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Linksys expands its WRT product line with a slick, stackable Ethernet switch

Michael Brown | Oct. 15, 2014
The WRT SE4008 8-port gigabit switch is the perfect mate for the Linksys WRT1900AC Wi-Fi router.

It does have built-in quality-of-service that enables it to assign higher priority to lag-sensitive network traffic, such as media streams and games, and lower priority to traffic such as file downloads. Front-panel LEDs indicate power status and connections on each port. That could describe any number of dumb switches. 

The Linksys WRT SE4008 is not inexpensive, with a suggested list price of $70. On the other hand, the more mundane-looking Linksys SE3008 8-port switch has a list price of $80 but is available at the Linksys online story for just $55, so perhaps we'll see similar discounts for this model. Or Linksys could just be counting on finding more suckers for design. Like me. 

As for reconfiguring my IP cameras? It took me all of 10 minutes for one and much less than that for the other (it's a newer model that supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup). I should have bit the bullet months ago. 

How many switches are in your network? Have you ever upgraded components almost entirely for aesthetic reasons? How often do you delay an upgrade because you feel what you already have is good enough? Tell us about your home network in the comments section, below.

 

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