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Pros: Plug in the drive, then plug the USB into the computer. It just works. So far with everything I tried (only 2.5" drives). Never have to hunt again for a big enough USB flash drive. Also pretty inexpensive for the many uses you'll find for it. I bought three of them already and have some practical uses for about three more.
Cons: It can't make a slow drive or a USB 2.0 computer port going any faster, but hey, it was worth a shot.
Other Thoughts: Definitely recommend. Buy a dozen of them and give them out to friends and family that have old laptop drives laying around. They'll never forget you. Give it a week and you'll find uses for them you never imagined.
This is the kind of product the Tech Industry should be making every day. Neat gadgets that just make life easier; that give you options where before you had none or only a few expensive ones.
Pros: Inexpensive, seems solid, 4 x 10GbE SFP+ uplinks, quiet (fanless), has readable documentation, does what I need.
Cons: Web interface is a tad clumsy, not fully intuitive. I couldn't get some features like AAA radius authentication to function as expected, though everything seems to be entered correctly. Same backend works fine for my wireless access points. I packet sniffed the link to the radius server and it appears the switch isn't even trying to talk to it. Be prepared to do some trial-n-error with this device if you want to do more with it than basic switching.
Other Thoughts: There are two versions of this switch, mine came as a V1 with the 1.0.2 image installed. I did manage to find the 1.0.3 firmware on the Canadian web portal. No firmware available on the US web portal--a little disconcerting.
Bottom line... If you need 10GbE uplinks (more than two) on a budget, this unit may fit the bill. I haven't pushed this device real hard yet, so it may have some performance issues I'm yet to discover. So far, so good. I have three 10GbE servers connected to it with about a dozen 1GbE clients and all is well. It would be nice to have all the fancy features work out-of-the-box, but it appears this may take more work and most of those features are just nice-to-have but not critical. Basic switching does seem to work fine.
I recommend this switch simply for the price if you need the four 10GbE ports. You can spend a lot more for just that with other brands. If you can live with only 2 10GbE ports, you have other options for this price range.
The main feature of this switch is being able to stack them. I wasn't looking for this feature as 24 1GbE ports is gobs for my small lab. With that in mind, I can't say anything about having multiples of this switch connected together. It may work; it may not. I do know this switch works standalone as advertised.
Pros: Of the four drives that did work, they seem to run just fine. Nice and cool, quiet and with decent performance. Not super fast but they do have nice storage capacity for their physical size.
Cons: Not all drives are the same; when you received them, go register them and find out if they are still under warranty. The last two digits of the product code may vary from drive to drive. Take a close look and let us all know what variant of a WD10JPVT you have.
Four of the eight drives I purchased would not work--indicated an overheat condition even though SMART reported them running at 28C.
I opened a case with WDC that is still pending--not looking too likely they will provide much support thus far. No firmware updates and they don't seem too keen on replacing them. Their initial answer was that you can't use them in a server and that only the Red drives were supported in that environment. I have asked them about an exchange and got a vague answer that some non -75 product ID drives may become available in two weeks. Not holding my breath.
Other Thoughts: Purchased 8 of them to test in a HP Proliant DL380 G6 server from another supplier. Of the 8, there were three different product numbers ending in -00, -22 and -75. All of the -75 drives indicated an Overheat condition with the 410i controller. Two of the other drives indicated they were no longer under warranty when registering them with WDC.
This was just a simple proof of concept to determine if consumer grade drives could be used in an enterprise server. As it looks now, it is still possible, but you will have to take your chances using these drives.
Hopefully this little write-up will help someone trying the same thing and save them some money. That's about all I can do from this side of the fence.