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TP-LINK TL-SF1008P 10/100Mbps 8-Port PoE Switch, 4 PoE Ports, Metal case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs TP-LINK TL-SF1008P 10/100Mbps 8-Port PoE Switch, 4 PoE Ports, Metal case 04/19/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SF1008P 10/100Mbps 8-Port PoE Switch, 4 PoE Ports, Metal case

Pros: The TP-LINK TL-SF1008P is an 8-port 10/100Mbps switch with 4 PoE ports and 4 normal ports. The hardware part of this switch is the unique part to notice compared to normal lightweight plastic cased switches. The case is a sturdy metal, grey in color. It has ventilation holes on the side for additional cooling. It supports up to 15.4 W for each PoE port, but is limited to 53 W total, so one could not max out each port. The sizeable external brick style DC power adapter has a thick high-current style wall plug and it outputs 48V at 1.25 A. This inspires some confidence that it could deliver enough power that is near an old style incandescent light bulb. This is enough to power some, but not all PoE devices like wireless access points, switch, cameras, and/or phones.

It complies with typical IEE802.x standards, duplex, and has a 1K entry MAC address table. LED indicators on the front panel inform about the status of the connections and also one for POE max. The latter I was unable to test, but if it is red it is above 46W and flashing red it is above 53W. There is some overload power protection and port priority built in.

In use, transfer rates were up to 11.1 MB/s, which is reasonably close to the maximum (100 Mbps, 12.5 MB/s). These transfer rates are nowhere near a gigabit switch, but that is not the purpose of this good pricepoint PoE switch, which is more suited to IP cameras, IP phones, etc. where maximum transfer speed is not required. It has been highly reliable in my usage so far over a couple weeks.

Cons: The limit of 15 W is below that required for some wireless access points of other companies, which specify +16 W. Be sure to check the requirement for your particular PoE device.

There are no built in mounting holes, just rubber feet, therefore wall mounting is a bit more of challenge.

Other Thoughts: Others switches should use this style of metal case, but include mounting holes.

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TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 450Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The TP link TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router comes with the router, power adapter brick, Ethernet cable, mini CD and some documents and manuals. Connecting the three adjustable antennas and following the quick installation guide was sufficient to get started and make the necessary connections. The color coding for the ports makes it easy to distinguish the ports on the back, with blue for internet (i.e. cable modem) and yellow for wired connections to PCs. The color coded ports are a nice touch for when the router is in low light locations, such storing in a closet. A push button turns the router on and off, and there is a slide switch to turn wireless on or off.

A mini CD is contained an easy setup assistant to configure it, or one may go to tplinklogin.net . Setting the WAN connection type, MAC clone, wireless frequencies/names/password are all the settings that are needed. Be sure to change the wireless network names, since the default name includes the PIN code, which is also given on the bottom of the router. After a reboot, login to the router and go to system tools change the admin password. It was necessary for me to reboot the cable modem to get internet connectivity.

Wired connection transfer rates were good, up to 90 MB/s from spinning disk to spinning disk. Local transfers over 2.4/5 GHz were comparable to other wireless routers. Wireless connections on a laptop and speedtest, 2.4 GHz download 17.5 Mb/s, upload 6.26 Mb/s; 5 GHz download 21.45 Mb/s, upload 6.06 Mb/s. The above are single runs and not rigorous testing, just representative. Beyond the synthetic benchmark transfer rates, in terms of usability, there was no issue in simultaneous streaming multiple HD streams via wireless on the same or separate bands. In short, this meets user needs.

There are two USB ports on the back. Installing a printer was a simple as running the TP-Link USB printer controller utility. There is a printer compatibility list. Although it was not listed it quickly found the connected Brother HL-2230 printer and I was able to print. Similarly, a USB storage device was simple to setup and add users with read only access, and access at \\tplinklogin.net The services (storage, FTP, Media, and print) are simple to stop. It is also easy to eject the disk. The configuration is very easy and the right side of the settings pages for the router has help and an explanation on how to do most things. A manual is not needed for most things, but the 146 page user guide has more details if needed.

The TP-Link tether android app is a limited way to access and manage the router. It is convenient to see who is connected to the router, and block them if desired. It is also helpful and quick way to see IP address and DNS servers in use.

Cons: Shipped with Firmware 3.13.33 Build 130617 Rel.46239n, but there was a newer firmware version available, so I installed build 141113. It fixes a few bugs.

Other Thoughts: Failed to verify wan settings, even when Clone Mac Address selected (Comcast), but as noted, a reboot (or unplugging and plugging back in) of the cable modem resolved the issue. There are many other features available that I have not yet used (parental control, forwarding, etc.). Overall, it is a polished product with good interface and support.

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Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouse Mat - Standard Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Corsair MM200 CH-9000079-WW Standard Edition Gaming Mouse Mat 02/09/2015

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Pros: The Corsair MM200 gaming mouse mat is made of high quality materials. It comes shipped in a circular tube-shaped container, but once unrolled does not have any tendency to curl at the edges or corners, it stays flat on a level surface. It has a smooth fabric cloth surface that is responsive to different mouse types, both optical and laser type, whereas some reflective mouse pads can skip with certain optical type mice. The tracking material is great for both types of mice. The base cushion is a no slip rubber and it does not move on the desk. The stability is helped by the large relative size. The standard mouse pad is sizable at (14x12 inches) width and has about an 18 inch diagonal length. There is a small yellow/white logo in the bottom right that is not too intrusive on the overall black surface.

Cons: The line one needs to cut on the shipping tube took a moment to find, but a simple blade could be used to open it. With the limited thickness, there is not a lot of cushion, but it is not a big drawback.

Other Thoughts: The well-designed shipping tube the mouse pad was packed in is sturdy and could be used to transport or store as needed. The fabric seems to be durable and has not torn in normal use.

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