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David M.

David M.

Joined on 04/27/04

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Works great

TP-Link 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Network Switch | Plug and Play | Desktop or Wall-Mount | Plastic Case Ethernet Splitter | Fanless | Traffic Optimization | Unmanaged (TL-SG1008D)
TP-Link 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Network Switch | Plug and Play | Desktop or Wall-Mount | Plastic Case Ethernet Splitter | Fanless | Traffic Optimization | Unmanaged (TL-SG1008D)

Pros: Worked great right from the start. I'm getting the same speeds between computers that I was with the previous switch I had.

Cons: Like other reviews I have seen, the only con is the lack of LED color change, to know if a connected device is connected at 10/100 or gigabit. To me, it's a missing troubleshooting opportunity. I don't think it's worth knocking the device down to 4 stars though, since I bought this to be a switch, not a light show. :-)

Works great

TRENDnet TEG-S5g 5-Port Gigabit GREENnet Switch
TRENDnet TEG-S5g 5-Port Gigabit GREENnet Switch

Pros: Works great, though it gave me a scare at first: It would not power up. After trying a couple different ac outlets, I finally got lights! Since this sat outside at cold temperature for a couple of hours, I suspect condensation detection. Phew! I have, so far, only one desktop computer and a few other light-use devices hooked to this TEG-S5g. So I can't say how fast it is with internal machine-to-machine data trransfers. It's daisy chained off another gigibit switch which has my other computers hooked to it. I can confirm good, consistent speeds transferring data to/from those machines. So, this is doing it's job well, so far! It does have a light warmth to it, most noticeable on the bottom of the unit. Nothing I wouldn't expect, though.

Cons: No cons, so far.

Overall Review: I bought this to replace a 10/100 switch leading to a different room from where most of my computers are. Because I now have direct gigabit to that room, I was able to remove about 50 feet of network cable runs. Woohoo!

Works great

TP-Link TG-3269 Gigabit Network Adapter 10/100/1000Mbps PCI 1 x RJ45
TP-Link TG-3269 Gigabit Network Adapter 10/100/1000Mbps PCI 1 x RJ45

Pros: Works in Linux (Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 32-bit) with no tweaks necessary. I did not use the included CD for any drivers. The machine is an IBM 8133 desktop. dmesg | grep hinted at gigabit working and a simple large file transfer confirmed gigabit speed. I bought this because the IBM 8133's built-in gigabit adapter doesn't support jumbo frames. This TG-3269 is supposed to support them, but I haven't tried it yet.

Cons: No cons, so far

Overall Review: Gotta love those Black Friday deals!

Works great

Rosewill RX35-AT-IU SLV Aluminum 3.5" Silver IDE USB 2.0 External Enclosure
Rosewill RX35-AT-IU SLV Aluminum 3.5" Silver IDE USB 2.0 External Enclosure

Pros: Inexpensive, nice looking and fairly quick setup.

Cons: None

Overall Review: How does one utilize a stack of old, small IDE drives? Why, just make 'em into USB external drives! Instant portable storage. Sweetness. A big "THANK YOU" to the many thoughtful reviews on Newegg. I read through quite a few of the reviews on this enclosure, so I knew what to expect when they arrived. The screw holes do take a little coaxing to get them lined up; some older drives are hard to fit because they're so thick; and you do need to pay attention to the instructions/photos so you put the correct screws into each spot. I bought 2 of these enclosures and each took about 5 minutes to put together. One of them was initially seen by Linux as a USB 1.0 device, but the problem actually turned out to be a faulty 3rd-party USB A-B cable. After replacing that faulty 3rd-party cable with the one that originally came with the enclosure, the enclosure was correctly seen as USB 2.0.