Great network addition for internet video streaming.
3 weeks ago
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).
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.
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).