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Pleased With D-Link GO-SW-8GE 10/30/2013
This review is from: D-Link GO-SW-8GE 8-Port Gigabit Unmanaged Metal Desktop Switch
Gigabit (10 times faster file transfers than 10/100)
Status LEDs on front, Ports in rear (Personal preference)
My previous switch, 10/100 5 port, went bad and I checked Newegg's latest flyer and saw this one. I figured why not go Gigabit and 8 ports. After installation (just plugging everything in) I was able to transfer a 16 Gigabyte file (recorded college football game) between computers in 2 1/2 minutes instead of 24 minutes. Transfer rate went from 95Mbps to 950Mbps.
8 Ports is a nice convenience for someone with a small home network because as you add network devices that you don't use often you can still leave them plugged in.
Status LEDs on front with ports in the rear are good for me because I can check my network status by glancing at an uncluttered front display.
The switch I replaced was always hot to the touch, but this one is always cool, only a slight warmth to it. Bear in mind I do not put a heavy load on it.
I saw an earlier review noting a problem with speed when both Gigabit and non-gigabit devices were on the network, leading to low speeds even with the Gigabit devices. I turned on both my computers (gigabit) and my HD HomeRun and an IP security camera (both non Gigabit) and did a file transfer between the computers. That transfer completed at Gigabit speed. All my devices are wired and I have no problem getting Gigabit transfers between Gigabit devices even with non-Gigabit devices on the network. I can't comment on what happens if you add wireless devices to the network as I have none.
I do like a device in a metal case.
Some of my comments are just personal preferences, but the main points are that I do get Gigabit (at least close enough for me) transfer speeds and the box does stay fairly cool.
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