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This review is from: Belkin - F5Z0340FC - Wemo Switch Plus Motion Sensor
Pros: Farly easy to setup. Pretty much plug and play.
It might be very confusing for people who does not understand how Wi-Fi works.
Once WeMo device is plugged in as factory reset condition, it will have it's own SSID and can be connected like AP.
Power consumption of the device is about 1W at most. (Used Kill A Watt to measure)
Once it is setup, it was very stable and never had problem.
Cons: I don't know if it was just me, but both infrared sensor and remote switch was not factory reset. I had to factory reset for them to be recognized by WeMo app.
There is no WeMo app for desktop (PC or MAC). There are some 3rd party solutions, but did not see anything really good at this point.
So, there is not much integration you can do.
Only smart phone access is officially available.
This review is from: EnGenius EGS2108P 8-Port Gigabit Smart Switch with 4 PoE ports
Pros: Small foot print and PoE. Metal housing.
This switch can be used ans PoE injector even if level 2 switch functions are not needed. With 4 PoE ports, it makes sense to use this switch instead of PoE injectors for the price.
It does all the basic functions of managed switch. QoS, VLAN, Port Trunking, Port Mirroring, IGMP snooping, etc.
It may not be capable of handling as much traffic as more expensive managed switches. But, it will serve as a good entry level managed switch.
Cons: For the price, I there really isn't much of cons.
Because it is low priced entry level model, SoC used is about same as those used in wireless routers. Many of wireless routers are capable of acting as a basic level 2 switch.
But, the real advantage of this switch is PoE, it does have more ports than a router.
Having only 4 PoE ports can be a con if you have more than 4 PoE devices. EnGenius has higher model in same size housing with 8 PoE and 2 SFP ports.
The switch does not have rack mount capability. Since it is small size, that is understandable, but could be nice to have rack mount.
The switch actually could have been made smaller. Right side of circuit board has about 1 1/2" of unused section of the board for 2 SFP ports. They must be using same circuit board as EGS2110P, which has 8 PoE and 2 SFP ports.
I don't know if using different circuit board will increase production costs by much, but could be nice to put everything in smaller housing.
Other Thoughts: I was not able to test how much of traffic this switch can really handle as I don't have network setup to test such.
But, I'm sure it will be at better capable than regular unmanaged switches.
Pros: Low price, dual band, clean UI, and removable antenna.
This router is low priced compared to other dual band routers.
Web interface is very clean and has more features than some other brands.
The features may not be easy to understand for people without any knowledge in computer networking. However, TP-Link has solution for that. If you install TP-Link tether (not sure why they named tether, when it does not have anything to do with tether.) on your smartphone, it will allow user to configure security and parental control with your smartphone.
Removable antenna allows you to install different antenna. You can install high gain antenna or directional antenna as need. Even outdoor antenna is possible.
Cons: Wi-Fi range is not so great. It does have ok range. I can get signal on my smartphone 100 ft away from my house. But it becomes unstable at that distance. Stable range for me was about 50 to 60 ft.
But, that is about same to Linksys WRT350N router I was using before. It probably is interfering with other Wi-Fi signals from my neighbors. (I live in condo, and there are 10+ signals around)
Other Thoughts: DD-WRT supports this router. Installing DD-WRT instead of factory firmware will add lots of other features.
However, it is a bit stable at this time. My smartphone was losing Wi-Fi connection time to time for some reason.