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TP-LINK TL-SG108E 8-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch, 8 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45 Ports, MTU/Port/Tag-Based VLAN, QoS and IGMP

  • Full gigabit ports
  • Easy Smart Configuration Utility
  • Metal Case, desktop/wall-mounting design
  • Network monitoring, traffic prioritization and VLAN features
  • Power saving up to 80%

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Winfred W.
  • 8/21/2015 7:54:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI'm a convert.

Pros: This family of switches just plain works. I now have three of them as the DLink and other switches die off.

Solid metal boxes with indicators and sockets on one side and power on the other. Can be wall mounted.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: No exotic power supplies. Browser based control software is required. The control software is nothing special but it eventually lets you dial in the features you need. In my case to tap in a monitor for packet analysis.

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4 out of 5 eggsA great little switch that thinks it costs a lot more than it does

Pros: Setup was very easy (when done properly), features that normally don't show up until you get in the $100+ price point (port trunking, port mirroring, VLANs, QoS - even has a DHCP server!), all metal construction, very little heat - even with multiple file transfers across the switch, full gigabit speeds on multiple clients, extremely low power consumption

Cons: No web interface, can only set admin passwords with letters and numbers (kind of unforgivable these days), no serial port or USB for configuration - must configure via ethernet

Other Thoughts: For the money, this is probably the best 8-port switch out there. If you're looking for a "dumb" switch, you're going to pay about $30-40 for an 8 port - this is a much better value. Even if you've never used one before, the average user can get this switch up and running in a few minutes.

I had to knock an egg off the lack of a web interface, which is forgivable, but not being able to set a secure password - that's a no-no - definitely knocked an egg off for that. If you're using this on a home and small office network, it's still really the best option out there, and hopefully they'll patch that password flaw out in future firmware updates.

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  • DANIEL B.
  • 3/6/2015 10:45:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsRequires Windows

Pros: It's a switch

Cons: Requires Windows, and special software. So now every time I want to manage my switch, I have to dust off some old computer I don't care about, install Windows on it, and manage it with software that comes on a bloody optical disc.

What's wrong with a web interface? Even Windows users have to be annoyed by this. Download software just to manage the bloody switch??

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for taking the time to review and we are sorry to see that you are not satisfied with this device.

This is part of our Easy Smart series that uses a Utility to configure the switch. We are going be working on a Web Management page for this device and you should be able to follow up to find the firmware for this in the future.

It looks like you are looking for our 8 port Web Managed swtich: http://www.tp-link.us/products/details/?categoryid=&model=TL-SG2008

This may suit you better as this is what you are looking for.


Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support.usa@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support

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  • Timothy Y.
  • 2/23/2015 2:13:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSolid unit

Pros: Easy to configure, as long as you have a windows machine.

Cons: The support page for the switch lists windows and mac as supported devices for the firmware upgrade, but the utility required to actually upgrade the firmware requires windows. Rather odd, seeing as it's a java app. I just didn't feel like digging into it to see if I could make it work with java on the mac.

Other Thoughts: How hard would a web interface be?

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  • Scott L.
  • 1/7/2015 9:06:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEpic

Pros: Just being able to test cables and see TX/RX stats alone is worth the extra couple bucks vs. unmanaged. The other features, particularly port mirroring, are icing on the cake.

Cons: Java app for management. Maybe it is just me, but I. hate. Java.

Other Thoughts: I won't write more here because the other reviewers have summed it up really well. Just wanted to add a 5 star review to a worthy item.

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5 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely Recommend This Switch

Pros: - 8 gigabit ports for those of us who just can't get by with 4 or 5 ports anymore.
- File copies with simultaneous downloads from other devices were fast and flawless.
- Solid construction. The case is metal, not plastic. And the weight should keep the switch in place should you snag/pull a cable.
- A slew of advanced features that you won't find in cheaper models however most home users (including myself) probably won't use most of them.
- Following up on that, if you're into network administration or want to learn, this is a great switch to get and start with.
- Port mirroring. This feature was one of the ones I enjoyed using. You can basically 'snoop' on where traffic is going. This is a great way to make sure applications aren't sending information to places they're not supposed to or to see what the kids are up to in the middle of the night when glued to their laptops.
- Lower power use which translates to low heat. All in a fanless design.

Cons: - I only have one con with this switch and that's with the lack of a web based interface. You need to install additional software to configure and access the advanced features this switch has to offer.
Now, is this worth knocking an egg for? Not in the slightest, but it would have been nice to have and definitely needs to be mentioned if this type of thing would be a deal breaker for your purchase.

Other Thoughts: Let me be very clear here. If you don't plan on using or even know what VLAN's are, what port trunking is, or what IGMP even stands for, there are less expensive switches that can get the job done.
However, you can't go wrong with TP-Link's TL-SG108E either way. You may not use any or all of the features, but you'll have a fast and reliable switch that you can just plug in and forget about. Without a doubt, this is a solid 5 out of 5 eggs.

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5 out of 5 eggsWorks perfect - quality built.

Pros: This thing is very well built from what I can see on the outside. Steel box construction, quality ports, etc. I use this in my multi-media room so I have the network cable coming out of the wall plugged into this switch which then is used to connect a wi-fi repeater, television, blu-ray player, surround sound receiver, desktop computer, and xbox. It has worked flawlessly and download/upload speeds have been fine. The unit stays completely cool so that tells me it's efficient. (it's predecessor was hot to the touch and billed itself as "green")

This is what I would consider to be a consumer product only, It comes with software that needs to be installed on a PC and is used to manage the switches settings. I'd say 99% of the purchasers would find this utility useless since it just works out of the box for consumer uses and setting it up isn't necessary.

Cons: I really can't think of any con for this unit. If I had to come up with something, I'd say the software is a con simply because it seems to be worthless to most people who would use this and installing it just confuses things for the target user.

Other Thoughts: Highly recommended switch in my opinion for the selling price. Quality built, cool running, and works out of the box without needing any software installation or setup.

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4 out of 5 eggsNot Much To Say; It Just Works.

Pros: - Pretty small for an 8-port gigabit switch
- Metal chassis keeps it cool
- Doesn't consume much energy
- Fast
- Just works.

Cons: The only con I could find with it is that it's not a PoE switch.

Other Thoughts: There's really not much to say about this switch other than: It just works and it works well.

I have been using it over the past two weeks and have run some heavy traffic through it (4k video streaming, gaming, video conferencing, etc.) simultaneously w/ multiple devices and it never skipped a beat.

Never dropped any packets or slowed down for any reason. It's just as good as similar switches from larger companies.

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4 out of 5 eggsManaged Features at a Workgroup Price Point

Pros: While I don't actually see a lot of uses for a managed switch with only 8 ports, if you are an IT pro like me or just a die-hard hobbyist and want more control over a small network (or network segment) than a workgroup switch can give you without the price of a beefier full-blown managed switch, this is your winner. All of the greatest hits are on this album: port-based and tagged VLAN's (up to 32), per-port QoS, storm control, port mirroring, cable diagnostics, and a few other goodies.

The case is metal and nicely rigid. It should hold up to most types of abuse and drops. It includes rubber feet for setting up on a desk or shelf (a glaring omission on so many components these days) and also has slots for wall mounting that is the preferred option. It is far too small for adding ears to mount in a rack, so don't even look for any. There is also a k-lock hole for environments where physical security is a concern. The Easy Smart Configuration Utility is neat, well organized, and easy to use.

Cons: The Easy Smart Configuration Utility is absurdly necessary, because there is no web interface or telnet or SSH access. You MUST have at least one Windows PC on the network and you MUST clutter it up with TP-Link's utility, whether you want to or not.

More granular traffic monitoring and traffic regulating would have been nice, but are marginally forgivable omissions at this price point, and also considering that this is an "Easy Smart" switch, not a Managed one.

The total arbitrary IP address upon initial power up was kind of silly also. I guess it doesn't matter because the Easy Smart Configuration Utility was able to find it and there was no other way to configure it, but DHCP would have at least landed it on the same subnet and a quick check of the DHCP logs and a ping would have showed that it was working without having to install the utility.

So one flaw was major, the other two pretty minor. All together I consider them enough to take away an egg, even though I have very high respect for TP-Link. Sorry guys. Eggxperts giveth and eggxperts taketh away.

Other Thoughts: This clever little unit actually landed in my lap at the perfect time. Our IT firm is based out of an executive suite along with 7 other tenants in offices that average about 300-400 square feet. Each of us pays rent that is the same as the local cable company wants for a month of business-class internet. Comcast=crazy.

We made a deal with the landlord to homerun a Cat5 from each suite to ours and offer bargain-priced broadband internet to the other tenants. By flashing a cheap wireless router with Tomato for each of them and configuring a VLAN in the TL-SG108E for each of them, we are able to monitor/regulate everyone's usage and bandwidth and keep everyone's network independent of each other and us using this little beauty.

With such a rich feature set and such a low price, that setup or anything like it is VERY well worth the price.

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5 out of 5 eggsManaged switch for price of a dumb switch.

Pros: Used to be you’d have to spend a few hundred bucks for a managed 8 port gigabit switch. Do you need a managed switch? At this price, why not get one. I think most home users probably don’t need a managed switch, so you can use it as a dumb switch, hook it up, don’t do any setup, and don’t worry about it until you find yourself needing the extra capabilities. What can you do with a managed switch? Plenty. -- See Other Thoughts.

TP-Link has several marketing terms for its 8-Port managed switches. “Easy Smart Switch” is this model. “Smart Switch” is the next level up model – the TL-SG2008 – at about twice the price. Moving up from there are the professional “Jetstream” L2 and the scalable “Jetsream” L3 models which have features like SFP slots to attach things like fiber interface modules.

The main difference between the SG108E and the SG2008 is that management of this model switch is done through a Windows utility running on a Windows computer attached to the network. The SG2008 is managed via a browser based utility running on the switch and has a few more configurable features. The SG2008 also has a 4MB buffer vs. 2MB for the SG108E. They both have the same switching capacity (16 Gbps), forwarding rate (11Mpps), and Mac address capacity (8K). I think the SG108E is easier to configure.

This switch is small, solid, has a metal case, and does not require a fan. There is an external power supply. Inside the metal enclosure I found a Realtek RTL8370N Layer 2 Managed 10/100/1000 Switch controller with a heat sink and 1MB attached Flash memory. Included in the retail box are also a quick set-up sheet and a Mini CD that contains a detailed 40 page pdf manual and the Configuration utility installer.

The configuration utility is organized into System, Switching, Monitoring, VLAN, and QoS sections. The switch supports up to 32 port-based and tagged VLANs. It has a loop prevention feature. It supports port and 802.1p based QoS with 4 priority settings. You can do in/out bandwidth control per port. You can specify a storm control limit and apply it to one or more ports. Static LAG groups are supported. There is automatic power saving that can shut down idle ports and adjust power depending on cable lengths. Port Mirroring is supported on one port at a time. Packet counts can be monitored by interface.

Cons: Need a Windows computer connected to the network and running the TP-Link configuration utility to manage the settings.

Some more advanced features are only available in the next up price point device. These include port based MAC control, packet filtering, dynamic LAGs, port monitoring counts by packet type (Broadcast, Multicast, Unicast, packet size).

Other Thoughts: So what can you do with one of these things besides just plugging it in and using it like just another dumb switch? Well, at this price, if you have to replace a dumb switch get one of these smart switches instead. You can:

-Use the monitoring functions built into the switch to figure out where and why your network might not be performing well because you can measure which network routes are congested. Will all the new streaming applications and NAS units it can help you decide which part of your network might need gigabit upgrades, whether you need to implement QoS controls, and where an extra LAG - ed line backbone between switches might help (next thing).

-Make a higher speed backbone to your network with Link Aggregation Groups (LAG). The concept here is several wires/ports between LAG enabled switches can be logically connected into one high-throughput pathway.

-You can do port-mirroring to snoop on a port’s traffic (with WireShark) to find out network problems and look for things like rouge applications calling home in an unauthorized way.

-Network Segmentation. Smart switches let you define VLANs so you can separate your LAN into separate segments with different bandwidth, security, and QoS requirements.

-QoS. You can specify different priorities to different types of traffic. For instance VoIP doesn’t use a lot of bandwidth but it requires priority and needs some bandwidth reserved for it.

-Protect yourself from having your network go down if someone misconnects something and creates a loopback or broadcast storm situation.

All of this makes your network a lot more efficient. Once you get all this stuff down it is time to read about how IGMP Snooping and multicast works - which is supported by this switch and works automatically to reduce network traffic.

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