If you’re looking to expand the ethernet network at your workplace or home, there are quite a few options. You can either go ahead and invest in a better router or take the cheaper route and get an ethernet splitter.
It is just what it sounds like, ethernet splitters split one ethernet line into multiple outlets so you can have more hardwired connections. In this article, we’re bringing you the top seven ethernet splitters you can buy now.
Manufacturer: TP-Link | Price: $14.94 (INR 1099)
The SG1055 is a five-port Ethernet switch that supports auto MDI/MDIX. It has 802.1p/DSCP, QoS and IGMP Snooping support and is plug-and-play. It can handle connections up to 100Mbps.
Each output port has a status light, so you get a visual confirmation that everything is running fine. The switch also comes in a steel case, so it’s well-protected against any bumps or scratches.
Manufacturer: TP-Link | Price: $60.81 (INR 4,473)
Suppose you need more than five ports and are looking for Power over Ethernet, otherwise known as PoE functionality. The switch has shielded ports as well as traffic optimisation built-in.
The first four ports offer PoE, with each port having up to 154W power, ranking up to 55W power for all four. The switch can handle connections up to 1000Mbps.
Manufacturer: Tenda | Price: $6.18 (INR 455)
Tenda offers a small 5-port ethernet switch aimed at home networks or ones that don’t need top-of-the-line hardware.
It’s cheap, but it does have a sturdy plastic shell. The ports have auto MDI/MDIX crossover detection and can support up to 100Mbps connections. You can get as much as 200Mbps duplex bandwidth on each port and a three-year manufacturer warranty.
Manufacturer: D-Link | Price: $7.31 (INR 538)
This is also your standard run-of-the-mill five-port ethernet switch that supports auto MDI/MDIX crossover and can take speeds up to 100Mbps.
The casing and overall quality are slightly more premium than the previous Tenda switch. There’s also the 802.3az protocol implemented, which helps maintain an energy-efficient ethernet.
Manufacturer: TP-Link | Price: $15.62 (INR 1,149)
If you have a gigabit connection at your workplace or home and the above options fall short in speed for you, you can pick TP-Links’s gigabit variant to their five port switch.
You go five port gigabit ethernet up to 1000Mbps with auto-negotiation ports to greatly expand your network’s capabilities. If, for whatever reason, five ports aren’t enough for you, there’s also an eight-port and PoE variant on sale.
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Cisco 95 Series 24 port Gigabit switch
Manufacturer: Cisco | Price: $115.40 (INR 8,490)
As you can probably guess by the name, this is a no-nonsense plug-and-play gigabit switch from Cisco. Each port supports speeds up to 1000Mbps and has upload/download status lights.
The switch comes in a steel box packaged quite sturdily to take care of all your networking issues with ease.
TP-Link 24 port Gigabit switch
Manufacturer: TP-Link | Price: $115.55 (INR 8,500)
Just as the Cisco switch we just discussed, this is another 24-port gigabit switch from TP-Link that supports, you guessed it, up to 1000Mbps on each port.
The switch also features a neat status LED grid that tells you what’s going on with each of the ports, as opposed to the Cisco switch, have status LEDs on each port.
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