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Pros: As another reviewer stated, these work great for rebooting a modem or switch, especially those that don't have an on/off switch themselves, rather requiring unplugging/replugging the power cord. My cable modem has an especially finicky power connection, of course, in the back. Can be difficult to do even yourself, depending on the equipment's location. Try explaining it over the phone when you're NOT home to an unskilled person when you lose access.
Having one of these, with cable modem and switch plugged in to labeled outlets, makes it easy to access to power cycle, even for a non-tech person ("see the switch labeled "modem"? Push it off, then on."
Cons: Won't speak to the robustness of the unit, as mine serves LIGHT duty running light-weight peripherals: cable modem, switch, some Rosewill RX-358 external enclosure hdd power bricks. The spacing isn't quite far enough apart for large power bricks to fit side by side, but a couple of the "outlet extender" cords work fine.
Other Thoughts: All outlets worked on mine. Have been running 24/7 for 8 months, no problem.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seiki 32" Class 1080p 60hz LED TV - SE32FY22
Pros: Using as bedroom TV. 32" fits allotted space. 1080p at a great price. No dead pixels, no light bleed, no worry about screen burn-in as with plasma TV's. Picture very decent for bedroom.
3 HDMI inputs (but see other thoughts below). Bluray player and Asus O!play mini "flash drive" player connected via HDMI. Eventually, retired HTPC will also be connected.
Native sound adequate as it's 4 ft away. With that distance, "line of sight" remote not a problem, neither is viewing angle.
Connected to over-the-air antenna. All digital channels received with a simple scan; no need for "tech menu" invocation via button press sequences on remote to tune.
Cons: As with just about EVERY remote these days, very cluttered. Labels difficult to see, ESPECIALLY with buttons that do not have the label on the button itself, but rather on the remote body; worst case is bottom-most section of remote
Base is lightweight. While stable, not much heft to it. Does not provide tilt option.
No "automatic source sense", as in when a source is powered on, TV automatically offers to switch to it. Given this is a baseline TV, understandable. No separate "TV" button - TV function must be selected using source+arrow buttons. Source button on remote simply brings up source menu to navigate with arrows, rather than with sequential presses.
Other Thoughts: Unrealized feature:
This TV came VERY close to being RMA'd, until I realized it was operator error:
HDMI inputs 1 & 2 displayed the expected 16:9 widescreen display, but, with the SAME source, HDMI input 3 would only display 4:3 pan/scan, not full screen. Checked source output resolution (1080p, 16:9), TV reported 1080p received, but display would resize to 4:3.
Given RMA replacements are ALWAYS shipped, unlike this TV that I had picked up at Will Call, debating subjecting a TV to UPS "kisses" as compared to just living with 2 functioning HDMI inputs.
Happened to re-read customer reviews, and review by Michael W., mentioning "Picture mode and Sound mode buttons for fast changes to picture and sound instead of entering the settings menu" struck a chord. Saw the remote's separate Aspect button, which did the trick.
Cause: while the setup menu has a zoom option, which had been set to "just scan" on initial setup, subsequent "unknown little finger" button presses of the Aspect button on the remote had changed HDMI3 to "Standard"; with the other HDMI inputs remaining as "just scan". Source info displayed using Info button does not display the aspect ratio, only the resolution received from source. Only way to tell what aspect ratio TV is using is to press the Aspect button (also used to cycle through the various aspect ratios).
While this is a good feature to have, allowing you to set individual aspect ratios for each HDMI input and what's playing on it, if you don't realize the possibility of "unknown" fingers changing, can be confusing. Certainly easy enough to correct, ONCE you understand the cause.
This review is from: D-Link DGS-1024A 24-Port Gigabit Switch
Pros: Had been running a DGS-2208 8-port switch for years, buying another to have an immediate spare in case of failure. Never had to use; switch ran 24/7/365; 1 hang in 3 years, easily fixed by cycling power. Given I was away from home (of course), even my non-tech wife had no trouble doing that.
Only trouble was, not enough ports. Granted, additional lines normally not used. Still, every now and again, would have to temporarily switch lines to gain access when needed.
Solution was to buy this 24 port switch. Definitely overkill for home, but allows me to plug in all my lines (ethernet portS in every room) at once, with plenty of spares for future growth, rather than max out by bridging two 8-port switches.
Even with 24 ports, still a small footprint. It's not rack mounted, instead on a shelf above my desk, so back ports essential, providing a tidy configuration.
No trouble streaming, heavy file transfers, downloading to several computers simultaneously. No family screams of anguish nor having to temporarily reconfigure a smaller switch.
Cons: Can't understand why the sloped top design. Prevents placing anything on top of the switch, unless that is the reason for the design.
No QOS config capability, but VOIP box connected directly to router, bypassing switch. All other computers, tv's, blu-rays, servers connected via switch with "guest" ports available.
Other Thoughts: Have never bothered to do any timing tests - family silence sufficient.
SLIGHTLY warm to touch, 92F at hottest point, but nothing alarming.
Solved problem of SMALL front port numbers by using labeler to make labels attached vertical to top above each set of 2 lights providing info on what attached. Sufficient to see at a glace what is connected and identify any problems. Standard green Gb, yellow Mb speed light notation.
Expect to be using this switch for YEARS, 24/7, without problems. Really is plug in, connect, forget.
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