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NETGEAR ProSAFE 5-Port PD Pass-through Gigabit Web Managed (Plus) Switch (GS105PE) - Lifetime Warranty
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Pros: This is a PoE switch (power over ethernet) so no power brick required. However, you will still need a source of power either from it being built in to your other equipment or from an "injector". In my case I required an injector to provide power to this switch. I have plans for a home security system and hadn't considered using PoE when I was sent this switch to review. I had to put a rush on ordering the parts for the system I plan to have in place and was only able to do a bit of a bench test but this switch worked quite well.
This switch provides PoE to two devices and works as a common switch for two other devices. I read some other reviews that complained about this product not providing enough power to run two devices but I updated the firmware before testing this product and did not have the same problem.
Being able to power my planned security cameras with only an ethernet cable is incredibly convenient. I was actually dreading running power out the locations I was going to place my cameras but with this switch I can now drill only one tiny hole.
This little switch is a tough little device. Well-built and solid. I have a non-PoE Network switch that is similar to this switch and haven't had the chance to really mount it properly in the basement where I keep it and it has taken a few long drops to the concrete floor and I've never had a problem with it.

Cons: Only having two PoE outputs is a little restricting. My original plan for my security cameras only calls for two cameras so this switch works great for me but may be a little limited for anyone else.

Other Thoughts: I am very excited to have this switch and would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a good solid PoE switch for your security cameras, VOIP, or other devices that you need to power with only an ethernet cable, as long as you are okay with only powering two devices with it. Remember you will need a system that will supply this switch with power over ethernet or a power injector which takes in a normal ethernet cable connection and plugs into an AC outlet making the output ethernet cable able to supply power to PoE devices.

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OCZ TRION 150 2.5
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Pros: I see a lot of negative reviews for this product and I honestly do not understand how this drive could have earned any such derision. Though this isn't going to be on the same level as the higher end solid state drives it is leaps and bounds ahead of standard 2.5" drives. This drive worked perfectly in my PS4 (which ran MUCH COOLER and quieter) and saw some modest loading time improvements and was even more impressive an upgrade in my PS3 slim (2nd gen slim not the final super slim version). It was a great improvement in my older HP laptop and older Macbook. Price comparisons for this drive and other 2.5" makes this the obviously best choice if you need a new drive and want the benefits of an SSD without the high cost of higher-end SSDs then this drive is the perfect replacement for a standard drive. I would not hesitate to buy one of these drives (though I would buy the highest capacity available) should I find myself in need of another 2.5" drive. This drive is also quite durable (as far as bumps and bruises are concerned). I must admit to being a new and inexperienced father and, though I keep a very close eye on my son, I managed to miss the fact I'd placed this drive within his reach. By the time I noticed he wasn't playing with one of his own toys he'd slammed the drive on the coffee table (new dents to explain to my very patient wife) several times and drooled all over the connection ports. I let the drive dry out for a few hours before starting my tests and this thing didn't miss a beat. No sign that it had been in the hands of an 11-month-old other than a scratch and a slight ding in one of the corners.

Cons: The drive doesn't come with any kind of mounting brackets but chances are this will be installed in a console or laptop which are already sized for a 2.5" drive and many new desktop towers come with drive cages already sized for a 2.5". Even so NewEgg sells adapters for VERY cheap.

Other Thoughts: I realize this review doesn't have any data transfer rates or fancy numbers listed but there are plenty of other reviews and ratings that give those numbers. I have a fairly high technical knowledge and I tend not to even pay attention to those numbers myself. What matters is that if you are considering this drive for a replacement of a standard 2.5" laptop drive you can't go wrong and if you are considering this for a raid array or as a standalone for a higher-end system on a budget it is a solid option. In my opinion this drive has earned a 5-Egg-Rating.

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Linksys EA6500 V2 AC1750 Wi-Fi Wireless Dual-Band+ Router with Gigabit, Smart Wi-Fi App Enabled, Open Source supported
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Pros: This seems to be a no nonsense basic router. The app is a rather clever touch but I had some issues "bumping" to get the settings recorded to my wireless devices. The wireless signal is strong but no stronger (or weaker) than any of the other high-end routers I've reviewed. Though the signal is still solid throughout my entire home after being installed in my finished attic studio it will still not reach to the garage (I still have yet to find a router that will penetrate the garage firewall). I installed and tested the open source dd-wrt firmware and it was fully functional and very feature-rich and solid on this router. I found the simplicity of the stock firmware far more user-friendly but most people buying this router will want to carve their own path through the wilderness, so to speak. If you are looking for something to customize to your liking then using dd-wrt or one of the many other open source firmwares available is simple enough.

Cons: This thing is like a giant flat chunk of desk-space-waste. It can be wall mounted similar to a picture frame with screw slots built in to the bottom of the router. It also has the dreaded power plug brick. When I say brick I mean a GIGANTIC block that will take up possibly two extra plugs on an UPS and if not installed on the bottom slot then around three or four extra plugs on a surge protector strip. In the age of bump-phone-to-card-to-install-wireless-settings applications and open source firmware why have we not figured out how to make a normal power plug. Is this the cheapest option? Possibly. I will pay the extra $20 for a plug that doesn't look like it belongs in a DUPO blocks set.

Other Thoughts: I was invited to review this router and was notified at the time that it is basically out of date and being replaced with newer technology but I wouldn't hesitate to use this device. I will be reinstalling my other router that I have a love-hate relationship with (what can I say, I'm stubborn) but this router is going on my "backup" shelf in case I have any issues or a stray lightning bolt takes out my hardware.

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Display Name: Kyle L.

Date Joined: 06/08/04

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