As you may have read the review previously of the EE Brightbox 2 which I had tremendous problems with getting running in a small three bed property. I looked at a lot of options including a new router/modem
But what I ended up with was much much simpler and cheaper Enter the Pluscom 8 port Gigabit switch
- 8 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit RJ45 ports
- 10/100/100 Gigabit auto-negotiation, maximum speed to 20/200Mbps (full-duplex)
- Supports IEEE 802.3x full-duplex flow control and back pressure half-duplex flow control
- Supports MAC address auto-learning and auto-aging
- Complete with power supply
Firstly this arrives in a tiny 140mm x 75mm x 40mm case its a substantial (if mini) Metal case and I’ve got no spurious emissions from it as of yet.
The instruction booklet is an A5 duplex printed specification sheet with the exception of a warning. Do not place things on top of this device and leave air space around the unit. Suitable for wall mounting.
So ignoring the instructions completely as any Radio Amateur does, I plugged the Gigabit ethernet I’d been using for the shack computer to the switch, then had to go hunting a short patch lead as this is not supplied with one at all. (Not a worry)
Patch found and plugged in, no configuring boom away it goes at gigabit speed across the local network. So then I plugged in the Lenvo (Iomega) iConnect because the WiFi on the Brightbox is dire. and that was happy again. Router management tools specify that now I have two devices running of the switch, So next I add two raspberry Pi’s (one for HDSDR, the other is going to be for a weather station when I can afford to replace it.) Again no problems what so ever.
After 24 hours its still not hot/warm in any way, its been hot here too so all bodes well.
So how am I going to rate it? For the massive £30 spent, buy one!