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Trendnet Gigabit Network Switch 8 Port $20 or 5 Port for $14

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what/how are you guys using these small ones for? (don't just say networking please)

edit: added "just" cuz some of you don't understand basic networking
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actng wrote: what/how are you guys using these small ones for? (don't say networking please)
I don't understand the question. If it's not used for networking, what else would you use it for? (don't say sexy time please)
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actng wrote: what/how are you guys using these small ones for? (don't say networking please)
to exchange 0 and 1 between network card...
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actng wrote: what/how are you guys using these small ones for? (don't say networking please)
Ummm...networking is what switches do. What do you use them for if not networking? For smaller ones like this, how about behind the TV, or in a small office. Size doesn't always matter ;)
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yeah no, spend another $5 and get a proper switch
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actng wrote: what/how are you guys using these small ones for? (don't say networking please)
Family room - 1) television, 2) amazon firetv, 3) cable box, 4) kids hardwired with school
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roggers wrote: yeah no, spend another $5 and get a proper switch
I have a Trendnet switch going on 10 years plus with no issues. What makes a proper switch?
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I current have 3 switches in use:

In the Family Room on the main floor at the back of the house - Asus 5 Port GX-D1051 V3 (connected to a CAT7 that I ran from the Bell Home Hub 3000 modem) ... used to split connections to my two Unlocked Android Boxes and Denon Receiver

In the Basement - D-Link 8 Port DGS-1008G D2 (connected to the Bell Home Hub 3000 modem) ... used to split connections of the builder pre-wired ethernet cables in the home.
In the Basement - D-Link 5 Port DGS-1005G E1 (connected to a CAT7 that I ran from the Bell Home Hub 3000 modem) ... used to split connections for my home office (to be relocated from the second floor) and my future entertainment area (which would consist of a Smart TV (wired), desktop (for streaming) and a secondary Home Theatre system

I don't use Trendnet or TP-Link.
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roggers wrote: yeah no, spend another $5 and get a proper switch
Lol.
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Used for home networking of course.

If you're using these for any commercial purpose, you should know better.
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Need one but gonna skip because of Canada computers.
If this was Amazon I would be all over it.
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jdmfishingonly wrote: I current have 3 switches in use:

In the Family Room on the main floor at the back of the house - Asus 5 Port GX-D1051 V3 (connected to a CAT7 that I ran from the Bell Home Hub 3000 modem) ... used to split connections to my two Unlocked Android Boxes and Denon Receiver

In the Basement - D-Link 8 Port DGS-1008G D2 (connected to the Bell Home Hub 3000 modem) ... used to split connections of the builder pre-wired ethernet cables in the home.
In the Basement - D-Link 5 Port DGS-1005G E1 (connected to a CAT7 that I ran from the Bell Home Hub 3000 modem) ... used to split connections for my home office (to be relocated from the second floor) and my future entertainment area (which would consist of a Smart TV (wired), desktop (for streaming) and a secondary Home Theatre system

I don't use Trendnet or TP-Link.
How do you ground the cat7? It seems like neither the HH, the Asus nor the d-link has rj45 jacks with ground.
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Hooked up the 8 port switch and it's working good, connected at 1000 Mbps to all my devices on the main floor - htpc, mybooklive, tv, main pc. Can't complain for $20, no more slow and erratic WiFi connection.
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roggers wrote: yeah no, spend another $5 and get a proper switch
Care to explain what you mean?

These are consumer grade switches, they work perfectly well for years in that role. What is $5 more going to get you?
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ZipSpeed wrote: I have a Trendnet switch going on 10 years plus with no issues. What makes a proper switch?
I got nothing, I think OP is lost.

The only thing I could see is if you want a managed switch, but for most home users that's a pretty unnecessary expense.

For the few home users that DO want something more 'advanced' than a basic unmanaged switch, one of those 'partially' managed switches, like the Easy Smart line from TP-Link will probably fit the bill (allows for VLAN stuff, port mirroring, and other things that might be useful), but you don't get that for $5 more.
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ttiger wrote: Family room - 1) television, 2) amazon firetv, 3) cable box, 4) kids hardwired with school
That must be a long cable between your home and your kids’ school.
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simplypop wrote: Can printers be connected by Ethernet ?
Certainly. Many printers come with Ethernet ports. Those that don't? You can easily set up a Raspberry Pi as a printer server.
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actng wrote: what/how are you guys using these small ones for? (don't say networking please)
this one specifically does layer 2 traffic, smarter than a hub, dumber than a router.

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