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Deals: A look at the cheapest 5-port, 8-port and 16-port Gigabit switches around

Gigabit technology is gradually going beyond the realm of enterprise and slowly penetrating the SME and home environment with prices tumbling down recently. More recent devices like 802.11ac routers come with at least four Gigabit ports but if you need more of them or if you don't have enough ports available, check out these bargains.

You can for example buy a Gigabit switch from TRENDnet, a 5-port model called the TEG-S50g, for a mere £10.98 (excluding delivery). It comes with three years warranty, is just over an inch thick, has a total switching capacity of 10Gbps with full-duplex mode and is made of metal. Plus TRENDnet says that it will consume 70 per cent less power compared to a similar traditional switch.

If you want more ports, have a look at the TP-Link TL-SG1008D unmanaged Gigabit desktop switch which costs £19.96 and comes with free delivery from Amazon. As reviewers on the retailing site say, it just works. It does indicate whether the ports at the other end are doing a full 1gb or 100mb only.

For those looking for a switch that can service a small business instead, check out the Tenda TEG1016D from eBay retailer Envizage2000. At just over £57 (including 53 Nectar points and delivery), it offers 16 gigabit ports with up to 48Gbps switching capacity and a sturdy metal body.

To experience the full gigabit experience, make sure that you are using Cat6 cables.

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