Excerpt: After testing a few switches of my own (some were not working as well as others), I settled on this Dlink DGS-2208 gigabit switch. This features a full 8 port, an upgrade from my previous 5 port switch. So far, there are no problems with it. It uses the same type of chasis that most of Dlink products have, and all the 8 ports are in the back. In the front, it has lights that tell which port is connected, and which port is sending out data.
Summary: This switch is, simply put, great. It took longer to unwrap, open, and get the parts out the box than it did to get all my network cables plugged in and movies streaming. I have 5 rooms with ports, so this 8-port switch is just enough to have 5 rooms/wireless router/media center/1 left to spare for another room connection in the basement. I've had this switch running for roughly 2 months now and have had zero problems.
Summary: Hi guys/girls, I noticed that the first review for this item quoted what I had written in a review on Newegg so I thought I'd clear up some discrepancies between what users have been writing in recent reviews compared to earlier ones. From what I understand of this product, hardware version 2 has no problems in a mixed network.
Summary: I bought and installed this switch when the previous 5-port D-Link gigabit switch I had in place died. (I also kind of needed the extra ports anyway so the death was a little fortuitous.) As soon as I plugged it in, I saw a dramatic reduction in speeds to the Internet. LAN speeds were fine but WAN download speeds went from >10MBit/s to <2MBit/s. Oddly, upload speeds were unaffected. Several hours of diagnostics and the only hitch appeared to be the new switch.