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This review is from: ZyXEL GS1910-48HP 10/100/1000Mbps 48-Port Gigabit Smart Managed PoE+ Switch
Pros: 802.3AT - that is 30 watts per port for a maximum of 575W. Using a kill-a-watt I measured it only using 45w at idle, and about 65w when I had a couple of 802.3af PoE access points plugged in. Very reasonable; don't be scared off by the maximum draw of 575w that they advertise, it will only draw what it needs from the wall.
802.1X, vlan tagging, Mac filtering.... this may be called a "smart switch" but it sure has allot of layer 2 features. Great bang for the buck.
Cons: The stock fans are noisy. Thankfully this unit uses two industry standard 3 pin 40mm 12v fans; I purchased a couple of Noctua 40mm fans and the noise level is very tolerable now (about 20db or so, vs 40+ on the old ones). Don't run this unit without fans, it will overheat in an enclosed rack without airflow. It generates allot more heat than the non POE model.
This of course is a non issue in most com closet or data center installations, but in a quiet office the fans can be replaced.
Other Thoughts: Installed in a rack in a house to be used for home networking. Powering two access points with the plan to power a couple of PoE VoIP phones and maybe a camera of two in the future. Overkill for my installation.
Replaces an already excellent GS1910-24 (non PoE).
This review is from: ZyXEL NBG417N Wireless Router IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft
Pros: Excellent inexpensive N router. Great coverage area, I was able to run this in a basement and was able to cover the whole house with at least 50% signal strength w/ a d-link 7dbi antenna. Speed was around 100 to 120 megabit on my draft N equipped ASUS laptop.
Can be set up as a standard access point so that all 5 ports can be used as LAN ports.
WPS security, although I don't use that feature.
Cons: No bridging and no wireless repeating yet. The P-330w has these features. Man features were added to the P-330w by firmware updates, so we'll see if features are added.
150 megabit cannot be achieved for file sharing from sending files from a wifi laptop to a LAN machine because the router doesn't have Gigabit Ethernet.
Other Thoughts: This is a 150 Megabit, 1 antenna draft 2.0 N router. This is a great router if ou want something inexpensive that has N features. It is skimpy on features compared to the P-330w currently however. If you don't need bridging or repeating then this will work well.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Wonderful laptop. I love the high resolution, clear, glossy screen. The video card is amazing - 3D mark 2005 runs well on it, as does Doom 3 and Half Life 2. Oblivion kinda ran it down though. The mouse and laptop bag are nice additions, as well as an ACTUAL Windows XP MCE DVD, rather than just a recovery partition (which it also has).
The laptop is quiet and has a nice, although plain keyboard.
I was pleasantly surprised that the notebook came with built in Bluetooth 2.0 EDR.
The DVD drive is awesome - it does every format under the sun, including DVD-RAM and DL-R discs. It even does Lightscribe, which is a gimmick IMO compared to Epson inkjet printing, but still neat.
Cons: Weak built in speakers. The trackpad is good, but does not have a "smooth" surface, which makes use of it difficult to use. I just use a Bluetooth mouse anyway. The scroll part of the track pad also doesn't seem to respond well.
The shape of the DVD bezel piece and the location of the DVD drive button could be thought up better.
The biggest complaint however is the initial install of how the OS and hard drive partitioning is done. This drive is split into 3 partitions - one recovery and two 55 ish gigabyte FAT 32 partitions. I fail to see the point of using Fat 32, as it is insecure, bloated and inefficient. I could see the point of having a couple NTFS partitions - one for Vista and one for XP MCE.
Norton Bloatware is installed from the factory. A decent amount of questionable software (crapware) is also installed by default.
Other Thoughts: Most "average" customers won't care or know about the partition issue. This will create major issues though if they decide to do video editing, ISO dumping or work with large files. I don't understand why ASUS chose to go this route with the HDD partitioning...READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Michael Y.
Date Joined: 02/02/04
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