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Pros: Solid feeling, heavy unit.
It's nice to have a steel case for a change. The corners are squared so it is easy to EIA rack mount or stack on a shelf.
It's convection cooled. That's sort of a double edged sword -- on one hand it's quiet on the other hand the power supply is a built in heat source and one probably should be careful to not obstruct any air flow.
Cons: This is a never ending burr in my personal saddle. I don't like having the connections (in this case the RJ-45 sockets) on the same side as the activity indicators. Granted it's nice in a patch closet but it really looks messy in a less dedicated setting.
Other Thoughts: I like the separate 10/100 and 1,000 communications bandwidth lights. It's a quick way to spot the slow devices.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving
Pros: Steel case.
Solid and hefty.
Works -- actually got a perceivable improvement in the network speed.
Cons: Two things, both of which qualify as a personal preference and obvious from the NewEgg pictures.
1) The activity indicators are part of the RJ-45 connectors. They hard to see with cables plugged in.
2) The external "wall wart" switching power supply connector is on the opposite site from the RJ-45 connectors. Having cable connections on opposite sides of the case makes mounting awkward.
Other Thoughts: I had to call TP-Link about another DOA switch.
Tech support had a very heavy accent that was quite difficult to understand. To make matters worse tech support did not seem very knowledgeable.
In my case the 16 port switch was replacing a working 10/100 8 port switch, yet tech support wanted every cat 6 Ethernet cable replaced to establish that all the indicator lights on the 16 port switch were indeed defective.
Pros: Solid heavy unit. Internal power supply uses the standard desktop computer modular mains cable.
Cons: Well, the thing was DOA. The problem was that the power light came on but none of the lights associated with the ports did anything. It happens to even the best so I'm not all that comfortable giving only one egg.
The technical support was troublesome, however.
1) The support person had a severe oriental accent. I found it very difficult to understand her.
2) I'd just replaced a working switch (going from 8 to 16 ports) and she actually wanted me to replace 8 cables -- an unlikely strategy given that all eight are not likely to be so tentative that they'll only work with the old switch.
3) It never occurred to her that a loop back (from port 9 to port 10, for example) with a short known good patch cable should at least bring on the "connect" indicator.
Other Thoughts: I ordered a replacement. The same shipment included two two TP-Link 5 port switches which aren't DOA.READ FULL REVIEW