Excerpt: I find myself needing more Ethernet ports than the standard 4 on my router. Between Satellite TV, all in one printer, Blu-ray player, and network attached storage I was maxed out. I needed a place to plug in my computers that were not on WiFi and my smart TV. Thankfully there is a simple plug and play way to expand the number of Ethernet ports on my home network. It worked like a charm and the setup was simple..
Summary: I have owned this device for almost 2 years. It has been a worthwhile investing during that time, supplying a full Gigabit connection to my networked devices. I even purchased it 50% off during a sale which made it even better! However, a power outage just bricked the device. I contacted Linksys customer support, and they said since it was outside their 1 year warranty they could not do anything to replace or repair it.
Summary: I don't think I got more lifespan out of this switch than the less expensive ones I had been buying. it does the job but all these switches seem to fail about every 24-36 months in my application. I have a bias to Cisco in a lot of products, but I think they could up the quality a bit in this one for the price.
Summary: Some people may like not seeing the connectivity lights on the front, but I find without them, it's a little hard to tell how many ports are available. A small issue, but so far no issues to speak of, gigabit speed is nice for the future though nothing on my network can touch that speed. It's a well built switch for those who don't care if it's plastic or metal too.
Summary: I have had two of these running for a month, no issues. They have not overheated, caused network errors, made noise, tortured the cat, or otherwise acted out of line. Can't ask for much more from a network switch.
Summary: Most of my electronics don't have wifi built in, so i did my research and found this to be exactly what I needed in my room to give my wifiless electronics some life. It's small enough to forget about once connected. Get this if you need to extend with wired internet to any room.
Summary: - Why you bought it i was looking for a cheap solution for a home 1Gb Ethernet network. - What you like most about it this is a simple PnP, no configuration or any other hassle. just stick the cables it and it is running. - What you dislike about it in the user manual there is no mention about the type of Ethernet cables needed to be used. it took me a while to understand that when connecting it to a router you need a "cross over" cable.
Summary: I like the gigabit speed. It was basically plug and play and it seems to be working great. I was able to expand one wall connection to handle 4 other devices (it has 5 ports but one is needed for the connection to the wall).