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TP-LINK TL-SG108E 8-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch, 8 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45 Ports, MTU/Port/Tag-Based VLAN, QoS and IGMP
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Hard to go wrong with this 8port switch since it cost just about the same as a normal run of the mill unmanaged switch.
A straight out of the box the switch will work just like a dumb-switch allowing for plug and play of any device. So in reality someone could get this switch and use like a normal unmanaged switch and upgrade in the future to using its advance features such as VLAN’s.
The overall appearance of this switch is nice. I have work with multiple other style of switches and metal housings are the way to go. No molded plastic housing’s that flex when you breathe on them.
Moving onto the GUI you can find some nice and very useful functions and features there. Mentioned by another review is the cable test feature. Very nice feature for some quick troubleshooting, though I wouldn’t get to attached on this as nothing beats the good old physical inspection to ensure everything is in order. Though the cable testing feature allows for the manager to quickly tell you if there is a problem with the cable connected to a particular port.
Just like all managed switches I have dealt with before this can handle trunking though TP-Link calls it LACP. It also supports port mirroring which is a big security risk in my opinion so be sure to secure your switch before enabling something like this. Though port mirroring allows for snooping of a port so that an administrator can view what is going over a port without having to be plugging into that port.

Cons: One thing I did wish that this switch would have was a web interface. Most managed switches that I have worked with have some sort of built in web interface to work with. Though with this switch you will need to install the interface via the supplied CD. So it’s not a huge con since this switch is super cheap and you are getting what you pay for.
This has always been a huge issue with me and that is how companies design these cases. I really hate it when they put some ports on the front and then rest on the back. So in this case you have all the RJ-45 ports on the back then the power and security lock on the other side. This sucks for cable management since you can’t just bundle everything together.
I did find one serious flaw in this switch,
So in order to connect to this switch the switch will need an IP address. Standard though DHCP on this switch is disabled by default. Instead it takes the IP address of which if you have a LinkSys router with default settings, they it will try and take over the router. Rude right, well it can cause some disruptions on your network so one way to work around this issue is to simply plug it into your computer and set the IP that way.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I would recommend this switch to anyone, regardless of whether you need the management capabilities. It’s a nice sturdy switch that is great for an entry level user.

NETGEAR GS208 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch in Plastic Case - Essentials Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Good for Home not for Small Office 09/14/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR GS208 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch in Plastic Case - Essentials Edition

Pros: The NETGEAR 200 series of Unmanaged Switches can provide easy and affordable networking to any home and or small office. Everything about this switch is plug-and-play, so if you need to expand your network to multiple devices fast, you can just plug them directly into this switch and away you go. Its as simple as that.
This is a very basic home switch so don't expect anything amazing to come out of it. As for the features for this switch, this NETGEAR switch wont set itself apart from most home switches for both the appearance and speed categories.

The GS208 is powered by a single external 12V 1amp power supply located at the back near to the right of the Ethernet ports. The GS208 has 8 10/100/1000 Base-T ports that allow for a maximum throughput of 8Gbps according to there site. Power consumption was low to be expected around the 2.0-2.5W range with 4-ports being used and 0W when nothing was plugged in. Which means you could leave this switch on all the time without raising your power bill through the roof. Actually this would raise your bill around $1.50-$3.00 a year depending on what your power company changes for power so that's a plus. For those that like details it complies with the IEEE 802.3az standard which is based around technology being energy efficient.

Just like most switches produced today the GS208 comes with auto-MDI/MDIX capabilities which allow for the switch to be able to handle a cross-over cable just like it would a straight-through cable. The NETGEAR GS208 again just like other switches has the ability to auto-negotiate cable speeds to optimize speed/throughput to an end-device.

Fan less design makes the devices impossible to hear when it is running and the internal temperatures are easily around a steady 20C with half the ports populated. Though I wouldn't really worry about this device over heating ever.

Cons: I do have some complaints about this switch. The first being, it has a very cheap feeling. I can flex the entire switch with ease. I know its case is all plastic but that should not be an excuse when I can easily bend the plastic in areas. The case is held together with tabs which is very common in today's world. This reduced cost of the device when you are producing in mass and is probably is the reason the switch can be flexed so much.

Another issue I have with this switch is the underside of the case. It is very smooth casing it to move around very easily. It would have been very nice to add in some small rubber nubs which would give it some grip on smooth surfaces. This may seem like nit picking but when you like things to be organized you have to. Rubber nubs are not much of a cost increase so they really should not have been a missing feature.

Other Thoughts: Over all the NETGEAR GS208 is a decent home switch that will function perfectly for end-users. When you just need a dumb-switch to spread internet to other devices at your home this will be the switch for you. Though if you are a small-business I would not advise this switch though I would advise NETGEARS GS308 switch which is very similar to this switch except that its is a metal housing and has grips on the bottom and supports large frame support for transferring large amounts of data across a network.

All in all NETGEAR I think this is a good switch but defiantly has room for improvement. And just like other reviewers . I to feel like I really CANNOT give this product 5 Eggs. Like I've said above, NOTHING STANDS OUT about this product and it does have it's shortcomings. Therefore, I feel that a 3 Egg Rating is fair.

DEEPCOOL STEAM CASTLE (WHITE) Unique Steam Punk Style With Side Window 200mm Fan(Front) Micro ATX / Mini-ITX +120mm Fan(Rear)+4 Magic Controllable LED Lights (Top) SGCC+PLASTIC (ABS)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The case came packaged in your typical recycled cardboard box, with some foam packaging for extra reinforcement on the inside. Most people really don’t care too much for knowing what type of packaging comes in a product but to me supplying the right type of packaging with a product tells me a lot about the company.

Package Contents:
Just like all cases or products you get your owner’s manual, some zip ties, a case speaker and a random assortment of case screws and standoffs

External Look and Overall Feel:
Right away I can tell this case is going to be a hit with the modding community, this case just screams mod me.
The overall look and feel of this case is surprisingly good. I was a little puzzled at first when I saw that the top,front and bottom of the case was a hardened plastic, but after playing around with them for a bit they turned out to be very sturdy. One thing is for sure though, is that this case has a look that sets it apart from most cases out there today.

Internal Look and Overall Feel:
Just like the outside of the case, I was just impressed with the inside of the case. Everything has a nice rubber coating over it. It provides a nice grip for components.
Though I was a little confused about the 3.5″ drive bay right below the 5.25″ drive bay. If you want to take it off, it’s just three screws and it comes right out. I could possibly see the 3.5″bay interfering with some longer/taller graphics cards but that is not likely to happen.
Moving on you will see a nice 200mm fan at the front of the case that is more than enough to cool down this case. It does have the mounting holes for 120-140mm fans as well. At the back of the case you will see the pre-installed 120mm fan, with 2 options at the top of the case for 2 120-140mm fans or a 240mm water cooler.

Next you see the horizontal mounting for the motherboard and below the motherboard plate, you'll see two 3.5″drive bays in the front, with 2 2.5″drive bays in the back for SSD’s. Moving back a bit you’ll some nice shock absorbers for the power supply with some venting holes that allow the power supply to draw air through the bottom of the case. Nice feature as well is that there is a filter that easily slides in and out on the bottom of the case for the power supply.

Case Covers:
Both the case covers come off incredibly easy which can allow for easy install or movement of fans, cables and installation of 5.25″drive bays or any other components. The top cover which looks like it can hold some 80mm fans in fact holds some nice RGB LED’s that give your case an awesome look at night!

The right side panel as you’re looking head on at the case, holds the: Fan speed Controller, Power, Reset, two 3.5mm jacks, two 3.0 and two 2.0 USB ports. While the left side panel has a nice clear acrylic window.

Cons: I can see some people wishing that the side panel interfaces(Audio,USB,Power...etc) were really on the front. Though I don't feel like I should dock an egg for that.

The internal 3.5" drive below the 5.25" media tray is a weird place to put a 3.5" drive but like I said above, three screws and it comes right out.

The top 4 LEDs each have their own 4 pin non-molex male power plugs. They really could have just tweeked it a bit and had the power input be a 4-pin molex. This would have made them much easier to use.

Also I noticed that when I placed in my Corsair HX750 it was a little tight for the cables. So be aware that any larger power supplies like maybe a EVGA 1600 would either not fit, or it would, and you would be smashing your cables.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a very nice case by DeepCool. I can see some overclockers, modders, and just general consumers, wanting this case. It has some great features both ascetically and functionally. It’s not to pricy running in at around $100.00. Though for a HTPC or LAN party computer I can see this being very handy. All in all great job DeepCool keep up the good work!


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