Switches extend a single Ethernet port into several ports, just like how a power strip turns one power outlet into many.
TP-Link is one of our favorite brands for cheap and reliable Ethernet switches.
We tried other switches that did not perform at full gigabit speed, but our 5-port TP-Link was one of the few cheap switches that delivered full gigabit.
Jadaol Cat-6 Cables are flat, bendable, lightweight, and hide well along floorboards and inside cable runners for keeping a more clean look than regular cables.
Nearly all laptop and desktop computers have an Ethernet port.
Using wires instead of Wifi may give faster and more reliable Internet.
Rather than having a bunch of wires cluttering your desk, someone who owns a modern laptop/notebook computer with a Power Delivery USB-C or Thunderbolt port can combine Ethernet and power on a single plug.
Uni USB-C Dock with Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI, and USB ports for $40.
Power this device with the USB-C power that came with your laptop, plug-in Ethernet to your Router or Switch, then simply connect the included USB-C cable to your laptop.
The Uni Dock provides power and Ethernet over a single cable.
And, this dock is one of the only sub-$100 ones with a detachable USB-C cable, so you replace the included 8-inch cable with a longer cable then hide the Uni dock off the desk to reduce clutter.
Many laptops with a 15-inch screen and smaller bought within the last year have USB-C power delivery, including a 13" MacBook Pro (2019), Dell XPS 13 and 15 with 10th generation processor, new Microsoft Surface, HP Spectre (13"), Nvidia Razer, and Lenovo's Thinkpad and Yoga laptops (many 14" and smaller, some 15").
Beware that even if your laptop has a USB-C port, if your laptop's power adapter plugs in to a port that is not USB-C, it is unlikely that power and Ethernet can be combined in a single cable.
When connecting networking devices like computers, printers, surveillance cameras, wireless access points, and gigabit switches/routers in the home, good quality ethernet cables are needed.
If you need a long cable, we like the Jadaol brand sold on Amazon because their flat design hides along the base board of a wall and bends fairly nicely around corners.
Their 25-foot Cat-7 cable is on sale for $10.15, higher quality and cheaper than their Cat-6 cable.
The 50-foot is $8.40 more.
TP-Link 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch for $19.
Just $3 more than the 5-Port.
An 8-port switch normally sells for about $25.
Includes a 5-year warranty.
We own a couple TP-Link switches, and they work very well.
Also, the 5-Port Switch at $16 is a good price if you have 4 devices or fewer that need to be networked.
One port will be used as an "uplink" to your router or other switches.
The 5-port is about half the size of the 8-port, so it takes less room in tight spaces.
Also, if you need ethernet cables, check out:
Monoprice's selection of Cat-6 cables of any length or color you may need.
These are great for offices and closets where you may want different colored cables to keep them organized.
Jadaol Flat Ethernet Cables for hiding a cable along the wall, especially over long distances.
We had a few of these since 2016, connecting a switch to the opposite side of the room from the outlet.
The white color and flat cable made it easy to hide along the baseboard of the wall.
If weak wifi had been the cause of dropped Zoom calls, aborted downloads, and stop in productivity, adding ethernet cables and gigabit switches can give faster and more reliable networking for computers that have ethernet ports.