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    Any downsides to old(er) Layer 2/3 switches?

    Finally getting around to learning about/setting up VLANS on my (all Gigabit) home network. Currently, I'm both short on ports and two of my three existing switches are unmanaged. Used prices on Ebay (U.S.) are all over the place, with newer switches seemingly going for a LOT. So I'm...
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    So confused about terminology for Wireless APs (Mesh, Fast Roaming, etc)

    Seems like for every explanation I get/read elsewhere (vendor forums, L1T, Smallnetbuilder, even [gasp] Reddit), I get/find another explanation that contradicts the first. In some cases the people posting get really snippy with each other. Some people are just really passionate about their...
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    Back to the drawing board...Router & AP(s) for Home Network

    TL : DR - Needing to update my home network. A modest (wired?) router with basic security features for the wiring cabinet at the corner of the house (something like Ubiquity ER-X, ER-4, or even ER-12?), plus a centrally located AP(s) with decent coverage (similar to a used Ruckus 710 for...
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    Fedex is really on the ball!

    So impressed that Fedex seems to be getting better at estimating delivery times lately. Why, just yesterday they notified me (twice!) that my package would be delayed, and they hadn't even picked it up from the shipper yet! Now that's service. :D
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    [WTB] (Found) 2U WIO Rear Window for Supermicro 825/826/213/216

    Looking for a 2U WIO style Rear Window for 825/826/213/216. Can be for chassis with rear drive cage (MCP-240-82609-0N) or without (MCP-240-00102-0N). There may be other parts that fit, but those are the two I know for sure. I found lots of reasonably priced new ones (~$25). But all seem to...
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    10G Networking Humor

    I'm planning my next "You just can't leave well enough alone, can you?" rework of the homelab/tech cave... plus a new PC/Workstation build for myself, and I didn't want to wait on the home 1G network for all the extra backing-up and restoring I'd need to do. Plus it would risk familial wrath if...
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    Supermicro A2SDi-HLN4F Series: Has anyone used NVDIMM with these?

    Just wondering if anyone has used NVDIMM as SLOG with any of these series boards? A2SDi-4C-HLN4F, A2SDi-8C-HLN4F, etc. Motherboard manual lists some BIOS entries for NVDIMM, but there's no mention of it anywhere else in the manual, or product pages, device QVLs and etc. So thought I'd ask...
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    EXPIRED Ryzen Threadripper 1900X: $115 after Promo Code @Newegg

    For that X399 board you bought and never got around to using. Its a "limited time" sale, and price is after a promo code (which is conveniently listed on the product page). According to the listing, its sold and shipped by Newegg (not one of the shady Marketplace sellers). I've got no...
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    HP Branded GPUs - Anyone know why "Smart Buy" cost so much less?

    I'm looking at Quadro prices online (where suppliers actually have any inbound) and I notice that HP Branded "Smart Buy" part numbers cost significantly less...sometimes more than half as much....than other brands, including HP's own non-Smart Buy parts. Comparing specs, they seem to be...
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    Revising my expectations during the chip shortage

    I'm not sure how I should feel that after a while spent looking, I finally found a semi, kind of, sort of, almost, modern generation GPU, new, for close to MSRP? Thrilled that I found one at all, or saddened that its so hard to find? Maybe both? Only a GT 1030, but enough to play with...
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    Probably(?) Dumb Supermicro 1U Chassis questions (Power Supply & Rear Window)

    Just researching what to buy next and didn't find answers on Google to these seemingly conflicting bits of info. Asking because I'm cheap, but also because I'm curious. But, mostly because I'm cheap. 1. 1U Chassis with Redundant Power Supplies: Are 50mm (e.g. PWS-703P-1R) and 54mm (e.g...
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    Supermicro SC813M - How to install a PCIe card in Slot 7?

    The SC813M is designed for the riser to go in Slot 6. Is there a smart/easy/common way to use a PCIe card in Slot 7 instead? When using an ITX motherboard for example? I assume I'm not the first person to want to put an ITX board in one of these. SM customer support of course says..No...
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    OCP Mezzanine GPUs? Is there such a thing?

    I've got a motherboard with an OCP 2.0 Type A Mezzanine connector for PCIe x8 connectivity, and was wondering if GPUs exist for this connector standard? I don't know much about these connectors (or OCP in general) and from my googling, seems like networking is the most common use. But as I...
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    SM PWS-920P-SQ: dim amber status light & chassis alarm

    The status light on one of these PSUs glows amber when plugged in, but only dimly. When power switch is pressed, it stays dim amber while the second supply in the chassis switches to green, the system boots and the chassis alarm comes on (presumably because its sensing only one PSU?). Does a...
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    SM 826 w/Single Expander Backplane question

    Found a pair of SM 826 on my local Facebook Marketplace at a price so low that I thought I'd never see the like again. So I went into the "Ohhh Shiny! Must have! Buy now, research later!" mode that's completely and totally screwed me over... er..um...served me so well so many times in the...
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    WD80EDAZ-11TA3A0 (Easystore shucks) Feedback from anyone using these?

    Anyone been using these? What's been your experience? Google didn't return any recent useful commentary on these, so thought I'd ask here. I found some initial speculation when these, and the 10TB EDAZ models started showing up in Easystores (for example...
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    Any upgrade path for Dell PE 6100 XS23-TY3 4 Node Servers?

    Asking more 'cuz I'm curious after following the C6100 & subsequent C8220 threads ( https://forums.servethehome.com/index.php?threads/dell-poweredge-c8220-build-and-questions.11292/ ) Is it possible to use newer/other nodes and/or different motherboards with the existing node sleds in these 4...
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    Fan mounting in Supermicro SC813M

    In short: Any tricks for replacing the 40x28mm fans with 40x20mm (i.e. Noctua or similar)? I bought an SC813M on Ebay that arrived with the fans lose inside and without the mid-plane fan holder that was in the original listing photos. The seller gave me the option of keeping as is or sending...
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    Supermicro X11SSQ-L w/G4560 & 8GB RAM - $99 Shipped (Ebay Offer)

    June 14, 2021 update: seller accepted $45 offer (plus $15 shipping…so $60 total). ______________________________________ Original Post: Was watching at a higher "30% Off Sale Price" price ($104.30 + $15 shipping) because it looked interesting. Received an offer from the seller today for...
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    Does anyone know what brand/model chassis this is?

    Seller's description says its a 1U Supermicro CSE-505....but obviously not. Does anyone recognize it? I asked the Seller who replied, "its what's in the pictures, that's all we know". Closest match on Google for the part number in the backplane picture is SM CSE-505, which at least explains...