It is annoying when you don't have enough Ethernet LAN points at the back of your router at home, but here is an easy solution to that problem.
Between Smart TVs, gaming consoles and the rise of IoT devices, we seem to be running out of LAN ports at home. Routers these days, especially Mesh routers, only have one spare LAN port and that is absurd. WiFi is fantastic and convenient but wasted on more permanent devices and hardware. Leaving the WiFi bandwidth for tools that need it more is a great strategy to optimize the speed and stability of your wireless internet infrastructure; even in your own home.
If you are going to get a network switch for your home network, it is much better to get a Gigabit switch. Depending on the country you are from, your internet bandwidth is pre-determined, but future-proofing is always a good thing. Plus, there is hardly any difference price-wise, most new model switchers are Gigabit. Let IT Block show you three fabulous options to choose from.
1. GS305 unmanaged switch by Netgear
The keyword here is 'unmanaged', and we will explain what it means. Managed switches, namely the GS305E, is the other version of this switch that allows you many administrative configurations. For simple plug and play use without worry, an unmanaged switch is what you need, especially for the home networking environment. Think of it as a completely fool-proof way of organizing your wired network. You can connect the ethernet port from your main router, the source of your home internet to any of the ports on this switcher. Furthermore, you can connect all your devices and hardware of your choosing to any ports, and this switch will automatically figure out which of the connection is the source of the internet.
Netgear is a highly reliable brand, especially in the world of computer networking. All of the three switchers we have chosen in the article are about the same in terms of specification. However, because of availability within different regions, we thought it best to list three similar options for you to choose.
2. Linksys LGS105 Switch
For those in the know, you would ask why we would even list a business switch on our list? The reason is design, in which we feel the metal casing plays a significant role. Linksys does have a range of home business switches, which are great to look at but made from plastic. Heat is the enemy, but so is networking devices with all the wires. Most households prefer to hide these products from sight, like the back of a console or inside a shelf. Also, these business-grade switches are still relatively affordable, maybe even more so than their more layman counterpart.
The Linksys LGS105 may have complex functions within its system, but it is still a plug and play design. So the same thing applies as with the Netgear switch, plug all your devices including your wireless router into it, and it will work correctly. The best part about the metal switch design, there is no fan inside, which means absolutely zero noise.
3. D-Link DGS-105 network switch
If you can find this D-Link device at a computer store near you, chances are this is the cheapest option of the three we have listed here. Does that mean it is unreliable as compared to the rest? Not from what we have seen so far. D-Link, comparatively to Netgear and Linksys, is newer to the market. And as we all know, to break into the market effectively and gain market share, a good strategy is to undercut the competition.
Any of these switches on this list will do wonders for your internet traffic too. Embedded inside them are features that prioritize bandwidth in terms of importance. Whether you are using a VOIP device, online gaming or streaming media, it will organize and prioritize the traffic to ensure broadband delivery to each device is as smooth as possible. Imagine the amount of burden it takes away from your WiFi router, which is better suited to focus its signal for your tablet, mobile and laptops at home instead. Lastly, these switches have energy-saving features within them, so you don't have to feel guilty about harming the environment.
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