The No. 8 spot on NPD's list went to Shenzhen, China-based networking vendor TP-Link, whose switches last year accounted for 1.6 percent of the total units sold.
TP-Link offers a range of managed and unmanaged switches for business of all sizes, and in 2013 introduced a new line designed specifically for SMBs. The new JetStream 24-port and 24-port PoE managed switches offer robust management and security capabilities and start at $349, making them ideal for smaller IT budgets.
TP-Link also introduced last year its new TL-SG1008PE desktop/rackmount switch, which it says is up to 75 percent more energy-efficient than competing switches.