This is an excellent Gigabit Ethernet switch if you're looking to set up a simple network and you want to save some money by reducing your power requirements. Networking eight or more computers together can often be a large power draw, just from the systems themselves in addition to what the networking hardware requires. This switch helps reduce some power consumption by monitoring what systems are on and adjusting power flow accordingly. It delivers less power than most other switches to empty ports, less power to switched off networked computers, and adjusts power levels down if you use cables that are shorter than 100 meters in length. There are 5-port, 16-port, and 24-port models available with similar features if eight is not quite right for your setup. This is an unmanaged switch that's easy to set up and use without installing any software or utilities.