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TP-LINK TL-SH1008 Port 8 Port 2.5G

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Specifications #

Features #

  • 8 x 2.5Gbps Ports
  • Auto Negotiation between 100Mbps, 1Gbps and 2.5Gbps
  • Fanless Design
  • External Power Supply

Hardware Specifications #

Standards & ProtocolsIEEE 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3ab, 802.3x, 802.1p, 802.3bz
Interface8 × 100Mbps/1Gbps/2.5Gbp RJ-45 ports
Fan QuantityFanless
Power SupplyExternal Power Adapter
Power Consumption15.65W
Max Heat Dissipation53.40 BTU/h

Performance #

Switching Capacity40Gbps (2.5GBps + 8 Ports + 2 (Bi Directional))
Packet Forwarding29.76Mpps
Transfer MethodStore and Forward
MAC Address Table16K
Packet Buffer Memory1.5MB
Jumbo Frame10KB

Software Specifications #

Advanced Features802.3x Flow Control, 802.1p/DSCP QoS
OS CompatibilityNo OS required

Others #

Package Contents8-Port 2.5Gbps Desktop Switch TL-SH1008, Power Adapter, Installation Guide, Rubber Feet
Operating Humidity10%~90% non-condensing
Storage Humidity5%~90% non-condensing
Operating Temperature0°C~40°C (32°F~104°F)
Storage Temperature-40°C~70°C (-40°F~158°F)

Review #

I have been using 2x of this for about 1 year now. There are some things that I have noticed when using this switch.

Pros #

  1. Device is cheap

The price point for a switch of this specification is very cheap. The next candidate is the TP-LINK TL-SG105-M2 at $279.00 as of posting this review. The TL-SG105-M2 is a 5 port switch with 2.5Gbps ports.

  1. The switch is fanless

The switch is fanless which results in a very quiet operation. This is very important for anyone who wants to place the switch in a room where noise is a concern.

  1. The speed of the device is as advertised

After first receiving the switch and testing it, I was able to get the full 2.5Gbps speed both ways when transferring a file between my NAS and my PC using iPerf3.

Cons #

  1. The switch is not rack mountable.

If you want to place the switch in a rack, you will need have a shelf like this to place the switch on.

  1. The switch tends to heat up a lot.

Firstly, the switch tends to heat up. As the switch is fanless, large data transfers will cause the switch to heat up. When I placed them in a rack without a fan blowing on them, the switch will heat up to a point where it is hot to the touch. This usually cause the speed of the switch to drop (Sometimes even lower than Gigabit). Since noticing this issue, I have placed more fans into my server rack to cool the switch down and the issue is resolved.

  1. The ports are at the back of the device

For anyone mounting this on a server rack, ports at the back of the device is not ideal. It makes it very difficult to manage and plug in cables. I had to manage the cables before placing the switch into the rack.

Conclusion #

For anyone looking to buy it, I would recommend it if you are looking for a cheap 2.5Gbps switch and planning to place it in a rack with a fan blowing on it.

Things to note when getting this switch:

  1. Your network cards connected to the switch supports 2.5Gbps. (Or planning to upgrade in the future)
  2. You have a fan blowing on the switch to cool it down.

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