A Wicked Smart 5-port Switch From Echogear
It'S a 5 port switch from a company called echo gear that makes it incredibly easy to expand the number of connections to your home network for under 15. Now, with the ever expanding universe of smart devices were all plugging in at home. I am constantly on the lookout for an open network connection on one of my switches. It even though I use Wi Fi for my cameras on my home animation equipment every now and then you'll buy a device that needs that high speed connection and you have to physically plug it into a switch. And the challenge is even if I find an open port someplace it's, never where I need it, it's down in the basement and I'm trying to plug a smart TV in upstairs in a bedroom. So I was looking for a switch thought I could plug in. In those remote locations that was inexpensive, who's, really high speed and just simple to use – and I do want to spend a lot of money on it now. I know I can go out and buy some expensive switches that are eight port and they're managed and they're p OE and all those other whiz bang features. But I didn't really need that for the stuff I was connecting and a lot of cases. Those switches are more expensive than the gear on plug it into him, so I wasn't really interested in doing that and it came across as echo gear switch and when I saw the price at 15, I thought there's no way.
This thing is gon na. Do everything they say it does, but for 15 bucks I'll take a shot and bring it home. So I bought it a couple of months back I've been using it ever since, and the thing just works and I've actually bought two more now one for the kids room and one for down in the den and what it does. Fundamentally, if you're not familiar with networking and you're, not a nerd like me, what a switch will do for you, especially a switch like this is it's almost like you've got an electrical outlet in the wall, and you want to plug five things into it. You have to buy one of those power strips where you plug the power strip in plug everything into the power strip. That way, you can sort of extend what the electricity is doing, that's exactly what this does for your network, but the challenge is most of the switches like this are pretty complicated. To set up, they need configuration steps. Some of the ports have dedicated. You have to have the right type of cable they're, not speed, sensing or they're older styles, where they don't do the one gig connections. This switch has all that stuff built in. So what I love about it is it's drop dead, simple, so the example I'll give you as I brought this home and I was connecting up a TiVo, a Roku player, a media streamer and a Smart TV and add one cable coming out of the wall.
For my connection to the networks, oh I needed something I could expand to plug those four devices in I took this out of the box plugged into power supply plugged in all five of those ports turned everything on and it just worked. I mean it's just that simple now, some of the features that set this apart from the others include things like the LEDs across the top now that's, not something they're gon na look at once. You get it connected and working when you first plug in those cables. You want to make sure you have a good cable. All those lights will come on so there's a power indicator on the one side and then for LEDs to let you know you have valid connections to there. The ports on the back. Another beautiful feature about this. That a lot of the switches are lacking is there are no dedicated upstream ports and that's important again getting nerdy, because a lot of the switches dedicate a port that has to connect upstream to your other switch or your router and that's between the devices and you'll. Typically, use a crossover cable for that, which is a different cable that you would normally buy with this switch. Two things are important to note. None of these ports are dedicated. You can use any port for the upstream connection, which means you can plug it in anywhere. You want there's no worry about that. The other cool thing about it is: it actually senses whether you're plugging in a straight through cable or a crossover, cable and that's really important, because that standard is called MDI, it's media dependent interface.
I think it is and there's two standards MDI NDI x, which is the crossover cable in the old days. I would have a box of cables in my basement. A big rat's nest, the cables I pull out a cable and have to really look at it close to see if it was a crossover a straight through with this switch. You don't have to worry about it, because the switch is smart enough to know that's a straight through cable I'll make adjustments port no that's. A crossover I'll make adjustments for that. So you can unplug your old switches, plug everything in the back of this and it's. Going to figure it out for you, the other thing that's really cool about it. Is that its speed sensing, so the newer networks are one gig, but you're older gear might be 10 Meg or a hundred Meg. This switch knows what that connection is both to the device and the upstream connection and it'll make adjustments as needed across the port's, to give you two fastest connection possible, so they've built everything they can inside the switch one last cool feature, which is something you don't Find a lot of minutes a small thing, but for me it's a big deal. There are two little loops in the back where you can actually bolt this to the wall. So if you've got a TV hanging up higher, you got to make a lot of connections to it. A couple of screws on the wall drop this thing down and it's mounted it's, not hanging down with all those wires showing and everything else.
So I like it an awful lot. I think, for the best part for me, though, is – and I can't get over this it's 15 – this power supply Alone's got to be eight or nine dollars. I don't know how they build this much tech into this product. For that kind of price point but I'm here to tell you it works. I love the fact that it's inexpensive cuz I'm a cheapskate. The fact that I can plug it in and not have to worry about it so I've plugged in three of these. Every single time, I've said to myself this probably won't work I'm gon na have to get in there and configure it and figure it all the nonsense that's going on with it there's nothing to worry about, so the ports are not blocking their speed, sensing, their MDI And the IX sensing everything you need is built into the switch, so I know I'm gushing about it, but I'm just blown away by this technology for 15. I can't get over it so anyway that's all I had for today. I hope you found this clip helpful. I love talking about this kind of technology and I know it's not something. I talk about a lot in the channel, but if I'm doing something at home, that's nerdy – I know you guys are watching this channel and let's be honest, you're nerds. So, if I'm, finding something, I think, is cool I'm gon na talk about it in the channel and if you guys enjoy it, watch the clip that's.
How we're gon na play it so anyway there's a link below if you want to go check it out in Amazon. They also make an 8 ports which, if you need one that's, a little bit bigger, so you can look at the two of them. I have both 5 ports which, because I didn't need to plug that much stuff in, but anyway, they're down there. If you want to check them out, if you have any questions about anything, I've covered drop, those in the comments below and I'll get back to as quickly as I can I'm gon na try and answer all the nerdy questions you have so if it gets really Technical I'm. Okay with that so drop those in the comments below and the last thing I'll say, is. If you haven't subscribed to the channel. I have so many more clips coming on drones and other high tech gear over there there's a couple of weeks. We just have a bunch of stuff in that I'm gon na talk about, so you definitely want to subscribe to the channel. So you don't miss any of those clips. Goes we love having these conversations and we love the interaction you guys provide in the channel.