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StarTech S3520WU33ER Aluminum / Plastic 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Has a small footprint, solid construction and, when loaded with drives, has some wight to it.

Cons: Operation selection of the unit can be cumbersome.

Other Thoughts: I really have nothing bad to say...StarTech has been and will always be my "go to" company for oddball accessories. I had to knock one egg off because of the setup procedure. It should be noted that this is no fault of the product, but of the user manual; or rather lack of. It took some messing around with to get the operation selection I wanted. In short, I discovered that you need it connected to something upon power-on in order for the change to commit. Otherwise it will simply spin down the drives. I was going for a RAID-1 setup and I kept seeing only one drive (as in the actual drive model number) versus seeing it as a RAID device (using eSATA and my controller does not support port multiplication). The best way I found out (if you don't have hot swap support) is to turn on your computer, halt it at the BIOS screen to suspend boot-up. At this point, change the selection switch to the mode you want, hold the "set" button, power-on the unit and release the "set" button. After about five seconds or so, just Ctrl-Alt-Del you computer to restart it and your BIOS should detect it as the new setup. In my case, it changed from the actual hard drive model number (JBOD) to "ATA SSI H/W RAID1 Device". Port multiplier support is only required for JBOD as all other methods are transparent to the BIOS and they never need to see the actual hard drives behind the unit. All other things considered, this is by far a great product. I own two of the black units and one of the white ones. StarTech also makes the black one in a NAS version that swaps the eSATA port for a NIC. They recently released a 4-bay model of the black unit (it only supports JBOD though). I'll probably be in the market for a couple of the 4-bay units for adding attentional drives to my NAS4Free box since hardware RAID is not required. In summation, I would highly recommend this product for the price point it is at.

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StarTech S3520BU33ER Aluminum / Plastic 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Has a small footprint, solid construction and, when loaded with drives, has some wight to it.

Cons: Operation selection of the unit can be cumbersome.

Other Thoughts: I really have nothing bad to say...StarTech has been and will always be my "go to" company for oddball accessories. I had to knock one egg off because of the setup procedure. It should be noted that this is no fault of the product, but of the user manual; or rather lack of. It took some messing around with to get the operation selection I wanted. In short, I discovered that you need it connected to something upon power-on in order for the change to commit. Otherwise it will simply spin down the drives. I was going for a RAID-1 setup and I kept seeing only one drive (as in the actual drive model number) versus seeing it as a RAID device (using eSATA and my controller does not support port multiplication). The best way I found out (if you don't have hot swap support) is to turn on your computer, halt it at the BIOS screen to suspend boot-up. At this point, change the selection switch to the mode you want, hold the "set" button, power-on the unit and release the "set" button. After about five seconds or so, just Ctrl-Alt-Del you computer to restart it and your BIOS should detect it as the new setup. In my case, it changed from the actual hard drive model number (JBOD) to "ATA SSI H/W RAID1 Device". Port multiplier support is only required for JBOD as all other methods are transparent to the BIOS and they never need to see the actual hard drives behind the unit. All other things considered, this is by far a great product. I own two of the black units and one of the white ones. StarTech also makes the black one in a NAS version that swaps the eSATA port for a NIC. They recently released a 4-bay model of the black unit (it only supports JBOD though). I'll probably be in the market for a couple of the 4-bay units for adding attentional drives to my NAS4Free box since hardware RAID is not required. In summation, I would highly recommend this product for the price point it is at.

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StarTech 4 Port Native PCI Express RS232 Serial Adapter Card with 16550 UART Model PEX4S553
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: All four ports have header connections.
Includes low profile brackets.
Kernel module source code available on StarTech's website.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: What can I say, StarTech never dissapoints. I always look to them for odd hardware like this that works in Linux. Had trouble locating the source code for the MosChip on this card to compile the kernel module. Decided just to look on StarTech's website vs. MosChip's website and there it was waiting for download! Compiled fine and a reboot later I had a working card. Also, all four ports have header/ribbon cable connections to the card which makes this perfect for people like me who like to add hombrew controllers internally in the case and need to "hi-jack" the connection to the port to do so; leaving the only external item as the remote device connected to the port. I loved this card so much I just purchased my 4th one. I do hope StarTech keeps this card in production for a long time as it is the only one I can find like it and I plan on purchasing more down the road.

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Luke M.'s Profile

Display Name: Luke M.

Date Joined: 07/24/03

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 10/18/10
  • Last Review: 10/12/14
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