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Netgear 12-Port ProSafe 10 Gigabit Smart Switch XS712T
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Loud but goof 12/30/2013

This review is from: Netgear 12-Port ProSafe 10 Gigabit Smart Switch XS712T

Pros: Considering the price, you really can't complain to get 10 Gb. Used this for a SQL Server cluster and wanted 10 Gb for the shared storage interface.

Cons: Are the fans loud? Yes, insanely so actually. I am looking at popping this thing open and seeing if I can get some fans of the same CFM but lower operating DB... but even then, it's not big deal to me. It's rack mounted in a dedicated server room, so the noise is isolated anyways. I wouldn't recommend this if you want to be working next to it or anything.

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NETGEAR SRX5308-100NAS ProSafe Quad WAN Gigabit SSL VPN Firewall 200000 Simultaneous Sessions 924 Mbps (LAN-to-WAN)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: At this point i'm not what you'd call a Netgear fan boy. I recently bought a Netgear firewall after having our original one fried from a storm (even with proper surge protection). The new firewall worked, but i was never able to get higher than 10 Mb/s off of it (the firewall was rated for 100 Mb/s throughput), however our connection goes to 15 Mb/s! Our upload was equally artificially capped. I also was annoyed by the fact that persistent MySQL connections over ODBC were getting dropped.
I got this firewall (the SRX) and all of these problems are gone. We're getting our full 15 Mb/s down and the connections are no longer being dropped. Apparently some of Netgears firewalls do not come with a configurable TCP session timeout, but instead have a static timeout set... that was the root of the issue with the other router. This one is configurable and even lets you set it to 120 hours (5 days, though that is probably too lengthy, but at least you get the option).

Cons: None at the moment, at least for my needs.

Other Thoughts: I really enjoy the vlan setup on this firewall and all of the options the firewall gives in general. Though, it is not true that you have to have something connected to one of the WAN's to configure the firewall. Simply get a computer, hook it directly up the the firewall via a LAN port, set your computers ip statically (including correct subnet mask) as well as set your default gateway to the firewalls ip (default 192.168.1.1). Doing that you should be able to access it every time, as well as configure it with no trouble. Though, to give the other user the benefit of the doubt, it's possible this configuration issue was a bug in some previous firmware version, but it's not there any more at least (firmware 3.0.6-9).

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EVGA 256-P1-N400-LR GeForce 6200 256MB 64-Bit GDDR2 PCI Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Not very good 05/17/2011

This review is from: EVGA 256-P1-N400-LR GeForce 6200 256MB 64-Bit GDDR2 PCI Video Card

Pros: none really

Cons: Got three of these to upgrade to a 6 monitor setup at work (i'm a web/desktop app developer). At first i got all three cards to work, except one wouldn't output anything from the dvi port. However, i had another major issue, in that i couldn't get the drivers to install properly (Win 7). The drivers would install, but i knew i wasn't getting any hardware acceleration and i wasn't able to access the nvidia control panel. I then tried the beta driver, assuming it may fix the issue, that caused BSOD upon install... I then tried an older archived driver, it works! I now have hardware acceleration... but now it fails to recognize anything more than 2 monitors. I just can't get these things to work properly for the life of me.
If you think that windows 7 aero effects are lagging, its probably because the drivers are installed but you're not getting hardware acceleration, like i was experiencing. Stay away...

Other Thoughts: What sucks is that you're pretty limited in the quality level you can get within the pci slot offerings. I'll probably still keep these as they may function in more basic office computer.

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Display Name: Shari D.

Date Joined: 06/05/07

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  • Last Review: 12/30/13
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