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NETGEAR ProSAFE 5-Port PD Pass-through Gigabit Web Managed (Plus) Switch (GS105PE) - Lifetime Warranty
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4 out of 5 eggs Does just what you want with PoE passthrough. 05/04/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR ProSAFE 5-Port PD Pass-through Gigabit Web Managed (Plus) Switch (GS105PE) - Lifetime Warranty

Pros: The PoE power is pretty interesting. I have a 1Gbps PoE switch and used that to power this switch. Saves me power as well as I can get it into some areas that may be more convenient to run more Ethernet. I was able to get it up and running quickly as you’d expect with a switch.

With the 2 power pass-through ports 1 and 2 I was able to run 2 Axis PoE cameras off this. Surprisingly they powered up without issue which was surprising to me and was more than enough speed to handle the throughput.

It’s a simple, small, sturdy feeling metal enclosure which never got warm to touch or felt like it would overheat. It’s also quiet given it has no fans I can hear. It can be mounted on the bottom which is great for an office environment to keep it out of the way.

Cons: I’d like to be able to see what draw the power has from each device on each port. While my cameras are plugged in with the PoE Pass through I can’t tell if it’s drawing 1 watt or 20 watts. It’d be nice to have some either real time data or at least see what it believes it’s pushing.

I don’t get too much visibility in the web interface for a smart switch. I use a Buffalo Web Switch which is already pretty bare bones but lets me see and specify what PoE power setting I’d like manually. A Dell PowerConnect has full features and at least of the 3 would be top of the class. Netgear could stand to give some additional visibility into some basic smart switch networking.

Other Thoughts: Being PoE it is harder to integrate power management with my APC system. I also am unable to put it through standard Belkin style power monitoring device. It draws so little power that I’m not incredibly worried about this but it’d have been a nice addition to partner with APC to integrate into their PowerChute software.

If you treat this as a basic PoE powered and PoE passthrough dumb switch it’s really not too bad but then at that same token this is hitting a higher end price for that. It has been nothing but solid for me in use and has worked as expected.

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DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 240 CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with Dual 120mm FDB PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
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Pros: The product when installed looks pretty cool. I’m using an i5 3570K which after stress testing with Prime95 it came in about 30C cooler than the stock cooler maxing at 55C.

I started overclocking my CPU and I haven’t gotten it above 80C yet at 20% CPU increase. The radiator feels very sturdy as do the 2 fans to mount to it. Quality here was excellent. Much cooler for much higher ratings than air cooling.

The configuration is almost a one size fits all and does support newer chipsets which is handy.

Cons: I was using a Zalman quiet cooler which was very noticeably quieter than this system.

I also use an open bench case which doesn’t have a great way to mount the radiator.

The tubing doesn’t flex very well which makes it difficult to install. With my configuration the tubing which is the lower quality portion of this is right next to other components.

Other Thoughts: The instructions could use a few words. I understand the reasoning not to as pictures are universal language wise but I’d have appreciated a couple words to help with the order.

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Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
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3 out of 5 eggs WiFi Issues 02/22/2016

This review is from: Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Pros: The interface is pretty easy to get through and allows me similar features to other same in class routers. Performance over Ethernet was to be expected. I like the adjustable antenna they've been using with their routers. The CPU on it is fantastic. NAS speed when I connected a USB 3.0 drive to it was faster than I could have expected.

The parental control settings are really nicely done. It's very easy to configure and see when you have WiFi turned on/off for devices.

Cons: The design is similar to their previous iterations however it stands flat rather than upright on some previous models which takes up more space.

I've had connectivity issues on both the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz network. I thought at first my forcing 80 Wide for 5 GHz which works in Wireless AC only could have been the issues so reset all to defaults other than my SSID and password. Not the case. This was disappointing as the previous EA9200 I've been using has been phenominal.

It does some strange DNS business where it becomes a DNS server itself so when your system gets a DHCP address the DNS1 will be set to the Linksys Gateway IP and then to the DNS you add for DNS1/2. This can cause some problems and I'm not sure why they bother. Mind you if they were to do full DNS where you can add ARecords and CName entries it'd be more useful but as it stands I'd rather they just push my DNS settings to each device and not theirs.

No PPTP VPN/OpenVPN. For a router of this stature it should in my opinion have PPTP and/or OpenVPN availability. While there are some security issues PPTP can have there are times I still want to use it. At the very least OpenVPN. They've been missing this for years forcing me to run my own VPN server elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: Without the ability to get devices on WiFi (only a single laptop would connect) I am dissatisfied. A factory reset didn't help it in case it had a unique issue though I can claim it to be more widespread than other devices given other reviews seemingly work.

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Display Name: Todd L.

Date Joined: 12/14/05

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  • First Review: 11/27/06
  • Last Review: 05/04/16
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