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How many devices do you have in total?
I have, including PC, 4
I was looking at stuff like this on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-10-100-MINI-5-Ports-Fast-Ethernet-Network-Switch-Hub-for-Desktop-PC-/330950505498?pt=US_Network_Switches&hash=item4d0e2ff41a
or this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/D-Link-DGS-1005D-10-100-1000-Gigabit-ETHERNET-Switch-5-/370844412691?pt=US_Network_Switches&hash=item56580cab13
i guess i should probably go with something more like the latter, since my boyfriend likes to play WoW and such, so he wants the fastest connection possible.
(which is why we're using a wired connection for the PC in the first place)
I would recommend you get the Netgear GS108E. It's reliable, cheap and gigabit.
so gigabit is the way to go
that's 10/100/1000, right?
and how would you say the reliability of switches varies by brand?
I have used various switches including cheaper ones like Tenda, they are okay but generally you do not get the support you need. There is a large market for brands like Netgear, linksys with presence on the internet/forums where you also get support for those products.
GS108E is ranked as 49th on Amazon
thanks very much!