Question Recommend a Gigabit Switch

sswingle

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So I currently have a super cheap 8 port TP Link gigabit switch (https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-TL-S...qid=1544715144&sr=1-7&keywords=gigabit+switch)

Thinking I should get a better quality switch but still want to keep it affordable. Is there something vastly better for maybe $40-$50, or is the TP Link just fine?

Currently using 7 connections on it:

Gigabit internet Google Wifi Primary Hub
Google Wifi #2
Google Wifi #3
Desktop #1
Desktop #2
Printer
2nd Printer
 

sdifox

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No need to change switch unless you are having issues with it.
 
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I agree with the above posters, if it aint broke dont fix it.

That said i usually go with the metal cased Netgear Prosafe line, they have served me well, im running 2 5 ports and 2 8 ports at home, 2 of them for over a decade, no issues.
 
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Unless you need more ports, or want to use vlans, then save your cash.
 

sswingle

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What is wrong with the current quality of the TP-Link?

Is it Technical issue or "Social desirability bias"?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_desirability_bias


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Well I just can't help thinking there must be some reason they only cost $18. When I bought it I didn't really care, I only had the 2 desktops that could even do gigabit. Now I'm wondering is it a bottleneck in network traffic.
 

thecoolnessrune

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Well I just can't help thinking there must be some reason they only cost $18. When I bought it I didn't really care, I only had the 2 desktops that could even do gigabit. Now I'm wondering is it a bottleneck in network traffic.
There are use cases that can separate 1 switch from another in the switching silicon, but not for home use. What you have will perform like any other unmanaged switch you could get. It's not your switch.
 
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Well I just can't help thinking there must be some reason they only cost $18.
Cheap unmanaged switches, are very nearly a commodity. Find a brand that you like (reliable, I like TrendNet), and just keep buying them when they're cheap. (Under $20 for 8-port gigabit.)
When I bought it I didn't really care, I only had the 2 desktops that could even do gigabit. Now I'm wondering is it a bottleneck in network traffic.
You can easily test that between two PCs on a LAN with iperf.
 


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