on it, and they were frequently sold with Optiplex towers.
  13. You'd have to find a converter, and not an adapter. Converters aren't cheap.....IF you can find one. Are you looking to attach a storage or network device? Or is it a monitor, etc. need a few more specifics of the environment as in this instance, it will help determine the best device you'll need.
  14. I have a bunch of Different NAS units in my network. Here's a breakdown about how I feel about them: Home/Pre-Built FreeNAS - (Dell T3500; Xeon L5520; 16GB DDR3R; Primary 275GB MX300 SSD; 2x 4-Port PCI-E SATA 6 RAID controller cards) Good expandability, easy to use. uses a lot of power, fairly bulky. Takes time to learn but not too difficult to figure out. Drobo (FS & 5N) - Good units, but insanely sensitive about the drives it operates with. Sensitive as it will use any drive, but if it cannot handle 24/7 operation, Drobo WILL work it to death. I've found that the Drobo is harsh, even on NAS drives. Rock solid most of the time, when a drive hasn't failed. Many times the drive is still good, but just not enough for the Drobo. Synology (1515+ & 1815+) - The 1515+ is probably my favorite NAS, but they're both excellent machines. Have some limited upgradability, but they upgrade pretty easy with what is available. Haven't pushed the unit anywhere near the max, anyway. Interface is highly intuitive and no troubles whatsoever in setup and management.
  15. The cheap USB hub must have a grounding issue.