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ZyXEL GS1100-16 Unmanaged 16 Port Unmanaged Gigabit Rackmount Switch
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Michael D's DHCP/encryption/handshakes/etc? 07/05/2014

This review is from: ZyXEL GS1100-16 Unmanaged 16 Port Unmanaged Gigabit Rackmount Switch

Pros: It works great.
Has been working for more than 1 year.
No problems.
Can be rack mounted with included hardware.
No fans.
Low power consumption.
Can sit on a shelf.
Has 16 ports for a very low price.
Passes gigabit traffic without any issue.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: It's an unmanaged switch. What more do you want?

Michael D's review on 6/24/2014 mentions DHCP, encryption, hand shakes, security flaws, and other things that have absolutely NOTHING to do with an UN-MANAGED switch!

This is a simple layer-2 switch. It doesn't do anything with DHCP, encryption, hand shakes (beyond those required by the hardware), security, or anything else!

Don't write a review with negative comments when you know absolutely nothing about networking.

I read one review that claimed that this switch would only pass 100 megabit traffic. That is absolutely false. Perhaps the reviewer had problems with other equipment on his network?

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Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs OK, but could be better 06/05/2014

This review is from: Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: Inexpensive.
Looks nice.

Cons: Very flimsy metal.

The pictures show two fans included, but mine only arrived with the 120mm front fan installed. This isn't the end of the world though, because the included 120mm fan is a little noisy. I have another on had, and I'll just replace it.

The case was slightly bent when it arrived, even though the shipping box was not damaged at all. It's just too flimsy to be transported. I straightened the bent metal.

Other Thoughts: The included front 120mm fan is not well thought-out. It has nowhere to draw air except for a very small hole at the bottom of the plastic front cover. This hole is blocked by whatever surface you set the PC on, because the feet are so short.

I moved the front fan to the side of the case. The holes didn't line up perfectly because the side of the case isn't designed for a fan... but I was able to make it work.

Overall, it's not a terrible case. I honestly don't know what other reviewers are complaining about when they say that it has sharp edges. All of the edges inside the case are doubled-over so that there is no sharp edge that you might cut yourself on while assembling the PC.

I bought it because it was the least expensive mini ATX case on Newegg. That's about all I can say.

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Intel BOXDQ77KB LGA 1155 Intel Q77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This board has been running 24x7 in my system with an Intel i5-3475S CPU for several months. No problems. Great little board for a SFF HTPC.

I'm running Windows 7 Pro x64 with Windows Media Center, and I didn't see a need to update the BIOS. If it ain't broke, don't fix it... especially with BIOS. If a new version of BIOS actually fixes a problem that you are experiencing, then this is the ONLY reason to update BIOS. Otherwise, leave it alone. Same goes for drivers... especially for an HTPC.

My system has a 4TB HDD, a 120GB mSATA SSD, a slim slot-load BD/DVD-RW combo drive, and 8GB of RAM, which is plenty for a dedicated HTPC. With all software installed and running, the system idles at 25 watts! Prior to installing the software (antivirus, Media Center plugins, etc), it idled at 18 watts. Without the software, HDD and ODD, it idled at 11 watts.

I have no need for the extra Ethernet port, and have never tried to use it.

This isn't mentioned in the specs nor the manual, but the analog audio output jack doubles as a mini-TOSLINK (optical audio) jack. Very nice.

Cons: It's frequently out of stock on NewEgg. I had to buy it at an auction site.

Other Thoughts: I installed this in a Morex 887 case. It's perfect for my needs, but unfortunately this case isn't carried by NewEgg. I had to buy it from a small online retailer in California. That retailer only lists the case as a barebone (with motherboard, PSU, etc). I contacted them to buy the case by itself, and they were happy to sell it to me.

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Brian R.'s Profile

Display Name: Brian R.

Date Joined: 02/19/04

  • Reviews: 56
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  • First Review: 01/25/10
  • Last Review: 07/05/14
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