Linksys SE4008 WRT 8-Port Gigabit Switch Review

We're taking a closer look at Linksys' SE4008 WRT, an eight-port GbE switch with WRT-inspired aesthetics and an oddly high price.

It's probably safe to say that wireless connectivity is more ubiquitous than wired connections in the home. Even still, there's a void that a simple network switch can fill. Such a device facilitates range that doesn't wane across the house and provides consistent performance, regardless of who's using the microwave. Those factors are important if you need a steady connection for streaming high-quality audio and video, or transferring large files. 

Today, we're reviewing the Linksys SE4008 WRT Gigabit Switch, an interesting-looking networking device with styling reminiscent of Linksys' family of WRT routers, both in color and shape. Specifically, this switch was conceptualized as a stacking pair with the WRT1900AC router, but is also stackable with the WRT1900ACS and WRT1200AC devices. If the switch is installed along with a compatible router, Linksys emphasizes that it should be placed underneath to allow heat to escape from the sides and bottom.


Linksys is now owned by Belkin, but it still provides a range of switches that are appropriate for the home. Its SE4008 WRT falls around the middle of the price spectrum compared to stablemates like the SE1500 and SE3024. However, as mentioned, the SE4008 WRT is special due to its aesthetics and its ability to pair with compatible routers, even though it commands a premium price over the similar SE2800 eight-port switch. 

Specifications



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Features

The SE4008 WRT's specifications include a 128KB memory buffer, an 8000-entry MAC address table, an MTBF of approximately 853,300 hours and status LEDs for connectivity/activity (there's a switch on the back to turn them off). The unit utilizes the typical store-and-forward method of passing data along.

The SE4008 WRT is compliant with 802.3az Energy-Efficient Ethernet and 802.3x flow control. It also supports network standards like 802.3 10BASE-T, 802.3u 100BASE-T and 802.3ab 1000BASE-T, with all ports auto-sensing and able to adjust to the fastest speed supported on the connecting device, up to gigabit link rates. Even though the SE4008 WRT does not use much power, it can turn off unused ports or those in which the plugged-in client is powered down.

Lastly, the SE4008 WRT includes a quality-of-service feature (IEEE 802.1p) that automatically prioritizes network traffic for video and audio applications, which may help smooth out streaming. The 802.1p standard operates at the data-link layer by setting a three-bit value in the MAC header to indicate prioritization level. There are multiple levels of prioritization, ranging from 0 up to 7. If network congestion occurs, packets that have been assigned higher priorities receive preferential treatment.

In The Box

The SE4008's bundle is fairly limited. Rubber grip pads are already installed on the switch's feet. You also get a power adapter, a documentation CD and the switch itself. Unlike most other switches that can be wall-mounted, the SE4008 does not come with anchors or screws. However, because this switch will most likely be stacked with a compatible router, this omission is not egregious. 

The SE4008 is available online from vendors like Newegg, Amazon and TigerDirect. Its MSRP is $80, however, current prices range from $51 to $70. That's quite a bit of cash compared to competing switches with similar features. You'll have to decide if the expense is worth the fairly niche convenience of stacking another Linksys device, and if you're really attached to that nostalgic appearance. The SE4008 comes with a one-year warranty.

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  • falchard
    I always liked how you can stack the old Linksys network products. Stacked the cable modem and Wireless. The problem with it was heat. Mine got really hot. The other problem is these are now Belkin products, not Cisco. Personally, I can't see myself getting cheap Belkin products.
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  • Kewlx25
    0.3ms is way too high. The tester must not be able to test as low as switches go. My min ping to my firewall is 0.008ms.

    And how good is the tester for bandwidth saturation? The benchmark shows about 930Mb/s on the bi-directional test. I get 970Mb/s bi-directional through my firewall with NAT.
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  • Andy Chow
    I've had a lot of Linksys old modems, voip, etc, and it was super cool that you would stack them one on the other, and looked great.

    These don't look as good, and the "not a cisco" is a big deal to me. Cisco was the primary reason I bought Linksys in the past. I just buy tp-link these days. Asus is too expensive, but another option. The other brands are mostly junk.
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  • nocona_xeon
    (article quote): "The SE4008 WRT's specifications include a 128KB memory buffer, an 8000-entry MAC address table, an MTBF of approximately 853,300 hours and status LEDs for connectivity/activity (there's a switch on the back to turn them off). The unit utilizes the typical store-and-forward method of passing data along."
    Linksys (during its "from Cisco transition") completely failed to provide an updated firmware that made a specific and rather popular product secure, which was now theirs (an "inherited" product so I guess they didn't care as much).
    So, I dumped them. Likely over two, three years ago now.
    I would rather pay the price premium for business quality devices rather than tolerate dropped LAN connections, "help desk" people who are told to say "That firmware update will be available soon" (which is no fault of their own - they're told to say that - but it always seems to happen when a new Linksys product is about to come out - ie Linksys abandons the older product after making promises).
    And the longevity of 853,300 hours means what when older products are abandoned?
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  • Kewlx25
    For $65 you can get an 8 port HP Procurve 8port gig switch with 1.2us latency, 12 watt maximum theoretical power(same), and a life time warranty.
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  • firefoxx04
    my unmanaged TP link 8 port does the job well and is much smaller. It easily allows me to run 100-120MB/s transfer speeds between several systems. Great addition to my Tomato N16. Best part is that it was $20 with prime shipping...

    Managed would be nice for business but in the home do you really need it? My router already controls the network and I dont need Vlans. I guess for a lab I might want that.
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  • Anonymous
    Jumbo frames? Backplane bandwidth? Come on, do a proper review!
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