The 10 Best Ethernet Switches
The 10 Best Ethernet Switches
As with any product that you are going to purchase the reason why you are buying it is going to play a significant role in deciding which item you eventually choose to spend your money on. For someone thinking about buying an Ethernet switch, whether they are a gamer, a homeowner, or a business person, is going to mean that they prioritize certain needs over others. We’ve provided some great options as well as reasons to choose them.
Best Ethernet Switches
NETGEAR 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch (GS108)
This switch has 8 gigabit ports, and is plug and play for easy set up. You don’t need any software and you don’t have to perform any configuration, which makes this ideal for those users who don’t have a lot of expertise or experience in setting up an Ethernet, or want to be able to get it set up quickly.
You can choose whether you mount this switch on the wall or whether you would like to have it on your desktop. It is pretty basic looking, and has a plastic covering, so this may not make it the ideal candidate for an office.
There is no fan with this design, so it runs very quietly, which is great if you are trying to reduce any extra noise in your environment. It is also energy efficient which lowers its cost to operate, which means it is compliant with IEEE802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet mode.
NETGEAR 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch (GS308)
The primary advantage of the GS308 over the GS108 is that it comes in an attractive and durable metal casing, which makes it ideal for the workplace, or any environment where you need something that looks a bit more imposing and sturdy.
It has 8 gigabit ports. It is unmanaged and comes with plug and play for super easy set up, so again, you don’t need to go through a configuration or installation process.
It can be mounted on your wall, or it can sit on your desktop, and it will look very professional.
It is fanless and is designed to run quietly, which definitely factors in when you have a lot of machines in your office, or you need to have a quiet space in which you can work.
The switch is IEEE802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet mode compliant, so it has low running costs.
If you are using a number of different pieces of equipment with this Ethernet switch, one great feature is that it automatically switches to highest speed between the switch and any end device, giving you better efficiency.
TP-LINK TL-SG105 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch
This 5 gigabit port switch can be mounted on your desktop or your wall, and it comes in a durable steel housing, again making it good for a work environment.
The 5 ports are auto-negotiation RJ45 ports, which helps to greatly expand your network capacity.
It is super efficient on its energy consumption and can reduce it up to 65%, being able to adjust its power status based on the link status and the cable length.
The switch supports QoS (IEEE 802.1p) and IGMP snooping function, which means that the switch really helps with dynamic multicasting, increasing the speed of transmissions across your network, when you are sending to multiple users.
The above feature definitely makes this a good choice for gamers, and for anyone with an office where you have your workers using a networked communication system.
D-Link 8-Port Gigabit 16 Gbps Desktop Switch (DGS-1008G)
This Ethernet switch has 8 gigabit ports. It uses D-Link Green Technology to help conserve energy when the device isn’t in use. It is also RoHS compliant.
This model has the capacity for both Ethernet Gigabit storage and gaming. Which makes it great for both an office network and a multi-player gaming environment. Being able to transmit a lot of data quickly and efficiently is vital for both gamers and those who work in an office.
The inclusion of QoS means it is able to provide clear VoIP call and smooth online gaming, and like a majority of the other models it is plug and play, so it needs no configuration or set up.
TP-Link 16-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch (TL-SG1016)
The TL-SG1016 is another great one for gamers. Because of the 16 gigabit ports and its 32 Gbps switching capacity. this switch has the ability to transfer large files instantly. Who wants to be slowed down when they are in the middle of a game?
Again this same functionality is going to make it a good match for a lot of offices. The Auto-negotiation function senses the link speed of a network device and adjusts for compatibility and optimal performance. The Auto MDI/MDIX eliminates the need for crossover cables, and again It is plug and play, so it requires no configuration or set up. All of this makes it a very user friendly device, that gives you a lot of functionality and requires no real expertise to set it up and run it.
Add in the fact that it uses green technology to allow you to expand your network capacity, therefore using much less power, allowing you to limit the carbon footprint of your network, and you have a great option here.
Linksys 8-Port Metallic Gigabit Switch (SE3008)
This Ethernet switch is very popular, and very commonly you see it being used in home offices. It provides you with 10x faster connections than standard 10/100 Ethernet.
Advanced power saving mode detects unused ports, making it a good choice for keeping your electricity consumption low.
It is equipped with QoS, which means that is is great at prioritizing video and audio applications for better streaming. Another feature that makes it very efficient is that all its ports support auto MDI/MDI-X cable detection, so it can adjust power accordingly.
It can be desktop or wall mounted, and it’s metallic casing makes it suitable for both home and office settings.
The SE3008 is a great all round choice for everyone, whatever their level of expertise, and whatever they intend to use it for.
Linksys Business LGS105 5-Port Desktop Gigabit Switch
A close relative of the SE3008, the LGS105 is specifically designed for business, as you could probably guess from the name.
Plug and play, as with the other switches, makes for easy set up, and the metal enclosure makes it both durable and professional in appearance.
It meets the EEE energy efficient Ethernet 802.3az standard and has a number of power saving features.
It has a wired connection speed up to 1,000 Mbps5, making it very fast. Gigabit Ethernet auto-sensing ports increases its efficiency, making it a very attractive option.
D-Link 5-Port EasySmart Gigabit Ethernet Switch (DGS-1100-05)
The DGS-1100-05 is a great choice for small businesses and homeowners. It has 5 ports and is, like a lot of the choices, fanless, making it very quiet.
It is very power efficient, using D-Link Green Technology to regulate power consumption based on link status and cable length.
It has Support for Quality of Service to make sure that it prioritizes time sensitive traffic. It also has 802.1Q VLANs for secure traffic or network segmentation, making it a very reliable option for sending important information.
Add in Bandwidth Limiting, Link Aggregation and IGMP Snooping, to increase efficiency and speed, and you can see there are many reasons to choose this switch.
Amcrest Gigabit Uplink 9-Port Poe+ Ethernet Switch
This Ethernet switch is another all round good choice for gamers, homeowners, and business owners.
It has a 9-Port POE+ 802.3at Desktop Power Ethernet Switch with 8-Port POE plus and Gigabit Uplink, which makes it easier to connect devices, and very fast while doing it.
You can connect IP cameras, computers, TV’s, gaming consoles and more to it, which obviously makes it a switch that can be used in more than one kind of setting. The speed with which you can achieve the set up is a big thing for a lot of people, and when you are using various bits of equipment, that can save you a lot of time and money.
It is another unmanaged switch, with plug and play for ease of use. Its compact, lightweight design allows for easy transportation, while the heavy-duty metal frame is built to last. This Ethernet Switch would definitely be a great investment, in terms of both the quality of the device, and the functionality.
BV-Tech 4 Port PoE+ Switch with 2 Ethernet Uplink
This Ethernet switch has some wonderful, and really well thought out functionality. Its extend function extends the maximum PoE transmission distance from 100 meters to 250 meters, which can be very useful when you are setting up the ethernet in your office or space, and may need to move things around as necessity demands.
The 4 PoE+ Ports and 2 Ethernet Uplink Ports make network setups so much easier.
It automatically detects required PoE power for your devices and the two Ethernet uplink ports mean it can communicate with your devices without sacrificing any PoE ports. This is a genius idea.
It has a metal casing and is lightweight, so you can use it in various environments, and its innovations mean it would be great for any kind of user of any degree of expertise.
Making Your Ethernet Switch Choice
Obviously there are a lot of similarities between switches, as some features are definitely standardised in the industry, and failure to include them isn’t optional, so when making your decision it really pays to look at the features that are unique to each option.
It never hurts to go into buying something like this with a plan in mind. Not only is it important to know what it is that you want to use the device for, but also to be able to think with the space which you are using it in. Is getting something with a plastic casing going to be the best decision if there is even the slightest chance that it might get knocked around?
When you are using it in a high traffic area, or a situation where you are not going to be the only person using it then you need to be thinking with ease of use. You should be looking to the person with the lowest level of ability who is likely to come into contact with the device, and assess whether or not they are going to be able to handle it.
Are you just buying the device to handle the situation you are in right now, or might you need something more robust and extensible for plans you have further down the road? The more data you have to hand when looking for the perfect Ethernet Switch, the more likely you are to find one that is the perfect fit for you and your needs.
Thankfully, most of these Ethernet Switches are designed to just be plug and play, and to not need any set-up or configuration, but some people are still able to get confused by simple electronics. There are a lot of choices, and in terms of aesthetics, you shouldn’t have a problem finding something that fits with the look and feel of your other devices.