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EnGenius EGS2108P 8-Port Gigabit Smart Switch with 4 PoE ports
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Decent Managed PoE Switch 04/28/2014

This review is from: EnGenius EGS2108P 8-Port Gigabit Smart Switch with 4 PoE ports

Pros: This thing is well built and feels fairly sturdy. I've used a number of switches from companies like TRENDnet and D-Link, this managed PoE switch is by far the sturdiest one. It is made out of some kind of metal (feels too heavy to be aluminum) and it has a grainy sandy feel to it. Metal helps with the heat dissapation.

If you just want to use this as a PoE switch, setup couldn't be easier. Just plug it up to power, connect your network cables and you're off. No set up required on the managed end.

This is a pretty full featured managed switch. It has Trunking (a.k.a. Link Aggregation), Port Mirroring for monitoring, and Loopback Detection.

PoE functionality is great and it is working great with my Ubiquiti UniFi AP Pro. The switch is 802.3af compliant. Too bad it isn't 802.3at (PoE+) compliant. If you intent to use this for devices that require power-over-ethernet make sure your device only requires 802.3af.

Front LED lights are real nice, and EnGenius has even provided a little button to toggle the lights on and off. This can be great if you don't like the blinking LEDs.

The switch also has a power switch on the back side, this is real convinent when you just want to power cycle the switch but don't want to unplug it. Completely unnecessary but it just feels a little more premium.

Transfer speeds are on par with my existing Gigabit network. Windows Copy reported copy speeds of 75-85MB/s. Bottleneck is probably my hard drives.

It comes with the latest Firmware (1.00.07), no need to update. (April 2014)

Cons: - The power brick for this switch is more than half the size of the switch itself and it is heavy. I wish they would have done something to reduce the size.

- Management page is slow to access at times.

My main complaint: The switch has a default setting of Static IP. So basically, if you plug this up to an existing network with a DHCP server already in place, you cannot access the management page from the provided IP in the instructions. (Unless the default Static IP settings match your network exactly)

To get to the login page for the switch, unplug the switch from any networks. Plug up a computer to the switch, set the computer's IP to a static IP (eg. Open up your web browser and type in Log in, go to 'IP Settings' and change the 'Type' to DHCP. Or set the Static IP settings to match your network configuration. Then 'Save' the settings to the device.

I am confused as to why DHCP is not the default setting for auto discovery. The switch works regardless of how it is set up, but there are lots of great management options you can play with.

If you are having trouble getting the switch discovered on your existing DHCP network, go to the EnGenius website and look at the user manual for the EGS2108P on their website. It is more updated and has better steps to get it set up.

Other Thoughts: - Keep in mind, this switch is targetted towards a home with a lot of PoE devices or a small business. It does not come with any rack mounting hardware. It doesn't even come with a standard ethernet cable.

- I have 6 devices + 1 PoE plugged into this switch, it has been running flawlessly for almost 2 weeks now and not a hitch in performance.

Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Decent router afflicted by overly simplified software 03/12/2014

This review is from: Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: - Parental Controls is simple to use and fairly straight forward. You have the options to either block the entire network or specific times. You can also block certain sites or keep certain devices blocked.
- Guest Access is also nice, but almost a standard feature on most newer routers now. It is very easy to setup however.
- QoS is not called QoS but instead Media Prioritization. I am adding this hear as a pro since the setup for QoS is dead simple. Drag and drop boxes makes the whole setup process for QoS less complicated, but at the same time lacks the flexibility that some other routers in class provide (ASUS for example can handle QoS by a schedule).
- Copy speeds between a shared USB flash drive on the network was surprisingly quick. Using LAN Speed Test and a USB 3.0 Corsair flash drive plugged in (formatted to NTFS), I got the following speeds with my hardwired gigabit connection:

* Yes, I know the USB port on the router is only USB 2.0, wanted to make sure the interface wasn't the limiting reagent.

50MB file
Write: 23.9MB/s
Read: 64.6MB/s

25MB file
Write: 24.5MB/s
Read: 60.3MB/s

300MB file
Write: 18.4MB/s
Read: 56.8MB/s

Windows Copy 100MB file
Write: 7.9MB/s
Read: 11.1MB/s

The Windows Copy test is probably the most accurate.

Cons: - Limited DDNS selection. They only offer and
- The initial Smart WiFi setup seems completely unnecessary. Upon initial boot of the router, the wireless networks are all unprotected. Going through the Smart WiFi setup doesn't add any security at all (not even WEP). They could've at least added a simple WEP encryption and presented the key for the user to write down to reconnect with. Seeing how this router is targeted for a more non-tech savvy group of users, it is totally possible that someone will forget to set it up and just have an unprotected WiFi router around.
- No switch to make the router a pure Access Point. For a ~$100+ router, this should've been included.
- No VPN Server or Client functionality, only VPN Passthrough.

Other Thoughts: - Not sure what some of the other reviews are saying, but the router has a default address of not 10.x.x.x.
- Wireless range isn't amazing, it isn't bad by any count, but my ASUS RT-N66U out performs this Linksys router. inSSIDer shows my ASUS router provide a whole 10db of signal strength over this Linksys router, when I am in a separate room.
- Wireless throughput seems to be spot on. Using a wireless card that supports 3x I was able to establish a 300Mbps connection.
- No DD-WRT support
- All the most essential features of a router are there and they provide a simple and fairly easy to understand web interface to set it all up, but with it comes a lack of flexibility and settings. Maybe I've been spoiled by working with more full featured routers, but for the price I feel it could've provided more features.

CORSAIR CSM Series CS450M 450W ATX12V v2.4 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Decent PSU, maybe a little too premium for the PSUs in this range. 02/12/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR CSM Series CS450M 450W ATX12V v2.4 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: - The 24pin motherboard power connector is covered in a braided sleeve.
- Amazingly quiet.
- Modular for the PCI-E and SATA/peripheral plugs.
- High quality components for a low wattage PSU.
- 80 PLUS GOLD certified.
- Solid construction and fairly light (for PSUs that is).
- Small enough that it can fit in some smaller cases as it is only 140mm. I put this in a Lian Li HTPC case (PC-Q08). I was initially afraid it would be too big, but I was surprised it fit with plenty of room to spare.

Cons: - 8pin power connector to motherboard does not have a braided sleeve. Why not sleeve both if you've already sleeved the other?
- None of the other cables are sleeved. Makes it harder to work with.
- 24pin and 8pin are both non-modular (hardwired). Technically, not a fully modular PSU.
- Product claims Multi-GPU ready but only provides 1x PCI-E plug? The end user pretty much has to go out and purchase a SATA or 4pin Molex to 6/8pin PCI-E converter in order for this PSU to support more than one GPU.

Other Thoughts: I put this PSU through two different testing environments. The first as a normal PSU for an HTPC/seedbox/file server, and the second as an secondary PSU in a 6 GPU mining rig.

The specs for my HTPC are as follows:
Intel Core i5 3450
Crucial M4 64GB SSD
4TB WD Red

This Corsair pretty much beasted through the HTPC. The fans barely spun up even when the system was under load. Using a kill-a-watt meter, measurement from the wall never passed 250 watts.

For the mining rig setup, this PSU is powering (2 of 6) MSI R9 270s. Using a kill-a-watt meter, wattage from the wall for this PSU is about ~370 watts. The fan ramps up during the day when it is warmer, but still remains fairly silent. Fans from the video card drown out the sound of the PSU fan. The PSU has been running fairly strong under 24/7 operation, no hiccups so far.

450 watts and you get a semi-modular PSU that is Gold rated in a generally small form factor. A premium lower end PSU for sure. Most people building a PC and only needing 450W probably aren't looking to doing anything too heavy duty, so I am not sure the premium features of this PSU are really needed. A Bronze rated PSU probably will accomplish the same for less.


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Date Joined: 09/24/07

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