Compex PS2216 16-port Desktop Switch -
Compex PS2216 Introduction
Compex ReadyLink PS2216
16-port 10/100 Fast Ethernet Desktop Switch
Price: ~$60 USD, Guru3d.com PriceWatch reports 47 USD
The Small, But Mighty
As you might have figured out, we here at guru3d.com have a slight fetish for network equipment. When you take that freshly painted hot-rod game machine you've spent dozens of hours building to a LAN party, you have to hook it up to a LAN. Yup. It's hard to play games these days without a network of some kind.
The Complex PS2216 is a 16-port switch and is a rather small, dark grey, box. It's not your usual thin, square metal box that one imagines when you think about network equipment. It's about the size of the power brick for a laptop, or about two times bigger than the mouse you're waving around. The real attraction for the PS2216 is the cost per port, which is about $4. Throw in a few of the neat features like port trunking and VLAN support, and you've got a pretty handy, if not inexpensive, switch.
Bits, Frames, and Packets
Let's take a little overview of network equipment. At the bot
Switches are generally a good upgrade if you have lots of hubs and want to extend the life of your network and kick up the speed.
An inexpensive and cute little 16-port network switch.