Summary: Well made unit with no vices. It is made of sturdy enough plastic rather than metal which doesn't have any real bearing on the quality or longevity as it is a "set it up and leave it alone" type of device. The cabinet is cleverly designed to provide airflow through the device without the vents being readily noticeable. So far no complaints, and the power cord was about 2 meters long which made positioning very easy.
Pros: I wanted an upgrade my entertainment systems and this unit fits the bill perfectly, and was lucky to catch it on sale, though it is worth the normal going price. There are other gigabit switches that are cheaper, though they may or may not work as as well or hold up as long, it is a matter of preference and if you think something is worth a few extra bucks. As an unmanaged switch, there's nothing to do but plug everything in and power it up. The QoS priority for the p...
Cons: None, works as advertised without any problems..
Great network addition for internet video streaming.
22 February 2014
Summary: This item helps completely my network for online streaming. I have a complete Netgear network and have two of these units to complete it. One I use for extra connections in my computer center. Another one is connected in another room and connects my blueray player and smart big screen. I use the external switch because it is so much faster that the wifi connection. Just plug and play - Great!
Summary: Super fast Switch! Like most folks who have fairly new home theater equipment, I realized that while Wi-Fi is a nice convenience, it definitely does not have the speed an Ethernet port has. Unless I want to pay through the wazoo to get additional wiring done I needed another solution. Using the existing port I attached this little plug and play switch and voila! My 2 ports are now six (would have been nice to have one extra port on the switch, but a minor gripe).
Summary: I was able to plug in multiple devices into a single ethernet connection. In my situation the ethernet connection was a powerline network and the switch functioned just fine. If you have a need for a gigabit switch that is optimized for home entertainment then this is the unit for you. It is small, works great, and it looks good sitting on my entertainment center.
Pros: This is a nice 5 port switch with gigabit ports that are backward compatible from 100 Mbps all the way down to 10 Mbps. The hub is designed for an entertainment center with automatic QOS for live video and game play. It is exactly what I was looking for.
Cons: The only thing that bothers me about this gigabit switch is the power plug. The diameter of the plug is much smaller than usual so I don't know if it would stand up to rough treatment. However, if you are like me you will plug it in and leave it alone so it may not matter. It was just an observation that I made.
Summary: I didn't read close enough when I purchased that it was a home theater based unit. Not a huge deal at all, because that is what I am actually using it for, but didn't want to have to limit quality to certain other components. I just wanted to plug and go and get gigabit ethernet to all my units.
Pros: Awesome little switch for the money. It does what it needs to without any fuss
Cons: Could be a pro or con, but I did not realize it had QOS based ports.
Summary: I got this to upgrade a switch in my bedroom to Gigabit. I am very pleased with dimness of the lights, though I wish I could turn them off altogether. It is definitely a great value if you buy it on sale.
Pros: It does what any Gigabit switch would be expected to do, but where it really excels is in form. It is small (a little more than 1/2 the size of my GS605 switch) and the lights are not overly bright (unlike the GS605 which can probably be seen from outer space).
Summary: I thought it was kind of odd how they set up the port priority on this switch. Theres 1x High priority, 2x Medium priority, 2x Low/LAN priority. Ive never had a router/siwtch that set priority before, however it does not impact performance. If you are transfering data across your network, then this might be an issue for you. For my home theater setup, it did not make a difference.
Pros: This switch works great for my home theater setup. I have my TV, Xbox, and femtocell connected to it with 1 port left (will be hooking up media PC)
Cons: Nothing at this time. Just a gripe that there was not a network cable included but I had an extra one anyways.