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Pros: I’ve been using this product for approx a week now. I have had little slowdown, no power fluctuations which I’ve ran into with other devices. And even at full load this does not really slow down or cause problems.
Having the lifetime warranty is pretty amazing for the price point. I think this is going to entice novice/home users to purchase this at a slightly higher price.
There are two ports for PSE which is fantastic if you’re trying to run any network cameras or something that is limiting on voltage. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, do research here. The real bonus of this feature is to extend PoE to other devices. There are two ports for standard Gigabit network. This is a great midpoint on a network if you do not have the ability to plug into an ac outlet to get power to another device. Keep in mind that the switch uses its own power, and cannot output 100% of what is coming in. It lists that its maximum power consumption is 21.95W.
Overall setup was nothing out of the normal. I did use the setup disc provided with the product. Normally I would manually configure. This feature is nice if you’re looking to add shortcuts to your desktop for easy configuration and maintenance. I only tested with windows 7 & 10, no issues.
The mount kit provided works as intended, just two screws with the plastic anchors for drywall.
Cons: It is a little heavier than I expected. Most of the switches I’ve used in the past are relatively light. This seems to be heavy duty, and it has a metal frame. This metal design helps mitigate the heat tremendously.
Does not come with a PoE adapter – be warned you will need to purchase one.
Currently the product images under description are not the same product that was received. The actual unit is the GS105PE model not the ‘gs105’ pictures included in the specs. In addition to the images, the dimensions listed are incorrect. They are listed in the installation guide as the following; 158mm x 100mm x 27mm with a weight of 1.04 lb.
Other Thoughts: Another reviewer has mentioned this has a major security flaw. Most folks would limit the ability for the user to access this via routing tables if you have knowledge with business grade equipment. There is several ways to handle this. In any case it is good practice to update your firmware to the latest before using any networking device. I wouldn’t stress a switch having a hard configured password in a home environment.
If you purchased this on accident not realizing it is a POE only switch. They have a warning label right on it before you open the box. Although it may cause frustration, this should help for any surprises.
Often times networking equipment is confusing in itself, especially when it comes to PoE adapters. Be sure to do the research necessary to determine if this will be suitable for your needs!
I was not able to find any major flaws with the product itself. The cons are not a fault to the product itself.
Pros: The fully modular cables are fantastic. This is not my first experience with modular power supplies; however I am happy this is becoming a new standard. They provide ample cables to allow for essentially everything you’d need to hook up. Also included with the cables is a storage pouch, if you choose to throw the box away.
Compared to my other brand power supply in my desktop, I cannot even hear this unit. I have my case on carpet and the power supply is on the bottom of the case. Not the best practice, however I’ve never ran into heating issues in the room/computer. I clean it regularly. Even under full load this power supply is incredibly silent.
Physically the edges are rounded, this helps when you’re installing, as well as working around the power supply. I’ve experienced plenty of sheet metal cuts when working on and around power supplies.
Using a power supply tester, the voltage output from all lines is right on par, and very seldom has any fluctuation if any noticeable.
This might cost a couple bucks more than other ‘comparable’ power supplies. However they are willing to back it with a great 7 warranty!
Cons: Heavy, this adds a lot of weight to my case. In fact it is perhaps twice as heavy as my old power supply. If you’re into transporting your rig with you… this may be a bit much. But I would not put that as an egg off, just something to note.
Other Thoughts: Packaging, I’m usually not one to comment on packaging overall. But this is packaged well, and designed to set back in the closet and use at a later time. The box itself folds twice to open up to the main area.
A lot of people are misinformed in regards to how much power they actually need for their desktops. Most everything will not run at 100% load on the power supply, and only under extreme circumstances would they pull max power. I’d recommend this over several 1000+ watt units.
I do not have a watt meter for the wall, but I assume this is as advertised with consumption.
Pros: I’ve always struggled with extended range around my porch area outside. Often I find it cumbersome to use the standard wireless extenders, as you now have attached an additional cable and a device has to sit on the desk/coffee table and look out of place. This device fits fine into the wall outlet, is very discrete. I personally did not put the antennas up, I assume this has some negative impact on performance. However with my animals clumsy and running around, I don’t want to risk breaking anything off.
The range improvement was very noticeable around my porch, I had no dead spots outside. As well as this extended the range around my house approximately 30 feet in each direction without any signal loss.
This device was extremely easy to setup. There really is not much in the way of instructions, however once you sign into the device you will understand why. Although there are different configurations for each band, this is fairly normal, considering more advanced routers can be configured differently for each band.
As with most of the TP-Link firmware, the device is extremely easy to configure more advanced options for the router.
This also has a network plug at the bottom of it, if you wanted to setup a network hub or something along these lines in a different office. It would work fantastic for this purpose. I've only connected directly to it with my laptops. Speed was on part with the normal network load.
The WPS configuration was extremely easy to use. Just make sure you have a WPS configurable router, with the WPS button on the back. It is essentially one click on each device and it will configure itself.
Cons: It does take up both outlets regardless of how you try to place this in a standard outlet.
There was a little bit little bit of connection issues when setting up with the phone. But I believe this is more the phone’s profile than the device. Often times it will reconnect to the same device, but I was configuring both bands. I configured this using one of the latest android devices.
Other Thoughts: This is an excellent buy for the price point. After a week of use, I have not noticed any slowdown in my overall network performance.
I would be a little cautious if it is an older building and you have a lot of ambient noise coming off of your power adapters. This could potentially interfere with the signal strength of the device. However I highly doubt this would affect most anyone using this.