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TP-LINK TL-SG108 Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbps 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: it's an unmanaged gigabit switch. Turn it on, plug it in, and it works. I've had no problems with it.

Cons: None observed.

Other Thoughts: I haven't tried to speed test this thing. I'd actually prefer the power cable and network ports be on the same side of the device, but that's personal preference.

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D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655) Wireless N300, USB SharePort, Gigabit
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Mostly works, but buggy and annoying web interface 11/23/2013

This review is from: D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655) Wireless N300, USB SharePort, Gigabit

Pros: - I've had no problems with the strength of the wireless signal, or with WPA authentication. (I only used a WPA with a pre-shared key.)
- Wired ports all seem to work fine. I had no issues with them as long as the routing table wasn't broken (see below).

Cons: - Web interface requires full router reboot for simple configuration changes (e.g., firewall rule changes). I don't know of any technical reason for this.
- Despite having a consumer-friendly web interface, there's no one-click way to switch between common configurations, such as "turn me into a wireless access point".
- I encountered a situation where the routing table seemed to be broken. (No packets forwarded from WAN port to other ports, as I recall.) Rebooting didn't help, so I did a factory reset. This happened twice. I have no idea if this was a bug in the web interface or the OS itself.
- Not super-stable. I usually have to reboot it about once a month.

Other Thoughts: I didn't try installing a non-standard OS (OpenWRT, or whatever the kids are using these days) on this box. I expect it to work fine out of the box.

I didn't try any of the USB filesharing stuff.

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ICY DOCK EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Form factor just like a regular 3.5" disk drive. Good for disk caddies and SATA backplanes, which expect the SATA/power connectors and screw holes in just the right place. Tool-less installation is super easy and fast.

Cons: Nothing substantial. It seems a bit heavy and clunky, but that shouldn't matter.

Other Thoughts: I used this to put a Samsung 840 EVO (item # N82E16820147247) SSD in the drive bay of an HP Gen8 Microserver. It fit fine in the drive caddy, and plugged into the SATA backplane just fine.

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Display Name: Michael K.

Date Joined: 06/20/06

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 11/16/13
  • Last Review: 04/24/14
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