Best Unmanaged Switches in 2022
Unmanaged switches allow you to add new high-speed Ethernet ports to your home or work network. If you're running low on available ports on your router, an unmanaged switch is just what you need to wire up more devices. We rounded up some fine examples to get you started.
TP-Link TL-SG108E (opens in new tab)
This is a great value switch with plenty of features. It has eight Gigabit ports, network monitoring, loop prevention, cable diagnostics, QoS and more. There's also a limited lifetime warranty.
TP-Link TL-SF1005D (opens in new tab)
This affordable switch from TP-Link does everything you need a basic five-port switch to do. You'll be able to add a further four ports to your network without much to configure.
D-Link DGS-108 (opens in new tab)
This D-Link switch is very similar to the TP-Link TL-SG108E in that it offers eight Gigabit ports and a whole host of features for monitoring and optimizing network traffic.
D-Link GS-316 (opens in new tab)
When you have numerous PCs or other devices to connect to a network, this 16-port D-Link unmanaged switch has you covered with nothing to configure and silent operation. This switch has everything you need to create a robust network.
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Choosing an unmanaged switch depends entirely on your budget and how many ports you require. If you're only connecting a few PCs at home, the TP-Link TL-SG108E (opens in new tab) is ideal with a low price and plenty of features — you can even go a little further and check out the built-in configuration page to play with a few features and settings.
When you're ready to go up to the next level, the D-Link GS-316 (opens in new tab) houses 16 Gigabit ports for additional capacity.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.