TP-Link 5-Port 10/100 Unmanaged Mini Desktop Switch - £5.32 delivered @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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TL-SF1005D 5-port 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet Switch provides 5 10/100Mbps Auto-Negotiation RJ45 ports. All ports support Auto MDI/MDIX function, eliminating the need for crossover cables or Uplink ports.

The Switch is Plug-and-Play and each port can be used as general ports or Uplink ports and can be simply plugged into a server, a hub or a switch, using straight cable or crossover cable.The TP-LINK TL-SF1005D 5-port 10/100M Fast Ethernet Switch provides you with a low-cost, easy-to-use, high-performance, seamless and standard upgrade to improve your old network to a 100Mbps network.

It will boost your network performance up to full duplex data transfer. Its wire-speed switching that forwards packets can be as fast as the speed that your network delivers those packets to them.

Credit to MrFizzy who spotted this first.
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2 Likes #1
Also 8 port for £6.52

8 port
#2
thx. ordered both.
#3
3 year warranty for 9.99 makes me laugh!!!! ;-) Just buy two in the first place!!!! ;-) cheap as chips, but never heard of the make and I'm sticking with netgear/belkin/cisco
#4
Really cheap but no doubt for a reason. I did have a little chuckle to myself as the description reads like something from the 1990's:

'It will boost your network performance up to full duplex data transfer. Its wire-speed switching that forwards packets can be as fast as the speed that your network delivers those packets to them.'

Quality!

I have not voted hot or cold as the price is cheap if this is what you need.
#5
To be fair, tp-link stuff is very good. I got a complete draft-n setup for two laptops and a desktop, and it worked perfectly straight out of the box. I'd have no issue buying this.

Now, all I need to do is find a similar priced USB one, for those times where I have no power but need several network ports...
1 Like #6
I take your point but believe me as a nework engineer these p*ss on Belkin. Voted absolutely hot, love TPlink products.
#7
weemee002
3 year warranty for 9.99 makes me laugh!!!! ;-) Just buy two in the first place!!!! ;-) cheap as chips, but never heard of the make and I'm sticking with netgear/belkin/cisco


I would have thought a switch is a switch. And at this price, an absolute bargain...
#8
Hot, thankyou! Thanks to the guy for the link to the 8 port, I went for that one. Bear in mind that both versions judging by the reviews seem to sometimes accidentally come with an EU plug. Oops. Will take my chances ;) Paid around £30 for an 8 port Netgear a while ago, will see how this compares...
#9
I'm not too clue up on these kind of things so if someone could confirm that it would be suitable for the situation below I would be gratefull.

My dad has his wired router downstairs with an extension running upstairs to my pc however when I need to get access to the net on my ps3 for either playing games online or downloading dos etc I have to detach the network cable from my pc and attach it to my pc. This is usually fine however I buy quite a few games from steam so I'm unable to download them while I'm using the network cable for my ps3.

So in a nutshell if I bought this would I be able to use this upstairs with the network cable from the router plugged into it and have 2 connections running out of this to both my pc and ps3 giving me Internet access for both at the se time? Also would it slow my connection speed down.
Thanks in advance
#10
Hot at this price but even so I have gone for the Gigabit version at £13.
#11
bboy71
So in a nutshell if I bought this would I be able to use this upstairs with the network cable from the router plugged into it and have 2 connections running out of this to both my pc and ps3 giving me Internet access for both at the se time?

yes

bboy71
Also would it slow my connection speed down.Thanks in advance

in theory no,but it depends on what speed you were downloading at,and what else was running of the internet at the same time.
#12
I have a gigabit version of this. TP-link is fine. Been sitting behind my telly for a year and the fact I had to go to look at it there now to see which one I have is all you need to know.

It works. That's all there is to it.
#13
Hot hot hot
£7 for a 8 port from play and amazon
Get2net
#14
@N_W2003
thanks I appreciate you getting back to me on my querie. Took the plunge and ordered 1
#15
nice - needed a cheap and cheerful little switch to troubleshoot a network issue...just the job..
1 Like #16
I think nowadays you really should be looking at a gigabit switch if you are going to buy one. Even bottom end laptops nowadays have 10/100/1000 ethernet, PS3 etc so while this is a good deal, really you should be looking at the more upto date one.
#17
weemee002
3 year warranty for 9.99 makes me laugh!!!! ;-) Just buy two in the first place!!!! ;-) cheap as chips, but never heard of the make and I'm sticking with netgear/belkin/cisco


TP Link are the latest up and coming company they have a huge portfolio and their products seem excellent value and work well and their customer service is excellent too.

As for Belkin they're trading on their name with poorly made products, poor customer service espcially their ADSL routers v poor. Cisco again another one caught resting on it's laurels don't get me wrong they do make some decent kit too but they also punt out some tat and then you need a sub to get the firmware updates so your ADSL router doesn't work after 21cn? Certainly a firmware update will fix that but you need to hand over some £ for them to give you the fix that sorts out a problem they inadvertantly created in their firmware - shabby.

Netgears decent products in recent times were bought in like the ReadyNAS series.

TBH unless you're spending silly money you might as well use TP Link type stuff as there's no real difference these days. I've put a lot of HP switches in in the recent past because they offer an on site lifetime warranty , now thats value

Edited By: Rich44 on Jan 17, 2011 07:06
1 Like #18
You sometimes have to smaile at HUKD. These and the other switches going red hot have been around this price for a while at various outlets, admittedly sometimes plus post... but something gets advertised on here and everybody needs one! :) I bought a Tenda gigabit switch at E buyer a couple of months ago same price as the other advertised here :) No offence to the OP, just made me smile :)
#19
BlackCloud
but something gets advertised on here and everybody needs one! :)


You're spot on with that, I wouldn't have bought half the things I have done if I'd not seen them on here. Particularly Xbox games, I tend not to go hunting for games I just wait until they turn up on here.
#20
Got 1 of these under my television . TV , Xbox and BT Vision all running fine off it via a homeplug .
HOT i paid nearly a tenner X)
#21
HacKage
I think nowadays you really should be looking at a gigabit switch if you are going to buy one. Even bottom end laptops nowadays have 10/100/1000 ethernet, PS3 etc so while this is a good deal, really you should be looking at the more upto date one.

Yeah tho it really depends what your using it for, tho i guess for the extra £8 its worth future proofing. With regards to streaming content and download speeds to a ps3 100mbps is all you need (bluray is around 30-40mbps & 99.9% of peoples connections in the uk are below 40mbps too). Its only when copying files over to the ps3 x media bar you'd see a difference.

P.S-Not putting your comment/opinion down just providing further info for people who aren't as tech savy.
1 Like #22
I went for this instead for £5.99 delivered:
http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/12505672/GetNet-GS-115P-5-Port-10-100Mbps-Ethernet-Switch/Product.html

Looks a lot nicer and smaller, is black so matches all of the rest of my equipment, and has much better reviews on amazon
http://www.amazon.co.uk/GetNet-GS-115P-100Mbps-Ethernet-Switch/dp/B002TADTP2

You can also get the 8 Port switch for £7.29 delivered:
http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/3313/2580/-/12505605/GetNet-GS-118P-8-Port-10-100Mbps-Ethernet-Switch/Product.html
#23
Thanks Sital, going to snap up that 8-port one since the dimensions are actually smaller than the 5-port one! Now I just have to hope that my PS3 will stay in my routers DMZ...

EDIT: Voted hot for the TP-Link btw, great for the money!

Edited By: KitKatFox on Jan 17, 2011 10:46
#24
I have been looking for one of these, and this seems a good deal. But I have one question for you experts, will a long lead from my router to this switch cause any speed or connection problems?
#25
rdann
I have been looking for one of these, and this seems a good deal. But I have one question for you experts, will a long lead from my router to this switch cause any speed or connection problems?

If your cable is very long use cat5e or cat6 cable. By very long we're talking maybe 20/30m. Cat5 standard cable is fine for 10/100 use at normal lengths, but if you're going gigabit then cat5e should be used as a minimum.

Edited By: GFunk on Jan 17, 2011 15:45
#26
bboy71
I'm not too clue up on these kind of things so if someone could confirm that it would be suitable for the situation below I would be gratefull.My dad has his wired router downstairs with an extension running upstairs to my pc however when I need to get access to the net on my ps3 for either playing games online or downloading dos etc I have to detach the network cable from my pc and attach it to my pc. This is usually fine however I buy quite a few games from steam so I'm unable to download them while I'm using the network cable for my ps3.So in a nutshell if I bought this would I be able to use this upstairs with the network cable from the router plugged into it and have 2 connections running out of this to both my pc and ps3 giving me Internet access for both at the se time? Also would it slow my connection speed down.Thanks in advance

If you're only using this for internet sharing and not file sharing from multiple computers, this will not slow down your connection unless your connection speed is over approx 60 - 80mbps. So in other words, no it'll be fine. If you're transferring large multiple GB files regularly from PC to PC then consider gigabit.

EDIT: The latency of the online gaming for the PS3 may be affected if you're downloading at full speed.

Edited By: GFunk on Jan 17, 2011 16:01: .
#27
rdann
I have been looking for one of these, and this seems a good deal. But I have one question for you experts, will a long lead from my router to this switch cause any speed or connection problems?


As long as it is under 100m long, then you'll be fine. 100m is the maximum for ethernet cables.
#28
peodude
rdann
I have been looking for one of these, and this seems a good deal. But I have one question for you experts, will a long lead from my router to this switch cause any speed or connection problems?
As long as it is under 100m long, then you'll be fine. 100m is the maximum for ethernet cables.

Thanks. I'll remember this is the limit for the future.
#29
big b0y
Really cheap but no doubt for a reason. I did have a little chuckle to myself as the description reads like something from the 1990's:

'It will boost your network performance up to full duplex data transfer. Its wire-speed switching that forwards packets can be as fast as the speed that your network delivers those packets to them.'

Quality!

I have not voted hot or cold as the price is cheap if this is what you need.


Clever though. I guess most people don't know that full duplex simply means can send and receive at the same time but then again I guess most people don't realise wireless is half duplex.
#30
peodude
rdann
I have been looking for one of these, and this seems a good deal. But I have one question for you experts, will a long lead from my router to this switch cause any speed or connection problems?
As long as it is under 100m long, then you'll be fine. 100m is the maximum for ethernet cables.

Thanks for the confirmation, orderd the one at Play.com. Good reviews and the black will fit in better with my current equipment.
#31
Got mines earlier today and I'm really dissapointed with it. Bought it for when I'm downloading from steam and either want to play online with my ps3 or download demos and trailers on psn. Downloading a game from steam at the moment and have a slower download rate while a trailer has been downloading from psn for around 20 mins now so no good to me ,going to bin it 2moro :(
#32
Thanks, just what I needed.
#33
Mine arrived but has euro plug, emailed Amazon and they rang me back 2 mins later !

They are going to look into the supply issue
#34
Amazon got back, apparently mine was despatched from Germany,

They gave me a £5 refund :)

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