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ZyXEL are my new favourite networking manufacturer,
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This review is from: ZyXEL GS108B 8 port Gigabit Unmanaged Desktop Switch (Personal Computers)
I haven't purchased anything that justified a written review for a while, however the ZyXEL 8-port gigabit switch definitely justifies recommendation.
Firstly when compared to similar products from NetGear, LinkSys and D-Link the ZyXEL is by far the cheaper option, especially so when you see other 8-port gigabit switches costing up to £70 (admittedly with PoE).
Where is skimps on price it doesn't skimp on features, for instance this is a full 8-port auto-sensing switch which means you don't have a dedicated uplink port or issues with cross-over/standard patch cables, the box does it all. The unit comes nicely packaged with all the information you need to get it working.
The box itself is very compact and well made from aluminium or some other brushed alloy which looks very nice and helps dissipate any heat it might generate. The only downside with the design is that it can't be stored vertically as this would obstruct the vents on one side. The 12v PSU is also very compact, around half the size of the out-going Netgear 5-port switch I'm replacing with this unit.
Finally it has good green credentials, other manufacturers such as D-Link make a song and dance about their product's greenness (even adding it to the name) - the ZyXEL just gets on with it only mentioning the powering down of unused ports (saving up to 70% less energy) on the box and not anywhere on the unit or in the manual.
Installation also took seconds - I unplugged my existing switch, reconnected all the devices (WAP, XBox, Powerline adapter etc.) and was up and running again as if nothing had happened.
So to recap this is a small, well designed and well built 8-port switch that will auto sense cables and interconnections to other network devices, will power down unused ports and works out of the box for way less than any competitor's product. Buy it.
I will be buying more ZyXEL products in the future.