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TP-LINK TL-SF1008P 10/100Mbps 8-Port PoE Switch, 4 PoE Ports, Metal case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: built like a tank. very heavy and solid. 150w max power draw.
high quality components on the inside. all the capacitors are long life capacitors, Taicon brand, (owned by Nichicon) rated to 105. degrees celsius, compared to the 75c degree parts found in lower quality electronics. this should last a very long time.
I repair electronics, and i can tell that this is well made, even though it was made in china, this one was done right, lead free solder, rounded stainless steel metal edges, high temperature components, use of screws rather than plastic tabs. this device is meant to last.
use of POE ports! POE stands for power over ethernet, many devices such as cameras, telephones and wireless access devices can use power through the ethernet cable and don't have to rely on a separate power adapter. this is really useful in a small business where you may have have offices and cameras. so instead of having a outlet and battery backup device at every single camera or phone, you can have one at the router. so if the router stays powered on during a power failure, your cameras and telephones do too.

Cons: i wouldn't recommend it for home networking because, it's 100Mbit/s. and by todays standards its a slow performer. it's not ideal to be used where you might be copying large files or streaming HD movies.
i don't think this would be practical for a large business because it only has 4 POE ports, i imagine that a large business which required POE ports would need more than 4 of them, and might require more than the maximum 57 watts, i would assume that any businesses which is considered large would require more than 8 ethernet ports to begin with.
most switches and routers have holes on the bottom which allow it to be mounted on the walls with screws or thumb tacks. this one does not. it does include 4 rubber feet that stick on the bottom. but they are not pre installed.

Other Thoughts: the ideal consumer of this product would be a small business owner. the device is well made and easy to use and will last a long time. i could see the perfect application for this switch, the first 4 POE ports could be used for cameras, maybe a camera or two inside the store, and two outside, port 5 could be for a printer, or telephone, port6 could be for a DVR, NAS, or backup drive which records the surveillance cameras. port 7 could be for the internet connection, and port 8 could be for the workstation computer. if you add a UPS box your switch, cameras, telephone, DVR and computer can all stay working even in case of a power failure.
it would be nice if the switch was gigabit, or if all 8 ports were POE. but the features reflect the price, and for the price, its hard to complain.

Linksys EA2700-NP SMART Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N600 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Its a nice looking router, pretty simple. the lights are not too bright, and you can turn them off if you want. it comes with a installation cd.
the linksys setup program is very simple and easy to use. most people will not need a "computer guru" to setup this router in their home.

Cons: comes with a very cheaply made cat5e ethernet cable.
This router does not have hanging notches on the bottom, so you cannot mount it on a wall.
No USB ports.
Wifi is pretty weak. I switched routers while my younger brother was at school, he has his steam library installed on our NAS drive. about ten minutes after he got home, he told me his computer was acting funny. i walked around with my phone and watched as the further away i got the signal got weaker. i got disconnected while playing starcraft2, which was upsetting. usually when i am sitting in my truck outside i have 3 out of 5 bars, but with this EA2700, i got only one bar.
i have a pretty nice wireless printer, its a brother and its down in the basement. my printer could not see the wireless network.

Other Thoughts: i had no problems in my office using a wired ethernet connection, however wireless strength got much weaker if i was more than 3 rooms away.
My home is not terribly big, its only about 2000 square foot. This router might be ok for a small apartment where there is only a few rooms and few walls. but for a medium to large home, you need a router with a stronger wireless signal.

I have used A Lot of different routers, and in my opinion, this router is over priced. i think a fair price for a router that has these basic features, and this level of wifi strength should be closer to $35.

Corsair Raptor K30 CH-9000043-NA Black 6 Function Keys USB Wired Gaming Red LED Backlit Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I recommend this keyboard for gamers who play strategy or mmo type games. as it doesn't work well for first person shooters.
the keyboard looks cool, and feels quite rugged.
the shape of the keyboard prevents any spilled liquids from going inside of the keyboard.
the keyboard has a red backlight which shines through the keys.. however they are not as bright as i would like. in daylight or a well lit room, you can't see the backlight. if the room is pitch black it looks fine. but if there is any lights on, it looks pink. its not anywhere near as bright as my corsair k90 keyboard.

Cons: the keys feel inadequate, i prefer a key that is easy to push and responds quickly without having to press it very far. with my large hands i found it difficult to get to "crouch" the control key without accidentally pushing the G6 button at the same time.

Other Thoughts: this is a reasonable beginner keyboard.
if you are looking for a basic keyboard, there is probably a few cheaper options, however if you want a step up from that, something that will last awhile, and be resistant to abuse, and spills, this keyboard might suit your needs. if you need something more, such as a usb hub on the keyboard, brighter backlight, different color, mechanical keys or more macro buttons, there are other options. corsair has many other keyboards available with those features.
i personally use a k90, and i wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

my keyboard did not come with any software to configure macros for the G keys.
I had to go to the corsair website to find software. you will not find it under the downloads section.
instead go to products/gaming peripherals/gaming keyboards/ to to page 2.. the k30 will be at the bottom.
click the k30 and it will take you to a page about it, click downloads, and your download will be the "software update"


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