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Just works, never have to touch it!
on February 28, 2011
I upgraded from an 8 port Gigabit Trendnet switch to this bad boy with 16 ports. I've got 15/16 used up and it's never let me down. I can easily get transfer speeds between my two gigabit desktops of around 90-110 MB/s (using 7200RPM and SSD Hard Drives#.
All I had to do was plug in my ethernet cables, turn the power on and haven't touched it since. Reliable and fast connection for all the devices on my home network.
No fan inside, it doesn't run hot even in a wall box and it's completely silent.
LED's on the front will tell you if a device is connected and if it's Green it's connected at Gigabit and Amber if it's 10/100.
Very satisfied with the purchase and would recommend to anyone looking to venture to the Gigabit realm. FYI you will need Gigabit ethernet cards on the computers that you want to connect to the network to get Gigabit speeds #125MB/s vs 12.5MB/s on 10/100# so don't expect your 3-4 year old Desktop to connect at gigabit speeds. But don't fret, gigabit NIC's are pretty cheap, I got this low profile #for slim computers# Dynex - Gigabit PCI Desktop Adapter DX-PCIGB used for about $6 on Amazon #3rd party seller#, but you can just search "Gigabit ethernet card" and find them new for around $10-$15 new with full size bracket# Make sure it says Gigabit or 10/100/1000 in the title though as Gigabit is for some reason a key word on some 10/100 cards#
If you're wondering what you'll gain from going gigabit, here's a brief overview of bits and Bytes and 10/100 vs 10/100/1000 #gigabit#:
MB = Mega Bytes, Mb = Mega Bits. 8 bits in 1 Byte
You have a 100 MB file. If you transfer at 100 Mb/s it will download in 12.5 seconds.
If you have a 100 MB file and you transfer it at 100 MB/s, it will transfer in 1 second.
If your Internet provider says you can download at speeds up to 8 Mb/s. That means you can download 1 MB in 1 second.
If your Internet provider says you can download at speeds up to 16 Mb/s. That means you can download 2 MB in 1 second.
Transfer speed on a 10/100 router would be up to 12.5 MB/s.
Transfer speed on a 10/100/1000 #gigabit# router would be up to 125 MB/s.
Say you have a DVD rip that is 2.5GB, on a hard wire connection between 2 gigabit computers it would take roughly 20 seconds to transfer. On a 10/100 connection it would take about 3 minutes and 20 seconds.
Say you have a 1080p MKV video file that is 32GB, on a hard wire connection between 2 gigabit computers it would take roughly 4 minutes and 16 seconds to transfer. On a 10/100 connection it would take about 42 minutes and 40 seconds.
Note: These are theoretical speeds and much depends on your processing speed and also your hard drive speed.
If you have any questions just comment, I get automatic e-mail notifications on comments and will answer questions as quickly as possible.
It's been a year now since it's been installed and left in the wall. Never had an issue with it this whole time, even with power outages, lighting strikes #killed my Xbox#, it has been rock solid. Still highly recommended.
Another year and still no issues. I took it out of the wall when I moved and now it's located on a shelf in my laundry room which can get quite humid when the dryer runs and still running like a champ.