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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving
Pros: ►Small, Unobtrusive little unit
►Well constructed (no flimsy plastic rattle-box here!)
►Plug it in and Forget it - nothing to configure, nothing to worry about!
►Great for a quick Network expansion - if you need multiple wired PCs/Laptops/Equipment all to share a single Internet Connection, or you need multiple devices able to quickly share/pass data, then this is what you need!
►Built in key slots for wall or under table mount - comes with (4) rubber pads for table-top
►Mean, Green little machine! $ Saving through Energy Saving
►Auto MDI/MDIX - toss out the crossovers: not needed here
►Full speed switching (most users would never notice an issue, only data hungry power junkies ;) )
►Solid Warranty (5 years) - another point for your piece of mind
Cons: ►Not really suitable for a desktop/tabletop - 5 ports and activity/connection lights on the front, power port on the back. No matter which way you turn it, you'll have cables exposed and laying about (OCD Beware! *joking!*)
Other Thoughts: No real cons to speak of. The above "Con" is more an initial annoyance and anyone creative can work around/ignore it.
Handles multiple, intensive connections extremely well. Noticed very little issue when attempting to load test the unit using (2) PC's + (2) Laptops running Teamviewer simultaneously (Remote Desktop) with full resolution + Audio and each system uploading ~1GB zip files.
After disconnecting the unit (to take to office for test 2) we experienced an issue with our wireless connections to our laptops (unrelated problem).. to avoid "hearing it" from the family ;) I set this little bad boy on the coffee table, hooked up to the router, then plugged our laptops in.. instantly the wife was able to watch her show, I was able to log in (remotely) to the office PC and the daughter was able to play away on her game console (COD online) - no drop in FPS for her, no hiccup in the video for the wife, and zero issue with my remote connection.
At the office, this was set up with (3) PCs and a Laptop - during large Photoshop Project transfers (simultaneous @ 10.83GB/ea) we did experience some slow-down, but nothing over the top or unexpected (from a User stand-point, nearly undetectable)
This would be a great unit for the house or office, or for the backpack when traveling for work (as I do). If you're needing a few extra connections to the net, or need to network multiple devices, it's well worth the (little) money.
Good Price, Good Quality, Does what it says - for a 5 port, it's a no-brainer
► Unique, Stylish Cylindrical design fits well with any decor - I'm considering allocating this unit as a wireless only ceiling mount in the center of our home (inverted antennae style) as it only stands little over 7 inches tall!
► Small, Lightweight and Unobtrusive - Very Deceiving considering the features
►Easy to Access Power Button, WPS (Wireless) Button, USB & 5 Ethernet Ports
►Simple to see (even from across the room) Power & Internet lights tell you immediately what is going on - Green for Good, Orange for Problem
Features/Technical (Ready to get Dizzy?):
► Well Documented, Including easy to use support through the MyDlink Portal
►Dual Band 2.4GHz + 5GHz Simultaneous - each runs <450Mbps on Each Band for a combined 900Mbps Simultaneous - Nice!
►WPA/WPA2 Security (Additional Security Features - see "Other Thoughts"
►Create your own Media/File Cloud (using External USB Drive/NAS) and stream to any device whether on your network or through external connection
►Free Mobile App for complete control of your Router wherever you are
►Great for Home Security (using Cloud Camera's - sold separately). Monitor your home/office without needing a separate Security Monitoring Service!
► Email Log/Monitoring
►Easy to Read, Easy to Understand Directions and Explanations of Each feature/Link
► Logical Tabs & Menus - Easy to understand, Easy to get to what you need
► In case you get lost, use the "Support" tab for a full list of every feature and tool available
► Works well for Home Network, Office, FTP/File Server or Hosting your own Website (Including Force HTTPS)
► Firewall & Parental Control Scheduling - add multiple rules to control Do's and Don'ts for your network
►Syslog option for logging to Syslog Server
► Guest Zone - Perfect for Retail or Office Setup (Or home if you don't trust your guests). Keep your network secure while providing your Guests/Clients Internet Access - Available on both wireless bands.
► FULL IPv6 Support
► Inbound Data Filter for VPS, Port forwarding and Remote Admin
►Traffic Shaping with Auto or Manual Uplink Speed Configuration
►Logs Galore, including LAN/WAN/WiFi Low & WiFi High Statistics
► Get Your Bells AND Whistles all in one little package!
OTHER THOUGHTS: I ran out of characters for my setup review in "Other Thoughts" - point of the page - Get it! Well worth the money, rock solid and stable!
Cons: ►Initial problems with stability - Intermittent Connectivity and Frequent Wireless Drops. Took half an egg for this, however read below
After several hours working with the Router and using Support (Great Job D-Link!), the issues were resolved.
**In an effort to be fair, I did look over several other mentions and reviews and this issue seems rather an isolated/infrequent occurrence.**
►Average wireless signal strength◄ - comparable to other routers of similar price range, which honestly was less than I expected from this unit - Other minus half an egg, though still has great reach
►QoS manageability is somewhat lacking (no way to edit/view pre-configured rules, though you can add additional rules, control is key and having that control makes or breaks this feature for me)
►I have bigger and better cables in my scrap pile at the office - though typically you would install this near your Modem, not everyone's ideal spot for a wireless router is near their access point, so this CAT5 was tossed - But Thank You D-Link for providing it, most don't bother!
►Power Adapter cable length is lacking - Definitely needs to be longer!
►500GB max drive size for USB - TB drives are becoming standard and more and more the norm for home users as more and more people are setting up Media Servers/Media Shares for Video/Audio and Pics
After initial MyDlink setup, I could not reconnect/configure (Timeout) - I am still working on this issue, but have yet to work through it (Dlink Support to the rescue again?)
Other Thoughts: Environment A (Home - 1760sq.ft, two story - wood frame) with (2) Wired PC's - 30' + 35' away, (2) Wireless Gaming Consoles - 15' away, (2) Wireless Laptops - various/averaged 20'-40' away, (2) Wireless Netbooks - 40'+ away, and (5) WiFi enabled Smart-phones - all over. *All distances straight line*
Environment B (Studio/Office - multiple office building, two story - brick, 200' to curb) with (3) Broadcast Devoted PC's (windows based), (1) Overlay Server (windows), Sentinel NAS, (2) Wireless Laptops, (3) WiFi enabled smartphones and Guest Network (various devices)
(Home): This network proved the hardest to set up, please read ** in Cons. Initially, the network set up easily, however our connectivity issues appeared once we walked out of range with a smartphone or wireless device, then returned - all devices would disconnect and reconnect. The problem would also appear whenever you attempted larger (over 5MB) Downloads/Uploads or when attempting to game online.
Once the connectivity issues were resolved, this unit has proven to be great. The network has held up an initial load test of (3) remote connections (Teamviewer) with full video resolution and audio, (2) running over 1GB File Transfers, (5) 128kbps mp3 streams, and multiple game downloads on one gaming console.
Signal strength remained good (over 50%) throughout the upstairs and house, signal would immediately drop to <20% once outside or in the shop (~50'). This sits on par with other N Routers in this price range, so I would not consider it a true negative.
(Studio/Office): Once some time was spent ensuring reliability and stability at Home, I decided to risk our Broadcast network to this router. After setting up emergency backups through alternate systems and connections, we installed this router inline to (3) Broadcast PCs and (1) Overlay server.
This Router installed and configured easily (much relief after my initial experience!)
After installation and configuration (~5 minutes, including systems setup), we rolled over our streams (Internet Radio) to the D-Link group. This entails (3) systems streaming (3) connections Each, simultaneously to the Overlay system based routed via IP. This comes out to ~9.87 MB/minute shot out to the web, then back in to the overlay system, then back out to our Co-Location Servers = 29.61 MB/minute continually streaming through this router - pretty good! To load test, we connected via remote PCs to all (4) systems using Teamviewer, each uploading a 1.2GB compressed file via ftp. The upload started to hiccup and near-dwell bouncing between 120 and 420 kbps, but otherwise maintained connection allowing us full control of the systems. The setup has run 48hours without interruption, and will continue to do so until it either gives out or we change our setup. Again, this was more for load testing than anything most users would push this to. All in all, a great, Rock Solid Router - Well worth the $
Out of characters -simpl
Pros: Good Processor, the fact the system can handle <16GB RAM is nice, 10/100/1000 Ethernet is nice, not to mention the 4 x 3Gb/s SATAs
Cons: Only a 500W PSU? c'mon, you dont plan on allowing much flexibility on the vga side do you? Lord forbid a couple hdds', opticals and a vid card or two.
Btw, you'll encounter compatability probs with the Marvell Enets with OTC Networking hardware, shop smart.
Other Thoughts: I question a company that states (and I quote) "(2) PCIE x 16 support ATI Crossfire --and--- Nvidia SLI technology"... and? and?! you cannot take a system that supports SLI and run Crossfire (Intel X58-- it'll take an SLI config beautifully, stear clear of trying a Crossfire as the chipset wont run it!--aka: RMA + restock).
Need I mention a 500W PSU again? Forget even an SLI until you upgrade that teenibopper.
Are Shuttles Techs hired from JHigh direct? Oh, let me guess, its been outsourced to child labor in a 3rd world.
Get with the program Shuttle. Or just stick to the baby boxes.
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