Help me find an ethernet switch?


I've been looking around for an ethernet switch that will suit me best. I'm thinking about going with the D-Link GO-SW-5GE, which has almost everything I've been looking for except energy star approval. It probably doesn't make much a difference, but it does use roughly twice the power of the DES-105 which is energy star approved. I considered going with the DES-105, but it only gets up to 10/100 speeds, which might be ok, I'm not sure ...

Whatever switch I get will mostly be handling a computer and a media player running Netflix. What would more then 10/100 speeds be good for? I certainly don't get internet that fast, only around 12 Mbps, but in the future I might setup a home media server, a small multiplayer game server, and a self hosted website/email/file-sync.

My dream specs would include:

  • Around five or eight ports
  • IEEE 802.3az Energy-Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
  • Energy star
  • Unmanaged
  • Fanless (it'll be in a dusty place, so this is important)
  • Metal housing
  • Three prong wall plug (small switches with these probably don't exist, but it would be cool)
  • Wall mounting brackets would be nice, but I can manage without

As far as speeds and compatability go, I don't know much.

Just remember, if you get gigabit, your router has to support it. Your computers can have gigabit NICs, and 10/100/1000 switches wired up, but if the router doesn't support gigabit, I don't think it will go higher than 100mbps (correct me if I'm wrong)

I would i highly recommend the last one kai said it is a good brand and i have a few of them set up around my house. one even took a tumble from a bad mounting job 8 feet to a cement floor and still works strong! also kai the 2000MBps means full duplex. most switches have it as far as i know ,look it up sometime if your bored! :)