[kwlug-disc] 8-port GB home switches?

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Thu Oct 24 19:34:58 EDT 2013

I bought my D-Link 8 port GB switch (DGS 1008?) in Feb 2009 from Canada
Computers (don't know how much was it, but looked up the bill, and I paid
$80 for it with 2 patch cables, and taxes).

It is working fine since.

On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 7:06 PM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:

> Looks like I've just had another home 8-port GB switch go belly up.
> This must be the 3rd or 4th in less than 10 years - Trendnet, old D-Link,
> Cisco. Two newer D-Link (green, white case), a 5-port and 8-port are still
> going, but are probably the newest. So now I'm just waiting for them to
> die, too.
> Don't know whether I'm burning them out via multi-GB backups slinging back
> and forth each night or what, but I can't say I'm impressed by the
> robustness.
> One was even a Cisco Smart Switch [what a joke]. (My guess is the 'smart'
> was an introduced intermediate level device between dumb and ... 'useful'.
> As in access lists, command line, and the like - not just a web interface
> for VLANing.)
> I see refurb Linksys N600 EA2700 at canada computer for $25. 2.4 & 5GHz, 4
> internal antennas, 4 GB ports. Hmmm. Viable if it were 8 ports.
> From an access / security point of view, presumably one only cares at the
> point of inter-network connection (provider) - one trusting one's own home.
> Since a provider is never going to be 100 Mbps up, any old router with
> OpenWRT or the like should satisfy access / security concerns. (?)
> I see various switch manu/models at Canada Computer, including Adtran,
> Asus, Cisco, D-Link, Engenius, HP, Linksy, Netgear, TP-Link, Trendnet, WD.
> With various monikers like Home, Green, and Metal. Starting at $25. (
> http://www.canadacomputers.**com/product_info.php?cPath=27_**
> 820&item_id=030491<http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_820&item_id=030491>
> )
> In this day and age, does one just consider switches disposable, and go
> with cheapest available at the time?
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Khalid M. Baheyeldin
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