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D-Link PowerLine AV 500 4-Port Gigabit Switch DHP-540Compact, good-looking, affordable, and fast, D-Link's PowerLine AV 500 4-Port Gigabit Switch DHP-540 makes a great device that extends your network both via traditional cables and electrical wiring.
You're looking to extend your wire network with a switch, maybe it's a good idea to get one that also supports Powerline technology. After all, the switch has to be plugged in to the one to work. If you find yourself pampering those particular thoughts, I have something for you. Hello, my name is Dong Ngo and this is a D-Link Powerline Gigabit Switch model DHP-540. Now first and foremost, this is a gigabit switch that work like any other switches that helps at another 3 Ethernet ready devices to your network. If you already have a Powerline adaptor connected to your router, the DHP-540 also works at the other end and adds another 4 devices to your network via the Powerline connection. Despite the added function, the DHP-540 still very compact, though it's a little thicker that other 4 part switches. This is because it comes with a built in power adaptor and the Powerline chip. The device come with a standard power cable and would also work with other similar cables. The D-Link supports the latest Powerline AV-500 that has the sealing Powerline speed of up to 500 megabit per second. In our testing it was ended really fast offering Powerline speed some 50% faster than traditional Ethernet connections. The switch come with an on and off switch, but unfortunately doesn't offer the option to turn the Powerline function to work on a regular gigabit switch. This would come handy in case you want to make sure you won't accidentally expose to others in the same building. To make up for this, on top here it has quick security button that quickly create secure Powerline connection with other Powerline adaptors form D-Link. At the chip price of $100, the D-Link Powerline Gigabit Switch is actually cheaper than many other traditional 4 gigabit switches. The find how much it would deal is really check the full review at CNET.com My name is Dong Ngo and this has been the first look a the Powerline Gigabit Switch model DHP-540 from D-Link.