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This review is from: D-Link DGS-1016A 16-Port Gigabit Switch
Pros: This switch was easy to set up, in fact it was set and forget which is exactly as it's supposed to be with an unmanaged switch. One huge pro of this specific model is that compared to most other 16 port switches it's very compact. It only took slightly more space (about a half inch taller and an inch or so wider) than the 8 port Netgear switch it replaced.
Cons: The ports are plastic instead of the usual metal. This is mostly a non issue other than when using a shielded cable.
Other Thoughts: I always had good luck with D-Link switches being very reliable. Previously I used a lot of Netgear switches and it seems like a monthly occurrence that one would fail on me. So I replaced them all with D-Link switches. I have yet to have a single one of my D-Link switches fail even after being in service for years and so far this latest addition is working perfectly.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS P5BV-E LGA 775 Intel 3200 ATX Intel Xeon Server Motherboard
Pros: This board provides full feature set particularly Linux compatible RAID as a very reasonable price.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: I bought this board to run VMware ESXi. I'm using the max RAM supported (8GB) and a quad core Kentsfield CPU with this board. ESXi had no problems working with this board, except for the RAID. ESXi however currently only supports SAS RAID cards so if having RAID under ESXi is important to you, I’d suggest getting this board’s bigger brother the ASUS P5BV-E/SAS.READ FULL REVIEW