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kevin f.

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Fast Switch but has some drawbacks

NETGEAR ProSAFE 12-Port 10GBase-T Gigabit Smart Managed Switch (XS712T) - Lifetime Warranty
NETGEAR ProSAFE 12-Port 10GBase-T Gigabit Smart Managed Switch (XS712T) - Lifetime Warranty

Pros: We have several of these Switches in our company.. on the positive side ... it supports many advanced features link LAG /Link Aggregation including 802.3ad ) to bond several 10GB Ports together into a bigger pipe ( For example if your Server was running an Intel X540-T2 Dual Port Network card - you could get 20GB) it has the most "bang for the Buck" in 10GB switches .. the only similar switches I could find were the Cisco SG500XG at 2 Times the prices (it has more Fiber ports) and the Cheaper Netgear XS708E - See below for details

Cons: This Switch is **VERY LOUD** to the point that it's really not acceptable for use in a small office, (even hidden under a desk etc) really designed for a Server room or wire closet..

Overall Review: If you only need 8 10GB ports or Less & want a much something not as Loud as this ... I would Recommend the Netgear XS708E - It does Lack some of the features like (802.3ad ) But still supports Link aggregation through (adaptive load balancing active/active active/standby etc) also the management software on the XS708E -vs- XS712T is very basic web interface... but if all you need is 8 ports or less of 10GB for Server to NAS Backup - it can't be beat.. for "Top of the Rack" or small office deployment

XS708E -vs- XS712T Review

NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port 10-Gigabit Plus Switch (XS708E) - Lifetime Warranty
NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port 10-Gigabit Plus Switch (XS708E) - Lifetime Warranty

Pros: Our Company owns both this XS708E ( 8-port) and it's larger cousin the XS712T (12 Port) if your looking for a low cost 10GB switch ... to connect a few servers to some backup NAS Devices (Netgear RN716X) This is the switch to buy.... it is also a "Smart Switch" meaning it does offer some basic things over a truly "unmanaged switch" like Link Aggeration to bond several 10GB ports together to get a bigger pipe (for example to a server with an Intel X540-T2 Dual port 10GB network card)

Cons: it has a very basic Web interface... you do lose some features over the XS712T model (for example it does NOT support 802.3ad LAG/ Link aggregation but the more basic adaptive (active/active active/standby) - check the specs on both switches carefully & pick the one that is best for you

Overall Review: Regarding the "NOISE" - the switch is not "Silent" but I would *NOT* Say it was LOUD... I think it would be acceptable in an office ... obviously not a library... the XS712T is a LOUD Switch..

Bridge speed test Netgear & Buffalo

NETGEAR AC1750 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router R6300-NAS
NETGEAR AC1750 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router R6300-NAS

Pros: very fast throughput, easy to setup

Cons: 1) unable to mount device on ceiling as stand appears not to be removable (have not tried removing hex screws on stand) this is annoying. 2) there is a white "netgear" light on the front of the device, was unable to find where to disable all led's lights on the device as it's annoying in a dark room -so we covered with black tape.

Overall Review: we have been testing both the Buffalo & Netgear 802.11AC Products. here are the results Setup Netgear R6300 5GHZ 80211AC AP (WPA2-PSK 2GHZ Radio Disabled -updated to latest firmware 1.0.2.36) Does a wireless 80211AC Bridge to Buffalo WZR-D1800H this plugs into gigabit Netgear JGS524 Switch with a Win2008 server hard wired into it Laptop is Thinkpad X220 I7 runs Win7(x64) using the Netgear A6200 802.11AC USB adapter establishes a connection to R6300 on ch149 161 for 585Mbps (from basement 1 floor down about 30 Feet in another room) Copy a 17GB Folder (some photos outlook pst & office files) Shows a throughput of 12.82MB/Sec for about 30mins Now Replace the R6300 about with the Buffalo WZR-D1800H the same folder - this time shows 9.55MB/Second for 40mins (as a baseline the laptop built in 802.11n (Intel Centrino Advanced N-6205) shows throughput of 3.6MB/Sec for 1hour so Clearly the Netgear router is faster then buffalo & also plays nice with interop with 3rd party AC products/Bridge.. we plan to test bridging two R6300 devices & will update with results

Real Life Speed Review

NETGEAR A6200-100NAS AC1200 WiFi USB Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300 Mbps / 867 Mbps Wireless Data Rates
NETGEAR A6200-100NAS AC1200 WiFi USB Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300 Mbps / 867 Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: very fast adapter , easy to setup

Cons: hard to type on laptop if adapter directly connected to USB -vs- using the optional extension base ... the instructions are not clear there are two drivers available from netgear website a "stand alone" V1.0.0.4 & another 1.0.0.18 on which one you should use or purpose of one -vs- the other ...so we just used the newest .18 version

Overall Review: here's a Real Life Speed test. Setup Buffalo WZR-D1800H 5GHZ 80211AC AP (WPA2-PSK No 2GHZ enabled) Does a wireless 80211AC Bridge to WZR-D1800H this plugs into gigabit Netgear JGS524 Switch with a Win2008 server hard wired into it Laptop is Thinkpad X220 I7 runs Win7(x64) using the built in 80211N adapter (Intel Centrino Advanced N-6205) located 1 Floor downstairs about 30feet map a drive to the Win2008 server and copy a 17GB Folder shows throughput of 3.6MB/Second about 1hr now disable the internal, install A6200 adapter reboot.. establishes a connection on ch36..46 for 585Mbps copy the same folder over this time shows 9.55MB/Second for 40mins Result: clearly it's faster. We would like to ask Netgear why this didn't make this a USB3.0 Device or include 160mhz channel or 8 spatial streams support... which means we are already looking to competitor future products as replacement we used Buffalo AP & Bridge device because we needed an 802.11AC Bridge for our home that had been tested together (was unclear at the time if this could be done with 2 Netgear R6300-100NAS) This also gives us the chance to test interop between vendor products. (also the R6300 are angled devices and could not be mounted flat on the ceiling or stand straight vertically which is what we needed)

awesome drive

LG Black 6X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L
LG Black 6X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L

Pros: the drive does a great job playback with both HD-DVD & Bluray disks. powerDVD that ships with the drive will playback Bluray & HD-DVD from both the drive & ripped to the hard drive using AnyDVD-HD software from slysoft.com with no HDCP problems.

Cons: unfortunately if you install any updates to powerdvd other then what ships with the drive. you lose the ability to playback HD Disks from your hard drive.

Overall Review: if you decide to purchase powerDVD-HD full version be sure to run build 3319A. newer versions have problems with the senario above

great item, somewhat expensive

P3 International  P4460 Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor
P3 International P4460 Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor

Pros: great device for measuring power usage & costs for PC & home theater devices

Cons: I though the price was somewhat high for the device actually does, a little hard to read & blocks the other Plug