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This review is from: Netgear ProSAFE GSS116E-100NAS 16-Port Gigabit Click Switch
Pros: The Netgear 16-port Gigabit “Click” Switch (GSS116E) is one of the newest Netgear products.
As usual, shipping time from newegg.com was expeditious and the switch arrived undamaged and well packed.
Once I opened the package I was greeted by a sleek looking device. At about 2.8 lb, the switch is made of solid metal and feels well-built.
Web base interface allows access and control of multiple "Smart" functions such as:
- Port control (disable individual ports, enable flow control, loop detection, disable LED lights for individual ports).
- Monitoring (port statistics, mirroring and cable testing function).
- Link Aggregation (LAG) allows for "bundling" of 2 ports into one "linked" port and theoretically doubling the speed. This comes useful for NAS users, etc.
- Ability to set up VLANs.
- QoS (Rate limit and Broadcast Filtering).
The switch offers low power use (under 9 Watts).
Cons: I could not get "Prosafe Plus Configuration Utility" to work on any of my systems. The installation of the software on my Win 10 Pro machine went OK, although it required installation of PopCap and Adobe Air. Once installed, the configuration utility was able to detect the switch on the network but most functions were grayed out and were unavailable. Only available function was enable/disable DHCP mode. If DHCP mode is disabled, then you are also able to manually set Gateway address, Subnet and IP address.
Other Thoughts: Once I pulled the switch out of the box, I immediately liked it. It was solidly built. The power supply is built into the switch meaning the power plug will not occupy 2 slots on my power strip. The switch is long, thin in height and depth, allowing for easy placement and concealment anywhere.
After running some initial tests and setup, I relegated the switch to my family room where I hid it behind the tv stand. I attached the plastic mounting strip to the back of stand and then simply clicked in and locked the switch in. Instead of using screws, it’s also possible to use included Velcro strips. I then wired my XBOX 360, a Blu Ray player, a smart TV and Apple TV to it. I then watched Netflix and re-watched season 1 of "Grimm" on other "Prime" streaming service. The switch performed without a hitch with video streaming at HD resolutions. I never had any problems with the switch. I was a "set up and forget" experience. The switch performs remarkably well. Surprisingly, this switch does get a little warm in the middle of it, above port 8, but not at the ends.
This switch does not have built in hardware firewall. While this switch is capable of assigning internal IP addresses (DHCP) and would work with simple internet modems, I would not recommend using this switch without a hardware router or a hardware firewall. Even simple routers have hardware firewall offering at least some degree of protection from internet snoops.
This switch is perfect for home and small office user. The switch offers several useful "smart “networking functions that many users will appreciate. Other "managed switch" functions found in more advanced switches are not included. Most notably, the switch is missing POE (power over Ethernet) ports. IP cameras are becoming more prevalent in many home/small office settings and it would be nice to see 2 powered ports on this switch.
In the end, the performance of this switch will not disappoint. The switch offers solid Gigabit performance, low power use, easy setup and concealment not to mention limited Lifetime Warranty and Limited Lifetime Support backed by Netgear.
This review is from: SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-240G-G25 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: - Large capacity.
- Windows 8 installed and run with no prob. SandForce controller.
- Makes me happy for 2.5 years while as a primary drive in XPS M1530 and then as a boot drive in my primary desktop
Cons: - SSD has died with absolutely NO warning after 2.5 years. One day I tried to turn on my PC and it just would not. I finally figured out that OS drive is not even showing up in BIOS. So I did some troubleshooting. I switched SATA cables, I connected it to another computer via USB dock, then eSATA, etc. Nothing worked. The drive was so dead that it would not even be detected. I never back up OS drives, I should have as I forgot my kid's Minecraft folder was on that drive. All that data was lost.
Other Thoughts: Lessons:
- Always back up SSD drives.
- If and when SSD drive fails, you will get very little, if any, advanced warning. The drive will stop working and you will not be able to recover the data off it.
- Register your SSD with the manufacturer and keep the receipt. My SSD died 6 months before warranty was up. SanDisk stood by its product and replaced still-under-warranty product with new X210 drive (5 year warranty).
This review is from: Rosewill RHKS-15001 Electronic Kitchen Scale
Pros: - Arrived quickly from Newegg.
- Item was well packed and undamaged.
- Capable of accurate weight measure up to 5 kg (11.1 lbs).
- Multiple weight measure units: grams, ounces, pounds and kilograms.
- This scale has tare function, which allows you to place a container on the scale and then zero out the weight. This way you are able to measure the weight of your loose items or liquid minus the weight of the container.
- The scale can be hanged for stowage.
Cons: - Stainless steel finish seemed smudged/discolored in several spots. I could not get it cleaned up.
- This is a digital scale and you will need to replace 3 x AAA batteries every now and then.
Other Thoughts: Small digital scale like this one is a must for every household. Correct weight measurement is important for cooks who want to follow their favorite cooking recipes. There are other uses for this scale. I use this scale measure the weight of outgoing mail and small FedEx boxes. This allows me to place correct amount of postage. I used this scale for about a month and I am happy with it.READ FULL REVIEW
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