Summary: I know it says “desktop switch” in the title, but there’s no possibility of wall mounting this switch. Nothing some pipe-strapping couldn’t fix… but would it have killed TP-LINK to provide a desktop AND wall mount configuration?
Pros: It’s plug and play AND unmanaged… so there’s no set-up. Well… other than plugging in your network cables and then the power adapter.
Cons: First impressions (before powering up and setting up):
Summary: - LED indicators could be easier to read. Ports are in a single row, but there are two rows of indicator lights. The top row indicates 10/100 connectivity, while the bottom row indicates 1000Mbps connectivity. All lights are the same color. This is a relatively common trend among switch manufacturers. Though an extremely minor nitpick, I prefer either a single row of dual-color LEDs or two rows with more than one color to indicate the speeds of connected equipment.
Pros: + Extremely affordable rackmount gigabit solution for SOHO applications. Competitor models that are capable of being rack-mounted are typically more than 50% more pricey than what Newegg offers at the time of this review.
Cons: - No jumbo frame support. Most people do not need this feature, though, so it is rather a moot point for most networks.
Summary: I bought this device over a month ago, arrived well-packed. It works as advertized: no set-up, just plug in the router and any other machine and it all just works. Got transfer speeds between 2 computers of 50 Megabyte/second, though most likely limited by the internal bus speed of the other computer than by the switch.