I have my TV mounted above my fireplace, and didn't want wires from my cable box and other components sticking out all over the place (and didn't feel like investing in a mantle to hold them!). These work perfectly. Granted, the components are only about 6 feet away, but the picture is crystal clear in HD. The only thing I'm struggling with is the IR so that the remote signal carries to the components when my media cabinet is closed, but it's not the end of the world. It seems a bit finicky, but I'll either figure it out, or keep the door open when I'm lounging.
What I liked about this product... + Solid construction (heavy duty steel, nice, durable powder coat finish) + Easily adjustable rack depth + All adjustments have convenient numbered marks for alignment (including numbered positions for equipment) + Arrived pre-assembled + Had to completely disassemble in order to get through the door of the room it needed to be in, however this was actually quite easy to do because of the simple construction. The only problems... - Side-panel door latches are poor-quality plastic. One broke straight away, and the "lock" on them offers almost no security. I'm sure I could break the lock easily by inserting a screwdriver and twisting because of the plastic construction. - Depth could have been a little deeper to accomodate more 0U PDUs. (I believe a deeper model is available)
The basic router functions are fairly easy and solid. However, the VPN section is tough. I spent hours working with D-Link Business support trying to figure it out. It finally came down to using IKEv2 in the IPsec protocol setup. The Windows 7 VPN client is IKEv2, but isn't mentioned anywhere in Windows. Then magically all the other settings we were collectively beating our heads about worked! There are continuing issues with in coming connections from some remote locations, but others work perfectly. I believe it has to do with issues at those locations. Working on it. The only other issue is every time you want to enter the router you get a certificate warning in IE 11. You just continue, but it is a pain to deal with especially for something that should have been fixed long ago. We were using a D-Link DIR-655 before, so I reworked it into a wireless access point only, and that allowed us to purchase the wired only DSR-250 at about $60 less than the wireless version.
TP-LINK TL-SG1024D 10/100/1000Mbps 24-Port Gigabit 13-inch Rackmounta Cons: This did not fit into a normal 6" deep rack (punch down rack) so I had to wall mount it. Does not affect air flow, just looks a bit different. Looking at a 12" deep 6u rack to update my network area. Other Thoughts: Great switch, replaced my 16port TP-Link switch, was plug and play. Is 1.5" deeper than the 10/100 it replaced but still runs quietly, cool and without a fan. I also like that it does not use a "brick" type power adapter. Simplifies the wiring closet and makes use of a standard PC power cord, I used a 90 degree to adapt it to my wiring layout, but a straight plug works as well. Just know that it is 7.1" deep without power cord, so make sure to add that into your rack mount equations.
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