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Linksys SE4008 Review

Linksys SE4008 Review

Recently Linksys launched an 8-port switch which is designed to compliment their excellent WRT1900AC router. Today we cover that 8-port gigabit switch in our Linksys SE4008 Review.

Linksys SE4008 Review – Packaging and Bundle

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Linksys package their new 8-port Gigabit Switch in some familiar looking packaging that fits in with the WRT series in its use of colours. We get a decent image of the product on the front which will assist those browsing in a physical store and a note of the key features too. The other sides of the box expand on the product info and then upon opening the box we find a software CD (manual) and mains adapter. A copy of the manual can also be downloaded from Linksys. We also note that the SE4008 is well protected by layers of cardboard, a foam sheet on top and a cover on the front panel to ensure it arrives in perfect condition.

Linksys SE4008 Review – The 8-Port Gigabit Switch

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The primary design goal for the external appearance of the SE4008 was that it should match the WRT1900AC router that Linksys released earlier this year and it certainly does that. From the front and sides, if we ignore the absence of antenna, the two devices are near identical other than their height. The SE4008 is a little taller. Other than that though, very similar indeed, from the white LEDs on the front panel which tell us about activity on the 8 ports to the classic blue and black colour scheme. We do note however that the top of the switch has dimples which correspond with the feet on the WRT1900AC meaning it is ready for that router to be stacked on top, keeping our overall footprint to a minimum.

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Flipping the SE4008 WRT switch over we find four rubber feet on the base which ensure the unit will stay still on our desk. There are perforated sections on the sides and base to allow airflow and an information sticker can also be found on the bottom featuring model name, serial number, etc. Looking to the back of the SE4008 we find an on/off rocker switch, power input, eight GB LAN ports and a button to control the front LEDs. With this in its default position the front panel power LED is the only one which lights. Pressing the button enables a LED for each GB port, flashing as activity passes through that connector.

In terms of features the SE4008 WRT switch supports a wide range of devices on its GB ports from games consoles to IP cameras to external storage or PCs.  QoS (Quality of Service) technology is built in to prioritise video and audio and power saving is included to power down the ports when not in use. This includes auto detecting when a connected device powers down.

Linksys SE4008 Review – User Experience and Conclusion

Looking first to the overall design and build quality of the SE4008 we have a unit which impresses from the time it is unboxed thanks to a very sturdy, robust feel. Clearly this isn’t a product which looks to have a sleek, minimalist appearance…that isn’t the point of the WRT series. Instead we get the classic look of the older, much loved, devices from Linksys. For anyone that appeals to (which includes us) that means it looks great. There will be no doubting that anyone with the vaguest classic tech knowlegde will know that your 8-port switch, and its matching router, mean business. As a side note, although the SE4008 is designed to “fit” the WRT1900AC as shown in the header image for this article, it will work with any recent router, regardless of the brand.

In terms of performance the 8 Gigabit ports with QoS ensure that our devices have plenty of throughput available and power saving technology keeps the power draw to a minimum. Linksys could have added some value to the overall bundle by adding in a LAN cable or two to get us going with multiple devices but that is just a small niggle in the overall experience. So what about setup? Well that couldn’t be simpler. Unbox, plug into the mains, connect to our router via LAN cable and the SE4008 is ready to go. Just plug in our devices to give them network/internet access. No configuration required, in fact there isn’t any sort of software/web interface available. It’s all about plugging in cables and letting our hardware do its thing. Ideal.

With great looks stable/fast performance and set-up which couldn’t be easier the Linksys SE4008 8-port Gigabit Switch wins our gold award.

Gold Award

 

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