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LINKSYS EG005W Gigabit 5-Port Switch
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Has trouble with 100baseT 07/10/2009

This review is from: LINKSYS EG005W Gigabit 5-Port Switch

Pros: Small size, inexpensive, works well if all devices connected are communicating at gigabit speeds.

Cons: We had two servers connected to this switch at gigabit speeds, and also a slower 100baseT Cisco switch connected. I was seeing a HUGE 35% TCP segment retransmit rate and hundreds of TCP resets and network throughput was ABYSMAL.

To troubleshoot, I set all devices connected to this switch to 100baseT, disconnected the Cisco switch and connected my laptop and tried transferring files. Still got the same horrible results. Then I tried everything set to gigabit speed and had near-perfect results. I thought at first that it didn't like the 100baseT/gigabit mix, but it turned out that it didn't like 100baseT at all.

I replaced it with a cheap Netgear 10/100baseT switch and had no issues with retransmits or TCP resets.

Other Thoughts: All connections were at autonegotiate for both switches. It could be that this Linksys was improperly negotiating flow control when dealing with 100baseT devices. I've never seen anything like this before.

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CyberPower Home CP550SL 550VA 330Watts 4 x 5-15R Battery/Surge Protected
4 x 5-15R Surge Protected Outlets UPS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Simple, compact, inexpensive solution for really small systems or for specialized applications like providing protection for remote monitors attached to KVM switches, remote printers, etc.

Cons: None

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CyberPower CP1200AVR 1200VA 720W 8 Outlets UPS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Has worked so far for me 08/08/2008

This review is from: CyberPower CP1200AVR 1200VA 720W 8 Outlets UPS

Pros: Low cost, nice design, dependable, generous capacity for the cost.

Cons: It doesn't have an LCD display on the front like some of the other CyberPower batter backup units, despite the description. I almost returned it for this reason, but figured it wasn't worth the hassle, although I miss the display.

Also, the time allotted to power-off AFTER hibernation is initiated is FIXED (at two minutes, I believe). If your system takes more than this amount of time to complete hibernation, you've got a big problem as the battery backup will shut down and turn off your computer and everything else attached to it before hibernation has completed. For the vast majority of home systems, hibernation takes only about 30 seconds so this shouldn't be a problem. For more complex systems that have a lot of memory in use to dump to hiberfile.sys, you may want to time how long it takes to complete hibernation before you buy this unit.

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Edward M.'s Profile

Display Name: Edward M.

Date Joined: 04/22/08

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 06/02/08
  • Last Review: 07/10/09
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