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Pros: 8 ports! Gigabit!
Cheap! Not a DOA.
Overall Review: Well it's an 8-port gigabit switch, just like I was hoping for. Was able to transfer 100GB across copper in less than an hour.
Plus I had a $20 NE gift card, so it was super cheap!.
I didn't care too much about people saying there should be different lights for the 10/100/1000. I plug it in, have link lights showing connectivity, and that's all I need. Nothing fancy.
Pros: My parents bought a new house, which was pre-wired with cat5e. So obviously it needed a switch where all the wires were run. Unfortunately, the builder wasn't smart, and ran them all outside to one place. No alcove to put the switch in, or anything. Ended up that the switch, and all the ethernet cables, would need to be run into the little plastic box that Time Warner puts on the house for the ground connection/splitter for the satellite guys. Now, the house is in the Sand Hills region of NC, which means it gets really hot, and really humid in the summer for weeks at a time, and gets moderately cold in the winter.
I figured I would get a cheap switch for them for the time being, until a longer-term solution can be found. I didn't expect the switch to last long in a little plastic box in the sun, in 95-100 degree heat, and humid conditions. And it must have been even hotter in the box in the direct sunlight. And it certainly wouldn't survive the cold temps too..
To my great surprise, it is still working, a year and a half later. It has now survived 2 north carolina summers, and one winter. And it still works beautifully. It has never had to be rebooted.
I'm frankly shocked by the durability of this little switch. I think when it eventually does die, and needs replaced, I'll replace it with one of the business class TP-Link switches with the lifetime warranty. So yeah, if you need a cheap, but durable switch that can handle all kinds of conditions, this seems to be a surprisingly good choice.
Cons: None to speak of, it works like a champ in conditions it was definitely not made for.
Pros: As a switch, it does what it needs to do. Plug it in, connect some network cables, and you are good to go. Like any switch these days it is simple to use within minutes of getting it out of the packaging.
Cons: The power adapters included with these units use cheap coils that produce an annoying high pitched tone. As you plug in more devices and the switch draws more power the adapters will squeal and whine. If you are sensitive to high pitched noises this will drive you absolutely insane. I imagine it would be irritating to dogs as well. I could not stand having it in the same room as me and had to unplug them.
The casing is glossy plastic which looks nice the first ten minutes after the protective film is removed until it becomes a dust magnet. If you move the switch for connecting different systems, expect it to become full of fingerprints and tiny scratches as well. Not sure why manufacturers think glossy plastic on some devices is a good idea. A simple, more durable housing with no gloss would have been fine.
Overall Review: I made the mistake of getting two of these switches and both of them have adapters that make an irritating high pitched whine. This does not seem to be an uncommon issue. I have noticed other reviews that have mentioned this as well. Not sure if everyone can hear this noise. Ears unable to pick up high pitched tones might not notice this issue but it does exist. TP-Link's older version of this switch came in a rectangular casing and did not have this issue. I wish they would just go back to that model.
Pros: - 8 ports
- looks nice
- did its job as a switch
Cons: - very loud and high pitch screeching noise when power is plugged in
- no help from TP Link customer support
Overall Review: The moment the power was connected, the unit emitted a very loud and high pitch noise. I was able to test it and got it to work with my desktop, PS3, and Wifi access, but the sound was too disorienting and I ended up unplugging it before I could run speed tests. I emailed TP Link customer support, but no help was received. Going to refund it with Newegg and eat the fees. Wish I took the previous reviews more seriously.
Cons: No PoE
Overall Review: I bought this switch so I could have 1000Mbps connections for all my PCs in my network. I have it plugged into my Cisco ASA 5505, which only has 100Mbps ports. Due to this configuration I am able to have connectivity between PCs on my LAN at 1000Mbps and connections to the cable modem are bottlenecked by the ASA's port speed (which isn't really a problem, since I only have 35Mbps internet anyway).
I can't dock it any eggs though. I can't really expect a PoE, managed, gigabit switch anywhere near the price I paid for this. Someday I'll have all this, but until that day comes it's either this, or several hundred dollars (at the very least) for something that does what I need. I'll get by for now...but a man can dream.
Pros: It's inexpensive, it's green (power saving), supports JUMBO FRAMES and (in theory - run off a 9v battery!) gets the job done!
Cons: it has a basic plastic case - but WHO CARES! Don't drop or throw it! LOL!
Overall Review: it didn't come with, nor did I really expect it to, come with an ethernet cable - just as well - I have plenty! Don't need another cheap network patch cable anyway!
Pros: No issues so far and works as advertised
Pros: Works right out of the box. Very compact. None of the high pitched whining others experienced.
Cons: None so far.