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TP-Link Litewave 5-Port Gigabit Unmanaged Network Switch $14.90 + Delivery ($0 with Prime/ $39 Spend) @ Amazon AU

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I needed a network switch to expand the single port in my living room and found this cheap network switch on Amazon

Says free delivery for first time orders too on Amazon

8-port available for $22.90 thanks Uncle Buck (OOS)

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  • Great find thanks OP

  • +17

    8 port is only $22.90 if people need more ports

    https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07VC41CXJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_g...

    • +1

      so even tho it's shipped from Amazon AU, it's not an aus model?

      • +3

        I apologise! It's on the TP link Oz website as well but it's a new product so doesn't pop up on a google search - have to dive into the website to find it.

        So looks like it should have a Oz plug (I did also wonder why Amazon would sell this in Amazon AU and only looked at the comments).

        So pretty good price - the only difference is the plastic case and larger buffer memory (a plus) compared to the LS105G otherwise looks identical.

        Giving this deal an upvote as my penance!

        • -2

          You just did a Colonel Jessup when he heard about the death of Danny’s dad.

    • +1

      Just look at the Amazon reviews.

      I found that Amazon reviews are for the same model around the world, may be not exactly this listing.

      From Amazon AU should be AU plug.

      • +1

        See my response above - my bad!

  • Are these powered over ethernet?

    • Are these powered over ethernet?

      No way for this price?

      • +1

        They weren’t asking if it is PoE. They were asking if it can be powered by PoE. The answer is still no however.

    • no

  • +1

    I was thinking great price - I just bought one from Amazon for about $23, but then I noticed this is the new plastic case version.

    Performance is probably the same, but I suspect the metal case dissipates heat better. Probably won't make a lot of difference.

    But good find.

    • +1

      I noticed this is the new plastic case version.

      I have a few TP Link plastic case version so far no problem with heat, actually no heat at all.

      • Why need a metal case?

        Also OOS

        • +1

          Feeling like it is a proper switch and not just a toy I guess. Note that most cheap switches can’t actually switch at gigabit speeds.

    • If your 5 port switch is needing to dissipate heat, you probably don't want to own such a power hungry model. This things will likely run 24/7 for at least 10 years.

    • For the money, you could always open the case up and get out the drill if you are worried about heat! :)
      Modifying can be fun sometimes!

  • Just curious why do you guys need so many ports?

    • +12

      My TV system contains an Apple TV, PS4, A/V, Switch, mini PC.
      That's a lot of wireless components that could be hard wired instead (luckily my apartment has built-in ethernet ports, so I connect the ATV with that)

      • -5

        Oh ok. I switched most of my components to wireless if they have the feature now. Less clutters.

        • +2

          Routers can struggle sometimes keeping up with multiple wireless devices.

        • +14

          Wireless is one of those technologies which is great, until its not.

          The second something goes flakey, and it can be any device on your network, performance can drop like a stone.

          Wifi is 'polite' so if 1 device is being a needy problem child, we all suffer.

          Im bias, as a network engineer, but the whole "switch close by, then 1 cable back" is just so much more set-and-forget.

          Lets not even start on the headache of re-connecting all those devices if you get a new router/ap, compared to the click-click of 1 ethernet cable.

          • +2

            @MasterScythe:

            Lets not even start on the headache of re-connecting all those devices if you get a new router/ap

            You set the new router with the same network name and password and all the old devices connect to it?

            • @spaceflight: I tried that, most wireless devices will still need to auth again

          • +1

            @MasterScythe: Consumer WiFi is innately half-duplex - can’t transmit and receive simultaneously.

        • +4

          Less clutters. More buffers.

      • +8

        Same, any time I can get a device off wifi and onto Ethernet, I will.

        I recently moved into a townhouse that has data ports in every room, all routed to a patch panel in the garage. For most rooms, a single port is fine (for a computer or Apple TV), but a couple need more than one. These cheap 5-ports are great for that.

        None of my TVs are connected to the internet, LG and Samsung can screw off with their ads and other shenanigans.

        • +3

          You can get PoE to DC adaptors too; cut down on powerpoint usage :D

          • @MasterScythe: Did a search for this after I saw your comment, would love to do that but the Apple TV’s have built in power supplies so only take AC :-(

    • +6

      Can’t speak for OP, I have my TV, PlayStation, AppleTV, Amp all connected via Ethernet.

    • +6

      Multiple network connected devices in lounge.
      More solid than WiFi.

    • +1

      I have one in entertainment unit with AV receiver, ps4, smart tv, printer, raspberry pi, Ethernet over power adaptor and connection back to router.

    • +4

      I've got 3 around my house but in general these are my ports in use:

      • Home theatre: Computer, Bluray, Projector, WAP
      • Garage: Computer, WAP,
      • My office has a 24 port switch with 8 or so in use
      • Work room has a 48 port switch with 10 in use: TV, NAS, Laptop, WAP, cable going around to my bedroom's TV
      • Lounge room: TV, Home Security
      • Bedroom: Computer
      • +4

        So much WAP

        • I dont know why, but I still laugh that some dudes name is Fetty Wap.

          Still the most bizarre d&d style name ive ever heard in the real world.

      • +2

        Must be nice to have an office and work room.

      • -2

        Your power bills must be high, but you are going to tell me you have solar panels as a roof.

        • Hell no!!! Apparently they die after 3 years and you don't even make your money back. (Newspaper articles)

          • @Chmmr: I love those articles, none of them sound like theyve ever done solar before it became "popular". Ah good times. A well, keeps the demand and prices lower for those who know!

    • Because not everything came with wifi. Most things do now though.

    • +1

      3 TV's all with multiple devices as many of the others have.
      Either nivida shield or telstra TV's , xboxes, amps, htpc.
      All adds up really quickly, and the more you can get off wireless the faster that appears to be.

  • +4

    LAN PARTY!!!!

  • +1

    If anyone gets this, can you please check the details printed on the power supply? Mostly interested in voltage. If 12V I'd get it (when back in stock).

    Edit: found the answer on the website. 9V, bummer :-(

    • +3

      Why does 12 or 9v matter?

      • +2

        don't know about team teri reasons but practically all routers run off 12V and use same barrel connectors. Having 9V or even 5V (hello netgear, please burn in hell, thank you) device in the mix is a sure way to fry it with wrong power supply.

      • +1

        When my UPS died a couple of years ago I replaced it with a solar charged 12V AGM deep cycle battery. I prefer devices I can run directly from the battery.

        Currently I've got a TP-Link fast-ethernet switch, also 9V supply, still running off mains. Having that caused trouble during the last power outage.

        I'd been planning to get a 12V to 9V step down converter, but didn't get around to it yet. If this switch was running off 12V it would have been more convenient to just change over the switch.

  • -3

    Wow some of you have SO many devices. Surely your net slows drastically? What DL speeds do you get with so many connected.(switch and wifi?) I'm on 50mbps on exetel , hardly ever drops too much below that with only 3 or 4 wi-fi connections at the same time. I guess hard to generalise as if steaming video does drop a lot but I don't have more than 1 or 2 on streaming at once…. NBN just isn't that fast considering its 2021 compared to overseas speeds!

    • Speedtest (switch):
      86mbps down
      21mbps up

    • +8

      You seem to be under the impression that people use all their network devices at 100% for streaming data from the internet simultaneously 100% of the time.

    • Number of connected devices on ethernet in no way impacts speed. Its totally based on demand.

      Unlike wifi, where throughput speed still isnt affected, however latency is. The more wifi devices connected but idle, the more the router will 'wait' to see if they 'want something'.

      I can have 10+ different computing devices all pulling down GIT updates in my PC room at acceptable speeds.

      And certain devices designed for dialup (like my sega dreamcast) can still game online, even with a saturated WAN.

    • Speedtest: WiFi (5G AC)
      88 down
      23 up

    • Gigabit FTTP NBN is few bucks over a hundred these days.

  • my work bought a 4 port gigabit switch for over $200 last week hahaha

    • +5

      Hahahhahaha it must have been a different switch. Haha it is probably managed too, probably has active cooling and rack mounting. Hahaha.

      • Nah, none of those things equate to $200, and good luck finding a rack-mount 4-port.

        • I beg to differ. https://csd.com.au/products/PLA-IGS-624HPT

          This is DIN rail mountable too. But let’s not split hairs.

          • @moo: Also has six ports with SFP and high-power PoE, but let’s not split hairs, definitely sits on the shelf next to the $15 switch.

      • +1

        A 4 port rack mount with active cooling for gigabit? Can you post an example?

        Its more likely they have a government contract of some sort.

        You should see military contract pricing for example; specific brands of office scissors (not special tools, office scissors) can be over $100. Thats why you 'sneak them in' for $5 from the local officeworks.

        • +1

          I’m assuming you all haven’t actually used or seen network devices made for industrial use cases? E.g. IP rated self enclosed devices that could be sitting out in the middle of the field or tough working environments.

          Throwaway ill informed comments like ‘work paying $200 for a similar switch’, it ain’t exactly apples for apples comparison when there are different devices made for different applications/use cases.

          • @moo: On the contrary, a very close family friend is "the contractor" who builds such devices for the Navy (and anyone else who wants milspec).

            I still say you'll be hard pressed to find a rack mount device with active cooling for a 4 port GbE connection.

            Even if cooling were required, they're such a low power device, even a 1U heatsink would be an immense amount of cooling for a small GbE load.

            A fan is a point of failure, its really uncommon to add one unnecessarily; you're more likely to find the install requirements list a forced ventilated enclosure, rather than active cooling a 4 port rack size switch.

            • +1

              @MasterScythe: The point I’m trying to make is that devices over $200 exist for a 4-port Gbe device and these are not your typical ‘standard switch’. The features I highlighted are some examples of what could be above and beyond that of a standard device. I’ve actually seen ‘milspec’ devices fail in certain environment, e.g. at minesites with extremely high salt in the air. It basically corrodes anything that is not purposely built to withstand it.

              From a COTS perspective, there are solutions such as these that are way beyond a typical general consumer’s comprehension that anything beyond a $20 switch is ridiculous.
              Link: https://csd.com.au/products/PLA-IGS-624HPT

          • +2

            @moo: exactly
            Try throwing one of these $20 switches in an industrial cabinet and having it pass the test over time.

            There's a reason industrial Ethernet usage devices are much more expensive. Proven reliability, operating temperature ranges and longer MTF etc

            Eg a basic Moxa 5 port unmanaged gigabit switch, $385 ex (no one pays this much, but would still be >$200)
            https://colterlec.com.au/product/moxa-eds-g205-1gtxsfp/

            Brands like Moxa, herschmann, Spider etc would all be north of $200 for 4/5 port unmanaged gigabit switches for use in industrial usage.

            • @SBOB: I reckon some of these cheap switches would probably fail before it gets installed in an industrial environment.

              • +1

                @moo: just has to last long enough to get passed defects liability :)

  • +1

    Damn. I actually needed this

    • Same - though 8 port

  • There are a few sellers offering the TL-SF1008D 8port 10/100 model for $15 on Amazon if you want the extra. I'm assuming the 10/100 won't bother most people in a house situation if only using for streaming services etc. It's Sunday, so not getting any more technical than that…! :)

  • does something like this work with powerline adapters?
    e.g. powerline adapter -> network switch -> up to 5 devices?

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