The Linksys SE1500 5-Port Ethernet Switch offers Fast Ethernet speeds of up to 100 Mbps. Although it does not deliver the same speeds as Gigabit Ethernet switches, it provides a simple, budget-friendly solution for home users and small offices that need to boost their internet speed.
This Ethernet switch comes with five separate ports that can help you experience faster file-transfer speeds. The Linksys technology behind this five-port design can also help you boost your HD streaming and gaming efforts. Although it does not feature gigabit speed capabilities, this Ethernet switch does come with QoS (Quality of Service) Traffic Management features that reduce buffering by prioritizing high-bandwidth activities.
There are individual LED lights on the front of this switch that indicate usage levels and issues with individual ports, so you can quickly troubleshoot any existing problems. The back of the switch hosts the five individual ports. Although this compact switch can be mounted on the wall, the positioning of the ports and lights can make it difficult to mount if you still want to see the indicator lights while the switch is in use.
This Ethernet switch comes with a plug-and-play design, meaning you can instantly start using it without having to install any software. The ports feature MDI/MDIX crossover connection, so you can connect any wired device to any wired port, and the switch will automatically recognize all devices, such as a gaming console or a printer.
Linksys’ SE1500 comes with power-saving features that can help reduce excess energy consumption. This feature automatically switches unused ports into idle, power-saving mode while the device’s on/off switch allows you to turn off LED indicator lights. This device is IEEE 802.3 standard, which ensures energy efficient operation of Ethernet devices.
Overall, this Ethernet switch is a basic, budget-friendly solution to consider if you want a general boost to your internet speed. If you have a hard-wired network, this compact device can quickly make your network more capable of handling high-volume data transfers and streaming. The device is compact, measuring just 6 inches, making it ideal for home use. However, it does not come with gigabit speed capacity, so if you are looking for an ultra-fast solution, or one designed to handle larger work environments, you should look into a Gigabit Ethernet switch like the D-Link DGS-1008G or TP Link TL-SG1005D instead.