Summary: Some complain about the rack mount and the size. These aren't problems for me because the switch (and cable modem and router) are all on a table in my basement. It's big and bulky but built like an Abrams tank.
Pros: Never has failed. Delivers to my Smart TV from my hard drive flawlessly while connecting two more PC's.
Pros: This switch is perfect. I bought this without my wife knowing, and when it arrived and I took it out of the box she had though I paid close to $100 for it, which was not the case. It is a solid device, and looks professional. One of the other reviewers stated that speeds will be reduced to 100mb if anything but gigabit devices are attached. This is not the case. I have a mix of gigabit and 100 megabit devices attached, and the switch automatically negotiates the speed...
Cons: I wish the status led for network speed was a different color. All Led's are green
Summary: Overall, I am pleased with the TP-LINK TL-SG1008P. I set it up in my home office connecting it to my Windows Home Server, my Linux Server, Ooma Telo and my Windows gaming rig. Performance wise, transfer speeds were never really limited to the switch and were only hindered by physical disk read/write ability. Speeds were virtually identical to my other two 4 port gigabit switches.
Summary: I'm very impressed with the build quality of this unmanaged switch. If you have just a few devices that need PoE and are looking to slightly expand your network, you will not be disappointed at all with this one.
Pros: The TP-LINK TL-SG1008P Switch is very compact. When you pick it up and feel the heft it gives the impression of well made hardware that could survive a few hits. Also given its 4 PoE ports it's generally a good sign with power supplying electronics that they are heavier. The AC->DC transformer is separate from the switch however.
Cons: Does not come with any ethernet cables. For a switch this nice that is not a very legitimate con as this is intended for expanding small office networks and powering phones and connecting computers that could be quite far from the switch.
Summary: Ultimately it's an unmanaged switch so there's not a whole lot to review. With 2 gigabit max throughput it was plenty fast for file transfers. I was unsure how I would end up using the PoE but an opportunity presented itself. My cousin's small business had some security cameras to install that could run on PoE. The switch easily managed to run 3 of them, communicate with the computer that was recording and handle all of the day to day data throughput.
Pros: Gigabit switch with 2 gigabit max throughput, 4 port PoE, rack mountable
Cons: None that I ran into. As other reviewers have noticed it isn't wall mountable but for my usage it was fine.
Summary: Most people won't need PoE, but if you do this offers solid expansion at a reasonable price, especially given the build quality (good build quality makes me squee!). My only recommendations for future are to address the two cons listed. All 8 ports utilising PoE and a proper wallmount solution (the two generally go hand in hand from my experience). So long as you know its limitations going this is a great device.
Pros: This is a fantastic lil' box with solid construction, durability and a great overall design. The device is best suited for home office (where PoE is needed), but would work well enough as a cost-effective switch for a small data center where a costlier devices tend to fulfill those roles.
Cons: * Unable to wall mount. For a PoE device geared towards office/higher end use it seems odd not to include that. Most cable modems/routers offers it, so it may through off your office's Feng Shui depending on your setup.
Summary: PoE equipment is EXPENSIVE and people hate spending money on it, then they further get angry if they didn't read up and they discover that only half the ports are PoE.
Pros: In my professional IT capacity I make a HUGE part of my living around PoE equipment and am proudly a very good judge of good equipment or junk. Nothing is more infuriating than having a customer procure their own PoE equipment instead of my recommendation because the prices put them out, and then I have to explain them them that 3 watts per port is not going to drive a 2" CCD and 50 IR emitters in each camera. It also often catches people off guard to discover that mo...
Cons: This is one of those cases where I had to actually LOOK for a problem with the item I was reviewing. It did present itself on its own eventually, though. I used the switch in a trade show to demonstrate some cameras and computers and a wi-fi bridge. I was all set to screw the switch down to the platform that the cameras were mounted on and, like the reviewers below, found no mounting option! I could have just glued the included rubber feet on and set it there, but at ...
Summary: When first unboxed, I was surprised at how heavy this unit was. I have known and rather admired TP-Link for their affordable products, however I hadn't known them to make a product seemingly of this quality. Bravo, TP-Link. I stress-tested the unit as much as I could and there was no change in performance. Six devices transferring and typical gigabit speeds were attained.
Pros: - Sturdy case, very well made.
Cons: No cons for my usage. It's a bit pricey for an 8 port switch, but there is PoE and it is definitely higher quality in comparison to other small switches i have used.
Summary: The unit is another classic good buy from TP-Link, but ONLY if you really need PoE. I haven't seen any other PoE switches with such excellent specs and reliability in this price range, it's quite impressive.
Pros: +excellent brand, never had any trouble with TP-Link networking products
Cons: -not a typical industry standard that usual has both LEDs and ports in front, only a power plug in the rear, but oh well, it's not rack mountable anyways, so this is mostly forgiven ;)