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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SF1008P 10/100Mbps 8-Port PoE Switch, 4 PoE Ports, Metal case
Pros: One of the things I like about this unit is that the power cord to power adapter uses a standard computer power cable so it is easy to replace if your dog chews it up. Comes well packaged and with basic documentation but it really doesn’t need any since it is a simple straight forward plug and go unit, no software needed to control it. It is a simple basic switch on 4 ports and a PoE for 4 ports. If using this for connection to internet then you have to use one of the ports for going to the router so only would have 7 useable ports for devices, if using it for an intranet and just want to connect units in house then can use all 8 ports. It comes with basic rubber pads for placement on bottom of unit to prevent scratching of surfaces. It is a small unit that is just barely big enough to house all the components unlike some units that are too big for what they are. Provides power for a basic access point that requires power over Ethernet to a sufficient power to run just about anything on the market up to 4 access points or other items can be powered this way. Right now I have it connected to Router/Modem and then to my primary computer testing internet speeds I get the same speed results with the unit installed as I do without it, but now I can connect 6 more units than before without any difficulties.
Cons: does not come with an Ethernet cable to connect to router or other sources
Other Thoughts: after about 2 hours of operation did not notice any unusual temperature form either the switch or the power adapterREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: I unboxed the unit which was well package to protect it from common shipping damage. I installed the router using included CD. I hooked up router and within 5 minutes all up and running on the internet through Ethernet connection. Router renamed and new password setup simple easy setup. Accessing the Router by way of browser was a different story it said, Browser not supported, to use Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Tools we recommend that you use the latest version of Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari (for Macs). I currently have IE11 installed on this computer. Then I tried to access it through Firefox, an older version and I had no problems. I Was able to look at all settings and make changes as desired. That is all I needed to do with it wired for checking the basics of unit I see no problems with it so far. Next I will try and make changes with wireless connection instead of wired. Have been running with this router for about 72 hours now and no dropped connections and I have not noticed any slowdowns. Another person that is on a Linux laptop in another room has had no problems with wireless connection either. The laptop that is in the same room as the router has had no problems with connection either so it would appear to be stable. Next I took the laptop on a tour of the yard after only going 50’ from the house I lost the connection that is through 2 walls. As I approached the house at about 45’ I regained connection but it was very slow about 2Mbps and increased the closer I got to the house. Again with IE11 I could not access the router so it apparently supports IE10 not IE11.
Cons: It does not appear to have much of a range compared to those routers that have external antennas but for small house or apartment this would be quite adequate. If you have a larger house I would recommend getting a wireless access point in the further areas of house or consider one that has external antennas.
Other Thoughts: System
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
GSKILL Ripjaws 16GB 2x8GB
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
Antec 550W PSU
Lite-on Blu-ray Burner
Koutech USB 3 card reader
EVGA 01G-P3-1370-RX GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
ASUS 23" monitor (Stacked Bottom)
ASUS 23" monitor (Stacked Top)
Crucial M4 128GB SSD OS
Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Laptop used is an ACER running win 7 pro 64 bit also
Pros: decent speeds while it lasted using Linux Tangaloo
Cons: Got this for a friend as a gift for his Linux box he used it for a few months and now it no longer seen by his CMOS connected it to windows and tried SDISK management and it failed to initialize the drive
Other Thoughts: Toshiba laptop L305 seriesREAD FULL REVIEW