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This review is from: Giada A51B-BP001 AMD Radeon HD 6320 Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Pros: Small form factor. Inexpensive. Processor built in, but you must buy the RAM and HD (laptop HD/SSD). Easy to put together, loaded the OS from a USB stick. Runs Linux (Ubuntu) with no problem.
Cons: The fan runs at full speed from the moment it boots until the moment it shuts down (Linux). Haven't done anything to research this because the online support documentation is virtually non-existent.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cisco Small Business 200 Series SLM2048T-NA Smart SG200-50 Gigabit Switch
Pros: 48 ports in a 1U form, relatively quiet, easy UI. Rated for temperatures up to 104 F. Two SFP ports for fiber uplinks.
Cons: Air flow is to either side of the unit. Not an issue for my situation, but I was expecting front to back air flow. No console port.
Other Thoughts: Roughly twice the price of the last switch I used for a computer lab, but the port density alone makes it worth it. UI was a piece of cake, especially for someone whose Cisco Kung-Fu is rusty. Set up a LAG group with LACP for a server in about two minutes, configured most of the ports for host status, and was done inside of 10 minutes. Quieter than the last switch as well. Full suite of features available, but I have not tested many of them (QoS, IGMP snooping, Multicast, VOIP detection, etc.).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cisco Small Business SLM2024 Switch
Pros: I replaced an auction site Cisco 2950 with this switch, and have been ecstatic with the improvement. The old switch was dropping packets like crazy, and only had two 1000 MB copper ports. This baby has 24 10/100/1000 ports, and the auto sensing works like a champ. My NFS and LDAP computer lab now functions flawlessly. The number of features rivals any enterprise switch I have seen (VLANs, QOS, Authentication, ACLs, etc.).
Cons: IE configuration only, tough with a Linux environment. I had to bring in a laptop to set the thing up.
Other Thoughts: Quieter than the Cisco 2950, but still noticeable fan noise. The 24 ports are packed in tightly (Linksys/Cisco must be using the same chassis for the 48 port model).READ FULL REVIEW