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    Recommendations for a

    My current switch/hub has died quite surprisingly, having worked fine for 6 years. Yesterday it just stopped working and has left me searching for a replacement.

    I'd like to upgrade to either an 8 or 16 port unmanaged Gigabit switch but need some advice. Which manufacturers are best? If I opt for a cheaper 8 port switch can I add another later and if so will this use one of the current ports (ie adding another will result in 2 x 7 ports)??

    Price wise I guess under £50 for 8 port and £120 for 16 port.

    Many thanks

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    Netgear GS108, fantastic piece of kit in an indestructable metal box, non of your plastic rubbish!

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    I'm tempted to go straight for a 16 port switch. The Netgear GS116 was one of my choices until I read this.

    What do you think?

    I have mainly Cat5e cables and have just had electricians put Cat5e cables through the house. They didn't want to use Cat 6 for some reason, but was told that Cat5e can do Gigabit speeds with the right hardware. Is this correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by killie99 View Post
    Netgear GS108, fantastic piece of kit in an indestructable metal box, non of your plastic rubbish!
    same they are really good

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    Having read that review I'm going to steer clear of the Netgear unless I can be sure that I can use it with Cat5e (ie: faster than 100mbps).

    Scan have a D-Link DGS-1216 on Todayonly for £150. It sounds tempting but I don't know anything about it. Does anyone have one or experience of using one. It's more expensive but this review suggests that it is possible to get a faster speed out of existing Cat5e cabling.

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    Have you had a look at the one in the Bargain thread:

    http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/pr...bsd&cs=ukbsdt1 ?

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    FYI guys

    I have never used these but my collegue uses them at his workplace all the time(I sell them to him)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Leon View Post
    Have you had a look at the one in the Bargain thread:

    http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/pr...bsd&cs=ukbsdt1 ?
    That Dell Switch is quite a bargain - £77.55 inc VAT & Shipping for a 16 port switch. Sounds great but has anyone tried a Dell switch? Are they any good?

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    According to the Hexus bargain thread (here) , it has had fairly decent reviews.

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    Plus you have a decent warranty with Dell

    Stay away from Netgear IMO. Always had issues with their equipment, its very hit and miss IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cotswoldcs View Post
    Having read that review I'm going to steer clear of the Netgear unless I can be sure that I can use it with Cat5e (ie: faster than 100mbps).
    Cat 5E will run at gigabit without a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cotswoldcs View Post
    I'm tempted to go straight for a 16 port switch. The Netgear GS116 was one of my choices until I read this.

    What do you think?

    I have mainly Cat5e cables and have just had electricians put Cat5e cables through the house. They didn't want to use Cat 6 for some reason, but was told that Cat5e can do Gigabit speeds with the right hardware. Is this correct?
    My whole house is wired with cat5e and I have absolutely no issues getting gigabit connections to all the systems with giga ethernet cards (I have 6 gigbit devices hanging off my gs108). I get around 3-400Mb/s sustained transfers when moving large amounts of data (100-200Gb worth of data)

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    Thanks for your help everyone.

    I've just placed an order for the Dell PowerConnect 2716. I'll let you know how I get on with it.

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