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This review is from: Netgear ProSAFE GSS116E-100NAS 16-Port Gigabit Click Switch
Pros: This switch can be mounted just about anywhere, very simple installation! Has a rugged feel and weighs around 4lbs. GUI is not overly complicated with choices/options, and has some very useful features installed.
Plug and Play on my router setup with DHCP it was assigned an address immediately, and worked with numerous devices without my having to log-in to the settings GUI.
GUI can be accessed through any browser to select additional options to manage and customize the switch for your network. Once logged in there are 4 main tabs to select from. Ports can be configured for speed and flow control if need be. Statistics can be viewed for every device connected, shows both bytes up and down.
Built in cable tester option, which will be very useful for troubleshooting and finding specific cable lengths for each connection.
There is also a reset on the back side of the switch in case you ever lock yourself out, or wish to restore to the factory default settings.
Pro Safe Plus Utility is not really needed as GUI can be accessed through any browser as long as you know its assigned IP Address! When installing this Utility, it will also install WinPcap and Adobe Air, so if you prefer to keep your operating system clean, just access the GUI with your browser!
This switch does have a MAC address so it could also be configured with an address through your router. This way you will always be able to access it with a simple bookmark.
Arrived with first release firmware V22.214.171.124 installed.
Cons: None that I could find!
Other Thoughts: As mentioned earlier this switch can be used in its basic form to expand your network connections, and if you want to have more control the options built in are not overly complicated.
Most will find this switch very useful one way or another!
Pros: If you have a desktop media server that you would like to move around or relocate without running network wires this WiFi card is perfect. I installed it in my dedicated media server which connects to all my TV’s within my home.
No need to install the software if you are familiar with simple driver installation, which was a breeze. I used windows built in WiFi connection manager and it worked perfect.
To truly utilize the full speed of this card I highly recommend that you purchase the TP-LINK ARCHER C9 router which is a perfect match for the speeds that this card offers!
My tests were run on a TP-LINK ARCHER C2 router with maximum wireless speeds of 300Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band, and 433Mbps on the 5 GHz band.
For testing I setup my desktop with this card in my living room which is located about 40 feet away from the router. Desktop was showing 4 out of 5 bars for signal strength after tweaking the antennas for the best possible signal. I had a solid 300Mbps connection while on 2.4Ghz band, and 433Mbs when connected on the 5Ghz band.
I was able to stream media from the desktop to 2 different TV sets within the house, no stuttering, nice and clean. One TV connected directly with DLNA, while the other TV was connected using a Roku XS running a PlayOn App connected to a PlayOn Server installed on the same desktop.
While both sets were streaming video, I was also able to connect to my networked video surveillance system with this card on the desktop, and view my cams in real time …all the while both TV’s streamed perfectly with this heavy load on the card!
When streaming very large media files located on the machine with the card installed, there was no stuttering on my TV’s … Bandwidth usage is not much on my Grace radio, but it also played my mp3’s from the same desktop while still feeding both TV’s!
Cons: No cons at all. This wireless card performs as it should!
Other Thoughts: This will work great for a media server setup depending on location within your home as it did in my case.
Wherever you locate a machine with this card installed, always tweak the antennas to maximize your signal. In some cases simply repositioning your router or raising it to a higher location will also help improve your signal.
You can also try locating your desktop in different areas of your target room to find a better signal. When testing this unit, I always had the desktop sitting on a desk or table, I did not have it sitting on the floor while testing, and this greatly improved my signal.
Pros: Tons of options built into the user interface which will allow you to fully customize this router to your specific needs, pretty much anyone from novice to advanced skills will find something useful with this router.
If you prefer to take the easy way of doing things, simply log in to the UI with your browser and use the Quick Setup which will auto detect your connection and pretty much walk you through a few basic steps and your all set. Also supports WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) which worked flawlessly.
This router also has a power button so you can shut it off whenever you like, and another button that will turn the Wi-Fi on and off as you need it. Both of these buttons can be found on the backside of the router.
I prefer to lock down my network by specific device mac address’s, and had no problems adding 32 different devices, along with custom IP address reservations within my home network. Another nice feature under the settings for both Wi-Fi bands will add extra security for Wi-Fi devices if you enable Wireless MAC Filtering and add your specific Wi-Fi devices!
I ran Shields UP port security tests and this router passed all their tests! Both common ports and service ports showed they were all in full stealth mode, and could not be seen online when scanned.
Also tested the UPnP for internet exposure and this router did not respond to UPnP probes which shows the security offered by this router is very good out of the box!
With built in Parental Controls and Access Controls, all you need to do is add a device by either mac address or IP address within your home network, and then you can completely block all internet access, or specific sites on those devices. You can also set up a schedule for these devices so that you can control when your kids/guests can connect with their gaming systems or tablets, phones, etc. on a daily basis! After 9pm no gaming until the following day at whatever time I choose. This can be set by day/week, so I can limit how much time my kids spend online when they are home.
Cons: Non that I could find, everything worked as it should!
Other Thoughts: I only talked about a few of the features on this router, but there are many more. Setup was a breeze, and I updated the firmware with no issues.
If you have already set up your router be sure to make a config backup under the tools section because if you have to update the firmware it will reset the router to its default settings!
Display Name: Robert D.
Date Joined: 06/29/07
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