Short introduction to the TP-Link 8-port 10/100Mbps desktop switch

Introduction to the TP-Link 8-port 10/100Mbps desktop switch
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Adding more devices to a wired network has never been easier than with the TP-Link 8-port 10/100Mbps desktop switch. With its 8 ports, up to 7 additional devices can be linked.

Introduction

A network switch (also called a network hub or network splitter) is a network device that links additional devices to a LAN using network cables. It is usually connected to the router.

The TP-Link 8-port 10/100Mbps desktop switch (model TL-SF1008D) is plug-and-play and easy to set up with no configuration or software needed. After one of the RJ-45 ports are used to connect to the network router, there are 7 slots available to connect additional devices.

Devices such as printers, laptops, other desktops, game consoles, Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices, Raspberry Pis and smart TVs can easily be added to a LAN with its plug and play configuration.

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TP-Link TL-SF1008D Fast Ethernet Network Switch
TP-Link TL-SF1008D Fast Ethernet Network Switch
5 - 24 Ports
White, 10/100Mbps RJ45 Ports, unmanaged, energy-efficient technology, IEEE 802.3X flow control, fanless plastic case.
Available from Amazon.com
TP-Link TL-SG108 Gigabit Ethernet Network Switch
TP-Link TL-SG108 Gigabit Ethernet Network Switch
8, 16 or 24 Ports
10/100/1000Mbps RJ45 ports, unmanaged, energy-efficient technology, IEEE 802.3X flow control, fanless metal case with desktop or wall-mounting design.
Available from Amazon.com

TP-Link 8-port 10/100Mbps desktop switch specifications

Ethernet

The TP-Link 8-port desktop switch supports IEEE 802.3i, 802.3u and 802.3x protocols. The 8x RJ-45 Ethernet ports are able to negotiate automatically and have auto MDI/MDIX. IEEE 802.3x flow control provides reliable data transfer and auto MDI/MDIX eliminates the need for a crossover cable.

It features half and full-duplex, MAC address learning and up to 1.6Gbps switching capacity (200Mbps per port).

Design

The TP-Link 8-port desktop switch is small and quiet. With its sleek,  fanless design and measurements of 134.5 x 79 x 22.5mm, it is perfect to use on a desk, mounted vertically, or hidden away.

Power consumption

Another nice feature about the TP-Link 8-port desktop switch is its low power consumption. Boasting with “Green technology” it requires 5V and 600mA to operate. In addition to this, the switch will automatically adjust its power consumption according to the link status and cable length — giving you up to a 60% reduction in power use.

Why use the TP-Link 8-port 10/100Mbps desktop switch

There are many reasons to use the TP-Link 8-port 10/100Mbps desktop switch. They include plug-and-play functionality, slick, small, clean, quiet design, low power consumption, and the price. It also has plenty of Ethernet ports to extend the smaller LANs.

Why not use the TP-Link 8-port 10/100Mbps desktop switch

Unfortunately, there are also many reasons to look for another network switch. The TP-Link 8-port 10/100Mbps desktop switch lacks any form of mounting options and only has Fast Ethernet. There are faster switches available with more or less the same specifications, but they come at a slightly higher price tag.

Accessories

To get started with the TP-Link 8-port 10/100Mbps desktop switch you might also need the following:

Conclusion

The TP-Link 8-port 10/100Mbps desktop switch is great to extend home or small business networks. It is compact, pretty to look at relatively cheap and needs little power to operate. Although this is true, one might go for a faster network switch with more ports that has mounting options.

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