Some Linux Distros don’t recognize my Wireless USB Adapters, tho most do nowadays; however, I’ve been looking for a quick ‘n simple ‘n easy way to connect my Linux testing machines wid Ethernet. My Wireless USB Adapters are fine, but it seems I am always having to switch them around or look for the smallest one. 3 of my 6 PC’s are mainly for testing Linux, and their rear USB ports can be a pain to get to.

Started out looking for an Ethernet Splitter or Ethernet Hub, but all that info was quickly pointing me to an Ethernet Switch instead.

Ethernet Switch:

In the home or office, the Ethernet switch functions as a central station connecting computers, printers and every other wired device to each other. The switch is also wired to the router and modem to access the Internet. The wireless counterpart to Ethernet is Wi-Fi.

Unmanaged vs. Managed

A basic “unmanaged” switch has no user configuration, and there is nothing to do except plug in the cables and turn it on. In contrast, for company networks, a “managed” switch can be configured to perform various tasks such as adjust speeds, combine users in subgroups, monitor traffic and report activity.

Yeah, a “no user configuration” device that was just Plug ‘n Play. I went wid a TP-Link 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Network Switch from Newegg, for $19.99.

Am no expert, but the Ethernet Switch is supposedly the most reliable way to maintain reliable connection speeds, and this one has worked perfectly.

I have Verizon LTE Home Internet, and the price just dropped to $60 a month from previous $70. It’s wireless wid great speeds most of the time. The wireless router has just 2 Ethernet connections on the rear, and I wanted at least 3.

Will add this post to the TidBits ‘n Gadgets page…

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!