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[Amazon.ca] D-Link DGS-108GL $24.99 network switch

D-Link 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Metal Desktop Switch.
Replacement of their DGS-108 model.

Hardware changes,
LED locations changed to the top of the switch.
Single LED per port now, instead of dual LED per port.

Basic 802.1p QoS feature still available.
For details on D-Link's implementation,
A quick review, click HERE
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huuuu! (¬'-')¬ C-('-'Q) straight!
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I'm a simple man, I see d-link, I downvote
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neonic wrote: ... why not get the very known around RFD TL-SG108 for 23.99
Questionable quality control and pathetic updates for network devices with firmware updates.
Users can browse through a typical tp-link support website for their routers/AP ... firmware and compare them against other brands.

I only purchase tp-link products if third party firmware is available and there is no choice.
e.g. OpenWrt
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Normally, I would be against D-link as well, but I found that most of the dlink issues are with their wireless products.

Their wired products like this 8 port switch are very stable.
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The brand varies but the basic 8 port switches on Amazon seem to always hit $20 at least once a year, if you're not in a hurry.
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Warlock wrote: Questionable quality control and pathetic updates for network devices with firmware updates.
Users can browse through a typical tp-link support website for their routers/AP ... firmware and compare them against other brands.

I only purchase tp-link products if third party firmware is available and there is no choice.
e.g. OpenWrt
This thread is about dumb switches, so no firmware updates. How is this even relevant?
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alpovs wrote: This thread is about dumb switches, so no firmware updates.
Point out where I stated that the unmanaged switches had any updates.
alpovs wrote: How is this even relevant?
I repeat: ... pathetic updates for network devices with firmware updates.
Reference for their overall service and quality control of their products.

Doubt that most users has tools such as digital micrometer(s) and the like, nor the time to sit around measuring tolerances of the tp-link products. Nor the patience to tear down and check the soldering work on their PCBs.

So a quick shortcut with no costs and get the general idea of the company,
Check their website's routers, access points... frequency of firmware updates, length between updates, total support period of their updates ...
If their $100.00, $200.00, $300.00 ... products are flakey/poor specifications, users should not expect any better results with their $24.00 network switch.

That does not even mention their pitiful business practices such as having a backdoor on at least one of their access points.

With all that said,
Some people consider a single dollar saved is more important. That's their money and their choice.
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Brewmeanie wrote: Normally, I would be against D-link as well, but I found that most of the dlink issues are with their wireless products.

Their wired products like this 8 port switch are very stable.
I had both a d-link 100mbit switch and 54g router with burnt out ethernet ports. 3 work, one don't. Only happened with d-link products. Direct replace dlink router with netgear router and no issues. The dlink router did have ddwrt on it. Maybe a combo of bad hardware design and 3rd party sketchy code on the router, but the switch was dumb and also failed... A lightning strike, but all other gears working? Why would ports just fail? Since then i've avoided dlink and had no weird issues.
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+1 on the d-link hate. RMA'd an overheating wifi router and got back an overheating wifi router.

F 'em.
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Does firmware and security updates really matter? How do you mess a dumb switch?
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I hate D-Link as much as the next guy but it's just a dumb switch.. they all (essentially) work the same.

But this deal is horrible. You can get an 8-port TP-Link dumb switch for $20 regular price.
Warlock wrote: Questionable quality control and pathetic updates for network devices with firmware updates.
Users can browse through a typical tp-link support website for their routers/AP ... firmware and compare them against other brands.

I only purchase tp-link products if third party firmware is available and there is no choice.
e.g. OpenWrt
Firmware updates? For a dumb switch? Lol.

Questionable quality control but posts a D-Link product? LOL!
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MayorOfToronto wrote: I hate D-Link as much as the next guy but it's just a dumb switch.. they all (essentially) work the same.

But this deal is horrible. You can get an 8-port TP-Link dumb switch for $20 regular price.
I mean, I wasn't really suggesting that the TP-Link one would blow this D-Link out of water or anything. But if we're comparing them, price is already a difference, if performance is the same, it'd give it to TP-Link already, but this TL-SG108 (metal casing) have lifetime warranty, the plastic one (which I assume is the one you've mentioned for $20) is 2 year and OP's D-Link 5 for that matter. So for another 3-4 bucks I'd rather chose it.

Then again, I don't know much about switches, and just mentioned because this SG108 seems to be very liked around here (hence the links)
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Warlock wrote: Questionable quality control and pathetic updates for network devices with firmware updates.
Users can browse through a typical tp-link support website for their routers/AP ... firmware and compare them against other brands.

I only purchase tp-link products if third party firmware is available and there is no choice.
e.g. OpenWrt
Do you realize we're talking about dumb, unmanaged switches here?

You don't get firmware updates for that sort of device.
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Brewmeanie wrote: Normally, I would be against D-link as well, but I found that most of the dlink issues are with their wireless products.

Their wired products like this 8 port switch are very stable.
Unless you use mesh networking, tons of issues there, for example:

https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/faq/1794/
https://forum.mikrotik.com/viewtopic.php?t=162000

I had this issue with both a TP-Link mesh setup, and a Samsung mesh setup. VERY frustrating issue to debug. D-Link is garbage, no matter the device IMHO.
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Friends don't let friends buy D-Link networking gear.
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Warlock wrote: Point out where I stated that the unmanaged switches had any updates.



I repeat: ... pathetic updates for network devices with firmware updates.
Reference for their overall service and quality control of their products.

Doubt that most users has tools such as digital micrometer(s) and the like, nor the time to sit around measuring tolerances of the tp-link products. Nor the patience to tear down and check the soldering work on their PCBs.

So a quick shortcut with no costs and get the general idea of the company,
Check their website's routers, access points... frequency of firmware updates, length between updates, total support period of their updates ...
If their $100.00, $200.00, $300.00 ... products are flakey/poor specifications, users should not expect any better results with their $24.00 network switch.

That does not even mention their pitiful business practices such as having a backdoor on at least one of their access points.

With all that said,
Some people consider a single dollar saved is more important. That's their money and their choice.
I'd consider your position MUCH more seriously if you weren't suggesting D-LINK was a better option!? /smh

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