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This review is from: D-Link DGS-1008G Gigabit Desktop Switch - Retail
Pros: They work and you can have multiple of them on the same network without causing conflicts. I want to say they have really improved my lag/latency, but that is very hard to say beyond a shadow of the doubt - I might just be talking myself into it. :-) It comes with the screws and plugs so you can hang to a wall if you want too, plus it is actually kind of small for an 8 port switch, in my opinion.
Cons: The only major con I have is that stupid USB power connector on the side of the device. The plug itself I feel like I am going to break every time I touch/move the switch. I understand (I think) why it is on the side. The device itself is only as wide as 8 ports, so it is rather small for an 8 port switch and they needed to put the power plug somewhere. The curved design is odd to me as well, cannot really stack these on each other...well you can, but not without some fear that the one sitting on top will not fall off.
Other Thoughts: I bought 4 of theses, not from Newegg. I have one plugged directly into my wireless router which I am only running two computers on (main computers used for gamming and everything else main computers are used for), I then have another one plugged into my wireless router which then has the other two switches plugged into it running two Roku 3, two directv, home phone, printer, NAS, PS3, etcetera. one of the switches is tied back into the network via TP-Link TL-PA4010kit powerline adapter which appears to be a great way to connect your network if you do not feel like crawling around in your attic or crawlspace to run wires from one side of the house to the other (review already wrote for those) and you are NOT looking for gigabyte connectivity for the devices on the other end. Before setting all this up I performed numerous bandwidth tests on sites that also so lag/latency. average tests in the beginning for large and small packets combined were around 35-40ms. after setup and only having these devices plug/routed through my wireless router tests on the same site reflected an average of 10-15ms.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit
Pros: They work, only took about 5 minutes to figure out. Saved me from crawling around the attic and figuring out how to run network wire from one side of the house to the other. According to the almost worthless software that comes with them, it has a consistent 175m connection between the pair - good enough to stream movies.
Cons: Software that comes with them is junk, removed 1-egg for that. Basically the software is only good enough to verify a connection is made and what speed the devices are communicating at. The other little bits like renaming the devices through the software causes constant drops and makes the devices lose their pair which is required for them to work. Also, when running the software on my desktop it constantly causes any open/active program (other than itself) to not be the active window - which is a pain. So I just run it when I am curious about the speed/connection, then close out of it making sure it is not running minimized in the system tray.
Other Thoughts: I did not purchase through Newegg. I wanted to setup the bedroom so I could stream movies in there and did not want to purchase another wireless router to hopefully increase the speed/range for just that room. I purchased these along with D-link 8 port router and a roku 3 for the bedroom. the entire system has been up and running flawlessly for about 5 days now.READ FULL REVIEW