Note: If you need more than 4 ports on your router, you need to purchase a switch in addition to the router. We do not recommend any router that has more than 4 ports - most 8 and 16 port routers are incompatible. Also, it is not recommended to use a router in place of a switch (E.g., to have a router behind the main router solely for the purpose of 'adding more ports').
The most economical switch options are D-Link products, but keep in mind there are many competitively priced switches out there!
- D-Link DES-1005 - 5 Ports 10/100
- D-Link DES-1008 - 8 Ports 10/100
- D-Link DGS-1005 - 5 Ports Gigabit
- D-Link DGS-1008 - 8 Ports Gigabit
- Netgear GS-105E - 5 Ports Gigabit
- Netgear GS-108E - 8 Ports Gigabit
- Netgear GS-116E - 16 Ports Gigabit
Any un-managed switch will do. If it does not say managed switch or Layer-3, then it is an un-managed switch, which is cheaper and best solution for most customers.
Please note, the Netgear switches listed above, fall into a new sub category of switches, these are called "Semi-Managed" switches. Their interface is web and application based. This category of devices is beneficial to customers who have existing QoS issues, and it has been determined that additional QoS options are required at the lower networking layers.
Software for "Semi-Managed" switches must be downloaded from the vendor's website and installed by the customer, $company is not associated with any device recommended.
These are available at most local department stores, such as OfficeDepot, Staples, Best Buy, and Target. They can also easily be purchased online.
Please note that managed switches can be mis-configured in such a way as to prevent your VoIP phones from working properly! We suggest factory resetting a managed switch before installing Smarsh Hosted Services VoIP phones.