I was forced to replace a fried switch and this was an excellent choice.
My only little issue is with the distance between each port. For a 16 port Ethernet switch, the cable management is a pain being in a such a closed space. The weight of the cables tilt the switch and make it look funny and unstable. If you are planning to use all the ports, I suggest to get a cable management system together with the switch. aside to that little thing, the switch is exactly what the manufacture describes.
It worked seemlessly into my system. I had prior used the cisco 5 port home switch, but I'm buying more equipement so now I needed to expand. I didn't even have to reboot my system to get it working. I just unplugged my old 5 port cisco switch and plugged in the new 16 port switch (internet splitter) and it worked right away. I'm using Mac Book Pro, Mac Mini, Presario PC, Vonage Phone and a Xbox 360 all hooked up at this time to the 16 port switch. On the other side is my router and the cable modem that provides the internet signal.
This switch does not seem to work when plugged directly into my Linksys router. It only works when plugged into the older 8 port switch (that I HAD planned to retire) which is, in turn, plugged into the router. I have checked the settings on the router, tried a crosssover cable, and a multitude of different port choices, all with no luck.
The Cisco® SD216 16-Port 10/100 Desktop Switch can significantly increase the speed of your network traffic. A switch serves the same function as a hub in a network design, tying your network equipment together. But unlike a simple-minded hub, which divides the network's bandwidth among all the attached devices, a switch delivers full network speeds at each port. Installing this cost-effective 16-port 10/100 switch can potentially give you 16 times the network speed you currently have.
It's also the perfect way to integrate 10-Mbps Ethernet and 100-Mbps Fast Ethernet devices. All 16 ports are auto speed negotiating and have automatic medium dependent interface (MDI) and MDI crossover (MDI-X) detection, so you don't have to worry about the cable type. Each port independently negotiates for best speed and half- or full-duplex mode, for up to 200 Mbps of bandwidth per port. Fast store-and-forward switching prevents damaged packets from being passed on to the network.
The ultra-compact case design is sure to fit into your workgroup environment. Let the Cisco SD216 16-Port 10/100 Switch kick your 10/100 network into high gear.