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TP-Link TL-SG1218MPE Small Business switch (Product review)


A while ago, I planned to update my home network for a couple of reasons. As I’ve been working from home for a while, most of the interactions I had with customers ran over secured VPN links but still over the same local Wi-Fi network as everything I had hooked up including a 2 dozen IoT devices of various sorts, media server, speakers etc. As the communication with external parties changed a bit with having a private, employee as well as business links, I needed to change the way I worked. I decided on a few things.

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Brocade 65xx series and airflow

This is important!! Now, you would think that when you look at the weather channel and the person tells you there is a wind coming from the North the direction is from North to South. This could be interpreted somewhat different when he or she tells you there is a “northerly” wind. Does the later mean it’s coming from the North or is it going to the North. The same is now true for Brocade 65xx series switches. The 6505/6510 have a different interpretation of how the wind blows than the 6520 series. Is it moving forward or reverse, is it coming from the front or back and on which side is the intake and/or exhaust and which spare-part do you need to order in case one fails, xx-F or xx-R. If you order the wrong one the switch will tell your this after which it will shut down. Whoops. The documentation also shows some confusion around the PS acronym. Is it now related to the airflow, in which case it stands for Port-Side, or does it mean Power Supply when a FRU is meant?

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