Joined on 02/27/03
Pros: Good price, lots of features, compact.
Cons: VLAN configuration had problems.
Overall Review: I really wanted an HP ProCurve switch, but it was sold out, so I got the SMC switch instead. In my initial testing, everything was fine. I tested jumbo frames and VLAN in the lab and all worked (I thought). But when I put it into production, I noticed one of the VLAN groups was wrong. But after correcting the grouping, the VLAN's still weren't isolated. I tried software restart, power restart, reloading the default config and starting over - nothing worked. I finally wound up using two separate switches. Very frustrating! The manual was mediocre. I'll a find a use for it, but without using the VLAN feature.
Pros: Only product like it on the market (so far). Used it to add two 2.5" drives in a fixed 3.5" slot on a server.
Cons: the two slots are different heights. If the drives are too thin, the drive is not ejected when the front lever is opened because the plastic ejection arm goes over the drive instead of hitting the back of the drive.
Overall Review: A 12.5 mm height drive ejected fine from the top slot, but wouldn't on the bottom slot. I had to attach a shim to the top of the drive so it would eject from the bottom slot.
Pros: Works for desktop PC's
Cons: Tried using it in a server, where the drives are in a drive tray. The drive tray was 1/2" longer than the drive, so the power connector needed to sit flush with the bottom of the drive. Because the cable connector was short, the power wires interfered and didn't clear the bottom of the drive tray. That caused the whole power cable connector to bend up, and the server wouldn't boot. Everything is OK if the drive is hanging in the air, the way it would in a desktop PC, but not if the drive is sitting flush on a tray.
Pros: gigabit LAN, all possible ports
Cons: no cable for external parallel port
Overall Review: It's got every port imaginable, the standard as well as HDMI, 1394, eSATA, SPDIF. Only two issues, both minor so I still gave it a "5" rating. I still use an all-in-one printer that needs a parallel port. There's a header on the MB for the parallel port, but no cable for the external parallel port. The other issue is difficulty installing the audio driver after restoring Windows from my old Nvidia based MB. I should have uninstalled the audio driver from the old PC before backing it up. Despite these quibbles, it's the perfect microATX board.