I originally ordered a 2824 switch as it sounded like just what I needed, boy was I wrong! The on-line info doesn't mention it but the 2824 has a very loud fan that makes it unsuitable for use in an open office area.
It took a bit of calling Dell and getting bumped but I finally got a fellow who could tell me which switches had fans and which didn't. The 2816 and 2808 do not have fans, -warning-the 2848 has three fans!
I've had this one in for a day now in unmanaged mode and it is doing a great job, my server and PCs with gigabyte adapters are communicating much faster and my old Dell 2224 is still plugged in to connect the devices that I ran out of ports for on the 16.
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Review 2 for PowerConnect 2816
Duration of Product Use:Over a year
Level of Expertise:Expert
Great product for Small Business and Home
PostedSeptember 9, 2009
Yes, I would recommend this product
We have a 20MB 5MB Cable Modem and 10 computers in our home and kids play alot of Internet Gaming. We also do alot of business work remotely through our VPN to our office at night or weekends We had been experiencing alot of congestion slow network response and sometimes network lockup freezes due to the demand and speed of online games and at times streaming movies from the Internet We installed 3 Dell PowerConnect 2816 switches in a managed mode and deployed at both our home and our office Network with the VPN connection After we setup VLANs on all the switches we noticed a huge relief and increase in speed No more problems with the Network freeze or sluggishness The Kids enjoy the speed for their online gaming and we enjoy not having any more problems when working These Dell Switches are absolutely worht the money Over the last few years as Network Demands have increased and more applications becoming Internet based the older hardware just didnt keep up It did not have the memory to keep eveything flowing smoothly Today we sell these Dell Switches to our customers for VoIP Applications and Computer Networks I would absolutely recommend to all who are in need of a seriously built and reliable Family of Network Switches
Pros:Connecting with Friends, streaming internet movies, on-line gaming, connecting work and home