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TP-LINK TL-SG108 Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbps 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving
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4 out of 5 eggs TP-Link TL-SG108 Unmanaged Gigabit 8-Port Switch 09/10/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG108 Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbps 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving

Pros: - Metal Case
- Gigabit Speeds
- Reliable
- Inexpensive
- 8-Ports

Cons: - No Frills
- Single Activity/Speed Indicator Light per Port.

Other Thoughts: After having these TP-Link 8-Port unmanaged switches running on gigabit networks for more than a year, I am happy with them. They are reliable and none of the ports or power supplies have failed (no failures of any kind). The cases are metal and sturdy. These switches can be wall mounted and the indicator lights do work. I notice no slowdowns in network data transfer speeds with the switches in place and uplink/downlink speeds are gigabit for full duplex.

These TP-Link unmanaged switches compare very favorably to other switches from Netgear, D-Link, and ZyXEL that I have evaluated. The TP-Link unmanaged switches cost quite a bit less than either the Netgear or D-Link unmanaged switches.

These switches don't have a lot of frills. Everything that you need is there, just nothing else. I would prefer a separate activity and speed light on each port. The single light on each port does work and so that is just me nit-picking.

In conclusion, if you want a reliable, 8-port, unmanaged switch with a metal case at a good price, I recommend this TP-Link TL-SG108 switch. It gets the job done.

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ZyXEL GS1100-16 Unmanaged 16 Port Unmanaged Gigabit Rackmount Switch
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4 out of 5 eggs ZyXEL GS1100-16 Unmanaged Gigabit Switch 09/10/2014

This review is from: ZyXEL GS1100-16 Unmanaged 16 Port Unmanaged Gigabit Rackmount Switch

Pros: -16 Ports
- Reliable
- Gigabit Speeds Uplink and Downlink
- Inexpensive
- Compact

Cons: - Speed and Activity Lights are Not Directly by the Ports.
- Ports are in Double Stack so Difficult to Populate the Bottom Ports.

Other Thoughts: After more than a year of service, this ZyXEL 16-port unmanaged switch is still working fine. The ports are all working even after regularly switching out cables. The housing is metal and holds up to moderate abuse.

The only qualms I have about this switch are design features which contribute to the compact design. The first is that the speed/activity lights are all together separate from the individual ports. It is difficult to understand quickly which light is associated with which port in case of problems. Diagnosing the problem is neither quick, nor intuitive with these indicator lights stacked the way they are. Also there are no markings on either the ports, or lights to indicate what light goes with what port.

The second problem I have with this design is that the lower set of eight (8) ports is very close to the top set. This makes it difficult to populate the bottom ports if the top set of ports is already filled. It also makes it more difficult to troubleshoot cables or change out cables in a particular bottom port if surrounding ports are already populated.

These are minor design concerns that are only pertinent if you are changing cables out on ports regularly or have network difficulties which require troubleshooting on a regular basis.

In conclusion, this ZyXEL 16-port unmanaged switch is reliable, sturdy, and inexpensive. It is a very good value if you need a no-frills gigabit switch that gets the job done. I recommend it.

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ORICO H727RK-U3-BK 7 Port USB3.0 HUB with Premium 12V/2.5A Power Adapter (Black)
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4 out of 5 eggs ORICO 7-Port USB3.0 Hub 09/10/2014

This review is from: ORICO H727RK-U3-BK 7 Port USB3.0 HUB with Premium 12V/2.5A Power Adapter (Black)

Pros: - 7 USB 3.0 ports for lots of connections
- Sturdy Build
- Reliable
- Excellent transfer Rates when Populated with Many External HDD's
- Relatively Inexpensive On Sale

Cons: - Blue Lights Are VERY Bright!
- Requires Power Supply To Function.
- Computer will Not Reboot while Drives Are Connected on Hub.

Other Thoughts: In general, this 7-port hub works very good. It is Reliable, which is a key feature for me since I use it on a server that operates 24/7. The hub has good transfer rates even when all ports are populated with external HDD's. I have not had problems with either the power supply or the USB 3.0 Cable. Some might complain that the cable is too short. It works for me and a shorter cable has less resistance and potentially higher data transfer rates than a long cable.

I really have two complaints about this hub. The first is that the Blue LED's are too Bright! Remember, if you use all the ports, there are 8 Blue LED's on at the same time. At night, this is enough to light up an entire 4 meter X 5 meter room enough to read by. If you have this device in a room where you want it dark, you need to use black electrical tape over the LED's to block them out. It would have been nice to have a switch on the hub to turn off the LED's if desired.

The second problem that I have with this hub is that the computer will not reboot if the hub is connected up and has external HDD's attached. The server keeps looking to boot up the OS from one of the external data HDD's instead of the internal OS SSD. This doesn't happen when the external HDD's are connected directly to the USB 3.0 ports on the server so it has to be an interaction with the hub. I took an egg off for this.

Be aware that, unlike many other hubs, an external power supply has to be connected to this hub for it to work at all. This does improve the hub reliability but may be a problem if you only have a limited number of outlet spaces for all the power supplies of peripherals.

In conclusion, I have found this Orico 7-port USB 3.0 hub to be reliable and fast. I recommend it if you connect up a lot of high speed peripherals like external HDD's.

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