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Recommended Ethernet Switches?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by shendley, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. shendley

    shendley Hall Of Fame

    Nov 27, 2005
    I'm trying to split an Ethernet cable to run into both my HR 24 and a Blue Ray Player. I initially bought a very cheap splitter from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/RJ45-Ethernet-Splitter-Connector-Adapter/dp/B003C2QS90/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370203784&sr=8-1&keywords=ethernet+splitter), but it didn't work since it can only send a signal to one working device at a time and I forgot that the DVR never really turns off. So I'm looking for something else now. Amazon's got what looks like a good deal on a "Netgear FS105 ProSafe 5-Port Fast Ethernet Desktop Switch" (http://www.amazon.com/Netgear-ProSafe-5-Port-Ethernet-Desktop/dp/B00002EQCW/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top) especially since Netgear is offering a $10 rebate on it through the end of this month. But before I made another purchase, I thought I'd ask what you guys would recommend. For instance, the Netgear has very good consumer reviews but the 1 stars frequently cite a short life span. Any thoughts?
  2. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    I have 3 of those exact switches in my system and they work great. I use them at remote locations where I only had one Ethernet cable and needed more. They connect directly back to their big brother FS116 which is connected to an Apple Time Capsule.
  3. sbl

    sbl Icon DBSTalk Club

    Jul 21, 2007
    I have several Netgear switches and they have never given me any trouble. I also have two TP-Link switches that are notable in that they consume far less power than the Netgears. Ethernet switches are largely a commodity and there isn't a lot to distinguish them, though I do have one Hawking switch that failed fairly quickly.
  4. carlsbad_bolt_fan

    carlsbad_bolt_fan Icon

    May 18, 2004
    Carlsbad, CA
    I'm with the others here. Netgear switches are what I use.
  5. shendley

    shendley Hall Of Fame

    Nov 27, 2005
    Thanks, guys. I'm new to the Ethernet switch/splitter thing (as you can probably tell from the first splitter I got). I'm gonna grab that netgear right now.
  6. Brandon Wedgeworth

    Brandon Wedgeworth Administrator Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jan 6, 2007
    Alabaster, AL
    The Netgear is a good choice. I have a 8 port Netgear that sits right behind my router for distribution to the rooms in my house. It's been up and running for 3 or more years. I also have a TP-Link (http://amzn.com/B000N99BBC) behind my PS3 and older Wired CCK at my HR24 that is just slightly cheaper than the Netgear listed by the OP. It has been in place for probably a year and a half with no issues.
  7. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    I love linksys (Cisco). Here is the one I have


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  8. tkeech1

    tkeech1 New Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    I always go to monoprice.com first. in this case they have an 8 port that I use. It works great

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