D-Link DGS-2208 8-Port 10/100/1000 Desktop Switch Review

D-Link DGS-2208 8-Port 10/100/1000 Desktop Switch Review

Home networks are nice, and depending what you do and how much stuff you have in your house you might need to expand it. Wireless is nice, it’s simple but it’s not exactly fast, when you want speed you’ve got to go with wired.. I do this product reviewing thing for a living basically and I’ve got lots of stuff on my network including two computers for my family. I’ve got so much that I’ve got two 8 port gigabit switches, sure they’re not full yet but they’re getting there. I could use wireless yes, but for streaming and transfers large files it’s just no the best choice really, at least in my opinion. I like my gigabit network for the speed of it plain and simple.

I get a lot of products for review from companies, but from time to time I like to review stuff that I actually buy myself especially if I have had a good experience with it and like it. The idea is to share with you something that I found to be a good product, and one that I would recommend to you if you were looking for something like it.

Today for review I’ve got the D-Link DGS-2208 8-Port 10/100/1000 Desktop Switch and I’ve found that it fits my needs perfectly. The DGS-2208 is a no frills, truly plug-and-play solution to expanding your network and best of all it’s green, or at least it claims to be. With this switch you won’t find all sorts of fancy options or even access to it from your network, you just plug it in and it does it’s thing automatically, couldn’t be easier really.. So read on to learn more about an inexpensive but yet decent switch to quickly and easily expand your network.

Product Name: D-Link DGS-2208 8-Port 10/100/1000 Desktop Switch

Author: Kristofer Brozio

Sponsor: None

Tech Specs,Features or the Basic Info:

D-Link DGS-2208 8-Port 10/100/1000 Desktop Switch

Hardware Version: C1


  • * D-Link Green Technology
  • * 16Gbps Switching Capacity
  • * Desktop or Wall-Mount Design
  • * Non-blocking Architecture

The DGS-2208 provides three key benefits through its cutting edge, innovative D-Link Green Eco-friendly technology:

  • * Reduces power consumption & creates less heat
  • * Extended product life
  • * Reduces operating costs

Power Savings by Number of Connected Ports and Link Status

Computers do not require Internet access all the time; neither do switches utilize all ports at all times. When a computer or network equipment is shut down, switches often remain on and continue to consume considerable amounts of power. With D-Link Green Technology, D-Link switches can automatically detect link status and reduce power usage of ports that are idle. Computers or any connecting parties set to standby mode (not power off), however, will not provide significant power savings.

Power Savings by Cable Length –D-Link Green verified switches have the ability to analyze the length of any Ethernet cable connected to them for adjustment of power usage accordingly. Shorter lengths require less power.

Overall Power Savings Per Day –For a traditional switch, power consumption remains constant even when the ports are not in use. In a standard workday scenario where PCs are used for 10 hours a day and powered off 14 hours a day, and connected to the switch using 20 meter cables, D-Link Green Technology can save up to 40%* power used for each system.

Note: Switch uses switching power adapter. The cable length which PCs are connected to switch is 20m cables.

Get the blazing speed of Gigabit Ethernet with the D-Link DGS-2208, an 8-port 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Switch that delivers power, performance, and reliability in one cost-effective, space-saving design. Increase the speed of your network server and backbone connections, or make Gigabit to the desktop a reality.

Power users in the home, office, workgroup, or creative production environment can now move large, bandwidth-intensive files faster. Transfer graphics, CGI, CAD, or multimedia files across the network instantly.

Power-Packed –The D-Link DGS-2208 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Switch features a non-blocking switching architecture that filters and forwards packets at full wire-speed for maximum throughput. An 8,000 MAC address table provides scalability for even the largest networks. Address learning and aging, 802.3x Flow Control for full duplex mode, and back pressure flow control for half-duplex mode alleviates traffic congestion and ensures reliable data transmission.

Designed using industry standards, it is compatible with virtually all 10, 100, and 1000Mbps Ethernet devices and other vendor equipment. The D-Link DGS-2208 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Switch protects your existing network investments while providing you with a straightforward migration path to faster Gigabit speeds.

Easy to use –The auto features of this gigabit switch make installation plug and play and hassle-free. No configuring is required. Auto MDI/MDI-X crossover on all ports eliminate the need for crossover cables or uplink ports. Auto-negotiation on each port senses the link speed of a network device (either 10, 100, or 1000 Mbps) and intelligently adjusts for compatibility and optimal performance.

The switch also features diagnostic LEDs which display status and activity, allowing you to quickly detect and correct problems on the network.

Technical Specifications


  • -IEEE 802.3 10Base-T Ethernet
  • -IEEE 802.3u 100Base-TX Fast Ethernet
  • -IEEE 802.3ab 1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet
  • -IEEE 802.3 Nway Auto-negotiation
  • -IEEE 802.3x Flow Control
  • -IEEE 802.1p Qos Prioritization


  • -Number of Ports: Eight 10/100/1000BASE-T
  • -MAC Address Table: 8k
  • -Switch Fabric: 16Gbps
  • -Packet Buffer Memory: 144 KBytes per Device
  • -Transmission Method: Store-and-forward
  • -Jumbo Frames: Up to 9600 Bytes
  • -Cable Diagnostic LEDs

Network Data Transfer Rate:

  • -Ethernet: 10Mbps (Half-duplex)
  • -Ethernet: 20Mbps (Full-duplex)
  • -Fast Ethernet: 100Mbps (Half-duplex)
  • -Fast Ethernet: 200Mbps (Full-duplex)
  • -Gigabit Ethernet: 1000Mbps (Half-duplex)
  • -Gigabit Ethernet: 2000Mbps (Full-duplex)

Interface Options:

-RJ-45: 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX Universal, 1000BASE-T UTP Cable Recognition for Straight-through or Crossover Cables


  • -Per unit: Power
  • -Per port: Link/Activity, 100/1000Mbps

Power Consumption:

-6 Watts Maximum

Power Supply:

  • -Switching 5V/2A
  • -Linear AC-DC 7.5V/1A/1.5A


-Item (WxDxH): 7.8” x 4.7” x 1.24”

-Packaging (WxDxH): 11.8” x 4.8” x 8.2”


-Item: 1.2 lbs

-Packaging: 2.5 lbs

Warranty: -Limited Lifetime

Minimum System Requirements:

  • -Devices Supporting 802.3 Ethernet, 802.3u Fast Ethernet, or 802.3ab Gigabit Ethernet
  • -CAT5 Ethernet Cable
  • -Network Interface Card for Each Computer
  • -CD-ROM Drive to View Product Documentation

Package Contents:

  • -8-port 10/100/1000 Desktop Switch
  • -Power Adapter
  • -Wall Mount Kit
  • -Rubber Feet
  • -CD-ROM with: Product Documentation

* Power savings may vary depending on products used.

Maximum power savings when compared to a D-Link conventional switch. Uses up to 80% less energy when connected devices are powered down and up to 40% less energy when connected devices are used 10 hours and powered down 14 hours over a 24-hour period, when connected via 20 meter Ethernet cables.

D-Link Green Technology features available on hardware version C1 or later.

Price: $42.99 (From Amazon at time of review)