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Does anyone have any recommendations for a cheap gigabit switch? I'm starting to outgrow my WRT54GL router.

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closed as off topic by Jeff Atwood Jul 1 '09 at 12:23

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Are you looking for a router with a gigabit switch integrated into it or just a switch? –  Joseph Jul 1 '09 at 12:01
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I'd say this was Sysadmin related –  David Pashley Jul 1 '09 at 13:00
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Why was this closed? It seems a sensible question. Anyhow I recommend the Belkin entry level switches. After all Dell rebadge them and sell them as PowerConnects! I have several and if you just want a simple unmanaged switch they are perfect. –  John Rennie Jul 1 '09 at 13:17
    
This seems like a fine question to me... –  jj33 Jul 1 '09 at 13:36
    
I cannot even remotely recommend anything related to Dell PowerConnects. I came up with a "brick the PowerConnect" procedure that involved actually using some of the webadmin settings. After denying it for months and then looking at it for months, Dell quietly decided to not fix the problem. –  kmarsh Jul 1 '09 at 13:40

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I assume this is a home or small-office arrangement as you are currently using a consumer AP+Switch like the WRT54GL, in which just about any switch would do aside from some of the dirt cheap imports. At home I have a simple 5 port netgear gigabit switch and it works without fault at speeds that suggest my machines are the bottleneck not the switch.

Such a switch should connect to your router as an uplink device, essentially extending it rather than replacing it.

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You can get a TP Link TL-SG1005D 5 port Gigabyte switch for around US$35.

http://www.tplink.com/products/product_des.asp?id=69

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