If you’re looking to expand the ethernet network at your workplace or home, there are quite a few options to choose from. You can either go ahead and invest in a better router or take the cheaper route and just get an ethernet splitter.
It is just what it sounds like, ethernet splitters simply 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 right 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 totally plug and play. It can handle connections up to 100Mbps.
Each of the output ports has a status light, so you get a visual confirmation that everything is up and running just 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 a little bit more than five ports and are looking for Power over Ethernet, otherwise known as PoE functionality as well. 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 a total of 55W power for all four. The switch can handle connections up to 1000Mbps.
Manufacturer: Tenda | Price: $6.18 (INR 455)
This offering from Tenda is a small 5 port ethernet switch that’s mostly aimed for home networks or ones that don’t really need top of the line hardware.
It’s really 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 as well as 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 a little bit more premium than the previous Tenda switch. There’s also 802.3az protocol implemented, which helps in maintaining 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 terms of 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 as well as PoE variant on sale as well.
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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 of the ports supports speeds up to 1000Mbps and have upload/download status lights on them.
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 individual port.
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