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Pros: You can't beat this with a stick in terms of functionality and price. It's a basic, 5 port gigabit switch that you can pretty much use anywhere. I purchased this for a client who needed 3 data ports at one workstation (NAS, Printer & PC) but only had one wall jack. It was much cheaper and easier than running additional cables.
It has been installed for about 3 months and I have had no issues at all. It has a small footprint and I was able to stick it between the desk and the wall.
I'm a big fan of the power plug that runs perpendicular to the surge protector so as not to take up more than one plug.
Overall Review: This is, yet again, another solid product delivered by TRENDnet. I'm becoming a big fan of their products and they are really making a name for themselves in my book. Their devices are easy to use, stable and come at a great price point.
I would recommend this switch to anyone needed additional data ports.
Pros: I just got this. It was shipped fast.
Amazingly true plug and play. Just plug into your modem/router, plug the other devices into it, and presto, your up and running!
Seems well built.
Cons: None yet, havent had it very long at time of writing review.
Overall Review: It's a simple switch.
It does what it is suppose to do
Pros: Could not have done better.
¤ Large packet buffer, makes transferring large files faster
¤ 10gbps forwarding capacity, means each port has 2gbps, there is no slowdown running all ports at full capacity.
¤ heavy metal housing, tough & stays cool so...
¤ doesn't really need a high ventilation area and...
¤ isn't easily tugged around by the cables
¤ supposedly low power consumption *see other thoughts
¤ compact design - can fit it anywhere you can fit a book
¤ Quiet - passive cooling.
Cons: Gotta really think about this one...
¤ Doesn't have a fiber uplink port =P
¤ unnecessary LEDs, should just use a dual color LED for 100/1000mbit differentiation.
Overall Review: I am using this in conjunction with the TRENDnet TEW-633GR Wireless N router, also bought from newegg, and couldn't be happier with this setup. I recommend TrendNet to everyone I know, even over Cisco/Linksys.
*I couldn't find my p3 kill-a-watt meter so I don't know it's power consumption. Claims to be 70% less, but less than what, a refrigerator? A hairdryer? I will leave another review when I find out what the wattage is.
Pros: I stumbled across the post from the guy that said static IPs don't work with this switch, and well, I just had to say something. If this guy had rated his own tech knowledge at 1 star, I probably could have let it go. But it's a simple switch, and if you know patch cables from peanuts, then you know that it doesn't care about IPs.
Cons: IQ tests aren't a prerequisite for purchasing and installing computer equipment.
Pros: - Cheap (price).
- Metal case.
Cons: - No dedicated up-link port.
Overall Review: I bought this switch so I could hook up a desktop, a PlayStation 3, an Xbox 360, and a laptop (which are all located in a room that does not get Wi-Fi) to the router via ethernet cable. This switch allowed me to get the job done well (with the exact amount of ports I need). Setting up the switch was incredibly simple seeing as all that I had to do was plug in the AC adapter and run an ethernet cable from the switch to the router. It seems pretty sturdy, runs cool with no problems (so far) after a few months of extensive use, and is small enough to sit on a desk without taking up much room at all.
To address some questions that I had before I purchased this for those who are thinking about purchasing this:
- You may see people saying that their switch is not the switch displayed in the images (with the 3 rows of lights). This is because that is the exact same switch, but an older version. The newest version (I believe it's version 3(?)) only has one row of lights.
- The AC adapter plugs into the left (if you are looking at it with the lights facing you) side, which may be a turn off for some, although I felt that it made no difference to me.
- While it is a 5-port switch, one port must be used as the up-link port, so it's actually a 4-port switch. While I listed this in the cons, I still gave it 5 eggs because, again, it made no difference to me due to the fact that I only needed 4 ports. If you need 5 or more, it would probably be a good idea to look at the 8-port version of this switch.
Pros: Best switches at unbelievable prices. My techie buddies at work were flabergasted at this deal. Auto select lets me connect older switches and mobos without issues. No problem using older, hand-crimpped cat5 cables, either. I couldn't resist gettig a pair and am glad I did.
Cons: I wish New Egg's deal on the 8-port version was as good! Can't have too many ports!
Overall Review: TRENDnet's tech support is absolutely awesome, too! I can't imagine needing tech support for the switches, but I have a pair of 2-3 year-old TRENDnet wireless-G routers with which I am very pleased and required help from tech support for configuring a non-standard, dual-acces point setup in my home. They were fast and correct, and got me up and running in no time.
Pros: My new house didn't have a network in it, but I REALLY wanted one. I noticed that the contractor used Cat5e for the phone lines... Seeing as how I was going to do my own VOIP solution anyway, those Cat5e phone lines became Cat5e gigabit network connections... I've got one in my closet that distributes the network connections to the upstairs rooms, One by the PC b/c I needed more than 1 port, and I've even got one of these little suckers in my garage as the main distribution point off of the cable modem... its never even so much as hiccuped... Yes, in my DUSTY, DIRTY, HOT HOT TEXAS garage. No problems.
Cons: It wasn't free.
Overall Review: Highly recommended. Am looking to buy a 4th one here shortly.... hoping they'll go back on sale!
Pros: Gigabit performance, small footprint, very easy set up and it is indeed "plug-n-play." "Green" feature so it will direct the power to where it needs it most and attenuate the power where it is not needed. The box feels sturdy and has some weight to it like a quality product should.
Cons: Did not come with any LAN cables? Seriously, there are no cons here...
Overall Review: I wanted to connect my video devices to the internet. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on wireless adapters I simply purchased this little jewel for 20bones. Connected all my video equipment to it and then to my router. Presto! On line in seconds.
For 20 bones and free shipping what's not to like about this product? Get one!