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On Networks DSF005-199NAS Unmanaged 5-port Fast Ethernet Switch

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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4 out of 5 eggsSimple Basic Switch

Pros: Plug and play operation, like every other Ethernet switch
Features mounting holes to mount it on the wall
Never got more than slightly warm to the touch while testing
Fairly energy efficient as seen below in test results
Performance is as expected for a 100 Mbps device

File Transfer from home server (100 MB)
• Read: 11.13 MB/sec
• Write: 10.74 MB/sec

Internet Speed Test
• Download: 94.34 Mbps
• Upload: 5.65 Mbps
• Ping: 11 ms

Power Usage (This Switch)
• Idle (No cables): 0.9 Watts
• Idle (1-4 Cables): 1.3 Watts
• Load 1 Cable: 1.3 Watts
• Load 2 Cables: 1.5 Watts
• Load 3-5 Cables: 1.6 Watts

Power Usage (Cheap Generic Switch)
• Idle (No cables): 2.3 Watts
• Idle (1-4 Cables): 2.3 Watts
• Load 1 Cable: 2.4 Watts
• Load 2 Cables: 2.5 Watts
• Load 3-5 Cables: 2.6 Watts

Tested their Auto Green mode which is supposed to add or remove power based on the detected length of the cable being utilized. After testing a 1 foot, a 6 foot and a 10 foot cable, there was no power draw differences to be seen. Granted this may be noticed on a 50 or 100 foot cable which I can’t test because I don’t have any cables longer than 10 foot.

Cons: No rubber feet
Comes with no Ethernet cables

It’s very minor but the LED indicator lights would be better if they were a little duller and the light does bleed out through the nearby vent holes.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great switch for what it is meant to do and if all you need is a 100 Mbps connection than this is a great switch. Given the benefits and the very subtle cost difference, I cannot recommend this over a gigabit solution as in the long term that is a wiser route to take.

Server and Internet Speed Full Capacity: Wired Connection (1000 Mbps)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 113.53 MB/s, Write = 102.87 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping =16 ms, Read = 112.82 Mbps, Write = 5.85 Mbps

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

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4 out of 5 eggsSimple And Easy To Use.

Pros: 5 Ports. Low Power Requirement. Low Heat Output. Slim Profile. Auto-negotiating. Perfect for simple networks. Small footprint for any home or small office. Easy to mount onto flat surfaces.

Cons: Each ethernet port uses 4 pins, not 8. Use Cat5e Crossover Cables for setting up any network configuration. Device does not have DHCP. Does not filter multicasts. Multiple devices transmitting data to one connection will crash that device from time to time. When printing, device must be able to spool data, otherwise, expect some dropped packets and latency between print jobs.

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5 out of 5 eggsnice little box

Pros: Small, light weight, reliable

I have this switch connecting three printers and a laptop and have yet to have any problem in the last few months.

This is a 10/100 switch which may have fetched the $30 listing price about 5 years ago. At the time I am writing this review this switch was being sold for $10 which seems fair.

Cons: This thing runs at 100 megabit/s so dont expect more than 12.5MB/s.

If you need faster speeds then you are looking in the wrong place. Step it up to a 10/100/1000 switch if you think you really need such throughput.

Other Thoughts: The average home user will never need more than 12.5MB/s. I got about ~10MB/s which is decent and if you are in the market for a simple switch that 'just works' this one will do nicely at $10.

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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent, money-saving ethernet switch

Pros: Plug in your Ethernet cord from your router and computer(s) and plug in the power adapter. It's that simple to install and run anything on it. I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of installation and the excellent speed through it. It's also small and won't use up your precious desktop space.

Cons: The only thing I could come up with is that it's not gigabit Ethernet. This shouldn't really be a problem in a small office or at home (unless you have faster than 100 Mbps internet).

Other Thoughts: This is a great product if you need to split your internet between several computers in one area and already have a modem/router combination in use. Yeah, you could buy another router to do this, but, you'd spend twice as much money for it. One ethernet line into my office and I have all of my computers in my office connected (server, 3 desktops, 3 short ethernet cords) and running well.

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5 out of 5 eggsGood Little Switch

Pros: • Compact light weight design
• Study design, fell out laptop bag at airport and bounced across tile floor, no damage
• Connected port light indicators are easily visible
• Auto-uplink works as expected
• Switching Performance is good no noticeable lag with all 5 ports loaded transferring large files
• Good workgroup switch when traveling, plugs into hotel outlet and shares multiple devices
• Works well connected to WII, Xbox360, BluRay Player, Windows 7 computer – no noticeable lags streaming Netflix, Xbox Live, and online content
• Connected well to a multitude of devices; printers, games, Bluray, computers, laptops.
• Works well with wireless Bridge Extender
• Price range is good

Cons: • For portability, needs smaller power adapter, see photos nearly as large as the switch
• Connected port indicators on opposite side of ports, requires looking at other side of switch to see green connection light

Other Thoughts: Documentation was included, but not necessary for this switch since it is not manageable and all ports are auto-sensing – simply put, plug and play.
Remember this is only a 100Mb switch, do not expect high-speed file transfers between computers. For access to the internet it is more than sufficient.
Also, it is only a switch and must be connected to a router with DHCP or you must manually set IP addresses on you connected devices.
Other testing performed was connecting to a Linksys RE1000 Wireless Range extender connecting two Trendnet IPNET Cameras, access performed as well as the more expensive switch in the same place.

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5 out of 5 eggsNice Switch

Pros: I've been using this for almost 2 weeks with No problems. Very easy to use and set up, that anyone who can plug in an ethernet cable can use it. I just plugged everything in, and its been going great. I have a Cannon printer, A desktop computer and Magic Jack Plus phone system plugged into it. Doing a Great job!

Cons: Some people might get messed up without any of the ethernet slots not being marked on the back, but for most, shouldn't be any problem.

Other Thoughts: I like to use something for a few weeks befor i give a review, I been using this for almost 2 weeks, i have a printer, a computer and Magic Jack Plus plugged into it, and I have NOT had any problems with it so Far with any testing. If you are looking for a WORRY free switch, i recommend this. Even working with magic jack plus is great. I will keep messing with this with differant stuff and put up another review. I have not tried transfer speeds yet, So far just checking how reliable it is. I will say, i have been realy happy with this so far, and if you are looking into getting a switch for your router that is easy to use worry free, and reliable, This will do the job Nicely!

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5 out of 5 eggsDisrceat, and makes a nice paper-weight

Pros: A simple un-managed switch isn't something that would make someone like me drool over reviewing it, but for what it is, and what it is intended to do............ it is very good at.

It's construction seems pretty solid when squeezing it, and its plug. It can be mounted on the wall up out of the way.

If you have ran out of ports on your Router or Modem/Router this is the device for you. Plug your least used items into this switch and cheaply expand your network with a pretty speedy and not pricy device.

Just plug in and go, no hassle (unless your doing something you need a managed switch for)

Using a single device across it I get pretty good "100" speeds.

Love the size and design aesthetics of it, it's tiny, good looking and I can hide it anywhere and never see it again (I always try to hide the enormous mess of wires I have here). But if you want to see it, it don't look bad.

Power cord is 6 feet long.

Cons: Lights shine through the case, maybe they should have made it black, or made the LED sockets black and thicker to prevent it, just looks like a lack of quality to me, but holds no performance issues.

Comes with no LAN cables, would like to see at least two.

Con for me, it is UN-managed, I can't select what devices are more important to connect to or regulate there bandwidth. (for those of you that might benefit from that)

Other Thoughts: It is currently running my DVR's as well as serving as a paper weight since I broke my giant Paper clip that holds my new mail.

Overall for what it is.... what it does ..... and what it costs, I gave it 5, it does what it says it does, and it does it well. I almost took one off for the light bleeding through the case, but if I didn't break my paper clip and need it as a paper weight, I wouldn't even see it as it would be mounted to the back of my desk, and it doesn't do it to bad.

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4 out of 5 eggsSomewhat of a letdown

Pros: - Fan-less design meaning the switch is absolutely silent, not that this has any adverse effect on its heat dissipating ability; it stays nice and cool under load.

- This switch is incredibly compact and discrete. The port positioning (all rear) allows for quick and simple positioning of the switch just the way you want.

- On the topic of being discrete; the indicator LEDs may be bright enough to show through the housing (see cons), but overall they are not very bright at all. More than likely the power LED or HDD activity LED on your computer are brighter.

- Setup was very simple as you would expect from a modern home networking device. Plug n’ play takes care of all the little annoyances that you could conceivably run into.

- The supported transfer speeds all work like they say on the box, however, this switch did fall down in a few of my tests, such as streaming video over my network with a bitrate greater than 100Mbit/s. This was to be expected though.

Cons: - It’s not as though this thing is going to fall apart the minute you pull it out of the box, but the plastic feels cheap and thin. The indicator LEDs aren’t even particularly bright and they shine through the plastic quite significantly. The RJ-45 ports fall down on quality as well, they aren’t as secure as I would like and compared side-by-side with another switch I own, using the same Ethernet cables, demonstrates a significant quality difference between the RJ-45 ports.

- The power adapter has the same quality maladies as the switch itself; the plastic feels thin, as well as the cord feeling cheap and wiry, not to mention my usual complaint of an on the plug power adapter which will just get in the way eventually.

- No gigabit support, easily the biggest nail in the coffin of this switch. Although it’s clearly noted, I’m listing this as a con because for a very competitive price, you can find a much sturdier switch, with more ports, and gigabit support.

Other Thoughts: - The documentation for this switch is incredibly brief. Let’s face it; there isn’t much to know about a device this simple in terms of operation. On another note, it has a very nice diagram illustrating how most people are going to hook this switch up, which would certainly be helpful to somebody who wasn’t very experienced with technology.

- For the purpose of giving this switch some use, I hooked my computer’s normal connection to my network to this switch and then branched off two more cables to some other devices. I’ve run this setup for two weeks now, and the switch held up perfectly. I was able to simply forget the switch was even there.

- Overall, despite my numerous complaints about quality, this switch has held up for two weeks solid with no issues. My biggest problem with this switch is the competition. There are switches out there that for not much more will offer more features, better build quality, and higher speeds. I, for that reason, would not recommend this switch. Even though my rating for this device was quite high, I was rating it for what the device was, I wasn’t rating it against its competition. Unless this switch is exactly what you need, namely a cheap, unmanaged switch with a small footprint that is easy to set up and manage, which will only ever need to move data at 100Mbit/s, I implore the prospective customer to carefully weigh out their options and determine if this switch is really their best option.

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4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This is great product to have for when you have multiple internet connected items that are not wireless. 10 Mbps per ethernet port.

Cons: No cons really, but there are better ethernet switches with more ports and faster speeds but for the price this switch is worth it!

Other Thoughts: If you have more than four internet connected items that need a ethernet connection you are better off purchasing a more expensive switch with more ports.

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5 out of 5 eggsOn Networks 5 Port Ethernet Switch

Pros: It is Very Small and should easily be integrated into most setups with little intrusion.
The switch itself is very sturdy in hand and feels very well made, the RJ45 sockets are firm too. It's wall mountable, comes with a small plug transformer.
The switch is fully automated so just plug in your connection, then plug in the devices you want to share said connection and you're away. No fuss it just works, works very well and is Very Small.

Cons: None Really Other then the price.. See Other Thoughts..

Other Thoughts: The On Networks switch is incredibly easy to set-up. Each port is fully auto-sensing so no need for cross-over cables or toggling DIP switches meaning that you can have the switch up and running in less than five minutes.
There is Not a lot you can say about it, it just works! I plugged it in, it worked, The lights at the front are useful, IE, they are off if no device is connected,
The performance of the switch is excellent for the price.
Overall, I would say the On Networks switch is excellent value for money. Ideally suited for a small office or home LAN..

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