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Netgear find

Postby ef37a » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:51 am

Walking back to my car in an old part of the town last week I found a Netgear GS748T Smart Switcher propped against a wall between two terraced houses (Grove rd if you want to Google).
No one was around, no firms van or anything so I knocked on a door but got no response. None expected, curtains drawn, very grubby nets. So I picked it up and continued the 50mtrs to my car.

At home I emailed the police wih the details. A day later I got a reply to the effect that nothing had been reported to them and I could hand the unit in or keep it and after 28 days it would be mine.

Yesterday I powered it up. Noisy bstd! The fans generate around 55dB C at a mtr. Plugged port 1 into my TT router, blinking. Plugged this HP lappy into P2. Blinking. Ookla gave me 35M down and 9.2M up. Wi fi at best is only 24M tops but up is always 9ish. Port 24 gave the same results.

Good but of little use to me and the noise is an issue. I shall probably ask around and see if some charitable organization could make use of it should it become my property.

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Re: Netgear find

Postby Pete Kaine » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:27 am

Noctua do some 40mm's that should fit, they'll still be noticeable, but the grating sharp tone is removed with the aftermarket ones.

Or you could just mod it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyuybwSaXjQ

It's a decidedly commercial solution for cropping up randomly in what looks like a fairly residential area. I'm wondering if an office somewhere threw it out and whoever salvaged it took exception to the fan noise too.
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Re: Netgear find

Postby ef37a » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:39 am

Hi Pete, yeah, I thought of fitting a thermostatic switch but then where TF do I find the time and energy! What do I need 23 ethernet ports for in a 2 bed bungalow anyway? I already have an 8 port gigabit switch.

Be sort of glad if someone claims it!

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Re: Netgear find

Postby The Elf » Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:35 am

I know of charities that would likely make good use of it. Drop me a PM if you need to and I'll give you details.
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Re: Netgear find

Postby ef37a » Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:29 pm

The Elf wrote:I know of charities that would likely make good use of it. Drop me a PM if you need to and I'll give you details.

Sorted then Elf. If I get to keep it I shall PM you same day.

BTW someone will have to fetch it, weighs a ton! I was surprised it had a SMPSU and not a toroid.

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Re: Netgear find

Postby Pete Kaine » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:10 pm

ef37a wrote:Hi Pete, yeah, I thought of fitting a thermostatic switch but then where TF do I find the time and energy!

Well, you know, just throwing it out there in the event you had a weekend with little to do. Haven't you seen the weather warning this week?!? ;)

ef37a wrote:What do I need 23 ethernet ports for in a 2 bed bungalow anyway? I already have an 8 port gigabit switch.

I'd imagine then that the 8 port isn't exactly running at capacity at this point?

I was more giving examples of making it fit for use. I can see a lot of people turning their nose up at something running noisy even if they could otherwise really make use of it.

A free router that requires £20 of parts to make function as it should, is still cheaper than dropping £200+ on a similar unit and replacement fans are available which I guess was my take-home point.

I wasn't being series with the mod vid, that's rather a lot of effort and it's hardly something that most people would leave in public view... still, not to say I haven't done a similar case hacking in the past in order to bring something back to life!
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Re: Netgear find

Postby ef37a » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:37 pm

Sorry if I came across a bit grumpy Pete. I meant "energy" in terms of general knackeredness due to age, can't be a'ed and other duties.

I dare say I have the electronic bits about to make a thermostatic switch

Actually the 8 port switch did get close to capacity.
One port to PC in living room that drives printer.
2, to NAS drive
3, to smart TV (was to a NOW box but I have stopped the scrip)
4&5 go to "stoodio" in a bedroom that once had 2 desktops, now just one.
6, went down CAT5e to a wireless radiator 1/2 way down the house to give a good enough signal to a wifi camera in the garden. Camera went back to 'Zon for a refund and the new TTlk router is easily powerful enough now. (even if the company is populated by idiots!)

7,8. were run to other rooms but not connected.

Again, sorry for the negative attitude. I am always very glad of your input. (Boom! Boom!)

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Re: Netgear find

Postby Pete Kaine » Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:30 am

ef37a wrote:Sorry if I came across a bit grumpy Pete. I meant "energy" in terms of general knackeredness due to age, can't be a'ed and other duties.

Don't worry, fully with you. :)

I have a pile of things like this that I *could* tinker with and possibly fix, you're just being more realistic regarding the fact that it's probably never going to happen.
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