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[Amazon.ca] NETGEAR 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch (GS305) - $19.99 (Limited Time Deal)

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[Amazon.ca] NETGEAR 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch (GS305) - $19.99 (Limited Time Deal)

Received an alert that the NetGear GS305 5-port gigabit switch was on sale for $19.99. This is the all-time low on Amazon, and it's been this price a bunch of times before, most recently in October 2019.
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Both TP-Link and Netgear are good switch, I have both. Mostly 5 port to expend number of port at home office, TV cabinet, etc.

Just make sure you stay away from D-Link.
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New to this home networking, but realized I should have put Ethernet in the bedrooms instead of cable lol!

What would the benefit of going with the 8 other than 3 extra ports?

What is QoS and is it relevant for basic internet browsing or gaming. No file sharing at this point.
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I see the tp link 5 port plastic one for about $17 is there any concern for plastic vs metal?
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Superman_2099 wrote: New to this home networking, but realized I should have put Ethernet in the bedrooms instead of cable lol!

What would the benefit of going with the 8 other than 3 extra ports?

What is QoS and is it relevant for basic internet browsing or gaming. No file sharing at this point.
Depends on where you're putting it. I have several of these in my house. I have an 8 ports in my entertainment centre (living room), and it's full. Between the TV, NVidia Shield, HTPC, Apple TV, etc... It gets filled up easy. I also have the 5 port, and keep it by my computer.

Just remember, it may be 5 ports, but one is used for connecting to the network. So it's really 4. And once you plug in your main device, and one more thing, it's already getting tight.
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fudge_u wrote: Received an alert that the NetGear GS305 5-port gigabit switch was on sale for $19.99. This is the all-time low on Amazon, and it's been this price a bunch of times before, most recently in October 2019.
The 5-port is a good little box. And at $19.99 can't go wrong.

For anyone curious for historical purposes, the 8-port of the same model often drops to $24.99, and Prime Day was $21.99.
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undacova wrote: I see the tp link 5 port plastic one for about $17 is there any concern for plastic vs metal?
I would say not a concern for home use. More of a concern is the placement of the ethernet ports and power ports. If its all on the same side its better than opposite sides.
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These are bullet proof. I have a few dotted around home and businesses. Never an issue. The metal chassis is a good heat mover.
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coilz wrote: I would say not a concern for home use. More of a concern is the placement of the ethernet ports and power ports. If its all on the same side its better than opposite sides.
Why ... just for cable management, or some other reason?
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coilz wrote: I would say not a concern for home use. More of a concern is the placement of the ethernet ports and power ports. If its all on the same side its better than opposite sides.
Seems like the metal ones have the power on the opposite sides but the plastic ones have power on the same side
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GT!! wrote: Why ... just for cable management, or some other reason?
Yeah exactly for cable management .. at least for my case
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cheapshopper wrote: Both TP-Link and Netgear are good switch, I have both. Mostly 5 port to expend number of port at home office, TV cabinet, etc.

Just make sure you stay away from D-Link.
whats wrong with the dlnk switch. Running an 8 port GO-SW-8G for over year now 24/7. No issues at all.
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cheapshopper wrote: Both TP-Link and Netgear are good switch, I have both. Mostly 5 port to expend number of port at home office, TV cabinet, etc.

Just make sure you stay away from D-Link.
I bought a refurb dlink 16 port switch, and then Netgear had a sale on their 16 port switch for $39.99 (metal chassis)... I have 12 IP cameras, and lots of devices (around 50) and the 16-port is the main switch that goes around the house (connected to 8-port and 5-port satellite switches)... When I used the D-Link, it was working fine.... but when I replaced it with the Netgear, some of my IP cameras dropped off... I returned the Netgear to Amazon and they sent me a replacement 16-port switch, and it was worse than the first switch (the first switch worked for a couple of days before my cameras slowly dropped off).. the second switch was consistently not finding the same cameras that the first one dropped...

I've returned the Netgear 16-port for a refund and went back to the D-Link 16 port (which is a plastic version vs. the metal Netgear) and my cameras came back no problem...

I have a couple of Netgear 8 and 5 ports and they worked fine though, but they are satellite switches and not the main switch so I'm guessing that the netgear unmanaged switches with more than 8 ports are using cheap hardware that cannot handle complex network traffic...
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lead wrote: whats wrong with the dlnk switch. Running an 8 port GO-SW-8G for over year now 24/7. No issues at all.
I have many 5 port switch in the house, mainly as Satellite switch. I got them over long period of time, basically add 1 when I need it.
NetGear and TP-Link, both never have any issue.
Dlink: I buy 1, it run much slower than other Satellite switch. I swape out with TP_link and no issue, (With same connected device), so I know is the switch. Return it and buy TP-Link. No issue.
2nd time, DLINK on sale, so I buy it again to see how it go, Again run very slow, with random packet drop. Return it, buy TP-Link. No issue.

I try DLINK 3 time over last 5-6 years, all give me performance issue , 2 cases I got random packet drop.
I now have 7 switches around the house, mix of TP_link or NetGear, totally depend on which one is best price when I need it, and zero issue.
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Two conflicting reviews above that are almost the opposite.. i smell user errors.
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is this good price?!
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