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Pros: Fairly easy to setup out of the box.
Inexpensive. I got 3 for $74 with Newegg's 3 for 2 special and $10 rebates for each.
Cons: The Windows management software relies on Adobe Air and WinPcap. Like others I wish it just used a web interface but I know cheap comes with a price. Software a little sluggish. Need to constantly enter password when selecting different switches in Prosafe. It would be nice if it kept the passwords active until you closed the application. May go into an endless 'firmware file request' cycle when updating firmware fails.
Other Thoughts: I can't believe Netgear's customer support told the other user that the item was defective when in a firmware file request cycle. If you get that error message chances are that the firmware failed to install. Do a factory reset with a paperclip (unplug and replug if necessary). The IP should now be reset to 192.168.0.239. You will now get switch "not in the same subnet" as manager. Change your computer's IP to 192.168.0.xxx and wait for the network to refresh. Your computer and the failed switch are now on the same subnet. Now when you log into Prosafe and are requested to update the firmware you should have no problem. If you still can't talk to the swtich you can plug the failed switch into a good switch that has your computer plugged in (or possibly just plug your computer into the failed switch) and then follow the above steps. Once the firmware is installed your switch's old settings should be restored. You can now change your computer's IP address back to what it was.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Speed, speed, speed.
Quiet, quiet, quiet.
Using with an older Asus P5E Deluxe motherboard in a desktop configuration with a Seagate 1TB drive for user data. An Asus U3S6 add-in card is used for the USB 3.0 and SATA 6G/s interface.
HD Tach: 300 MB/s average read, 2690 MB/s burst (?)
HD Tune: 283 MB/s average read, 1600 MB/s burst (?)
Command Prompt - winsat disk: 360 MB/s sequential 64 read, 173 MB/s random 16 read, 184 MB/s sequential 64 write.
Other Thoughts: The add-in card is a 4x PCIe in a 16x slot. The motherboard is supposed to run both 16x slots at the full 16x. And the card is supposed to take advantage of the 4x to give 50% performance over a 1x card. A single lane (1x) bottle necks at 320 MB/s burst. So according to ASUS I should see 480 MB/s from this card. Others have stated that you cannot get full SATA 3 (6Gb/s) performance from this card no matter what - it will perform closer to SATA 2 (3Gb/s), which is what I am seeing. It could also be that the Marvel chip on the card has only one lane to the PCIe bus - as most of the early implementations.
So I guess I may have to wait until I get a motherboard upgrade in the fall to see the full performance from this drive. But even so, this drive is smokin' hot. I will never want to go back to a spinning HDD for my main drive. Time will tell if the reliability stacks up to all the reviews - especially since it is using the Marvel chip set and not an Intel.