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Corsair Force LS CSSD-F240GBLSB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This SSD is rather inexpensive (less than $0.50 a gigabyte on sale). Due to this being a budget SSD as expected the write performance is not at the level of flagship SSD’s, however in most use case scenario’s consumers tend to read more from a SSD than write and will not notice the reduced write throughput.
I ran a few benchmarks and this were the results:
520MB/s read, 302MB/s write
75k read IOp/s, 66k write IOp/s
Which while a little under the stated specifications (keep in mind those are up to numbers and will vary on your systems configuration, drivers, power settings, etc), and this is after writing completely filling the drive then emptying it, running Corsair Optimization tool in the software suite and letting the drive rest for an hour before benchmarking..
Out of the box performance was slightly higher at:
540MB/s read, 310MB/s write
80k read IOp/s, 73k write IOp/s

Cons: At full retail price (149.99 USD) I would look else where, but at current pricing (94.99 USD) this is a good deal, but keep an eye out SSD's go up for sale often, it is a very competitive market.

Other Thoughts: Packaging is very basic, it included the SSD and nothing else, no screws or cables or brackets. The Corsair SSD Toolbox software is downloadable on the Corsair website and as of this review there are no firmware updates for the product.
The software suite is pretty standard, Drive information, Overprovisioning if you want to add more (comes with an unchangeable 16GB already overprovisioned), SMART information, optimization (TRIM), secure wiping and disk cloning.

If you are a heavy user (tend to do a lot more writes then read’s), you should look into drive with higher performance or one that has a software package that accelerates writes to the systems DRAM then to the SSD’s NAND, or PCI-Express based solutions. To a typical gamer or consumers this drive will suit them well.

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EnGenius EAP1750H AC1750 802.11ac 3x3 Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point/WDS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Extremely fast, I have an existing 2.4Ghz Wireless N network, which provides the same transfer speeds as this EnGenius AP in 2.4Ghz N only mode (which isnt suprising), however the 5/0Ghz AC band changes everything.
The following results were using Speedtest.net.
2.4Ghz N = 38Mbit/s
5.0Ghz AC = 120Mbit/s
The 5.0 AC band provides my full ISP bandwidth, which was something only a 1GBe Ethernet link could provide before.
I can finally transfer large files either from the web or over my LAN at a reasonable speed without having to be wired.

This AP has 8 SSID's for 2.4Ghz, 8 SSID's for 5.0Ghz and 2 Guest SSID's, there is also VLAN management for all the SSID's.

If needed you can have this AP reboot on a regular basis which is something I honestly wish more products have, you can also set times when the Wireless radios are turned off, make sure if you use those settings to have the Time Zone properly set and the time as well preferably hitting a NTP server (which is configured out of the box).

This device can be powered via PoE which is often supported by switches inbusiness environments, but if do not have a PoE switch fear not as you can but a PoE injector relatively cheap (EnGenius also makes Injectors).

Cons: The setup guide is extremely basic. It doesn't tell you one of the most important aspects about setting up this AP. At the bottom of each configuration page is a Save button, this is normal however after you Save all the settings you want to apply, you need to click the Changes button on the top right, then tell it to apply the changes. Knowing this is important to actually setup the router. This kind of saving then committing the changes is not unusual for business/enterprise products, but if you are a home user setting this up you may think the device is defective if none of you saved changes apply.

The AC power cord is rather short which is unfortunate.

Other Thoughts: I wish this device was set to DHCP out of the box instead of 192.168.1.1 (default IP of almost all home routers, but not used in businesses much), as it would have allowed me to get it up and running faster, however unconfigured the device allows open access to the WiFi networks which is bad, so make sure to secure your network before hooking it up!
For the Pro's this unit does have CLI and SSH support along with SNMP. You can also adjust the transmission power to more fit your needs, a typical home user should probably just leave it on auto.

The unit I received had firmware 2.0.112 installed and as of 3/19/15 Firmware 2.0.5.12 is available for download.

Overall this is a great AP, but keep in mind when purchasing it this device is designed for business/enterprise use, and the knowledge of how to setup those class of devices.

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HP 1810-8G v2 8-port Gigabit Smart Desktop Switch (J9802A#ABA)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Smart Switch 02/18/2015

This review is from: HP 1810-8G v2 8-port Gigabit Smart Desktop Switch (J9802A#ABA)

Pros: Nice 8 port switch, can be powered via PoE instead of the AC wall adapter. I bought this to setup a NAS and some computer with LACP and jumbo frames, which was rather either to setup (Keep in mind I work in IT for a living). You can do quite a lot with this switch but sine I am using it in a home environment my needs (no need for VLAN's).
The switch if fanless which leads to a silent operation.

HP Business switches like this will get you a higher level of technical support and on the phone with a person either immediately or very quickly compared to support for consumer products.

You also get a life time warranty, next day business replacement, software and firmware updates as long as you own it, and phone support as long as you own the device, with 24/7 Phone support for the first 3 years owning the switch which honestly makes purchasing this compared to other switches I have owned a no brainer, yes it is more expensive than a small 8 port desktop switch but it has so many more features.

Cons: The v2 model of this switch (the one listed here) is primarily made of plastic, the v1 model which I also own is made of metal, which gives it a more durable feel.

Doesn't provide PoE to other devices but that is a given.

Other Thoughts: There is a huge variety of HP's switches in terms of their web interface. It never really seems to be the same one model to the next which can be frustrating. This one took a very small amount of time to find and setup jumbo frames and LACP, but it wasn't to bad.

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