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This Gadget cost me dearly! READ BEFORE YOU BUY!!!,
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This review is from: Yoggie GateKeeper Pico - Includes 1 Year Software Suite Updates (Accessory)
Impressed with all the fantastic reviews, I added the Pico to a PC on my home network and the network immediately became so slow it was unusable (to the extent that when on a different PC on the network, the screen was at least 5 characters behind the keyboard - I'm a 2 finger typist).
The problems really arose when I decided to take it off the PC. I uninstalled the software and removed the yoggie as instructed and something - either a hidden part of a program not removed or changes made to the opertaing system - immediatley caused my network ports on the PC to shut down completely. The other two computers on the network could see the PC to which the Pico had been attached, but try as I might, I could not get them to communicate with it, though they could with each other. Even restoring the PC to a point before the Pico would not open the network ports.
In the end I called a PC Tech to come round and try to solve the problem. In 4 hours of trying he couldn't do anything to help. In the end he had to take the PC away to completely remove the hard drive, clone it, reformat the hard-drive, reinstall the operating system and then copy across all the programs & data back onto it. You can guess what that cost me (not to mention the data loss of emails etc. - Yes, I now know why these should be backed up too).
If you read the PC Magazine reviews they all say what a fantastic little gadget this is, and the concept is! But if you stick 'gatekeeper pico problems' in your search engine you will see that mine is not an uncommon experience.
"But surely they would not sell it if was that bad?" you might say to yourself.
My advice, for what it's worth, is 'Be aware and don't risk it', this liitle gadget has cost me dearly!
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Initial post: 26 Sep 2009 12:06:44 BDT
Thanks for this review. I was very excited about the Pico but after reading this I will not be purchasing one.
I believe you have saved me a lot of pain and exspense.
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