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TP link 5 port Gigabit Switch £13.67 ! @ Amazon

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#1
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31QRVoL0DNL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
banned#2
how about the shipping
#3
great deal ordered...
#4
saralee
how about the shipping


Price: £13.67 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
#5
Great little unit. Using with some homeplugs to stream 1080P to various DNLA devices.
1 Like #6
Picked one up for a spare, already have 2 of these and they are fantastic, do exactly what they say they do :)
#7
Am I right in thinking I can have a router upstairs & connect this to homeplugs downstairs so I can use multiple devices connected to this?

Edited By: NeilGY on Feb 17, 2011 10:45
#8
NeilGY
Am I right in thinking I can have a router upstairs & connect this to homeplugs downstairs so I can use multiple devices connected to this?


but then you will not get gigE speed between devices connected to switch -> homeplug -> router
#9
ahujamit
NeilGY
Am I right in thinking I can have a router upstairs & connect this to homeplugs downstairs so I can use multiple devices connected to this?


but then you will not get gigE speed between devices connected to switch -> homeplug -> router


But I can connect this switch to homeplugs & connect multiple devices to the switch? Doesn't matter too much about the speed, will just be console, media player etc
#10
NeilGY
ahujamit
NeilGY
Am I right in thinking I can have a router upstairs & connect this to homeplugs downstairs so I can use multiple devices connected to this?


but then you will not get gigE speed between devices connected to switch -> homeplug -> router


But I can connect this switch to homeplugs & connect multiple devices to the switch? Doesn't matter too much about the speed, will just be console, media player etc


oh yes!
#11
Thanks for your help
1 Like #12
I bought one of these from Amazon last time round and it turned up with a foreign plug. They couldn't sort it out so they refunded me. I wasn't the only one with this problem either.

This is a couple of quid cheaper than you can get it elsewhere, so give it a go, but be prepared to live with an adapter (which I thought made the power supply a little too rickety for my liking), or to send it back, if yours does arrive in 'international mode'.
#13
what is the main difference between this an a router? i have virgin cable, and my pc, and my wdtv live connected to a wireless d-link router (wired mode) and it allows of all them to access the internet (and each other). will this do the same?

Edited By: Pontiac on Feb 17, 2011 11:27
#14
Pontiac
what is the main difference between this an a router? i have virgin cable, and my pc, and my wdtv live connected to a wireless d-link router (wired mode) and it allows of all them to access the internet (and each other). will this do the same?


This doesn't connect to the telephone line / virgin cable, and therefore doesn't act as a router. You can connect a router to this, then connect all your devices to take advantage of gigabit networking, if your devices support gigabit that is.
2 Likes #15
A Router routes traffic between different networks, a switch switches packets on the same network.

Your main router probably has a connection going to your ISP and about 4 "switch ports" with which you can connect LAN devices PC/XBox etc. These switch ports are probably only rated to 100, so the fastest your devices can talk to each other is at that rate.

This switch is rated to 1000 mb. If your other devices are capabale of transmitting/recieving at that rate i.e. the have giga bit net cards then traffic between those devices can flow MUCH quicker. Particularly usefull when streaming HD video from a PC/NAS to a media streamer.

The devices will communicate at the slowest common speed. so if you have gbit net cards and a switch that is only rated at 100mb the speed will only be 100. if all the links in the chain are rated at 1000 then you will get the faster throughput.

This device will make 0 difference to your internet connection.

*caveat real worlds speeds arent at the 100/1000 range but I didn't want to go off at the deep end on the tech.
#16
Pontiac
what is the main difference between this an a router? i have virgin cable, and my pc, and my wdtv live connected to a wireless d-link router (wired mode) and it allows of all them to access the internet (and each other). will this do the same?

This is faster. Connect all your devices together using this and the transfer speeds between them will improve (providing they are gigabit enabled). However I'm not entirely sure you need one of these if all you are doing is connecting a WDTV to a PC. I have a WDTV and it managed perfectly well on 100Mbps (the speed you are probably getting from your existing switch). Gigabit (which is 1000Mbps on paper, if not in life) comes into its own for shipping large volumes of data around your local network.
#17
Ditto the comment about foreign plugs. Amazon have cocked up and seem to have a lot of TP-Link kit in stock at the moment with a Southern European two pin plug. I've had to send quite a bit back. I'm sure they will get it sorted but there is no indication on the box. Otherwise these small switches work great, as do their wifi range extenders.
#18
Just a note but gigabit isn't always that much faster. Factor in cable quality (min cat 5e but even then can be iffy), dodgy drivers for the LAN cards - how the card is connected (old PCI bus is too slow for gigabit) etc.

Also some harddrives just aren't fast enough to max gigabit.

As for streaming a full bluray dump is 40gb/120mins = 5.5meg/second average - yes the bitrate would spike but still that's half the speed of 100meg :)

A MKV rip is 5 to 15gb so would take much less bandwidth.

But if you're xferring massive files around your LAN and everything is good for it gigabit is amazing ;)
3 Likes #19
Mine arrived yesterday, it was Black and with UK plug, works great.
#20
great price, ordered :)
#21
bought last week, brilliant for the price
#22
So, if I have a BT Homehub downstairs with a LAN cable plugged in that then runs to my loft and plugs into an old 3Com router, from which I have 3 LAN cables running to bedrooms (and so connect my PC and son's Xbox to - 1 unused), then I could replace the router with this and it will likely provide a better service?

I've done speedtests on the BB and wireless gets around 20-38mb with uploads of around 6-8mb, but the wired is only getting <1mb upload speeds (download seems pretty comparable).

Is this down to the router. I know I shouldn't moan about 'only' 1mb upload, but hey, I'm paying for up to 10mb, so I wants what I can gets!!
#23
and why should I buy this one when this one is only £5

TP-Link 5-Port 10/100 Unmanaged Mini Desktop Switch (TL-SF1005D) Plastic Case

(the white one listed on the page lower down, '10% bought this')

If my max is 40mb d/l and 10mb u/l surely this is good enough??
#24
CoenFan
I bought one of these from Amazon last time round and it turned up with a foreign plug. They couldn't sort it out so they refunded me. I wasn't the only one with this problem either.
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I bought a tp link wireless access point from amazon which arrived with a foreign plug. I rang amazon and they sent a new one the same day (before I sent back the foreign plug one). The person on the phone marked the return as faulty. New access point arrived the next day with a UK plug.
#25
Bought 2 of these in the last 3 months for this price, its always this price.
#26
thelatics
and why should I buy this one when this one is only £5

TP-Link 5-Port 10/100 Unmanaged Mini Desktop Switch (TL-SF1005D) Plastic Case

(the white one listed on the page lower down, '10% bought this')

If my max is 40mb d/l and 10mb u/l surely this is good enough??


Yes, it would be enough for your Internet connection. Some people (like me) want a Gigabit switch so we can transfer files from one PC to another PC very fast, e.g. for backups
#27
Ordered and heated.
#28
had one a few months - does the job perfectly.
#29
Wookie-Tramp
A Router routes traffic between different networks, a switch switches packets on the same network.Your main router probably has a connection going to your ISP and about 4 "switch ports" with which you can connect LAN devices PC/XBox etc. These switch ports are probably only rated to 100, so the fastest your devices can talk to each other is at that rate.This switch is rated to 1000 mb. If your other devices are capabale of transmitting/recieving at that rate i.e. the have giga bit net cards then traffic between those devices can flow MUCH quicker. Particularly usefull when streaming HD video from a PC/NAS to a media streamer.The devices will communicate at the slowest common speed. so if you have gbit net cards and a switch that is only rated at 100mb the speed will only be 100. if all the links in the chain are rated at 1000 then you will get the faster throughput.This device will make 0 difference to your internet connection.*caveat real worlds speeds arent at the 100/1000 range but I didn't want to go off at the deep end on the tech.

if it makes 0 difference to the internet connection then is there a point in me getting this?
Ive a got o2 home broadband wireless router is used for my ps3, desktop and laptops so how will this benefit me?
1 Like #30
sarbjeet
if it makes 0 difference to the internet connection then is there a point in me getting this?Ive a got o2 home broadband wireless router is used for my ps3, desktop and laptops so how will this benefit me?

This has NOTHING to do with your internet connection it is for connecting individual devices to each other. One of those devices could be your existing router which will still connect to the internet at it's existing speed.
BUT if you want to send a file from one of your home PCs to another, it could theoretically be 10 times quicker.
That assumes you have gigabit cables and network interfaces.
If you don't know and don't know how to find out about your cables/NICs, you probably aren't going to notice any difference by doing this and a 100M switch will be enough for you.
(A 100M switch is probably integrated in your existing router)
If you only ever transfer large files occasionally, then you're probably better off with a USB hard disk than trying to understand networking.

If however you have huge chunks of data that you want to send from one PC to another (at home) then this is for you.
#31
OP: As you know the original deal is still running I think you could have linked to it and given credit...

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/tp-link-5-port-gigabit-unmanaged-de/820509


Edited By: wombat6025 on Feb 17, 2011 13:12
#32
Got one of these last month - it's ok, the network ports say they're connecting at gb speeds, but the throughput isn't that much better than it was at 100mb/s.
#33
max_lan
sarbjeet
if it makes 0 difference to the internet connection then is there a point in me getting this?Ive a got o2 home broadband wireless router is used for my ps3, desktop and laptops so how will this benefit me?


This has NOTHING to do with your internet connection it is for connecting individual devices to each other. One of those devices could be your existing router which will still connect to the internet at it's existing speed.
BUT if you want to send a file from one of your home PCs to another, it could theoretically be 10 times quicker.
That assumes you have gigabit cables and network interfaces.
If you don't know and don't know how to find out about your cables/NICs, you probably aren't going to notice any difference by doing this and a 100M switch will be enough for you.
(A 100M switch is probably integrated in your existing router)
If you only ever transfer large files occasionally, then you're probably better off with a USB hard disk than trying to understand networking.

If however you have huge chunks of data that you want to send from one PC to another (at home) then this is for you.


Oh I see, thanks for that appreciate not for me but good to know for the future.
#34
Great price for gigabit, great added and ordered
#35
I got one a few weeks back
got a white one and uk plug.very happy.
#36
£17.47 now

edit: nvm, wasn't looking at the amazon one but amazon one is now 2 TO 4 WEEKS DELIVERY!

Edited By: Alyosha on Feb 17, 2011 14:12: mistayka
#37
If i wanted to transfer files over my wireless network at a higher speed then my current Virgin/Dlink wireless router provides, im assuming i would need a homeplug setup? can this then be used or will it be pointless?

i just want the most solid connection to my PS3 and PC that are in separate rooms. Im getting too many of them streaming errors on the PS3 and this is my second router now.
#38
silentsource
If i wanted to transfer files over my wireless network at a higher speed then my current Virgin/Dlink wireless router provides, im assuming i would need a homeplug setup? can this then be used or will it be pointless?i just want the most solid connection to my PS3 and PC that are in separate rooms. Im getting too many of them streaming errors on the PS3 and this is my second router now.

This would be pointless with a homeplug setup; because of overheads etc. even 200mbps homeplug is unlikely to acheive much more than 100mbps ethernet speeds (apparently most 200mbps homeplugs only have a 10/100mbps ethernet connection). If you want to have multiple connections at the PS3 end you could save a few pounds and use this - http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-Unmanaged-Desktop-TL-SF1005D-Plastic/dp/B000FNFSPY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1297952183&sr=8-1.
Homeplug should be plenty fast enough for your PS3.

Edit: The gigabit switch will enable devices plugged into it to communicate to one another at gigabit speeds (if they support it) - if you will only want the switch so you can plug your internet TV, PS3, Blu-Ray in to it and access your internet router through homeplugs then you'd only need a 10/100 switch - but if you will be plugging devices like PCs and NAS storage into the switch then if they support gigabit speeds backups and data transfers should be faster if you get this gigabit switch...





Edited By: wombat6025 on Feb 17, 2011 14:39: clarification and spelting...
#39
aarste
thelatics
and why should I buy this one when this one is only £5TP-Link 5-Port 10/100 Unmanaged Mini Desktop Switch (TL-SF1005D) Plastic Case (the white one listed on the page lower down, '10% bought this')If my max is 40mb d/l and 10mb u/l surely this is good enough??
Yes, it would be enough for your Internet connection. Some people (like me) want a Gigabit switch so we can transfer files from one PC to another PC very fast, e.g. for backups

I got this one yesterday and a pair of 7day shop 85 mbps homeplugs. Works great with ps3 (really notice the difference from wireless), for online gaming, but I don't stream any media or anything like that.
#40
These are great for the money.

I run one between my NAS, desktop and XBMC setup, everything else is on 100 connections out the back of the router.

They only support 4K jumbo frame, but you can still achieve high read/write speeds accross the LAN - I get anywhere betwen 40 Mega Bytes (not bits) a second write for small files to 95/sec for large files.

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