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EnGenius ECB300 High Transmit RF (up to 29 dBm) Wireless-N AP/CB/WDS w/ AP Management Software
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The EnGenius ECB300 is a great product for the function and price. The device runs a very bare-bones software and is very stable from what I have found and offers great operating modes.

I particularly liked how it focused on versatility as opposed to number of features it could offer. It can act like a bridge, AP and so on. The range was certainly better than my current router. However, it doesn't matter how far it can go if the device you are wanting to use can't reach the ECB300. Meaning mobile and other hand-held devices may not see all that much of a performance increase.

The antennas are detachable and the TX power is configurable, giving you great control. The device also has some of the basic/essential features for acting like an AP (DHCP, port forwarding, etc).

Provides telnet interface for configuring and reading statistics from the device. Fast boot time and great time in joining wireless networks.

Cons: I was tempted to knock off 1 star because of the advertised Management Software that is included in the box. It is not very user friendly and does not support what I consider a basic function, the ability to clone settings from device to device. Or at least make and restore backups from the management software. The reason I didn't knock off a star was because it is not essential for using any feature of the device.

Another slight drawback is the old-school design of the web interface. The interface looks like a way simple website and kind of makes it harder to find things.

the casing feels like cheap plastic, but has held up great and will probably be fine so long as it isn't knocked to the floor.

Other Thoughts: Using 2 of these can make a great wireless bridge for places you can't get an ethernet line.

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Seagate ST4000VX000 4TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Drives are being made for specific needs now days. Sure all hard drives accomplish the same thing, but there are now drives engineered for specific tasks and can squeeze out just a little more performance or reliability.

This drive has good indicators that it will perform well as a surveillance system hard drive. It spins at a lower rate reducing mechanical wear, it has a 64MB cache so it isn't always cycling the heads between active and park modes (depending on the system it is integrated into). And it offers a lot of storage for video. Many systems have higher resolution and framerates, thus they need more storage to hold the same amount of time.

Drive also has the ability to limit the amount of current it consumes at spin-up to 2 Amps. This is a great feature for systems that use many drives. Having many drives spin up all at the same time can create a large load on the power supply.

After being formatted to NTFS, windows reports 3.63 TB usable by the user. The drive has an average transfer rate of about 158MB/s.

Cons: Not many to report. However, after seeing some of the thinner drives around, this one looks a little thick. The specifications say it is 1.028in max. Just make sure you have good cooling if you are mounting alot of these close together. "Allow a minimum clearance of 0.03in around the entire perimeter of the drive for cooling."

Other Thoughts: 4TB is a lot of data. If you are using this for storage, please be sure to replicate critical information in multiple places. 4TB is a lot of data to lose in case of failure.

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EnGenius EGS2108P 8-Port Gigabit Smart Switch with 4 PoE ports
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Sturdy and fully featured 04/26/2014

This review is from: EnGenius EGS2108P 8-Port Gigabit Smart Switch with 4 PoE ports

Pros: This smart switch is very sturdy both in how it was built and in how it was programmed. I set up a few tests to push it to the breaking point and it performed well. This smart switch also comes with a lot of features that businesses could find very useful such as:
Trunking (bind multiple physical ports into one logical connection to increase bandwidth)
Port Mirroring (transmit a copy of specific ports data to another port for monitoring/diagnostics)
Loopback Detection (turn off a port when a loop in the network is detected and flooding the network with data)
Storm Control (prevent too much broadcast data from clogging the network, also has a threshold configuration)
And of course, POE.

Cons: I found a bit of an issue with the hardware. If power is lost and restored quickly, the unit will not power on. I found that I could flip the power switch fast and on occasion, the power light would not come back on and it wouldn't work. I had to turn it off, wait and turn it back on. This is not good for if the power browns-out in a thunderstorm or other conditions. It would require someone to find the switch, and manually power-cycle it. That is why I took off an egg.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is an excellent switch. It can power on and start handling traffic in about 15 seconds with a basic configuration. It can withstand heavy traffic loads, it is full of great features you would need in a switch.

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