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This review is from: TRENDnet TEG-S5g 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit GREENnet Switch
Pros: I have bought 2 of these: one 8 port and a second 5 port. Both work beautifully so far. Reliable, no setup required. I do reboot my entire network infrastructure maybe once/month for preventive maintenance, but so far the switches haven't required a reboot for failure.
All that said I'm not running a media server - yet - so the load is probably relatively moderate compared to some home networks.
The 8 port switch has 5 PCs, an HP 8600 printer and a bridge to the 5 port switch. One of the 5 PCs is my son's gaming PC and is always on connected to gaming sites/his friends. Subject of a separate rant, but I digress. Another PC is running Windows Home Server, newly installed, and is functioning as a file and backup server. I'm loading it up with music, our family photos, collected videos, etc., so that will add some significant load soon. Also has a Mediasonic RAID array with 3x1GB HDDs in a RAID-5 config (1.8TB usable) attached to the WHS PC, with about 1TB of various content.
The 5 port switch has the bridge to the 8 port switch, a connection to a TP-LINK powerline adapter that is connected via 2 other powerline adapters to a TP-LINK wireless router functioning as an access point and a PC at the other end of the house. It's also connected to a Comcast modem/wireless router.
The wireless router and access point support 3 laptops, an iPad 3, 2 iPhone 5s and a Samsung Galaxy S3 at various times. Sometimes my wife's laptop is plugged in at the other end of the house via the powerline adapter.
So there is a fair amount of data running around at peak times.
Other Thoughts: Got it on sale - even better!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA2010KIT AV 200Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit
Pros: Does what it says it will. So far they've been very reliable. Way better than crawling around in the crawlspace or attic pulling wire! Setup was a breeze and so far it hasn't dropped a signal.
I bought 2 sets, both TP-LINK but slightly different models, depending what was on sale that week. The two work together just fine, using one as the "base" unit by the switch in the office and the 2 others in different rooms. Interestingly, I'm using one of them with a TP-LINK TL-WR720N Wireless N150 Router plugged into it as an access point (see my review under that product). Working like a charm so far.
Other Thoughts: Got it on sale - even sweeter! I'd recommend these if you want to extend your network with minimal work.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WR720N Wireless N150 Router, 150Mbps, Internal Antenna, IP QoS
Pros: I wanted an access point for the family room: the Comcast cable modem/wireless router is at one end of the house with several walls between it and the family room. Although it doesn't specifically say anywhere in the product specs on Newegg or the mfg's website, I took a chance and ordered one. By turning off DHCP and the firewall and giving it a static IP, it is functioning effectively as an access point. And for $18.83 on sale, it is a steal!
Throughput seems very decent, although I haven't measured it. If my wife isn't complaining, it passes.
Other Thoughts: I can't really recommend it as a wireless router, since I'm not using it for that, but if you're looking for a cheap alternative to a full blown access point, this might work for you.READ FULL REVIEW