You don't need to be working in a data center to need to plug things into a network switch these days. We all have so many devices, and with some of them needing as much bandwidth as possible it stands to reason that a good managed switch would be a good idea. Right now you can get the TP-Link 8-port managed switch with a massive 50% reduction in price.
The TP-Link managed switch has eight ports and includes support for all of the important features you'd expect from such a thing. There is support for VLANs to help people separate traffic while port mirroring, loop prevention, and cable diagnostics are all also built into the device's network monitor features.
This managed switch also includes support for port and tag-based quality of service (QoS) settings, allowing people to give certain types of network traffic preferential treatment over others. That can be vital if you need to ensure that your gaming traffic isn't bogged down by your housemate doing boring things like work!
TP-Link and Amazon would normally sell this managed switch for around $50, but this Prime Day that price is slashed in half. Not everyone will need a managed switch, but this one could be a great way for people to dip their toes into the world of more advanced home networking. It should also be great for small businesses, too.
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While not everyone will need a managed network switch, this one is a great option for those who do. Its eight ports should be plenty for most, while that 50% price reduction is as compelling as can be. At just $24.99, this is cheaper than some unmanaged network switches.
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Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.