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post #1 of 26
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I'm in the market for on of these, since Fast Ethernet isn't cutting it any more. I've been looking at the following units:

Belkin F5D5141UK8: a known brand and a nice price.

TP-Link SG1008: Not so well known (at least to me) and can't find any reviews on this unit. Good price though.

Cisco Small Business SG100D-08 8-Port Gigabit Switch: Obviously the most well-known of all networking equipment, but what does it have over the other two to justify the price hike?

NetGear GS108. Used NetGear before and quite happy with them, although their routers tend to suck. Also read some where that there are issues with this model.

If people could share opinions, I'd be grateful. Many thanks.
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post #2 of 26
Eh, no big difference between these generic unmanaged switches.
If you were trying to hang 50+ clients off of one then maybe it would make a difference.
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what does it have over the other two to justify the price hike?
The name Cisco. Granted it's not a Catalyst, so you really aren't buying anything other than the name.
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I'm guessing the Cisco switch does support the transfer of vlan tagged frames in both the proprietary Cisco format, and open standard, but that really shouldn't matter in a home environment. You'll know when you need it.

Finally (and this is just speculation), the Cisco switch will probably still operate at wire-speed when operating with 8 connected ports, where cheaper switches may start to bog down.
    
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Another question regarding these unmanaged GigE switches. How is it that 8-port models are priced so reasonably, but from 16 ports upwards, the price seems to skyrocket? It certainly does not climb linearly.
Edited by parityboy - 12/26/10 at 7:42am
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post #5 of 26
The Cisco switch is unmanaged so it won't support and tag VLANs. I would personally stay away from the crappy Belkin though to be quite honest.

Other than that any of those would do fine. I would personally go with the Netgear or Cisco.
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The Cisco switch is unmanaged so it won't support and tag VLANs. I would personally stay away from the crappy Belkin though to be quite honest.

Other than that any of those would do fine. I would personally go with the Netgear or Cisco.
What have you got against Belkin? I've used their products before (I have one of their wireless routers) and never had an issue. Have you had trouble with their switches before?
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Ehhh... The Belkin... Well, Belkin's not really known for networking. It's like buying Microsoft hardware

I have both the TP-Link and the NetGear. No issues with either one. No problems with transfer speeds through either one.

Wouldn't expect the Cisco to be much different than the Linksys-branded versions...
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Ehhh... The Belkin... Well, Belkin's not really known for networking. It's like buying Microsoft hardware
I kinda know what you mean. Check this out. Looks a bit too close to the Belkin...

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I have both the TP-Link and the NetGear. No issues with either one. No problems with transfer speeds through either one.

Wouldn't expect the Cisco to be much different than the Linksys-branded versions...
OK, cheers for that. Staying on topic, what do you think of D-Link gear? I have one of their routers and I love it; I've also had their Wireless APs, but what about their network switches? Any good?

Also, who makes Dell networking gear (I know it isn't Dell... )?
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im using a GS108T right now, I love it!

more features than you'll ever need. port trunking is prob my favorite
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I kinda know what you mean. Check this out. Looks a bit too close to the Belkin...



OK, cheers for that. Staying on topic, what do you think of D-Link gear? I have one of their routers and I love it; I've also had their Wireless APs, but what about their network switches? Any good?

Also, who makes Dell networking gear (I know it isn't Dell... )?
Not a fan of D-Link personally. I've blown every D-Link equipment I've ever had. Switches, hubs (back in the day), routers, USB Hubs, etc.

If I remember right, Dell PowerConnect are OEM'd through Delta Electronics out of Taiwan...

Oh, and also maybe Juniper Networks.
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