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on August 2, 2007
Bottom line: Small, light weight and just works. Power brick is half the size of the unit itself and is also very light.

I was looking for a portable network switch to keep in my backpack for occasions when I had a network drop but no wireless. Searching around I found this one and saw that the switch itself is small and light, but I was worried about the power brick. Turns out the brick is small too, so I'm very happy with my purchase.

I've used the switch to network two Macs together and to connect multiple Macs to various network drops. The switch has always worked flawlessly. It doesn't care in which of the five ports you plug in the cables, it figures it all out and just works.

According to my kitchen scale, the switch weighs just under 4 ounces and the power brick just under 3.
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on October 13, 2009
I needed to "split" a single Ethernet connection between my DirecTV box (for DTV on demand) and my Samsung BluRay DVD player (for Netflix streaming)so I did not have to keep swapping the cable back and forth. This little Trendnet gem really fit the bill. It is small, lightweight and completely unobtrusive. The best part is there is no setup, completely plug and play. Look no further, you found what you are looking for!

Update 06/16/2011: My orginal ethernet splitter is still working great and I recently bought another one for my game room. Seriously, buy this item!
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on July 4, 2010
This switch is great. I've been working with computers and networking since the early 90's (anyone else remember Mosaic?), and I've had to deal with a lot of switches that required manually setting every little thing in order to get it to work - and of course every type of router you were connecting the switch to required different settings.
This switch is absolutely plug-n-play. If your broadband (cable, DSL) router is filled up and you need to add another network device, you cannot go wrong with this switch.

The documentation is horrible, perhaps even a bit misleading. In the troubleshooting section, it says something about the switch not being designed to allow more than one computer to access the internet. Well, that's technically can't just have a switch and really do anything with it...but if you have broadband access, you have a router (technically, that box on your desk is a router plus a 4-port switch) so that is already taken care of.'s the details on how to get all your computers, network printers, network storage, game consoles, blu-ray players, etc. to talk to each other and the internet. Be sure to follow these instructions exactly...

1. Turn off all your computers, printers, etc., and the broadband router.
2. Unplug something (anything, it doesn't matter what, but I usually use port 1) from the broadband router.
3. Run a short ethernet cable between the port on the router you just freed up and ANY port on the switch.
4. Plug the thing you just unplugged and everything new into the switch.
5. Plug the switch AC adapter into the wall and the back of the switch.
6. Turn everything back on.

THAT'S IT! How could it get any easier than that?
I think TRENDnet is really missing a selling point here by not stressing how easy this switch is to add to your existing network!

I don't know, and honestly I'm not going to try and measure, how much energy is actually saved by the graduated power sent to the ports based on cable length, but I think it's a nice feature to shut down power to a port if the device is idle for long periods of time.

So far, I can't think of a single bad thing to say about this switch. When I first pulled it out of the box, I thought it was a bit light (even though it is made out of metal and not cheap-o plastic) to stay on the desk when 8 cables are plugged into it...but then I noticed that they even included a square of velcro to attach to the desk and switch so it wouldn't move around.

Summary: if you need to expand the number of ports in your network, buy this switch.
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on December 31, 2009
I purchased this item to split my single port modem into a two port modem so I wouldn't have to keep unplugging my computer ethernet cable from the modem and plugging in the ethernet cable which I ran to my Netflix Tv viewing box. It really is plug-and-play. Works great. I also purchased a short 3-ft ehternet cable:
RiteAV - Cat5e Network Ethernet Cable - Blue - 3 ft. -- $1.50
I plugged one end of the 3-ft cable into the modem port (I only have one) and the other end into the splitter. I plugged my computer ethernet cable into one of the ports in the box and my Netflix ethernet cable into another of the ports in the box and I was done.
It doesn't even matter which of the five ports you use for the cables. Just pick three -- one for the modem, one for the computer and one for the TV box and you're done. You still have two more for future enhancements.
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on March 3, 2017
I'm astonished how many features are available on this switch for the price (not that I needed any of them :-) I usually use the N*G* brand, but this seemed fine.

It installed quickly, I did not have to change any of the default settings, because initially we are just using this as a dumb switch, the smart-switch features are to future-protect us once we get our wi-fi figured out (this is for a medium-sized new england church.)

Physical construction is reasonable robust (metal box). What more can I say?
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on December 5, 2012
I recently received a Mac laptop for work and wanted to be able to use the remote desktop connection (to connect to my Windows laptop) for the programs that aren't available yet through our corporate app store. I only have one ethernet connection in my office and was looking for a solution when I found this. I was worried by the lack of instructions when I opened the box, but everything was very simple and it 'just worked' when I connected everything.

I'll mostly use this in my office for that remote desktop connection, but this device is very small & light and I'll consider bring this on future business trips for when there's a conference room with limited connections.
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This is plugged into my Airport Extreme using one of my available ethernet out ports.

I needed something to maintain speeds and this does it. I have home connection that ranges from 75 to 96 mbs. So I have very fast internet.

Running tests I ran two different speed tests and with 5 laptops and two desktops plugged into either one of the five or into the Airport ALL maintained high speeds.

No performance drops and have never had to reset it.

This worked out of the box on the first plug in. highly recommend.
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on November 13, 2009
I bought this switch to allow me to use more than one computer and another device a Captel 800i captioned telephone on the same Verizon DSL line with a Westell 6100 modem/router. The Westell 6100 only has one ethernet port so I bought the switch to allow me to hook more devices to the internet. The ease of use hooking it up and using it is amazing. I turned off the modem/router and I plugged the switch in and hooked the dsl line to one of the ethernet ports in the switch (it doesn't matter which port!). I then hooked the ethernet lines from two computers and another from the CapTel 800i phone to the other free ports. I turned on the modem/router and started using both computers and the phone immediately. No programs to load, no set-up, no rebooting of the computers, nothing! Pure plug and play! It was stress free and absolutely wonderful. If only setting up routers and modems were this easy. A great product, reliable, easy to set-up, and use. The case looks a little cheap, but it is a great product for the money. Can't say enough about it.
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on May 2, 2012
I bought the switch for my internet network and home theater. In Mexico homes are made of bricks, not drywalls like in the States, so WiFi is not as efficient. I put CAT 5e cable on my home to share internet between the cable modem and... 2 PCs, Smart TV, Blue-ray and Wii. I still have 2 free jacks for later additions. Was 100% Plug-and-play and the status light are dim enough to not being a nuance on a dark room.
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on April 20, 2011
Product works great. It is a must have as more electronics become accessible to the internet. Televisons, Xbox, Playstation, Televisions, Blu-ray players, etc., quickly take up the ethernet ports on your router, or dsl gateway. This helps expand your number of ports effortlessly.
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