Summary: Do not buy. I had two super cheap ($30-$40) 8-port gigabit switches that worked fine, but it seemed every few months I'd need to reboot them for no good reason. So I bought this to replace them, thinking it would be a step up in quality, plus I liked the idea of having web-based "cable length" tests and other features. However, this switch seems to just stop working and require rebooting every 1-2 weeks.
Summary: I've been building and maintaining enterprise, SoHo, and residential networks for over 15 years. I used to think of TP-LINK as a low quality brand, but I have used their gear for low-budget installations many, many times over the years. I recently returned to service a professionally installed home network I had set up many years ago. The network terminates in an outdoor "shed" where a patch panel and a TP-LINK switch live, as well as some other networking gear.
Summary: Works great, throughput is fantastic. The interface is a little slow, but once you get everything setup (VLANs, rate limiting, etc), you really don't need to bother with it again. Recommended.
Summary: Very simple explanation: This switch has changed my network from good to amazing. If you use simple dumb unmanaged switches, get rid of them and get this unit. It will let you know if your connection is running at 10, 100, or 1000 speed. I had a patch cable that was showing up a a 100 Megabit connection, I replaced it and now have full gigabit. This unit is great if your not a pro and don't have expensive tools to do network diagnosis.
Excerpt: Looking for the right switch for my company was easy to do with the way Staples has their website set up. I was also able to call a few stores about inventory, because I wanted the switch that day. Unfortunately, they didn't have any in stock, so I ordered it through the website. Received it promptly in 3 business days like they stated. The switch is working properly without much hassle to set up. Overall 4 stars for ease and promptness of product delivery.