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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic little switch., March 24, 2012
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I wanted to hard-wire the network for my home theater setup. Most notably, an Xbox 360 (100Mbit), a PS3 (1000Mbit), an AppleTV 3rd gen (100Mbit), and the television itself (LN52B630, unsure about speed). Previous, I had the Xbox plugged in directly to my Airport Extreme over CAT5e, and used the wireless on the PS3/AppleTV. However, I wanted to hard-wire the AppleTV for airplay mirroring to speed things up a bit. And if I was going to split the one gigabit connection into more than one, I figure I might as well wire up everything, and a 5 port gigabit switch was exactly what I needed.

Looking around Amazon, this guy had really top notch reviews. Online research showed NewEgg reviewers giving this little guy glowing reviews, with a few nags here and there. There are a few neat hacks people have done to make this switch even more useful, but I won't get into those. I figured for $20, this little guy should do the trick. Plus, Amazon has a great return policy for faulty products, so why not give it a try. I've been burned by high quality names dying out on me for no good reason, so I figured I'd give this little guy a go.

So far, fantastic! I wasn't able to do a very good test to max out the line speed, but the speed did not change between no switch and the switch over the same wire. I checked all ports and they all worked at 1000BaseT just fine, and latency was consistent across all ports. Also, I confirmed that mixed modes caused no issues, as noted by my above devices. Of the 5 ports, 2 are gigabit (uplink to the Airport Extreme and the PS3), and the AppleTV/Xbox are 100Mbit - the TV is most likely 10BaseT, but it may be 100BaseT. Everything is working together flawlessly, though since it's for a home theater setup, it's not being taxed heavily.

If it dies on me or if things end up not working out, I will be sure to come back and update this review. But I figured I'd toss my two cents for other people running into my situation.
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Initial post: Jul 6, 2013 1:49:48 PM PDT
CobraR1995 says:
Hi...interested in reading about the hacks people have performed on this switch.

URLs? Google didn't come up with much.

Thanks -

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 9:40:20 AM PDT
Pinchy says:
"I figured for $20, this little guy should do the trick"

$20?! is this the right product,it is currently going for $91?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2013 7:05:30 AM PDT
Pinchy - its currently going for $18 and change.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 4:54:18 PM PDT
ConfusionSis says:
Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2014 9:03:40 PM PST
price depends on number of ports

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 6:55:29 PM PDT
I'm wondering how you got your Xbox working with this switch. I've been talking with Microsoft support for an hour and I was told it can't be done. I bought the switch thinking I could put in in my entertainment center and connect it to my cable modem along with the other stuff in the entertainment center and have internet to everything. I didn't want anything wireless. I'm reading now that I need a wired router instead of a switch.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2014 9:02:12 AM PDT
BGR says:
You can plug a switch into a router. You should buy a router though before buying a switch

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2014 5:50:27 AM PDT
Mr B. says:
Router - will connect the internet to your home.
Switch - will allow you to connect multiple devices behind the router
most routers also have switch ports but 1 gig ports on a router will make the router with high price, as ISP speed is usually 100 Mbps or less then most people will buy a router for the internet connection and 1Gig switches for internal usage inside the house.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2014 8:50:35 PM PDT
Basic networking, without more information it is harder to provide assistance.

I have an Xbox working on mine. It goes through this switch, through a ethernet over power powerline adapter to my router.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2014 1:29:16 PM PST
Ian says:
I hope you found an answer but if not, as mentioned below, you need to have a router as it will assign IP addresses. You cannot plug a switch into a cable modem.

Wall outlet => cable modem => router => switch.
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