Hi folks, many times I have gone into a client only to see these tiny bargain basement switches littered all over the network.
I think to myself why? I understand they are cheap, but more often then not they just cause the customer grief. With a lot of these no name brand switches you don’t know what to expect. You can get weird things happening with spanning tree or even switches that can’t forward packets at full rate on all ports at the same time.
In cases like these I like to recommend smaller switches from the Cisco Catalyst line. Cisco makes some nice 8 port 2960 Catalyst switches that are great for these occasions. They come from a company that knows the network and actually function as expected!!!
You can read more about them here.