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This review is from: 360 Electrical 36081 12 Outlet Swivel Surge Protector w/ Coax Protection
Pros: A bit pricy, but I got mine on sale for 30 bucks each. I ordered 2, but now I wish I had ordered more. I
Cons: None that I can see.
Other Thoughts: I ordered 2, but now I wish I had ordered more. I do computer repairs at home, and often receive batches of ultra small form factor computers. I sometimes have 20 or more of these little machines on my workbench, so until I bought these 12-port surge protectors, I was always short of sockets to plug them in for testing. I plugged my 2 surge protectors into a standard wall outlet, and then mounted the protectors on my wall at bench level, so I don't even have to get down on the floor anymore to reach an outlet.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TRENDnet TEG-S80G Unmanaged 8-Port Gigabit GREENnet Switch
Nice layout - ports on the back where they belong, and lights on the front.
Cons: None. Great product.
Other Thoughts: I wired my house with Cat6 cable way back in 2003. Unfortunately, at the time, I never imagined I would have more than one computing device per room. Now I have 3 rooms with multiple computers and networked color laser printers. I wasn't about to tear out the walls again to run more cable, and wireless is a poor substitute, both in terms of speed and reliability, so I just bought an 8-port switch for each room everything works great.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: D-Link DGS-1024D Unmanaged Rackmountable Switch 24-Port Green Technology
Pros: Cheap price.
All ports perform at Gbit speed.
Absolutely silent operation.
Cons: The port indicator lights are in 4 rows of 6 columns. The first column is numbered 1 through 4, the second column 5 through 8, and so on.
But the ports themselves are arranged in 2 rows of 12 columns, numbered 1 through 12 on the top row, and 13 through 24 on the bottom.
I have other 8 and 16 port switches where the indicator lights are above the top row ports, and below the botom row ports, making it far, far easier to tell if the port is dead or the cable is bad (no lights), or if the port is operating at 100Mbps (orange light), or 1Gps (green light).
This stupid arrangement of lights on the left side of the switch, oriented in a different manner than the actual ports drives me crazy. Who designs stuff light this?
Other Thoughts: Is it just me, or does anyone else wish the lights were on the front panel and the ports were on the back? I have several 8 port Gbit switches from other manufacturers with the lights on the front and the ports on the back (along with the power cable and on/off switch) thus keeping all the cable clutter in the back, out of the way, with easy to read lights on the front panel. But I have so far been unable to find a 16 or 24 port switch with the same configuration. I often wonder if the people who design these switches actually work with them in the field. Sheesh!READ FULL REVIEW