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Cisco Small Business 200 Series SLM2008PT-NA Smart SG200-08P 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet PoE Switch
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Pure junk, already in the trash can 06/01/2014

This review is from: Cisco Small Business 200 Series SLM2008PT-NA Smart SG200-08P 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet PoE Switch

Pros: Ports on the back

Cons: 10% hit in performance over other switches, buggy ui that frequently cannot display page, had to power cycle it every few days as it would slow to a crawl and then lock up, bad firmware with udp flaw that kills linux nfs and network printing, lastly I hit the reset button on the side and it bricked. No, I did not flash it, no power hits, I simply used the reset button on the side to clear a config and it never came back. All it does now is have a blinking system light. I'm a tier 3 IT tech so I know my way around a switch and this thing was horrid until it died after less than six months. To top it off their support is garbage, they claim the switch couldn't brick from a reset and that I did a bad firmware flash, that's simply not true and the firmware was never upgraded on this unit. They voided the warranty and sent me on my way.

Other Thoughts: I also had a unmanaged 5 port cisco switch died after only 3 weeks. After the issues with this managed switch I didn't bother Rma. I rounded up all the cisco junk I had and tossed what I couldn't return since clearly this junk and ismnot reliable enough for my network. I don't know what happened to cisco, but their newer products are trash and their customer service isn't much better. I moved over to hp procurve units several months ago and have not had a single issue since. I'm done with cisco primarily due to this switch and the money lost here.

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Cisco Small Business 200 Series SLM2008T-NA Smart SG200-08 Gigabit Ethernet Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Not as stable as I hoped 03/02/2014

This review is from: Cisco Small Business 200 Series SLM2008T-NA Smart SG200-08 Gigabit Ethernet Switch

Pros: Looks cool and feels like its solid built, smart device with web interface, PoE

Cons: Web interface is easy to crash/hang, its slower than others, switch needs reset every two weeks or so under heavy traffic situations.

Other Thoughts: I had purchased two of these and they both are not as fast or stable as I had hoped. I hoped that going with cisco brand would make sure I had a stable setup and sadly that isn't how it worked out (although I have since read online their small business line is actually just rebranded consumer linksys gear..which I avoid). The switch has a worse ping than others I have used, it locks up once very week or two, and the web interface is buggy. I think in a low demand home setting these would be fine, but not in my network. I have a web server, 6 security cameras, a NAS, three uplinks that connect to about 8 computers, and three apple TVs that do netflix/hulu. Under these loads this switch doesn't stand up. I have since packed these in boxes and put them on a shelf (since its past the return date for refund) and moved on to HP Procurve. Its been about two months and I can say the Procurves are much better, so if your looking for a switch for a hard working network - look elsewhere.

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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD20EFRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast, quiet, cool running.

Cons: Head parking it set to 8 seconds like on a desktop hdd, this is ok for windows but under linux it will kill the drive fast. Since most servers in the world run linux or Unix this feature should be disabled or at least set to 300 seconds. WD does offer a wdidle3 utility right on their site the allows you to change your hdd setting, so that's nice. If you turn off intelipark for linux this drive is perfect.

Other Thoughts: Wdidle3 version 1.5 does work for these drives despite not being a listed supported model on their site, they need to update their supported device list. This drive is completely quiet to me. I have two of these drives cloned and when I ran a drive to drive clone I was getting over 100MB speeds, very impressive and faster than the RE3 drives they replaced.

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Display Name: Elwood H.

Date Joined: 11/30/05

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  • Last Review: 06/01/14
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