I would like one in a metal case, but I guess it really doesn't matter.
I use a small business, managed Cisco SG 200-08 Gigabit Ethernet switch. It is a little pricey, but it works exceptionally well. It is very quiet and has enough advanced capabilities that it satisfies the old network IT engineer geek in me. It may be a little over kill for the casual shack, but I still recommend it.
I decided on D-Link DGS-105, no fan, metal case and is a Gigabit. I am only going to have the hamshack computer and the Flex on it.
BTW, today is Thursday, I ordered the FLEX-6300 on Tuesday and received it today!!! Not bad for Xmas time.
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I opted for a switch that provides Power Over Ethernet (POE). It is very well built and provides power to my IP security cameras. Mine is built by TRENDnet. I'm sure there are others around that do just as good of a job. Ports not configured for POE run at Gb speed, POE ports run at 100 Mb. Plenty fast. We can have the TV streaming a Netflix movie, 8 panadapters going on the 6700 and to NAS recording HD video from 4 cameras all at the same time, without any problem at all.
I don't run any wall warts here. All devices were purchased only if they operate off of 12v DC. I run them to fused receptacles on a RigRunner which is connected to a 12v bank of golf cart batteries. This includes the switch, router, external NAS, powered speakers, lights - everything. Nice and quiet. Another plus is when the commercial power goes out, everything continues to function without a single hiccup. Except the amplifiers of course.
Is this the one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833120655
There seems to be Cisco SG 200-08 and a Cisco SG 200-08 P I cant find the difference between the P version and the non P.