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TP-Link TL-SG1008D 8-Port Unmanaged Gigabit Desktop Switch
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2010
Not a lot you can say about it as it just works! I plugged it in, it worked, the network is a ton faster than when i had it on a 10/100MB hub. The lights at the front are useful, ie they are off if no device is connected, orange for ports operating at 100MB (because the device on the other end of the cable is only 100MB capable) and green for full gigabit connections..Greate value for money, think i paid about £17.00
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2013
I bought this to replace a 10/100 Netgear switch I use by my TV as I gradually upgrade my home network to wired Gigabit.

Delivery was swift as usual and the item was well packaged. The switch itself is very simple, just plug and play, although this of course means you actually only have 4 ports free to connect equipment to once you have added a connection to your router, but that is fine for my needs.

Unlike the Netgear it replaces the TP-Link switch can be wall mounted which is very handy and helps me keep things behind the TV nice and tidy. As the TP-Link is pretty "cheap and cheerful" it doesn't feel as solid as the Netgear but putting it on a wall keeps it pretty safe from being bashed around. If you have any concerns then consider the more robust metal version.

Overall you really can't go wrong at this price, it's simple and does the job effectively. Recommended.

Update: 11/05/2015

The switch is still going strong and I have amended the review to reflect the comment below on plugging into any port which I wasn't aware of at the time. After about 12 months of use I unplugged the switch briefly while I changed some things around and the plastic top pin on the plug snapped off and is now wedged into the plug socket it was in.

Not a major concern, it is the bottom two pins on the plug that have metal contacts and I have plugged it back in and it works fine, but it does show that it is made to a price point (or I am just clumsy!), I guess.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2013
Very happy with this, does exactly what it says on the tin. Not sure what you can say about an ethernet switch, unless it stops working, in which case you can complain. But I cannot do that. I installed this a few weeks ago and mounted it to the wall. It is routing packets of data throughout my house and not complaining. It's not waking me up at night, for starters which is more than I can say for the kids. And it's gigabit, so it's faster than connecting things over wifi. I think the ideal way to handle network traffic in a domestic setting is to put as many devices as possible on a wired/ethernet connection (AppleTV, printers, modem/router, etc.) and save the wifi just for mobile devices like iPads and iPhones. Going back to the review of this TP-Link Unmanaged Gigabit Desktop Switch, I'd recommend it for anyone who is looking for an unmanaged gigabit desktop switch. The "desktop" part is a bit of a misnomer, as I've mounted it to the wall (it has mounting holes on the bottom), but then again TP-Link named their product "TL-SG1008D", so I'm assuming they don't have professionals in their "Product Naming" department anyways.

In short, if you need a switch with 8 ports, I recommend you get this one.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2010
I was sufficiently impressed with the ease of setup of this switch that I bought a second one. It is completely plug and play as it auto-configures any of the ports to act as the uplink port. Each port has an LED that glows green if a gigabit device is plugged in, or orange if not. This indicated that the motherboard of one of my PCs was not the version with a gigabit ethernet port despite the fact that the startup splash screen described it as a gigabit motherboard. That was fixed by adding the TP-Link Gigabit card TP-Link 32-bit Gigabit PCI Network Interface Card (TG-3269) Realtek RTL8169SC.

With two of these switches I now have two PCs, upstairs and downstairs, connected to a network media hard drive and copying files at a much higher speed. I cannot comment on the reliability and performance of this switch compared with other makes, but the price from Amazon is unbeatable.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2010
Plugged it in, connected the Ethernet cables, turned it on, it worked. Haven't thought about it since. Exactly how technology should be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2011
Plugged it in and it just worked. Using on a mixture of GNU linux (ubuntu) and windows home network. Transfer speeds are now faster between networked pc's than 10/100 link provided by my router, which the machines used to be plugged into . I have three machines and an ADSL modem router plugged into the switch to give the pc's access to each other and the internet. No problems so far running for 4 weeks, unit is switched on 24/7. Transfer speed on file copy shown as 47.5MB/s which allowed 3 files totalling 54GB to be copied between two pc's in 19 minutes 9 seconds or 1GB every 21 seconds. On my 100Mb network connection transfer speed was 9.5 MB/s which was 3 files totalling 54GB copied in 1 hour 35 minutes or 1GB every 1 minute 45 seconds. This was also while I was on the internet browsing which didn't effect the transfer rate. So the new switch provides transfers at 5 times the speed on my old network. So in my opinion well worth the just under £14 cost. Note all pc's already had a gigabit ethernet port to attach the gigabit switch to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2012
When I first set this up I was dissapointed with the results. I checked the adapter setting at my desktop and the file server and I noticed they were still set to 100Mbps. I was connected to the server with a comtrend powerline adapter. I pulled out the powerline adaptors and connected to the server via the switch with new Cat6 ethernet cables. The adaptors immediately set themselves to 1Gbps.

Data transmission speeds-

Wireless 802.11g - old wireless card in my desktop - 0.75 MBytes per second - paint dries faster.
Wireless 802.11n - wife's netbook - 1.5 MBytes per second - very slow.
Comtrend 200mbps adaptors - 5 to 6.5 MBytes per second - bit faster.
Cat6 Cable connections between desktop, server and switch - 120 MBytes per second - blindingly fast.

If you want faster downloads this switch wont help very much unless you have fibre-optic to the modem.
If you want faster files transfers within your local network expect a gigantic improvement!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2014
Just to add a few details. This it the same size as the 5 port TL-SG1005D, which I replaced. The five port has been working for four years, constantly on and never failed.

Also, for the few 1 and 2 stars reviews, it DOES work with media servers and the like and DOES NOT block any traffic. At all. Full stop. Just ask yourself, what company would do that..? Another company would just bring in one that didn't block and TP-Link would be no-more..

As of last week this has - PS4, PS3, bluray player, 60" plasma, Sky box and a laptop, all connected to my upstairs router. Which, in turn, is connected to my pc.. Which runs several media players, faultlessly.

I give this five stars, simply because at £18.48, you can't go wrong. This is much more reliable than glitchy, buggy wireless. The easiest thing to install, faster and so much cheaper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2011
Best switch for this price tag! Flawless operation, no heat issues! The latest version dispatched by Amazon.co.uk supports jumbo frames up to 7200 bytes which very good for a gigabit Ethernet connection.

Although, be aware that in general, in order to see maximum speed in a gigabit connection you have to have a fast HDD and a capable CPU. In my 2004's one-core laptop, I can see transfer rates up to 30 Mb/sec (using SCP in pure Ubuntu environment). This is not the maximum sustainable BW of the Switch, as my HDD's maximum Read/Write speed is limited only to 32 Mb/sec and my CPU is the major bottleneck factor while transferring in such a bitrate (It is always to 100% load while transferring a file @ 30Mb/sec).

Best buy for a home LAN party! ;)

Cheers!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2013
5 port ethernet desktop switch - works well so far. I have my TV, DVD player and Humax PVR's internet ethernet leads connected to this switch (acting as a hub). There is another ethernet lead connected to the internet router. In use so far I have not had any problems connected any device to the internet so the switch must be automatically granting internet access as requried to each device.
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