I'm purchasing two 10/100 switches for two offices - one with 11 users plus various devices, another with 8+. I'm replacing two Linksys hubs that are producing some strange SNMP errors in my routers. We'll need two 24-port switches.
I know that many folks recommend something from Intel or Cisco as the "best" switches, but I don't have that kind of money to spend. So I'm looking at the low-end, unmanaged switches -- D-Link, Hawking, Netgear, etc. (I'm staying from Linksys at this point.)
Is there any real difference between any of these switches that you can pick up for under $300? What is the price point at which quality, speed, features really goes up? $500? $750?
I will probably only leave this open until Wednesday afternoon, as I want to place an order by the end of the day, Pacific time. Thanks in advance for your help.