Table of Contents
- 8 x 2.5Gbps Ports
- Auto Negotiation between 100Mbps, 1Gbps and 2.5Gbps
- Fanless Design
- External Power Supply
Hardware Specifications #
|Standards & Protocols
|IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3ab, 802.3x, 802.1p, 802.3bz
|8 × 100Mbps/1Gbps/2.5Gbp RJ-45 ports
|External Power Adapter
|Max Heat Dissipation
|40Gbps (2.5GBps + 8 Ports + 2 (Bi Directional))
|Store and Forward
|MAC Address Table
|Packet Buffer Memory
Software Specifications #
|802.3x Flow Control, 802.1p/DSCP QoS
|No OS required
|8-Port 2.5Gbps Desktop Switch TL-SH1008, Power Adapter, Installation Guide, Rubber Feet
I have been using 2x of this for about 1 year now. There are some things that I have noticed when using this switch.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- Your network cards connected to the switch supports 2.5Gbps. (Or planning to upgrade in the future)
- You have a fan blowing on the switch to cool it down.