Plug and play, no configuration required, Ethernet Splitter Small and slient desktop network switch with fanless design for quiet operation 8 10/100 Mbps auto-negotiation RJ45 ports, supports auto MDI/MDIX Green Ethernet technology saves the power up to 60 percent Comes with 3 years manufacturer's warranty
Just plug it all in and away it goes. Each port has an active indicator which is handy so you can see when things are working. Bought this because I was replacing an old BT Hub3 which was being used as a secondary unit that had a failing wifi connection. Bought a TP-Link wifi unit but it didn't have Ethernet ports for external circuits. I now have the wifi working and the Ethernet circuits, mostly used for streaming to TV's and for a mobile signal unit. This unit is connected into my main BT Hub at the incoming telephone point which is about 25 metres away. Smart looking piece of kit and metal construction with 16 ports for £28, absolute bargain. Mine is an un-managed one which is fine for domestic use, it doubles the price for a managed one so don't get one if you don't need it. Looked at getting a smaller one but the power consumption for this one was actually less! Mine is in the loft but if you are installing in a living space it is silent as it does not have a fan. In a way its a shame to hide it away, though probably not everyone would be of that opinion!
Plug and play TP link 8 port Ethernet switch
Having replaced my 10/100 Sky router with a Q hub which supports 10/100/1000 i needed a new switch as well and after looking at the various models i settled on the TP-LINK 8 port, this seemed to offer everything i needed for a very reasonable price
setting up was blindingly simple with only the power adapter needing connecting and then the Ethernet cables plugged in and it was up and running.
testing the various connections ,such as the Sky box, tv and Bluray player they all had a stable connection, all in all this little box does what it claims and is a bargain for the price
I had a problem with my Sky Q box which only has one ethernet port. I wanted to run a cable to it from the main router as the wifi on it kept failing, despite being only 1m from the wifi hub. I also needed an ethernet cable to go to a Sky Q mini box. I was recommended to get an ethernet hub. I didn't expect it to work - how could the SkyQ both receive an internet signal and send data to the mini box at the same time through a single cable? However the cables just plugged in and it works! The internet still goes down once a day or so due to a poor connection outside the house, but the Sky Q boxes now come back on with internet connection as soon as the internet comes back on. I haven't had to reset a box since I got this a couple of months ago.
There are A LOT of 5 star reviews for something which has no scope to excel in. It is a network switch (a standardised term) for standardised (that TBASE we see around) 10/100 links with the ability to figure out the type of cable (apparently this used to be an issue, since the year 2000 it's never been an issue anywhere)
It does this as well as any other switch.
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The power connector is a little tough, I was worried I may break it by pushing harder and it JUST fits into the inset on the side, which is why I was reluctant.
The activity LEDs are somewhat dim/small and flicker really fast. Home users will tuck this away somewhere and in a dark room may find the slight light (in a dark room dim sources somehow do this I find!) slightly annoying. They're really close to the connections so tape would be hard to apply.
This is a bit unfair though, activity lights have legit uses (letting you know stuff is working, is connected and such, you'll have a hard time finding a switch without!), unfortunately this isn't standardised, so how they show speed and activity, or even the colour varies hugely. The fast flickering I found really strange though, seriously. [Typically there's an "activity blink" triggered by anything happening followed by a hold off where it stays lit regardless of activity for a short time, until that elapses it will not trigger again]
It also has no feet (little rubber pads or something), but this'll be tucked away somewhere probably held up by the cables connected to it, so it doesn't need them. The flat surface (it has no raised rim to hold the bottom face off a surface) will scratch easily, again probably doesn't matter.
The indication lights I don't believe indicate speed but I don't have any reason to test a 10megabit connection in it (and I can't be bothered to force a device to present as one and see what happens, why would you want to? Answers in a comment please!)
This has clearly been designed to "look good" - even the matt plastic shroud it came in, but also pragmatically, like lacking feet, it's so light any cable will hold it off a surface anyway and doesn't need them. This is sensible really.
It does its job and should be enough for most people.
As this is PURELY a switch I see no need to mention extra things some switches have (from gimicky crap to worthy of being called "managed", even if where they will end up has no need of the features) that this does not. It doesn't need them.
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For those of you (in familiar if not technically correct terms) looking to share your internet connection via cables from your router will almost certainly be fine with this, most home routers already have a block of 4 "LAN" or network connectors on the back (another may be labelled WAN and another DSL, one of these connects to the internet provider)
If you have exhausted those connections you can connect this in one of those LAN ports, then connect 7 devices to this (6 if you had maxed out the router's LAN connections, having to unplug something to then plug this in) and you can close your eyes.
Why might you want to? Cabled connections never go down (if they do, the reason is almost never attributable to the cable, like if someone cuts it, you blame them not the cable!) and are EXTREMELY reliable. The connectors almost never come loose, and connectivity never drops for a few seconds for seemingly no reason.
I've seen some laptop designs that have the port with clip at the bottom, this sometimes gets pressed accidentally if they're very thin - again not the cable's fault)
Wireless networks have none of these properties, we accept their flaws because IT'S WIRELESS! Wireless devices must be exceptionally polite in the face of loads of other near by networks, devices trying to transmit at the same time in earshot of each other, all kinds of stuff, this backing off is the source of many of our problems and why, still in 2020, we must sometimes restart routers.
This will be fine. The maximum theoretical throughput you'll see is 12.5 megabytes a second (~12.5mib/sec, there's a tiny difference) in practice you'll see 12 readily. Internet connections are usually not this fast and wont saturate it.
The switch is able to deal with up to 8 things sending the full rate in both directions between each other just fine, note if you connect this to your router (or another switch) the connections between them will be limited to 12megabytes/sec in each direction as the cable linking the two is the bottleneck, you cannot connect a second cable.
If you planned to use this to allow file sharing between computers, or allow you to stream from other computers it'll be reliable and largely okay, but keep in mind this limit, circa 12 megabytes per second down any one cable.
Any cables you buy (I've never seen one without in my entire life) will have the full 8 pins needed for a 10x faster connection, so called "gigabit ethernet" (because it's 1000mbits/sec, = 1gibit/sec) this is 125megabytes/sec in each direction per port max.
This would be better if you plan to copy large files between devices, you'll already have cables for this as I said, and any device which you can connect to your network with a "LAN port" will support gigabit or not need to (eg xbox 360s have no need for such data rates, and are "only" 100megabits / sec ~ 12.5megabytes/sec, BUT THE CABLES AND (GIGABIT) SWITCH WILL STILL WORK FINE WITH IT)
These are only slightly more expensive. I wouldn't bother with a "managed" switch without good reason, and those who could benefit know already.
As I said at the top of this review, the terms are standardised, LITERALLY ANY "GIGABIT SWITCH" will do.
Both this and a gigabit switch support cables of up to 100 meters long and any cable you buy will be able to do this, since gigabit is old (before 2000) you wont see anything else, and nor have I.
Perfect plug and play system. Simple to set up, easy to use and the connection is great on all devices. Make sure you use cables above Cat 5 for the best results. I have a Cat 8 cable feeding the connection into the device and all cables going out are Cat 6. I love this little device and wish I had it sooner. I now have internet to my PS4, laptop and Xbox One all at the same time.
The only issue with this product is the Lifetime Warranty part. You have to register it with the company on the card they give you in the package, but they refuse to do so unless you buy it directly from their own website. We have 2 of these ports in the house and they refused to warranty either of them because they are from Amazon. Very disappointing but if the reviews are anything to go by, this product is worth it even without the lifetime warranty.
It works and it's cheap. I have a few of these and they are trouble free. It would be nice if it had a separate led to indicate if it detected a gigabit connection or only 100mbps - similarly priced switches from other manufacturers do this.
I have a home network with several devices sending 802.1q tagged packets, and several others sending untagged packets. This is to create a separate guest network using different vlans. I can confirm that this switch quite happily forwards both tagged packets and untagged packets without altering them. My research leads me to believe that all gigabit switches do this without a problem but some 10/100 switches don't. The clue is to look for jumbo frame support in the specifications.
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