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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
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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
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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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5 out of 5 eggsPerfect little switch

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

Pros: It allows up to five network-enabled devices to connect to your network. It's made of a pretty sturdy metal with an attractive finish, and the feet seemed sturdy enough to me (another reviewer said they weren't). It's gigabit (speed tests at the bottom of this review). It's really tiny and light. You can't get any smaller than this guy unless you eliminate some ports. It's wall-mountable with screws, although you could probably get away with some kind of adhesive, like Velcro tape, since it's very light and doesn't get warm enough to affect the glue. It supports jumbo frames if you're into those (I'm not, too many devices don't support them properly or at all). It's fanless, so it's dead silent. Like most switches, it's plug and play. No configuration, no voodoo dance steps required to get online. And, most importantly, it works just fine with no issues.

Cons: One con would be that this little guy doesn't come with any network cables. The wall wart is the sideways design, so it may or may not block an adjacent power port, depending on your specific configuration. The power goes into the back of the switch, and that's just fine for me although I guess some other reviewers on here don't like it there.

Other Thoughts: I replaced the switch on my office desk for a week and a half to try this guy out to see how he'd perform. I hate writing reviews of networking equipment after just a day or two since a lot of times they don't underperform for at least a week or two. This switch did what he was supposed to do with no issues, no connection issues, and no speed hiccups. I connected my desktop, file server, laptop, my router, and another switch all at the same time to see if anything bad would happen, but it didn't.

Other than general internet/intranet usage, I copied a 28GB M2TS Blu-Ray rip of Tron Legacy (2010) over my network three times and averaged out the speed to come to a final transfer rate of 115 MB/s (~920 mbps). The speed tests were from my Win 8.1 gigabit desktop to my Win 8.1 gigabit file server. No surprise - the tests indicated gigabit speeds with no fluctuation in speed or quality of transfer. FYI, you need about 6.5 MB/s (~52 mbps) in order to stream a full quality Blu-Ray over a network.

Wrapping up - this is a simple desktop switch that works exactly as it should, no more, no less In my opinion, switches like this are kind of like floppy drives nowadays - so old that they're as perfect as they're going to get. This unit didn't get hot, didn't lose any connections, keep consistent speeds every time I pushed it, and otherwise didn't let me down. I have no issues recommending it if you're in the market.

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  • Devin M.
  • 4/13/2014 10:40:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

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

Pros: Works just fine. Made of metal not plastic. Got this so i don't need to run a cable across the house when i need to plug in another computer.

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: N/A

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4 out of 5 eggsComparable to other switches

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

Pros: This unit is a basic unmanaged switch. There are many like them, but this one is mine. Actually, I have several. I swapped this one in and put my Netgear GS105 on the shelf for a week and I noticed no difference in any part of my network performance. Speed tests to external sources were indistinguishable. LAN transfer rates were indistinguishable.

And this makes sense -- in most practical situations, a gigabit (or even 100Mbit) switch will never be the bottleneck in data transfer unless you are running some kind of serious professional setup.

The unit is sturdy, being solid metal. The power-saving means it will run cooler, although I've never really noticed a switch that ran so hot I would be worried. I've also never really considered a switch to be power-hungry (although, in the end, if a million of these end up on the power grid and they run at 65% savings, that's a huge bonus for mother nature). However, as some reviewers note, the power savings is relative to previous models, not other brands. Many other brands will have similar routers run at similar efficiency.

If you need QoS or IGMP routing, this has those features. Most other more expensive routers have this, but other routers in this price range (especially older models that are still best-sellers) tend to not bother updating to include these sorts of features.

Cons: First, a hypothetical con. Like every EggXpert reviewer, I have not had the chance to test this product for very long. It's always hard to predict how long a product will last or whether its performance will remain the same over its lifetime.

Other than that, there are cosmetic problems -- the rubber feet are not very sturdy. The power connector is on the "wrong" side according to some (including me). The "wall wart" is terrible.

These problems are common to many (all?) routers in this class / price range. To me, though, that's worth -1 egg (and would be -1 egg for any other router with these issues). This thing is made out of metal -- that's the kind of design that should necessitate good design for the rest of the unit.

Other Thoughts: This unit is completely comparable to similar units, although of course no units are exactly the same. But the pros and cons are shared between virtually any of these 5-port (or 8-port) switches. If you really hate one of the cons I've listed, you'll want to search for a different switch that doesn't have it. If you really like the pros, don't buy this one automatically -- most other switches have the same pros.

This thing comes in right between two pieces of hardware I'm familiar with -- the Netgear FS105 and the GS105, where the major difference is the GS105 is gigabit. They are all in roughly the same price range. This one is, frankly, a clone of the Netgear in many ways.

So here's how I'd pick:

The features that set this unit apart are not available on cheaper Netgear routers. If you are looking for an absolute bargain-bin router, if you want name brand & lifetime warranty, look for a Netgear. If you want QoS and or IGMP routing (for multicasting, IPTV, etc.) you might consider this one instead.

And if you're not going for the bargain-bin price range, consider looking one tier up. For slightly more money, you can get a name brand router with all the up-to-date features that will last a lifetime (or at least until you need some fancy new protocols introduced in 2025).

If I really considered QoS and IGMP important (frankly, I don't) I'd bump this back up to five eggs. But as it stands, for most consumers, this is a 4/5 egg switch that can do more or less anything any other such switch will do. For the price, it's a good deal -- but so are many others in this class of hardware. Terms like "run of the mill" and "dime a dozen" come to mind. In the end, though, that doesn't mean its bad hardware, and if QoS or IGMP is important to you, snag this switch and give it a whirl.

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