Date Joined: 02/01/05
Pros: Whopper capacity in a small package. I have a pair of these along with a Seagate Expansion 5TB external, They connect to a Dell PowerEdge R300 server via a USB 3.0 expansion card. The system runs Win Server 2012 R2 and is used for file sharing and backups. The server isn't running all the time so using desktop grade storage ought not be an issue, definitely not so far.
Cons: Sure it's the current reigning standard for interconnect, but I sure wouldn't mind if disk devices supported eSATA along with USB 3.0. Surely providing a bridge that could do both wouldn't add much to the cost. Speaking of the bridge, as I read in other reviews, the throughput could be better. I see ~60 MB/second on the high end when accessing file shares on the disks.
Overall Review: I had quite the stroke of luck a few months back when I found one of these in a local pawn shop with a $40 price sticker on it. Needless to say I was all over it. I got the Expansion disk a few months before that and just added the second Backup Plus courtesy of the egg at a good price. With 15TB connected, I think my file server will be set for a while.
Pros: Came with a low profile bracket, those seem few and far between.
Cons: Haven't seen any yet
Overall Review: I got the card to go in a Dell Opti GX240 SFF, which can only take a low profile card. The box lacks USB 2.0 so it needed an upgrade. I use this antique to run Kali Linux, and the box has plenty enough oomph for that job.
Pros: Went into a PCIe slot in a Dell Poweredge SC440 box and Win Server 2008 R2 worked with it just fine with Win 7 driver software. File copying shows around 85 MB per second throughput to attached disks.
Cons: This server is always running and sits on a shelf running file sharing service and has no keyboard or mouse or display, login is strictly via RDP. If no user is logged on, the disks attached seem to disappear off the box and are inaccessible to file sharing. Logging in and opening Computer brings them slowly back online. If I just disconnect the RDP session and leave a user logged on, they stay connected. Unsure if it's a card/driver or Win Server issue. Luckily the workaround is simple enough.
Overall Review: My favorite non newegg vendor was selling off empty USB 3.0 disk enclosures for $1 each so I got myself a stack of 'em. I had four WD green 750 gig disks functioning as paperweights for lack of somewhere to put 'em, so I stuck 'em in four of the enclosures. Then I needed something USB 3.0 to connect 'em to so I went looking for a four port card and thought this one would do. Aside from the above problem, the setup is working great.
Pros: I got a used example some time ago from a popular online auction site for a good chunk of change less than the going price. It sat on the shelf for a while since for one, the firmware was such that the device wasn't ready for prime time as other reviewers have said, and also my Cisco/Linksys RVS4000 was going strong. I put the 184.108.40.206 firmware on it, released in Jul 2013, and it made the thing work well enough to put in service. I got it all configured up and put it in place of the '4000. Been working great.
Cons: It was basically unusable with the firmware on it when I got it so it was a paperweight. No more, it's working as well as my '4000 did. The release notes say a few things are still broken but no show stoppers for my type of use.
Overall Review: My trusty RVS4000 reached its end of life and it got time to replace it. It had actually been an eternity since any updates came out so the EOL notice only served to make it official. Cisco's notice said the RV180 is the replacement product. I got several years of use out of the '4000 so I naturally went with its replacement.
I hold a CCNA cert so I feel justified in giving myself high tech knowledge.
Pros: FW800 is a bit of a dying breed but it and eSATA are what I use. Not a fan of USB. Good to have 2TB in an external that uses FW800.
Cons: Haven't found any yet.
Overall Review: The blue and yellow store guys put this model on closeout for half price a few weeks back. I drove to every store in town looking for 'em and located three. Kept two and sent the third to a bud in a state where that particular store chain had not put them on closeout. Pretty good deal.
Pros: I got this to rack mount a pair of minis, one 2011 model server and a 2010 model with optical drive. Both run Server 10.8 and operate via Remote Desktop. It serves the purpose just great.
Cons: There is USB access on the front panel but none for firewire.
Overall Review: This is basically a metal box with some foam to cushion the minis and hold them in place, along with USB extension cables going to front mounted ports and buttons with linkage to actuate the power buttons on the minis. Why Sonnet thinks it should cost what it does is a mystery. But then the same thing can be said about all of their products.
As it happens, I got a used example from a popular online auction site for about one quarter the retail price. That was a lot more like it.
So to sum it up, this is a five egg worthy product if you don't have to pay what Sonnet wants for it. If you have to pay that price, not so much.
Pros: This switch replace a couple of desktop type gigabit switches uplinked together to a router. Simplified cabling quite a bit. Since I have a 22U cabinet full of servers, the rack mount setup is a big plus, also cutting down on the tangle of cables in that area.
Also I really like the regular power cord receptacle that allows using different cords. I have a monitor style cord plugged into it and it gets power from the monitor power socket on an old Power Mac G4 desktop converted to rack mount. And of course no more wall warts consuming power strip space on top of that.
Cons: All I can think of con wise is that it's kind of hard to see what the status lights are saying with the switch low in the back of the cabinet. Nothing bad to say about it really. We'll see how it holds up.
Overall Review: I tried the horizontal rack mount method, but the brackets seemed a hair flimsy to hold it with no support in the rear. The brackets have holes to mount the switch vertically, so I went that route. The weight is supported better and makes the ports and lights more visible with the rear of the cabinet near the wall. It takes up a lot more rack space that way of course, but it's in the rear behind some smaller rack mount devices so no issue there.
Pros: Looks like it'd do its intended job, might give one a try if I ever need such a thing.
Cons: I don't know of any about the device, but some people buying it sure seem deficient.
Overall Review: Newegg put the product name on this item that the manufacturer uses. Speaking of, checking the product page link reveals this:
"Want to upgrade your old computer with the latest disk drive technology? You will have no problem with our ASA120. You can make an easy connection from IDE/ATA host controller to any SATA-I, SATA-II or SATA-III devices."
Moral: when in doubt, try looking at the info provided rather than going with whatever your notion of how a product works/should work. You'll save money, time, and of course face when you avoid posting a buffoonery filled review here.
Pros: I got the disk and took it out of the packaging and it worked just as a fellow would expect.
Cons: None aside from how disk prices haven't gone down any since the Thailand flood. What is more, this disk says product of Singapore on it.
Overall Review: Instead of having a label saying certified repaired HD as in the picture, mine says "This drive is manufactured by Seagate for OEM distribution. For product information or technical support, please contact your system OEM." Makes it sound like a new disk instead of a refurb, but also makes me wonder who I pester if I need warranty work.
Pros: I had a couple of old SCSI enclosures sitting around gathering dust so I got the idea to get a couple of these to convert them. A little hacksaw and drill work make the PCI bracket fit in the hole made for the Centronics connector previously in place. Then in went a SATA disk and the power from the enclosure and the SATA plug on this adapter connected up, and presto, a poor man's eSATA enclosure with a SATA disk inside.
Cons: I hurt my thumb drilling the holes for nuts and bolts to attach the shortened bracket in place in the enclosure.
Overall Review: Sure would be swell if there was such a thing ready made. The egg sells a four port eSATA to SATA device attached to a Centronics sized bracket as item N82E16816215290, but my enclosures only hold one disk. And that item costs more than four of these brackets on top of that. And then you have to add your own SATA cables to connect the disks. Bit more practical to roll your own in this circumstance.
Pros: 2002 vintage systems like the Dell Poweredge 1400SC server for which I got this have no provisions for SATA. This adapter along with a SATA expansion card with data cables made that relic usable in this decade.
Cons: It cost money, it took time to come in the mail, and I had to put forth the effort to install it. None aside from those.
Overall Review: Modernizing old tower form factor servers by stripping out the old SCSI disks, disabling the SCSI ports, and using expansion cards for ATA/SATA/eSATA is pretty easy. Rack mount form factor servers, not so much. You're kinda stuck with using SCSI disks for startup devices and eSATA expansion cards to connect up real storage. So it goes.
Pros: I put a four port PCI-X SATA card in an old Dell server that only has room for two SATA disks so I had two ports that weren't usable. This gizmo took care of that. Connecting up an eSATA device was simple and it worked just fine.
Cons: Makes an expansion slot unusable, but that is obvious going in.
Overall Review: Cable length seems to be an issue for some. Since mine plugs into an expansion card, the only cable issue is routing all the slack around from back panel to card ports. Cables half as long would have worked.
Pros: I have one of these connected to a Linksys RVS4000 router, and it handles all the 100 Mbit devices on hand with no problem. Not much else to say.
Cons: It has port 8 as the uplink port. I use port 1 as uplink when given a choice, and as it happens, the gigabit spec includes auto crossover. My RVS4000 has gigabit ports, so connecting one of its ports to port 1 on this switch gives an uplink automatically.
Not sure why some reviewers bellyache about having to use a port for uplinking. How else is it gonna work? All of my router's ports are in use as such, since I have this switch, a Netgear 8 port gigabit switch, a Linksys PLE200 powerline box, and an Apple Time Capsule connected to my router's four ports.
Overall Review: When Circuit City bit it and they were selling off all the leftovers in their stores, I found this switch in a box of random cables and junk. A little more searching turned up the power adapter. When I carried my armload of stuff up to the checkout, they asked for a whole two dollars for the switch. Sweet.
Pros: I got a pair of these disks back in August and installed 'em in a Dell Poweredge box running Server 2003. They're working great.
Cons: Nothing, and those suckers are in operation basically 24/7.
Overall Review: It'd be nice if people stuck to writing reviews relating to the quality of the products. Giving this disk a bad review because of price hikes due to production problems is completely asinine. Not to mention saying nothing of the product. I won't be in a hurry to buy any more at the current prices, but that has nothing to do with how good the disks are. When the price drops out of the stratosphere, this is my first choice for disks since I have had good results with them and the EADS disks that preceded them.
Pros: Good working card, Silicon Image 0680 based, I have one in a Dell server running Server 2003. It has a 20 gig boot disk and 250 gig disk connected, no problems.
Cons: None really aside from the SIIG brand. SIIG makes decent stuff but their prices are off the hook.
Overall Review: No wonder no one has reviewed this card, who would buy it at the listed price? You can get other brand 0680 based cards for a small fraction of the price. As for mine, it came from my local donation store for less than five bones. Now that's a good price.
Pros: I got this card to go in a 2002 vintage Dell Poweredge 1400SC tower server to run a pair of 2TB disks. I put in the card and Win Update found a driver to install. The disks worked as two separate disks, so I went to Disk Management and formatted 'em with separate drive letters. About as smooth a setup as you can have, no need to flash the card to get it out of RAID mode or anything.
Cons: Not a one I can see. It does say Silicon Image 3124 RAID or something like that in Device Manager, but it works how I want, i.e. two disks with different letters show up as drives on the system.
Overall Review: I have another SiI 3124 based card in another system, it's a Norco 4618 four port eSATA. It lives in an Apple Xserve and connects to a four disk rack mount enclosure and works well. That card has vanished from newegg and other vendors, and now you pay a pretty penny for a four port PCI-X eSATA card. But I digress. SiI makes a good controller so find the cheapest card with it and you can't go wrong.
Pros: I have successfully used this card and other Realtek 8169 based cards from TrendNET, Hawking, Startech, SIIG, and others with Fedora Linux versions 7 to 14, Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5, as well as Win XP and Server 2003. It doesn't even require installing any software for Linux or Mac OS X, it works out of the box.
Cons: None whatsoever, it works great.
Overall Review: All these people giving it one egg and saying it doesn't work have no business claiming high tech knowledge. Especially those who don't know how to go to the Realtek site to get driver software. That is of course only applicable to the Windows crowd, who are used to getting spoon fed and don't seem too good at figuring things out. That's second nature to Linux and Mac OS X users.
Pros: Lots easier for web browsing/emailing while couch sitting than using a notebook. Apple simplicity and power.
16 gigs is plenty for doing that, I'm not app happy and wireless only is ok since that works for my use and I don't care to give AT&T any money for cellular service on it.
Cons: Not a dad gum thing. Love it.
Overall Review: I've been using Apple products for 29 years now, starting with an Apple ][ plus. Anyone who has never used a 68K Mac or Apple II system isn't a real Apple enthusiast if you ask me.
I got my 'Pad at Sam Walton's place since I had a stack of gift cards that helped get the price down to about half the retail price in effect. Speaking of price, how's come the 'egg has it for $70 over retail? That won't move too many of 'em.
Pros: I'm getting fed up with paying an outlandish amount of service charge plus taxes/fees just to get a dial tone so I'm looking for a replacement. I got to upgrade the PBX at my workplace with Asterisk and FreePBX so I got in the know a bit about IP telephony and SIP service. That got me to looking for cost effective IP phone service at home.
I signed up for service with SIPGate and CallCentric, and connected one line to each service. The setup was pretty straightforward and they both work well. I'll be cutting over to one of them and ditching phone service from the cable company before much longer.
Cons: Cisco has a version 5 firmware for this device and it was released in 2007. This box had a version 3 firmware, which is curious since it presumably hasn't been in stock so long as to not be current. In any event, the firmware update took and it's current now.
Overall Review: It'd be nice to find a SIP provider that gives totally free service rather than the $.01 to $.02 per minute that I see is typical. I might look into getting the device that shares its name with Ms. Thurman the actress since it's all upfront cost and free service afterwards. I could keep the PAP2T for other stuff even if I do so of course.
Newegg - why is this VoIP device listed as a firewall on your site?!?
Pros: I got this to go in a fairly old Dell Inspiron 5150 P4 notebook. It works, not a lot to say.
Cons: Could be cheaper but that's economy of scale for you. Manufacturers are making newer memory by the jillions and these by the thousands, so they cost more than new memory.
Overall Review: It replaced a 512 MB module taking the notebook from 1.5 gigs to 2 gigs. In effect I paid a gigabyte price for 512 MB more memory. That kinda reeks.
Pros: Works with NT kernel 5.1.2600 (Win XP SP3) as well as NT kernel 5.2.3790 (Win Server 2003/2003 R2 w/SP2) as well as Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5 and Linux 2.6.x for that matter.
Cons: None since it works with all the systems I have.
Overall Review: Server 2003 and 2003 R2 both require SP2 and once installed use the same NT kernel version, namely 5.2.3790. That's where driver interaction takes place. R2 added enhanced management features and updates to Perl and the like as well as virtualization licensing. That's why no distinction between the original and R2 is made at the lower level. That's per MS documents. The Realtek 8169 driver works with kernel versions 5.1 and 5.2. So why does R2 make a difference?
Pros: The Realtek 8169 controller on this card is universally supported. Whether or not NETGEAR says so, it is. They don't mention Mac OS either but it sure enough works. Mac OS doesn't even need extra software, it's plug 'n play.
Take a look at the driver software available on the Realtek site. One download is named "WinXP and WinServer 2003 Driver" which sounds pretty promising to me. XP and 2003 are kernel and driver wise basically the same after all.
Cons: You do actually have to go to the trouble of downloading the software from Realtek as it isn't already in the driver.cab file in Server 2003. Woe is me.
Overall Review: I took a spare GA311 fished from the two dollar network card and modem bin at my local donation store and put it in an old Dell box that my office decommissioned and I hauled home. I got out a Win Server 2003 install disc and did an install along with SP2. After sneakernetting the Realtek installer to the server, I installed and got the box on the network, and it proceded to download about 120 updates. That makes me conclude that my Server 2003 install could talk to the outside world through the GA311.
Did I mention that I love finding stuff like gigabit cards for two dollars? Add a free computer and not having to pull a card already installed for a test and it was easy to demonstrate that the card works. I run a GA311 in my Mac OS X Server 10.5 based iTunes server, an old PMac G4.
Pros: I have a decade old G4 Sawtooth box dedicated to serving up iTunes music and files on my network. It runs OS X Server 10.5 with a dual 500 MHz processor module installed. It ran ok with 4x256 MB modules, but that's the minimum for Server 10.5 so I swapped in four Crucial 512 MB modules.
Cons: Nary a one. Old specs say that this G4 model tops out at 1.5 gig but that's an OS 9 limitation. OS X can use all 2 GB.
Overall Review: There is an outfit that holds used computer shows periodically in my town, and I'm snapping up all the old memory I can get my hands on. Last go round I got this set of four modules for two bones, i.e. 200 cents, apiece for a total of eight bones. I've gotten other brands for similar prices previously. And I thought finding a junk computer containing one of these on the curb when the neighbors moved out a few months back was a score. With that kind of outlay, I can max out all my antiques.
Pros: Realtek is a good chip. I have plenty of cards that use them.
Cons: People need to realize that computational overhead of TCP/IP eats into the throughput on your network just like slow hardware will. Here's an excerpt from the wikipedia article on TCP Offload:
Originally TCP was designed for unreliable low speed networks (such as early dial-up modems) but with the growth of the Internet in terms of internet backbone transmission speeds (Optical Carrier, gigabit Ethernet and 10 gigabit Ethernet links) and faster and more reliable access mechanisms (such as Digital Subscriber Line and cable modems) it is now sometimes used in datacenters and desktop PC environments at speeds over 1 gigabit per second. The TCP software implementations on host systems require extensive computing power. Full duplex gigabit TCP communication using software processing alone is enough to consume more than 80% of a 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 processor (see Freed Up CPU Cycles), resulting in little or no processing resources left for the applications to run on the system.
Overall Review: My network runs at around 175 Mbps using mostly boxes with gigabit built in. That's still a marked improvement over 100 Mb.
Pros: I've used cards from various manufacturers, both with Realtek and Marvell chips on 'em. They all work great if you get the proper software. Who better to provide that than the chip makers? If you want the latest and greatest, you go to their site and get it. You more often than not find better support there than the hardware vendors provide, e.g. there is a number of products that have support for Mac OS via the chip maker but the hardware vendor only targets the Windows crowd.
Cons: There are people out there i.e. Windows users, that have always been spoon fed and have never had to figure out how to get software to work the way Linux and Mac OS users do.
Overall Review: Linksys is notorious for changing chipsets on a whim, making their hardware a risky proposition for use with Mac OS systems. Marvell does not offer support, while Realtek support is included. I got a Marvell based card once, luckily I needed to put one in a Linux box and it was supported there. I look for Realtek normally.