WD My Net Switch – 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Network Switch Review

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Posted December 20, 2013 by in Western Digital
WD My Net Switch Front LED

Rating

Design & Aesthetics
9.0


Performance
9.0


Feature Set
9.0


Value for the Application
9.0


Total Score
9.0

9/ 10

Year Released: 2012
 
Vendor:
 
Hardware Class:
 

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Lowest power consumption of unmanaged 8-port switches we tested in 2013. Low operating temperatures. Stylish design. QoS features built-in
 

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Some users may prefer a metal chassis and no QoS features
 

A low power, simple, unmanaged 8-port Gigabit Ethernet network switch with basic QoS features

by Patrick Kennedy
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The Western Digital My Net Switch is an 8-port gigabit Ethernet switch that provides some nice functionality in a small package.. We purchased the review sample for $30 on Amazon.com which is about $3.75 per port. In this range of the networking equipment spectrum this is certainly very good. Western Digital has been expanding into the home networking and backup segments recently and it seems as though the company is taking an aggressive pricing approach to enter the market. The low end, unmanaged gigabit switch market is very price sensitive because these devices are mass produced and are used in quantity for primary home switches even to quick diagnostic switches for IT professionals.  Let us see what the WD My Net switch has to offer.

Look and Feel

Overall the WD My Net Switch feels sturdy. The plastic chassis is lightweight but feels fairly solid given the materials. From an aesthetic point of view, the WD My Net Switch is certainly more attractive than the TP-LINK 8-port gigabit switch we reviewed previously.

WD My Net Switch Front LED

WD My Net Switch Front LED

The matte and glossy black plastic accents and visible but not blinding LEDs make for a switch that is perfectly at home sitting on a desktop rather than being hidden in a closet.

Performance Impressions

The WD My Net Switch does not formally advertise its switching capacity like many other 8-port gigabit Ethernet switches in its class. We ran the same simple test we have used in our other reviews. We used our test lab to push eight gigabit links through the switch. Each one doing heavy file transfers to see what type of media transfer rates we got. Overall the switch was able to sustain an average of 103MB/s on each client with 94-111MB/s being the range.

WD My Net Switch Ports

WD My Net Switch Ports

Western Digital also has a built-in QoS feature that we did not test simply because we did not put other switches through the test this year. Each of the colors indicate QoS priority with ports 7 and 8 being the highest priority and ports 1 and 2 being the lowest. Either port 7 or 8 is likely to be an uplink port to other switches or a router which means that there is only really one other high priority switch port available.

WD My Net Switch Power Consumption

Overall power consumption on the WD My Net Switch was better than several other 8-port unmanaged gigabit switches we tested recently. Boot power consumption peaked at 2.2w on the Extech 380803 True RMS power analyzer which is very low indeed. Here are some quick stats:

  • Boot power consumption: 2.2w
  • Idle power consumption (no RJ-45 active): 0.8w
  • Idle power consumption (2x RJ-45 active): 1.1w
  • Idle with 8x RJ-45 gigabit links: 2.6w
  • Active power consumption with 2x RJ-45 gigabit links: 2.3w
  • Active power consumption with 8x RJ-45 gigabit links: 4.8w

Overall, a very impressive showing. That low power consumption is among the best that we tested. That also translates into relatively cool temperatures. One can see in the thermal image of the WD My Net Switch that the switch stayed very close to room temperature hitting 77.1F over the main processor. It registered a 13.1F delta between it and the edge of the chassis.

WD My Net Switch Thermal

WD My Net Switch Thermal

The unit certainly runs cool to the touch even in this test passing 500MB/s through the switch as shown above. More thermal images are coming in 2014 but we are starting to add a few preview images now. Powering the WD My Net Switch is a small external power adapter.

WD My Net Switch Power Adapter

WD My Net Switch Power Adapter

The only change we would make here is to have a slightly more attractive power adapter that takes up less room around a power outlet.

WD My Net Switch Features

WD My Net Switch Features

  • 8 x 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-Negotiation Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Port-based QoS
  • Small footprint and wall-mountable
  • IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u, IEEE802.3ab, IEEE802.3x
  • Power efficiency with auto-power down and cable length detection
  • Dimensions: 7.2″ x 4.5″ x 1.1″
  • Weight: 0.53 lbs
  • 2-year limited warranty

Conclusion

Overall the WD My Net Switch is a simple 8-port gigabit switch that gets the job done. The unmanaged nature means that it will not provide many of the advanced features some administrators may want. On the other hand, if the goal is simply to add Ethernet ports to a network this can be a sturdy and low power device to accomplish that task. The fact that the WD My Net Switch had the lowest power consumption compared to the Netgear, TRENDnet and TP-LINK offerings we reviewed recently makes it an excellent choice and currently our highest rated switch in this segment.


About the Author

Patrick Kennedy

Patrick has been running ServeTheHome since 2009 and covers a wide variety of home and small business IT topics. For his day job, Patrick is a management consultant focused in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about basic server building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.

One Comment


  1.  
    Allan

    I have one of these at work and at one at home. Great little switches. I’d agree not too hot.

    QoS on this category of device is not anything too huge bit I guess it doesn’t hurt.





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