It’s been a while since I did a review on some hardware and figured this would be a great one to start things off again since what IT person doesn’t want a managed switch? This review is just because I liked the switch so much. I was NOT paid to write this and the link to buy is NOT an affiliate link. Just wanted to get the word out about these nice little switches.
I bought this switch for my workstation to split the one ethernet drop I have run to my desk. I wanted something that supported VLANS and had easy management. I found the TL-SG105E on Amazon for under $35 with Prime shipping. They also have 8, 16, and 24 port variations with the same features here for a GREAT price (The 24 port is only ~$130). Plus this switch is 100% gigabit (as well as the others in the lineup).
Going into this I really only expected some VLAN support and that is about it given the $35 price tag. The reality is that there is much more. The amount of features packed into this tiny little switch is pretty impressive.
Like all of my hardware that I buy I immediately updated the firmware to the latest that was available on TP-Link’s website and restored the factory defaults. I connected the switch up between my network drop and my workstation and fired it up. The switch does NOT pull an IP address from DHCP by default but this actually doesn’t matter. Just download the Easy Smart Configuration Utility from their website and run it. The software will find the switch and from there you can set a static IP address or have it pull one from the DHCP server (I opted for the DHCP since this is not a core switch).
Once you get it setup on the IP setting you want you can log in to the switch, the default username and password is simply admin.
My one and only gripe with this switch is that it does not have a web GUI. However given the price point, I believe they did this so they could put less hardware in the switch to keep costs and power down. This is because they don’t have to have the switch running a web server to serve up the management pages. Given it’s price point I am just mentioning this and it does not take away from the switch at all. I am not sure if they have a Linux utility but I suspect that it is written in Java as when I load the application my Java runtime pops up in my tray.
On to the features. Obviously this supports VLANs but in addition, it supports the following:
- Port to VLAN assignment
- VLAN Tagging
- Link Aggregation (LACP)
- Loopback Prevention
- Basic QoS Per Port Control (Priority Based)
- Basic QoS Per Port Control (Bandwidth-Based)
- Broadcast Storm Prevention/Limit
- Build in Cable Testing (Length & Wiring)
- Wall Mounting
- Metal Casing
I tested out all these features and they work as they should. I am very happy with this little switch and I just wanted to give a shout out to TP-Link for making an affordable and feature packed switch for the Home/SOHO environment. If you have any questions or comments please let me know! I have posted posted pictures of my unit (Hardware V1) and the screenshots of the Utility below. Enjoy!
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