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On Networks DSF008-199NAS Unmanaged 8-port Fast Ethernet Switch

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Isaiah J.
  • 9/23/2013 9:20:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggsConnected

Pros: Pricing on this switch is adequate. It is not priced above what it can do. It is easy to setup and install within any working network. It is a very simple plug and play device. Has worked continuously since its installation in August 2013. Free shipping makes this switch a good buy.

Cons: Chokes when streaming NetFlix video to TV.

Other Thoughts: If you are going to use this within the network to stream video you might want to pay $5.00 more and get the Gigabit switch

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5 out of 5 eggsMost Important Thing is it Works.

Pros: The most important aspect of a switch is that it works, and this one doesn't disappoint. It doesn't get hot in non air-conditioned areas. It doesn't make noise, or have piercing-brightness LEDs. So, ergonomically, it's exactly what you want from a switch, and the fact that you can mount it to any flat surface is a nice bonus. Tests reveal as-advertised speeds, and ping times were below 5 ms including the router.

Cons: The AC adapter is a bit larger than necessary, although it is rotated 90 degrees from standard. Still, the specs state the device doesn't exceed 2.7 Watts (which seems right, I can't feel the warmth), which is less than a standard USB port. So, why the big plug?

Other Thoughts: If you buy this, you need to know what you're buying. A 10/100 switch is a way of adding lots more wired devices with low-bandwidth needs to an existing network. This does that job, and does it well. What it doesn't do is offer high-bandwidth. 100Mb/s (or 12.5 MB/s) is the speed of a modest flash drive. Buy the bigger brother if you need such things. It's unfair to criticize this device for not having that feature when they have one down the page for those users. All told, though, don't be afraid of On Networks; they might not be the big guys on the block, but for a switch, they're solid.

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4 out of 5 eggsVery Good Switch EggExert Review

Pros: . 8 – 10/100 Mbps ports
. All port in rear of unit which makes its appearance in an open environment attractive. Example say you had your TV, Xbox360, Top set box, DVD player, and surround sound system all connected, it would look good because all cables could be hidden.
. It has a small footprint with an attractive plastic case. Not all electronics need a heavy metal case to be considered sturdy.
. Non-Managed switch which makes it plug and play with no setup of software or drivers to load.
. The Auto Sensing is nice as only devices that are plugged in and actively being used show up on front panel lights.
. Low cost, extremely affordable.

Cons: Because it is only a 10/100 Mbps it would not be good for network storage (NAS or Server), or HD video Network.

Other Thoughts: No contradiction, as in the “Pros:” I listed using it for a TV, Xbox360, DVD player, and surround sound system and in the “Cons:” section I said it would not be a good HD Video Network option. The reason there is no contradiction is all these units are now manufactured with network connections. These connections are for firmware upgrades or accessing Netflix which are not HD Video usage.

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5 out of 5 eggsThe Little Switch That Could

Pros: This little switch right here does the job, and does the job right. It's a very simple device that allows you to connect 8 network capable devices onto it via an Ethernet Cable to connect to the router, or with each other. It's unmanaged, so you can't setup a VLAN on it. It is what it is, a Ethernet Hub! Unplugging and plugging this switch instantaneously gets the networking working again. No need to wait a minute for initialization. I was able to nearly max out all the ports on this switch. My buddies and I were playing Borderlands 2, 4 computers lanning with each other, a Network printer attached, and a NAS streaming a movie. None of us felt no lag within the game, and my wife was happily watching a movie via the NAS. I have this running constantly for a month or so and not once did I ever get disconnected or lag out of a game. If it did so, it's because my Modem just needed to be reset and it had nothing to do with the switch. The switch doesn't even feel hot at all. The switch that I was using before was a SMC 5616DS and that's supposed to be a business switch. It has a fan and everything, but that one went crazy and died on me. Only the test of time can determine if this little switch can survive the summer of Las Vegas. I haven't turned the Air Conditioning yet, lets see if this thing will ever overheat and die.

Cons: It looks like its made out of cheap plastic, well maybe that's a good thing to save us money. It's only a 10/100 Mbps switch.

Other Thoughts: I had an IBM 48 Port Managed Switch that consumes 40 watts, and a 16 Port Unmanaged Switch that consumes 20 watts. I bet this little switch consumes far less than that. I've tested it using a Watt Meter, and with 5 active ports being used, it's only consuming at the most 2 Watts! For the price it's going for right now at the time of this writing, It's pretty decent. $20 for a reliable, easy to use switch! I'm not too familiar with On Networks brand, but this device seems to be robust.

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4 out of 5 eggsIf you don't have a lot to spend

Pros: The switch small. It's made from white plastic with a matte finish. So you shouldn't have to worry about finger prints. It comes with decent documentation (best you'll get for a network switch). It's packaged securely. It's wall mountable from any direction.

I used it for a couple of weeks. The entire time it worked without issue. All the light indicators worked and showed network activity. It never seemed to overheat or cut out.

Cons: I wouldn't put this thing on the backbone of my home network. At being only a 10/100 switch, and most devices now days supporting Gigabit Ethernet, there really isn't a point to restricting your bandwidth by inserting this device in between.

Normally I have a Gigabit Switch I use. Having this switch in place really made my file transfers slow to a crawl. This switch is really made for temporary situations where connectivity is more important than bandwidth.

It could have at least one Ethernet cable included.

Other Thoughts: It's hard for me to like this thing given where I was coming from. Sure it works and seemed to work well. But in going from a Gigabit Switch down to this, my user experience was diminished.

I have been doing a lot of video encoding projects and file transfers between machines is what really made me not like having this device connected. I know it's not really a fair assessment to the quality of the device itself, but when you are a network switch with no options or buttons or configurations or anything, what else do you have to go on?

Outside of file transfers however, the switch was fine. I play games on my LAN almost daily with my sons. None of us could tell a difference while gaming with each other. Internet usage was also unaffected.

So if you really don't care that the switch isn't Gigabit and are looking for something very affordable and perhaps are just looking for a device to do temporary network setups, this is probably a good device. If you need fast file transfers, spend a little more and grab a Gigabit switch.

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5 out of 5 eggsDid what it was supposed to do

Pros: On Networks DSF008-19NAS Unmanaged switch nice small compact switch that allows you to easily and painlessly connect up to 8 wired devices. This device is plug and play no drivers needed.. The DSF008-19NAS is ideal for small home/office needing to share a common network and internet connection. Its ease of setup and expandability. While using this for a week none of the 6 devices I had hooked up to it ever dropped out or lost connection. Great little switch for the price.

Cons: About the only con I could come up with is its small stature and weight. if you have all 8 ports occupied with cables hanging off the back of the desk this will make the unit not sit flat. They have recessed the bottom to allow it to be mounted to a desk,wall or rack easily so that will help with keeping it secured. The other minor con is no cable was included with it. I doubt it would of extended the cost much to put in a simple 3-5ft Ethernet cable.

Other Thoughts: So if your looking for an inexpensive way to network up to 8 devices the hard wire route buy this little unmanaged switch it'll save you alot of headaches. Well worth the money in my honest opinion.

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5 out of 5 eggsOn Networks 8 Port Switch

Pros: Small and light weight. Does not get too warm, stays cool. PCs detected network within 2 seconds of Ethernet plug-in. Anchor slots underneath switch.

Cons: Cabling will be heavier than switch if all ports are used. Device may need to be anchored. No number labels next to ports in the back, only in the front with the green LEDs. No Ethernet cable provided.

Other Thoughts: Fast Ethernet switch seems to be doing what it is designed to do. All connections at 100Mbps and quick network detection.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Switch

Pros: This is a solid performer for a 10/100 switch, if that's all you need. I have had two small lan gaming parties using this switch to connect 5 and 7 PCs for LAN gaming. It connected all machines without issue and performed as well as could be expected. We gamed non-stop for over 8 hours in each event, and I kept an eye on temperatures looking for overheating problems, which is in my experience the most common source of problems with switches like this one. I'm happy to report that there were no problems to interrupt our gaming due to heat or dropped connections.

Cons: I was hoping to find at least a cable to connect to the router since this appeared to be a retail package, but was not really surprised to find none in the box. It has become the norm these days to find only the minimum required, as everyone these days is struggling to remain competitive in retail markets. This is not a con really but for only a small increase in price there are many options available for gigabit ethernet capability, both with this company as well as competing brands. It all depends on what you need now and to keep your upgrade options open.

Other Thoughts: The documentation was good and did not appear to have been translated by someone fluent only in Engrish... you folks know how it is. There were simple and complete instructions and a clear diagram explaining the connections in a straightforward fashion. I did not contact tech support myself, but there was a list of toll-free numbers for several countries, as well as online tech support contact info. To sum this up, there's not one bad thing I can say about this switch. It provided the performance expected, was well documented, and solidly packaged. Good Job On Networks!

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/16/2013 10:41:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4 out of 5 eggsNot bad for what it is...

Pros: During the unboxing I noticed that it arrived in well constructed, protective box. A lot of the features were listed on the back of the box. Such as: Used for splitting or connecting 7-8 devices to an internet connection (depending on setup) - File sharing or transferring different media types between multiple wired devices - Printer sharing over network - Capable of speeds up to 100 Mbps (10/MBs) - Auto Green, automatically adjusting the power for short or longer cable connections.
The manual is pretty straight forward. In English, which is a plus in my book. Has an easy to read and understand basic wiring diagram for a trouble free setup. Nice long, quality power cable (about 5 foot). It's overall build quality feels pretty solid and well constructed (for plastic). There are vent holes on the sides to help dissipate heat evenly. The activity lights are nice and bright, and able to be seen at almost any angle. Which I like, this may be a con for some people. Lastly, the thing I like is that it doesn't take up very much space at all. It's even stack-able when paired with the right components such as a wireless router that sits perfectly on top, still without any heat issues. Performs very well, for what it is.

Cons: This is not a con for me really because I have about a hundred of these sitting around, but no ethernet cable included. I know some people do complain when you buy a device that's not just OEM, and no cables come with it. Not a big complaint, but at least one to connect to a router would have been nice.
The color leaves much to be desired. When you think of the modern look, I would think black before boring white. That's just my opinion though. The big power plug can get annoying went connecting it to a power strip. Would have been nice to have all of that built internally. Then you would be sacrificing size of the device for room on your strip though.
These things are aging quite bad in a lot of people's opinions also. I agree, it would be better if it were a gigabit instead of just 10/100. Transfers and even streaming between devices can suffer from this. And as fast as technology is advancing, you would probably be better off upgrading yourself to a 10/100/1000 for the future.

Other Thoughts: "Not bad for what it is". Let me elaborate. I would never use this for any business type network. More for home network use. If you are using a lot of devices, with a lot of data being transferred between them, I would get something way faster. There are other products out there that are in the same price range and have more features, along with faster transfer speeds.
I did test out all of the features that were possible, and came up with these marks doing several different kinds of tests.
Transferring a 2.3 GB file from one PC to another, both on 10/100 network cards got an average speed of 11 MB/s. With a spike at almost 12 MB/s. Which took about 2 minutes to complete. Tested it with 12 Mbit internet connection and saw almost no loss in download or upload speed with only 1 device connected. Ran the same test but while transferring the same size file from one computer to another, still downloading, and then the speed really started to suffer. Download speed didn't decrease that much, but transfer speed dropped down to 6 MB/s at times. Also tried to stream video and music from a media center PC to three devices at once. I was able to do so without lag, but only on two of the three laptops. The lag created by this test might have been caused by the third laptop. It is aging and the network card in it may be on it's way out. Finally connected 7 devices (3 PCs, 3 Laptops, 1 XBox360). Streamed video from both Hulu and Netflix on some of them, while just doing random web surfing on the others. No that much lag at all. If I were going to play some multiplayer gaming with network hogs like my gaming PC and my XBox360, I would hook them into my higher end router and not through this thing. I'm very sure speed would suffer.
Not bad for how much it costs, but still there is a lot more to be desired. Probably better products out there. Still a very well built product, again for what it is.

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5 out of 5 eggsSolid Little Performer with One Little Problem

Pros: - 8 ports allows you to network multiple devices through a wired connection.
- Handled heavy traffic between 2 desktops and 3 laptops with no issues.
- Effective solution for a small network where most your traffic is coming from the net or small file transfers.
- 3 weeks of use and not a single drop or need to power cycle.
- Fast enough to handle HD video streams to multiple devices.

Cons: - Not a single one from a technical standpoint.

Ok then, what's the "One Little Problem" you mentioned in the title? Continue reading...

Other Thoughts: Our household has a total of 5 devices that could be wired to the switch for testing. Though I could not max out all 8 ports for testing, I don't expect the results to be any different. This 10/100 switch is a solid performer but one that's out of place.
When I first received the product I checked out its competition. While I won't list prices because they're constantly changing, at that time there were several other 8 port 10/100's that were slightly less in price. There were 16 port 10/100 switches at the same price or a few dollars more. There were several 8 port 10/100/1000 switches within $10 of the price of this switch. All with equally high reviews.
I bring this point up because from a price point, this is switch is not very competitive. Also, at this day in technology how many devices are being sold that don't come with gigabit? There's no reason not to spend $5 more on a highly rated 8 port gigabit switch. There's no reason to buy an 8 port 10/100 when there's an equally priced performer with 16 ports.
On top of this, I can't think of a single reason why someone would have to go with a 10/100 over a gigabit switch. Most modern hard drives are already fast enough to max out gigabit during file transfers. Just to put things into perspective, copying a 1GB file over 100mb takes ~1m 30s. Over gigabit, it's less then 10 seconds. Simple math with tell you that much larger files will take a very long time over 100mb.
With that said, don't let this review deter you from picking up this switch if you find it on sale/priced competitively. For low traffic networks, it's a solid solution.
While I won't knock an egg because of this product's price, I will say that you do have better options available for your money.

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