Earlier this year, we did a roundup of gigabit "Smart Switches" priced at under $250.00. That review included the D-Link DGS-1216T, NETGEAR GS716T, and Trendnet TEG-160WS, each with 16 gigabit Ethernet ports. Unfortunately, at that time, Linksys did not have a "smart switch," so we elected to include the SRW2008 fully managed 8-port switch in our roundup.
Times have changed, and Linksys has introduced a "Business Series" of Smart Switches. While the new line of switches still doesn’t include a 16-port model, it does include 5, 8, 24 and 48-port models. For this review, I selected the SLM2008 8-port 10/100/1000 Smart Switch, which has online delivered pricing hovering just above $100.