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TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving

  • Metal Case, desktop/wall-mounting design
  • Saves the Power up to 65%
  • Supports QoS (IEEE 802.1p) function
  • 9K Jumbo frame
  • IEEE 802.3x Flow Control
  • Quiet with Fanless Design
  • Plug and Play
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Rouslan D.
  • 11/10/2014 11:42:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMet my expectations

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving

Pros: - Can sustain 1 Gb/s transfers between 2 ports (haven't tried testing between multiple ports).
- Standard adapter plug.
- Solid construction.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I use it with friends on weekend LAN parties. The sturdy construction and standard plug (in case I forget the adapter) come in handy.

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  • Matt B.
  • 10/26/2014 4:06:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving

Pros: i like that if one of my pcs is asleep, the switchport led goes orange. when the pc wakes, green gigabit led activates. feels solid, no complaints.

Cons: none yet (as long as it lasts 5 years)

Other Thoughts: probably going to try some more tp-link items now.

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  • Anthony S.
  • 10/24/2014 10:51:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsthe metal lives on

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving

Pros: It's a switch in a metal case that goes fast and has lots of little blinking LEDs. It's faster than the clunker it replaced.

Power supply was smaller than expected, and fits a power strip sideways nicely.

Already had a router by same company and have had no issues. Here's to their switch being as good!

Cons: I can't think of any cons, other than missing out on a small discount that didn't seem to last for long.

Other Thoughts: I don't need more than 5 ports where this device is going. Would buy another. Might buy another eventually, for another area, and wouldn't hesitate to order them for random other uses. Sometimes, you just need a small, dependable little switch in places, and this little unit seems like it'd do the job it's designed to do.

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  • James D.
  • 9/17/2014 5:25:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGot a bad one

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving

Pros: Nice solid design. Metal housing and metal rj45 sockets. Gigabit. Small footprint. Price is fair

Cons: See Other Thoughts

Other Thoughts: Purchased this to replace a $10 D-Link 10/100 switch that died after 5 good years. Installed this guy and it worked like a charm until it started needing to be power cycled about once a week. Probably a decent switch, I just received a dud.

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  • Nicholas A.
  • 6/12/2014 2:52:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Little Gigabit Buddy

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving

Pros: Solid little buddy. The metal feels nice, I'm glad I chose this over the plastic one. It does the job, supports Gigabit Ethernet, Jumbo Frame, and the power adaptor stays nice and cool. Really, you can't ask for much more in a switch.

It also has holes for wall mounting on the bottom.

Cons: I feel bad for Netgear, because at TP-LINK's prices, they really can't compete.

Also, the power adaptor end that plugs into the switch sticks straight out, instead of at an angle (L-shaped), which might cause space problems.

Other Thoughts: At first I assumed it was simply a Netgear close, but closer inspection suggests the similarities end with the looks. Though, I haven't taken the top off, so who knows what the guts look like.

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  • Brett H.
  • 5/30/2014 8:39:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTPlink

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving

Pros: I own the 5 port and 8 port version of this switch and they work great, very easy to set up

Cons: n/a

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  • Bobby P.
  • 5/13/2014 10:56:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood little switch

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving

Pros: it switches and fast! Cheap, solid.

Cons: none

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5 out of 5 eggsGood Quality Switch

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving

Pros: A Gigabit switch in a metal case. The unit appears to be high quality and solidly constructed. I’ve had it at a critical junction within my gigabit network, and it’s been 100% stable over the last 3 weeks, producing very good throughput.

Cons: In my experience, 5 ports are just too few for almost any real world situation. This isn’t a knock on the quality of this switch of course, but I just find that I almost always end up removing the 4 port switch and putting in an 8 port switch in the long run. If you are totally sure that 5 ports are enough for all potential future needs, then you’re good. Otherwise go for a bigger switch which costs only a little more.

Other Thoughts: I have a very demanding network in my home. It carries all kinds of video streams: Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and also carries uncompressed video from an HDHomeRun Prime. Any weak link in my network will become obvious in short order. This humble 5 port switch has taken up the challenge with no problems.
As for benchmarking, I could not set up an ideal scenario for testing, but easily got 400 Mbps under less than ideal conditions. Without the performance bottlenecks I couldn’t avoid, I’m sure this switch could go much faster.
Let’s face it. The amount of data flying around on networks, both wide area and local, is ever increasing. It’s great that gigabit networking devices are coming down in price. From my perspective, fast Ethernet (100 Mbps) is pretty well obsolete. If you need a 4 port switch for your network, there is no reason not to buy this one.
And one more thing, make sure your network cables are all cat 5e or better. Using cat 5 cables will limit your speeds.

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5 out of 5 eggsSwitch Does The Job Well

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving

Pros: Sturdy construction, built with metal and not a flimsy plastic case like a lot of consumer grade networking equipment tends to be.

I did some preliminary bandwidth tests through the switch using iperf, and it didn’t seem to deteriorate the transfer speed when compared with a direct line to my network. I won’t fault this switch for speed at all.

I will be using this switch at my work bench where I often work on computers and sometimes use CloneZilla to image hard drives across the network. I currently have an older 10/100 switch fulfilling this task, and things will be much faster over there with the 1Gbps switch.

Switch is silent as advertised, and does not really get noticeably warm.

The power brick is well designed, and doesn’t needlessly obstruct surrounding outlets on my power strip!

Cons: You really only get 4 ports to use for computers, as one port has to be an uplink. I generally like to buy 8 port switches so I can get more bang for the buck. If you have a lot of computers around as I do, you may want to plug more than 4 devices into the switch. If 4 ports is enough for you, then this switch will be good for you.

It’s an unmanaged 5 port switch, it’s not enterprise grade hardware, but it should do the trick for a SOHO application. That’s the target market here anyway.

Other Thoughts: As is a common thought from EggXpert reviewers, I haven’t had the switch for very long yet so I can’t speak to the reliability and longevity. But, I see no reason at this time to believe that this switch won’t last.

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5 out of 5 eggsDoes the job

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving

Pros: Small, compact design. I like that it is fanless and Gigabit (even though most 5-port gigabit switches these days are).

Between network speeds on this and my 24-port Gigabit Rosewill switch I'd say they were pretty evenly matched. This switch does a good job of delivering gigabit speeds on multiple ports at a time.

Something I really appreciate in this switch is the metal construction. It feels really durable (something I want in a 5-port switch since most of the time I'm carting a switch that small around with me).

The switch manages to stay cool even under a high load from multiple devices.

This is pretty much everything you can ask for in a cheap, 5-port, gigabit switch.

Cons: The unit is actually pretty heavy for its size. Not much of a con but I feel like I'm being a little picky.

The wall wart is a little cheap feeling and gets pretty warm unlike the unit itself. I sort of wish it had the power supply in the middle since I'm not a fan of big wall warts taking up a lot of space on my power strip.

The unit isn't especially flashy. For some people that might be a concern. For me, it's not really much of a concern.

The unit itself doesn't have multiple LEDs per port to detail 100 or 1000 connections. Each port just has one green light.

When connecting the power plug to the unit, it doesn't feel especially reinforced. Not much of an issue if you plan on just plugging it in and letting it sit.

Other Thoughts: This switch didn't have a problem negotiating 9k jumbo frames. Of course, that is expected since it says that it's compatible.

The rubber feet seem to stick alright but I see them falling off over time. It doesn't come with any screws to mount it to something so I would recommend picking up some screws if you need to do that.

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