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HP 1810-24G v2 Gigabit 24-port Smart Managed Switch (J9803A#ABA)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Solid quiet inexpensive managed switch 01/20/2014

This review is from: HP 1810-24G v2 Gigabit 24-port Smart Managed Switch (J9803A#ABA)

Pros: I bought one of these a month ago or so for my home lab and liked it enough to buy another one for my home wiring closet.

* The switch was selected because I needed 24 ports and wanted something fanless because my home office is noisy enough. This unit was the most feature-complete 24 port device I could find that didn't require a fan.

* There is a version 1 and a version 2, this is the version 2. There's been some hardware upgrades and the v2 software is under active development. Version 2 adds QoS and Rapid STP.

* HP switches have a lifetime warranty that's the real deal and you get HP level support to go with it. I ran into an issue utilizing self-signed certificates that got me punted to level 3 support at HP. They got me a workaround and have said the fix will be in the next code release. I'm used to this when working with enterprise HP products, but I was surprised at the level of support I received for a $200 home switch.

* I'm actively using LACP, LLDP, SNMP, and multiple VLANs. Everything works as advertised.

* Not a huge fan of web UIs, but this one is clean, fast, and responsive. Nothing fancy but it does what I need.

Cons: * You don't get a real CLI until you step a few levels up the product chain. The 1910 series offers a CLI but you can't make most configuration changes with it so you need to use the Web UI. On this switch, all configuration happens through the web, no CLI is offered.

* Like most other enterprise switch vendors, HP has started checking the model number on SFPs being used and won't support anything that doesn't report the correct model. I had some old 3Com copper SFPs and they will not work, despite this switch originally being a 3Com device. I just ordered a cheap chinese device for <$30 which is on the slow boat, so we'll see what happens.

* The UI offers no way to name individual ports. If your device doesn't support LLDP, you're stuck tracking down MAC addresses to identify where systems are plugged in.

* The rack ears are unpainted steel and I think they look ugly in my rack so I wound up painting them. The whole chassis is quite a bit more narrow than a lot of rackmount devices and looks a little weird in the rack.

Other Thoughts: While there's a bunch of cons listed, none of them matter too much in the end hence the 4 start review. Performance is good, the WebUI is decent, and the price is great. HP has jumped to the top of my list for home/small office switches.

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SYBA SY-PEX24028 Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express 2 x RJ45
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive dual port gbit card. Works fine in Windows.

Cons: Cards are detected under ESXi 5.1 and below, but will fail if you extend the MTU beyond 4096 bytes. VMware has since dropped this chipset from the official release as of 5.5. Cards will work fine with 1500 byte MTU, but cannot handle jumbo frames.

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SYBA SD-HUB20092 i-Powerbooster USB 3.0 Hub for Internal or External Use & Apple Fast Charging
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Batting a 500 will keep you in the majors, but I wouldn't buy another 06/10/2013

This review is from: SYBA SD-HUB20092 i-Powerbooster USB 3.0 Hub for Internal or External Use & Apple Fast Charging

Pros: Miguel Cabrera is one of the strongest hitters in MLB history with a .369 average so far this season.

Cons: I ordered 3 of these devices. I received the first two and had to wait on the third due to a shortage of product. The first 2 devices work as advertised. Plugged them into a USB3 port with a USB3 cable and plugged in the provided DC adapter. USB3 ports run at USB3 speed and the charging port reports as an AC charger on an Android phone and an iPad 4.

Third device finally arrived and was DOA. A different set of lights would light up every time you plugged in DC power, but otherwise was unresponsive. NewEgg offered to replace it, so I did. I shipped the device back and they shipped me a replacement a week later. The replacement device would power up devices for USB charging, but no devices would recognize or function. As I have 2 working units, I was able to swap all cables with known working good cables with the same results. Another DOA unit.

Of course, between the various shipping windows and the time for me to test the new hubs, I'm now outside of the 30 day window from NewEgg. I'll try and get the manufacturer to do something about it next I guess.

tl;dr SYBA is batting a .500 with these units. While that might get you in the MLB hall of fame, round these parts it's not a very good showing.

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Date Joined: 02/21/03

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  • Last Review: 01/20/14
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