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This review is from: D-Link GO-SW-8GE 8-Port Gigabit Unmanaged Metal Desktop Switch
Pros: Gigabit (10 times faster file transfers than 10/100)
Status LEDs on front, Ports in rear (Personal preference)
Other Thoughts: My previous switch, 10/100 5 port, went bad and I checked Newegg's latest flyer and saw this one. I figured why not go Gigabit and 8 ports. After installation (just plugging everything in) I was able to transfer a 16 Gigabyte file (recorded college football game) between computers in 2 1/2 minutes instead of 24 minutes. Transfer rate went from 95Mbps to 950Mbps.
8 Ports is a nice convenience for someone with a small home network because as you add network devices that you don't use often you can still leave them plugged in.
Status LEDs on front with ports in the rear are good for me because I can check my network status by glancing at an uncluttered front display.
The switch I replaced was always hot to the touch, but this one is always cool, only a slight warmth to it. Bear in mind I do not put a heavy load on it.
I saw an earlier review noting a problem with speed when both Gigabit and non-gigabit devices were on the network, leading to low speeds even with the Gigabit devices. I turned on both my computers (gigabit) and my HD HomeRun and an IP security camera (both non Gigabit) and did a file transfer between the computers. That transfer completed at Gigabit speed. All my devices are wired and I have no problem getting Gigabit transfers between Gigabit devices even with non-Gigabit devices on the network. I can't comment on what happens if you add wireless devices to the network as I have none.
I do like a device in a metal case.
Some of my comments are just personal preferences, but the main points are that I do get Gigabit (at least close enough for me) transfer speeds and the box does stay fairly cool.
This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual HDHR3-US HD Digital Network Attached TV Tuner Device
Pros: Used with a W8 Pro build with the free WMC that was offered by MS. Works very well and was easy to set up. Recording two shows at once is just what I wanted. Set up had one glitch, see Other thoughts. Tuners are a bit better than my tv's tuner.
Cons: None for me
Other Thoughts: WMC wouldn't recognize the tuner. Checking the website I learned that some codecs will cause problems. My Windows Media Player was ok, but then I remembered I have GOM Player installed and the conflict was with msaud32_divx. I think the extension was acm, but I renamed the extension to .old which solved the problem. It is located in System32. Yes, it is a 32 bit system, you're file and folder will probably be different. I still use some rather old programs like, MS Office 2000, that I can still use on Win 8.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Easy install. Does what I need it to do.
Other Thoughts: Not a gamer. The most intense thing I do on my computer is watch recoded HD TV shows through my tv. Got this card for the HDMI output and it works well.READ FULL REVIEW