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I recently moved into a house that is wired for ethernet with Cat5e, and I'm in the process of getting it all setup. I have hired a network tech to assist with part of the install (Cat5e is run but it's just a bundle of wires right now and not finished), but I need to pick the Ethernet switches. 

 

I thought this wouldn't be too bad, but there are so many options that I'm getting a bit overwhelmed. From our talks, managed switches are not needed, but the plus type switches would be a good choice. He also said I need to make sure that they all support STP, which I'm not even seeing clearly marked on most that I look at. I need two 4 or 5 port switches, an 8, and a 16 that is mountable to go in the box with the modem and router. I was looking at Netgear's plus options, and he also suggested TP Link. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice?

 

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22 minutes ago, Zaku77 said:

I recently moved into a house that is wired for ethernet with Cat5e, and I'm in the process of getting it all setup. I have hired a network tech to assist with part of the install (Cat5e is run but it's just a bundle of wires right now and not finished), but I need to pick the Ethernet switches. 

 

I thought this wouldn't be too bad, but there are so many options that I'm getting a bit overwhelmed. From our talks, managed switches are not needed, but the plus type switches would be a good choice. He also said I need to make sure that they all support STP, which I'm not even seeing clearly marked on most that I look at. I need two 4 or 5 port switches, an 8, and a 16 that is mountable to go in the box with the modem and router. I was looking at Netgear's plus options, and he also suggested TP Link. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice?

 

Thanks!

Your average "dumb" switch which can be had for 20 bucks don't do STP. That's why they're unmanaged. 

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Managed switches do have some advantages, and I'd go that route if I had the budget. I also like switches that can be centrally managed like ubiquiti. Again, none of this is necessary, but is nice to have.

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if you need an affordable switch: TP-link TL-SG108 for unmanaged switch or TL-SG108E for managed switch will be a good start, they start at $20 to $30 in amazon (I think its still on discounted price)

if you need to have POE (power over ethernet) TL-SG108PE is around $90, it has a 4 POE ports (good for access points or cameras that has POE option)

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