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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    ES3005: A great way to expand your network

    Posted
    LewR
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    Fantastic device! I received a sample unit of the SE3005 from Linksys at their cost in order to test and write a report on my experience using the Hub. I tried several configurations in order to see how the SE3005 performed and found outstanding results in each scenario. The device is used to extend your Ethernet network effortlessly without any perceptible transmission delay. It works right out of box (it took me 2 minutes to unbox, connect to the network and have it running - Plug and Play at its best) without any setup. You just plug it in and connect one end of an Ethernet cable to any of its 5 Gigabit ports and the other end to your router, network extender, or other hub. You're now ready to connect up to 4 more Ethernet devices onto your network without any parameter setups. The first trial, I connected the SE3005 directly to my E4200 Linksys router and connected 2 computers and a printer to the Hub. First I ran speedtest.net on the SE3005- connected HP laptop computer to establish a benchmark for throughput speeds. Then, I ran a program on the connected HP desktop to loop continuously while accessing a large file on a networked NAS connect to the router. Finally, I used a third computer connected directly to the E4200 to send a very large print job to the SE3005 connected printer while simultaneously using the HP Laptop computer to re-run Speedtest.net and determine impact on its internet and local network transmission speeds. I was pleased to see that there was no perceptible difference in speed between the two tests. Following are the results of this trial (note that I ran the test on a rated 60Mbps download, 6Mbps upload internet connection): Speedtest w/o Printjob....................................... Speedtest with Printjob 23 ms ping ....................................................................25 ms ping 57 Mbps Download .....................................................57 Mbps Download 6 Mbps Upload ...............................................................6 Mbps Upload My conclusion is that I can use the ES3005 as HUB on my network without any perceptible slowdown in network traffic to connected devices. The second trial, I had an older 5-port 10/100 hub connected to the Ethernet connection on a WIFI network extender. I replaced the 10/100 with the SE3005 Gigabyte hub. Two computers and a printer were connected by Ethernet to the hub, and the router, two cellphones and a printer used the WIFI connection on the extender. I used the HUB connect computers to access the network NAS and I observed a dramatic improvement in speed compared to the 10/100 hub. Similarly, the observed speed of webpage access was significant and downloads of large files from both the local network and internet were nicely improved. The third trial, I connected the SE3005 to the ES4200 as in the first trial above. This time I tried streaming very large videos from the network NAS on one computer and also from the internet on the other computer and to my surprise, they both played flawlessly with no hesitation or pixelization. I'm sold on the SE3005 and am recommending it as a great way to expand your network.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Small Footprint Switch

    Posted
    vrs99
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    An excellent 5 port switch with strong feature set. First off I like the retro Blue on Black look that matches up with our main WRT 1900acs router and Linksys SE4008 WRT 8-Port. Like that the switch uses IEEE 802.3az technology that allows for less power consumption during periods of low data activity. The switch has a good hefty feel to it due to metal construction, this I am sure will help manage heat. And what I find Great about the Solid Feel is it does not move around on the desktop like lighter switches. Easy to setup? Yes it is a switch, plug in your Network connection and wired deices and you are good to go. Nice touches are the included mounting hardware if you want to mount to a wall or mount behind a desk. Also comes with peel and stick rubber feet pads for use on the desk. The foot pads could use some attention as two of ours lost their adhesive when we peeled them off. Easy fix with a touch of superglue. We replaced an older E4200 router on my son's desk with the switch, much easier to use, no setup, far more efficient networking (fast), uses far less space and looks cooler. Have an older small footprint 5 port Linksys switch which we use with the home entertainment system, have been using it for years with no issues, but I far prefer the new edition. Highly Recommended. Note: I received a free sample of the SE3005 Switch from Linksys in exchange for my honest feedback.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised. Plug & Play. Compact & Quick.

    Posted
    Roshambo

    I received this Linksys SE3005 as a free sample from Linksys in exchange for my honest feedback. The Linksys SE3005 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch is a real no-brainer. It works as advertised and does so with ease. It is truly Plug & Play. It took me only a few minutes to plug in the power and connect my wireless router, two PCs, network printer, and NAS. All devices were connected, online, and communicating at gigabit speed without having to reboot a single device. The Linksys SE3005 is small & compact so it takes up very little space and can be tucked away out of site if need be or can also be wall-mounted with the included kit. I was able to share and transfer files quickly with multiple devices and the Linksys SE3005 switch didn't break a sweat. I do a LOT of LARGE file transfers over my home network, as well as streaming movies & music, and have bit torrent running 24/7. This gigabit switch took a load off my wireless router that was also acting as my network switch. Since adding the SE3005 to my network, traffic seems to flow much smoother and efficient. I have not experience a single issue with it and would definitely recommend this 5-port switch if you need a very small and portable, yet efficient gigabit ethernet switch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    1-2-3 and you are up and running

    Posted
    wargamerjohn

    I received the Linksys SE3005 Switch via the Linksys Friends + Family Program. What can you really say about a network switch that requires only 3 steps to be up an running. If it works as advertised not a whole lot! The Linksys SE3005 worked as advertised. Plug in the power adapter, connect to the upstream ethernet source, and connect your downstream ethernet devices and you are up and running! Why would one need a switch? In my case, my home isn't wired for ethernet so we have opted for wireless connections or powerline connections. I used powerline adapters to connect my devices that need a fast and reliable connection to the internet, TVs, game consoles, desktop PCs, and set top boxes (ie Fire TV). My powerline adapters have only a single ethernet port so being able to connect the Linksys SE3005 switch to the powerline adapter is a big big help when you need to connect more than one device at a location. Besides the convenience of expanding the number of ethernet ports, the switch is smaller than the one it took the place of and it feels like a quality device being made of metal rather than plastic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not the model advertised...wrong picture

    Posted
    Greg
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    Linksys completely changed the configuration of this unit. The picture shows Ver 1, with all the lights in front & network jacks in back... the way I like it. HOwever, I couldn't find ver 1 at any BB, Ver 2 was the only version available. To confuse you more, it's under the same SKU # at BB as Ver 1, however, both the networks jacks AND lights are on the back in Ver 2.. with the power cord on the front, ughh - it's ugly no matter which side you have facing you. This new design is clearly intended to be hung on a wall, not sitting on a desk or entertainment center... other than that, the unit performs as advertised, i just don't like the design of the newer version 2 at all for asthetic reasons...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid switch; speed status lights are always nice

    Posted
    TheGuyNamedGuy
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    I like this switch. The lights on this unit not only tell you when devices are connected, but also what speed, which is greatly appreciated. The power light lets you know that the unit has power, which is a must for troubleshooting remote installations. The only thing holding back a 5-star review is that the power plug is on a different side than the network ports. Since this unit isn't designed for rack-mounting, this makes routing & tying off cables at a desk awkward because not all the cables are routed to the same place on the unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Linksys 5 Port Gigabit Switch

    Posted
    CharlieReck

    This is a product that has no options and it just works out of the box. Every household will need this at some point in the vast amount of setups or transfer of data from old PC to a new PC, etc. For a speed test I had a Laptop directly connected to a router to a NAS Storage and tested my data speed transfer. I inserted a 50 foot Ethernet in front of and behind the Switch and saw no drop in transfer speed. If you need a reliable simple switch this is your answer if for nothing else to give you those extra ports on your router which for some reason only come with 4 ports. Now I have 8 ports off my router for those NAS devices, VOIP boxes, security gateways, and TV internet and eliminated wireless for better overall performance. Good Luck you will not be disappointed. I did receive this product for free in exchange for testing and posting my review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Small, simple switch

    Posted
    JunkGuy
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    Nice, rather attractive small sized switch. Only about 3x5x1 inch in size, so you can fit it just about anywhere around your other computer equipment, and rectangular so you can stand it on its end if so desired instead of the those funny shaped models you sometimes see that would tip over. Also has mounting holes on the bottom side so you can hang it from a wall or rack. My only complaint that reduces it to four stars is that it uses a two prong AC adapter but with a narrow, yet tall AC/DC converter head, so it may not fit well onto crowded power strips and UPSs next to a fatter head - a small head with the AC/DC converter equipment moved a few inches away (like a laptop's) would have made for better design.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does the job

    Posted
    RonS
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    Our mesh system router only has one WAN port. From my router, I have to connect an NAS and also a CellSpot to provide good phone reception in the house. So I need a means of connecting both units. That’s where this Linksys - 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch fills the bill. It does the job very well, and also has a little room for expansion in the future. The only thing that I would wish for is that all coonections would be on the back. Instead, the power cable connects on the front, which seems a bit out of place. But that’s getting a little nit picky. Other than that though, it fits our needs very well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sturdy solid performer

    Posted
    mijik

    NB: I received this switch from Linksys to evaluate and review. I have had it for 2 weeks. My network is a gigabit cat 6 network (9 PCs from XP to Win 10, openSuse Tumbleweed tower and laptop, 2 multi-function wireless printers, six 8 and 5 port gigabit switches) and mimo wireless N and AC. It is a sturdy metal case. It has excellent throughput, especially when three people are streaming internet games and videos. It has autopowerdown of unused or inactive ports (powersaving), autocrossover for chaining. This is a solid, thus far reliable, middle of the road performer! I consider Linksys to make high quality devices and on the high-end of the market overall in quality and innovation. I doubt you will go wrong with or regret investing in this device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

    Posted
    Cobos
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    I am a fairly picky user of network equipment, but I don't typically benchmark, troubleshoot, or configure anything unless it explicitly gives me trouble. This switch arrived is a nice box, I hooked it up in about 3 minutes, replacing an old TP-Link switch that had died, and I was in business. I'm getting way faster speeds and lower ping times on all my devices than I was with the old switch. I haven't had to look at, think about, or touch this switch since those initial three minutes. Who can ask for anything more in a piece of networking equipment?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great "port expander"

    Posted
    Promptjock
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    Unit purchased to interface a DirecTv DVR box, PS4, and Samsung BluRay player to a Gigabit port on my Xfinity cable modem/router. I just plugged the cables into the switch ports, powered the switch, and INSTANT CONNECTION/COMMUNICATION to cable modem. I discern no "speed loss" through the switch with all units connected - all network traffic seems "lightning fast", regardless of how many units are active. In summary: this switch is a fast, inexpensive, and EFFORTLESS way of connecting up to 4 "Internet" devices (one port is always the "main feed") to a single "feed" port (modem, LAN port, etc.). Just make sure you use CAT5e or CAT6 cables to ensure Gigabit data rates.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does the job!

    Posted
    Dale
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    It doesn't get any easier than this. If all you need to do is split 1 internet connection to 5 or less, this is the product for you. No wireless, no fancy settings. Just plug in your main connection and plug other connects off it. No noticeable speed degradation. The only problem I have is it not obvious how to configure quality of service (QOS) where I can prioritize certain traffic. I have home office and my phone calls traverse the internet for me so I would like to make sure the voice traffic is given priority. This product supposedly does that but I can't figure out how to set it up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    SMALL BUT FUNCTIONAL

    Posted
    karaokejunkie
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    I did not know that a product like this even existed before the purchase. It solved a problem of two many cables/wires intersecting across the small living space I occupy. Now my Sony Bravia TV, Sony 4k Blu-ray player and HP laptop are all connected to the Linkys Ethernet switch without the mess. The advantage is that now I can do software upgrades for the TV and 4K player while increasing the Mbps rate for the laptop without any other connections or issues. I did not know that if you connect your laptop to the router with an Ethernet cable the download and upload speed increases.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great performance in small package

    Posted
    callmeageeth
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    I use this to create a wired network near two of my Linksys Velop Nodes and I think they're fantastic. The best part is that they are really small. Not only that, but they're high quality. My only gripe (minor one) was that no ethernet cable was included in the box. That would have been nice to have. I can't tell you about any performance in terms of raw data, but I can say that I have a LOT of devices plugged into both of my nodes (with a third node in a different area of the house) and noticed NO slow down in speeds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Did Not Dissapoint

    Posted
    pb3942

    When I was offered to try Linksys products for free for a honest feedback in return, I did not hesitate to say yes. In regards to this switch I compared it to another switch Linksys I had, but on older technology. No comparison, the SE3005 handled the network faster with no issues. I have installed this switch in my media center and all my media is no longer wireless it is all on the LAN. I have found that LAN network speeds in regards to streaming from wireless reduces network congestion and decreases buffering. This switch handled the speed of the connected network devices and drives.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Decent Switch

    Posted
    r00000000b
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    I haven't purchased a switch in a long time. I typically buy them to 'split' an internet connection to other devices. The older switches I owned had a dedicated switch for the upstream, or the internet connection you want to split. This one does an ok job of indicating which port that is. I also purchased an 8-Port Linksys switch and that product has a very poor indication of what port can be used for the upstream. Overall, the 5-port switch does the job.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great switch - easy setup

    Posted
    gregss54
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    I received a free Linksys SE3005 Ethernet Switch from Linksys for my honest evaluation. I happened to be out of Ethernet ports on my Linksys router and this gave me an opportunity to move some of the devices to the Ethernet switch. I had no issues with setting it up and no issues with its operation. Set up was just the power cord. Moved some of the devices from the router to the switch and add a cable (I had to provide) from one of the now open ports on the router to the switch ......done. It was that easy. I now have several open Ethernet ports for future expansion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great!

    Posted
    Dennis
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    I needed a few more Ethernet ports since my Linksys router nay had 4. I purchased this switch and it was extremely simple to set up, simply plug in the AC adapter, connect an Ethernet cable to one of the ports on my router, and it was up and running in less than 5 minutes, and I don’t consider myself to be a tech wizard. No software to mess with although it would be nice if they provided a short Ethernet cable but no bid deal. Can’t beat the price, works great, highly recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Metal case, sturdier to mount. Works well.

    Posted
    HBob
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    This is a simple switch, but has a little better build quality than the more plasticky inexpensive options from competitors. Compares favorably to the old metal cased Netgear devices, but cheaper. I have been an IT consultant for three decades and find that these work well for a quick fix of adding a printer to a place where there are not enough Ethernet outlets. Just remember, if you connect multiple devices to this switch, they are going to be sharing the bandwidth vs, each having full bandwidth if each has it's own connection to the main switch.

    I would recommend this to a friend