I needed a rack for my home office but didn't have the space for a full 42U height rack. I looked at serveral options but this one stood out for its adjustable depth, optional casters and TrippLite's reputation for quality. This rack certainly did not disappoint us in any way. It was easy to assemble, easy to adjust to the depth we wanted and most important was easy to move even when loaded. We keep it in a corner due to space concerns so the ability to easily pull it forward to get to the back of the servers was very important for us. All our equipment went in easily and the rack was adjusted to the depth of our longest server. This rack with servers and all network equipment is about the same depth as a 25" desk so it flows well with the rest of the office. The clearly printed U numbers on the front and back made it really easy to line equipment. There are plenty of cage nuts included as well but most of our equipment rails just snapped in. Did I mention how overbuilt this thing is. The nuts and bolts are huge! There is no wobble and I am sure it could easily handle much more than the rated weight. We are very happy with this rack and when we expand we are definitely going with another one of these.
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.
I purchased two of the Icy Dock adapter to fill the fill the four 5.25 slots in an iStar server case. They are not tray-less, but work well in my server and I won't be pulling them out unless the HDD fails. Trays actually provide a better drive connection to the back-plate. The end result was 6 2tb drives (total 12 tb) in a 4u server case, that can be services from the front without pulling out the server. The iStar case I have has 3 more 5.25 slots and I am contemplation purchasing a 4x3.5 for 3x5.25 Icy dock when I need expansion. The fan on the unit produce average noise levels. For a server that is in another room that's fine, but if you were to use them in a home theater pc (HTPC), I would change them out to a silent fan. The fan is mounted behind the units and are easily remove and have a 3 pin connector. The back-plate has 2 sata power connectors and 3 sata drive connectors, one for each drive. The are really direct connect drive and the unit raid or pooling or multi drive over a single sata connection. So, if you add one of these you need 2 power connectors and 3 sata cables. Icy Dock built a quality product the works well.
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