TP-LINK TL-SG1008D 10/100/1000Mbps 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, 10Gbps Switching Capacity
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2013
I bought this so I could connect both my PS3 and PS4 to my router without having to run a second cable. It was cheap and works great. Just plug it in and go.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I picked up this inexpensive switch to give my home office a couple more wired internet ports, thinking there would be (5) ports left to use after hooking it up to the router. My mistake. There are (5) ports, but you have to use (1) to connect a Cat5 cable line between a port on your router and this switch. (I thought there was going to be a port on the back or side of the product to connect - leaving 5 usable ports.

On the switch is a power jack for the included AC adapter (found on the side of the switch) and the 5 ports. Some lights on the top of the switch let you know they are active (blinking) or powered (steady green light).

The directions were minimal, and really didn't tell you much of anything. You can look at the photo on the box to see how it works, but I wondered if the line between the router and the switch needed to be in any specific port. I assumed #1 - and it works.

The build quality is lightweight, but then again, there's not much 'hardware' to weigh it down. I wanted to mount it on the wall so I used Velcro strips, which worked fine for this purpose.

TIP: I use colored Cat5 cables to help me identify what's connected to my router, as well as this item: Dotz Dotz Cord Identifier Kit, Clear, 12 Regular/12 Jumbo, With Inserts/Stickers and a Brother P-touch Home and Office Labeler (PT-D200) for the larger AC plugs. Some may not need to do this, but for me, this really helps!

NOTE: This is not a 'gigabit' switch that would be ideal for streaming media. If you are looking for a switch for that purpose, consider this product instead: TP-LINK TL-SG1005D 10/100/1000Mbps 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, 10Gbps Capacity for just a few dollars more.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2011
I ran out of ports on my router, so I purchased the switch to allow additional connections to the LAN. Works like a champ! They are inexpensive, very easy to install, and I Highly recommend them based on my experience with them! You cannot go wrong!!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2015
I recently upgraded my internet speed to 100MBps, 1GBps in a month, and I needed to upgrade my network in my home. I bought some CAT 7 Ethernet cables and a TP-LINK Archer C9 AC1900 along with this network switch, but only have the switch right now. I have a dual band gigabit Cisco Router (POS) and CAT 5E cables working with this switch until i receive the remaining items. This is the first time I ever bought from TP-LINK so I was a little skeptical because of it being cheaper than the name brands, but had the same/better performance/specs. Now I am never going to buy from another brand again! I am now confident that TP-LINK is just as good, if not better, than the leading brands in networking. Now onto the product: I have the main router in another room and there is a CAT 5E cable running under the house from the router to my room. I then have the network switch in my bedroom coming from the CAT 5E port to my TV, Xbox, and Laptop. I tested the speed with Ookla on my laptop and I almost got the full 100MBps. I'd imagine numbers will be better once I install the CAT 7 cables and Archer C9. This is a plug 'n play product and will work 24/7 without having to reset it. Would recommend this product for anyone who wants a great priced Desktop Switch.

*Will update my review once I finish upgrading my home network.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2014
You're not going to find a cheaper 10/100 switch. This is tiny and cheap and it does exactly what you need.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2015
Very simple plug and play. Actually made my ethernet connection quicker than a direction connection somehow. I have all the sockets being used and I haven't noticed any drop in performance.
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33 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2013
I had a NETGEAR GS108NA ProSafe 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch (Ver 3) in my home office and an old Netgear FS105 ProSafe 5-Port Fast Ethernet Desktop Switch in the living room working fine for about a year, and I'd decided to upgrade to a second 1GE 8-port switch.

After extensive research on Amazon & Newegg, I'd decided on TP-LINK TL-SG1008D 10/100/1000Mbps 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, 10Gbps Switching Capacity. While I could've just gotten another NETGEAR GS108NA ProSafe 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch, I wanted a front-LED / rear-jack style for the home office for aesthetic reasons. So, I moved my existing Netgear 1GE switch to the living room, and installed the new TP-Link switch in the home office. I received from Amazon (direct; not a third-party) TL-SG1008D Ver 5.1, S/N 133A7904XXX (last 3 digits redacted for security).

Since these are "dumb" switches, there's no configuration involved; just plug in the power and the cat 5e/6 cables and you're done (category 5 and lower are only for 100Mbps max). However, in the 2 weeks I had the TP-Link switch, I'd noticed that the always-on Synology NAS consistently alerted me ~2-4 times a day that it had lost WAN connectivity. My desktop also couldn't reach the router until I power-cycled the TP-Link switch.

After I had swapped out the TP-Link switch for a second NETGEAR GS108NA ProSafe 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch (another Ver 3) a week ago, I have not had any network issues. The router has been consistently fine as of 7/20/2013.

Before you suggest I should've done "ipconfig /renew" or something, my B.Sc. and professional background are heavily in networking.

Home Office:
270Mbps Actiontec Ethernet to Coax Adapter Kit for Homes with Cable TV Service (ECB2500CK01) (#1, uplink to MBR FiOS 1GE router)
1Gbps Tower
1Gbps Synology DiskStation 1-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS112 (White)
100Mbps Brother Printer DCP7065DN Monochrome Laser Multi-Function Copier
100Mbps IBM Laptop (when not on WiFi)
100Mbps Xbox 360 (when not in living room)

Living Room:
270Mbps Actiontec Ethernet to Coax Adapter Kit for Homes with Cable TV Service (ECB2500CK01) (#2, uplink to MBR FiOS 1GE router)
100Mbps Sony STR-DN1030 AV Receiver
100Mbps Samsung BD-P2500
100Mbps Xbox 360
100Mbps Samsung WI-FI All-Share Cast Hub, Wireless HDMI Display Adapter (Black)
1Gbps Sony Laptop (when not on WiFi, for 1080p video streaming)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2014
This thing is small and works flawlessly. I use this to extend my network from a wireless router (in a wired fashion, of course). No muss, no fuss. Works like it's supposed to.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2011
I have used this for about a month and it has been working fine. I haven't had to powercycle it yet, so that is a good sign. The case is plastic and seems to be a little cheap but if you are not setting things on it or kicking it all day it should be fine. It is a little too light for my liking, as it tends to be affected by the cables positions so it doesn't like to lie flat.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The TP Link unit is a marvel for the price, providing 8 fully functional gigabit ports. It is just the right thing for a large home network, maybe one with its own server, when speed is important but price is a consideration. Smaller home networks won't benefit as much, as today many cable and DSL routers have a built-in four-port switch and wireless capability.

This is fairly basic but don't get it wrong: to access the internet you need a router (more specifically, router functionality). A switch alone won't do that. But the switch can be used to give you more ports for more connections, or to connect an internal server to your network. If you have, say, a media server and wired connections all around the house, this unit would be great.

Now, about this switch: I used to use a 10/100 switch that was large, heavy, ran hot (using substantial power), and needed to be reset every so often. This newer TP Link runs cool (saving power) and seems to never need to be reset. It also has gigabit capability which the older switch didn't. And it costs a fraction of the price. I couldn't ask for more.

Of course, it *is* a home unit. It's too insubstantial in construction to be put in a data center; it's lightweight plastic, uses the typical wall-wart power supply, doesn't rack mount, etc. etc. But at home none of this matters, except perhaps that the cable ports are very close together and the unit is so light that with a full load of cables going in all directions, you'll need to weight it down to get it to lie flat in the place you want (just don't cover the cooling vents).

So if you need a reliable, efficient, and fast switch, all on a very small budget, look no further. Five stars for sure.
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