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D-Link DES-1005 5-Port Fast Ethernet Unmanaged Desktop Switch - £4.90 (Prime) £9.39 (Non Prime) @ Amazon
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D-Link DES-1005 5-Port Fast Ethernet Unmanaged Desktop Switch - £4.90 (Prime) £9.39 (Non Prime) @ Amazon

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Posted 8th Jun
Looks like a bit of a bargain, if you're after a fast ethernet switch - can't go wrong at this price!
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Seems a good deal, unfortunately appears to be 10/100 and not 10/100/1000 which I’m in need of
awesomegiles2608/06/2020 11:38

Seems a good deal, unfortunately appears to be 10/100 and not 10/100/1000 …Seems a good deal, unfortunately appears to be 10/100 and not 10/100/1000 which I’m in need of


Yes 10/100 was named "Fast Ethernet" before the days of Gigabit Ethernet, 100Mbps was fast in its day

Personally I'd pay the Fiver more and buy a Gigabit switch
Edited by: "Uridium" 8th Jun
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Heat from me but you know it's coming.....
Seems a good deal, unfortunately appears to be 10/100 and not 10/100/1000 which I’m in need of
awesomegiles2608/06/2020 11:38

Seems a good deal, unfortunately appears to be 10/100 and not 10/100/1000 …Seems a good deal, unfortunately appears to be 10/100 and not 10/100/1000 which I’m in need of


Yes 10/100 was named "Fast Ethernet" before the days of Gigabit Ethernet, 100Mbps was fast in its day

Personally I'd pay the Fiver more and buy a Gigabit switch
Edited by: "Uridium" 8th Jun
10/100 is fine for many users and for £5 if you have prime it's very cheap.... but yes, paying another £5 for giggidybit probably better long term.
spannerzone08/06/2020 11:44

10/100 is fine for many users and for £5 if you have prime it's very …10/100 is fine for many users and for £5 if you have prime it's very cheap.... but yes, paying another £5 for giggidybit probably better long term.


Agree. Many people, including me, don't realise the majority of smart TVs only have 10/100 ports!
Uridium08/06/2020 11:40

Yes 10/100 was named "Fast Ethernet" before the days of Gigabit Ethernet, …Yes 10/100 was named "Fast Ethernet" before the days of Gigabit Ethernet, 100Mbps was fast in its day Personally I'd pay the Fiver more and buy a Gigabit switch



i have 5 10/100 switch, need some gigabit switches
Not really worth anything as you are only going to gain two ports. Better to fit a 10 port for about £10 so you at least get 8 more ports
jasee08/06/2020 12:20

Not really worth anything as you are only going to gain two ports. Better …Not really worth anything as you are only going to gain two ports. Better to fit a 10 port for about £10 so you at least get 8 more ports


This will give you 4 ports after you've used the 5th port to connecto to existing LAN.
daedos08/06/2020 12:08

Agree. Many people, including me, don't realise the majority of smart TVs …Agree. Many people, including me, don't realise the majority of smart TVs only have 10/100 ports!


Most streamers as well (well those with an Ethernet port) Even the Ethernet adaptor for the Firestick is only 100Mbps

Why I've moved to wireless streaming now. I was a long time advocate of wired for video streaming but WiFi has moved on.

I still have all my Mesh points wired for backhaul though
Edited by: "Uridium" 8th Jun
spannerzone08/06/2020 12:31

This will give you 4 ports after you've used the 5th port to connecto to …This will give you 4 ports after you've used the 5th port to connecto to existing LAN.


Yes you are right it's a five port switch so only 7 ports free in total
Edited by: "jasee" 8th Jun
jasee08/06/2020 14:35

Yes you are right it's a five port switch so only 7 ports free in total


Your maths is terrible

I assume you're adding the existing ports on your modem router plus the 5 on here, minus 1 used between the 4 there and the 5 here.... now I'm confused...
Edited by: "spannerzone" 8th Jun
spannerzone08/06/2020 16:06

Your maths is terrible I assume you're adding the existing ports on …Your maths is terrible I assume you're adding the existing ports on your modem router plus the 5 on here, minus 1 used between the 4 there and the 5 here.... now I'm confused...



I don't think so this time if there are 4 ports on the original router one has to be used to plug into this switch so there are 3 left free and the new switch has one taken by the new connection so there are 4 left, so 4+3=7 free ports, yes? so 'he's' only gained thee extra ports
jasee08/06/2020 16:31

I don't think so this time if there are 4 ports on the original router one …I don't think so this time if there are 4 ports on the original router one has to be used to plug into this switch so there are 3 left free and the new switch has one taken by the new connection so there are 4 left, so 4+3=7 free ports, yes? so 'he's' only gained thee extra ports


It depends how you see it.. I already have the 1 device is said room that has Ethernet.. I now need more devices in the room on Ethernet so having a 5 port switch will not provide the room with 4 additional Ethernet ports than I originally had.
However if you plan to have the switch next to the router, then yes I suppose you are correct..but generally I had thought most people had switches in other rooms to avoid the need of multiple Ethernet cables around the house to the same room
jasee08/06/2020 16:31

I don't think so this time if there are 4 ports on the original router one …I don't think so this time if there are 4 ports on the original router one has to be used to plug into this switch so there are 3 left free and the new switch has one taken by the new connection so there are 4 left, so 4+3=7 free ports, yes? so 'he's' only gained thee extra ports

it was a joke, sort of, but your maths was on the assumption the original modem router has four ports to start with which not all do. Basically this gives four additional ports as the fith one is needed to connect to the existing network connection.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 8th Jun
I've got this switch and can't recommend it as it's been very flaky in use requiring regular power resets
I managed to buy 2 of the Gigabit (White) version of this from Amazon marketplace 18months ago for only £3 delivered.

After 12 months a capacitor blew in one of them and it was dead, the other one is still working, but it does need rebooting once every few months.

My favourite part about the Gigabit version is that it has a Amber/Green LED that lets you know whether it is connected at 100/1000Mbps
is this 100 mbps or 1 gigabite ?
blood_game1808/06/2020 21:16

but in the comments on amazon its says 1gb ?


The listing covers multiple versions. At the top you can select number of ports and style name (100 or 1000). 1 gig is 14.99 - you can get cheaper 1gig switched than that
What is this used for?
A_H202008/06/2020 23:05

What is this used for?


Proving move Ethernet ports.. for example you have 1 Ethernet cable from your router to another room in the house and you need to connect multiple devices via LAN, this converts 1 Ethernet into multiple Ethernet ports.
awesomegiles2608/06/2020 23:07

Proving move Ethernet ports.. for example you have 1 Ethernet cable from …Proving move Ethernet ports.. for example you have 1 Ethernet cable from your router to another room in the house and you need to connect multiple devices via LAN, this converts 1 Ethernet into multiple Ethernet ports.


Thanks for this. I'm not the most tech savvy but I would love to learn more. So this would be connected to my router so that I would have more ports?
A_H202008/06/2020 23:24

Thanks for this. I'm not the most tech savvy but I would love to learn …Thanks for this. I'm not the most tech savvy but I would love to learn more. So this would be connected to my router so that I would have more ports?


Yes correct. I have 1 Ethernet cable from my router downstairs, going upstairs to the games room. I then can plug 4 devices into the ‘switch’ as the first Ethernet slot is used by the incoming Ethernet lead from router.
Alternatively if all your devices are in the same room as your router, it simply extends the number of Ethernets you have in that room - for example if your router currently has 4 Ethernet slots, installing this next to the router would make 7 Ethernet ports (1 Ethernet on router and 1 Ethernet on switch would be taken due to the connection between the router and switch)
Is there something that I can plug an Ethernet cable into my pc and will speed up my WiFi but my router is in a different room?
Muhammad_Patel09/06/2020 01:43

Is there something that I can plug an Ethernet cable into my pc and will …Is there something that I can plug an Ethernet cable into my pc and will speed up my WiFi but my router is in a different room?


This won’t improve WiFi as this is Ethernet only. Do you have an Ethernet cable from your router to your pc?
spannerzone08/06/2020 17:16

it was a joke, sort of, but your maths was on the assumption the original …it was a joke, sort of, but your maths was on the assumption the original modem router has four ports to start with which not all do. Basically this gives four additional ports as the fith one is needed to connect to the existing network connection.


this isn't really correct though - you need 1 port on this switch to connect to your existing network, but you also need a free port somewhere in your existing network to plug this in to.

So you "lose" one port on this switch AND one port on your existing switch which could have been otherwise used for a networked device. Net benefit of adding this device is only +3 ports overall. An 8-port switch would add double the "extra" ports.
my head aches now.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 9th Jun
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