Need suggestions for the right switch for me.

I need an 8 port switch capable of being compatible with a Linksys EA9500. There are several options listed for switches such as managed or not managed. I have no idea what that refers to or if I need it. My needs are not complex. The ports on the switch will go to a Dish Network Hopper tv receiver, hulu, Sony TV, blueray DVD player, two laptops and a desktop. Since I pay for  one gig service and frequently get 950 up and down I naturally want to take advantage of that speed on all my devices. One expert has already suggested two different model and brands. My budget is set at $150.00 maximum unless there is a definite need for something higher priced. I welcome suggestions. Some have a lifetime warranty that is quite nice.
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Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
"Managed" switches let you configure various options, set up VLANs, trunking, port aggregation, a DHCP server or relay etc. You can also remotely monitor stuff like connection state for each port, number of collisions, throughput and a whole heap of other stuff. Ports can be secured in various ways or disabled.

This is really for IT experts setting up complex enterprise networks, for home users all that stuff if not needed, and way to complex to set up.

There are HEAPS of Gigabit switches out there, any should work just fine. Probably worth opting for a 16 port device, to give you room to expand.

I have had a good run with Netgear over the years, so I would suggest the one below, but there are hundreds of other, similar devices available.

Warrantee could be a factor to consider. Also, some devices have a fan, which might be a little noisy.
Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
For what you need, you could get a Gigabit 8-port switch.  Just about any will do.
"Smart" is virtually univeral theses days.  "Managed" isn't necessary.
If your needs expand, you can cascade another 8-port switch.
David Johnson, CD, MVPRetiredCommented:
He already has the correct switch but connected the router to the mgmt port  which is 10/100, the remaining 8 ports are 10/100/1000

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Need -a- ClueRESEARCHERAuthor Commented:
David, are you indicating that I should run a cable from any output on my Linksys router to one of the 8 ports on the switch instead of the MGMT port?? I thought that the 8 ports were only for output. I am a bit confused obviously. You mentioned that my switch IS ok for 1,000. Kindly elaborate.
David Johnson, CD, MVPRetiredCommented:
That is correct.. the mgmt port is only for managing the switch it is an 8 port switch not a  9 port switch
Need -a- ClueRESEARCHERAuthor Commented:
Thanks to every Expert. SPECIAL THANKS IN HEAPS to David Johnson. You have saved me $100. to $225. it seems. Thanks for explaining it to me. I just plugged the router into one of the switch ports and NOT the MGMT port and BAM! I have 950 up an down on everything. I really appreciate your assistance.
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