Summary: This unit is completely comparable to similar units, although of course no units are exactly the same. But the pros and cons are shared between virtually any of these 5-port (or 8-port) switches. If you really hate one of the cons I've listed, you'll want to search for a different switch that doesn't have it. If you really like the pros, don't buy this one automatically -- most other switches have the same pros.
Pros: This unit is a basic unmanaged switch. There are many like them, but this one is mine. Actually, I have several. I swapped this one in and put my Netgear GS105 on the shelf for a week and I noticed no difference in any part of my network performance. Speed tests to external sources were indistinguishable. LAN transfer rates were indistinguishable.
Cons: First, a hypothetical con. Like every EggXpert reviewer, I have not had the chance to test this product for very long. It's always hard to predict how long a product will last or whether its performance will remain the same over its lifetime.
Summary: If you are looking for a hard-wired solution to your network and need 4 extra ports for some of your devices, this is the way to go. It has nice features that not everyone will use like Jumbos but the speed is there and this device is a really nice way to expand your network.
Pros: This switch is exactly what it says it is, a 5 port no fuss unmanaged switch. I hooked this into my Buffalo wireless G router and instantly worked without any power cycles. I was able to move files from one port to the other with lightning fast speeds, about 200mb/s. I hooked up a test scenario where I could enable Jumbos and got a nice little speed bump from that setting being enabled. I also stuck the unit in a box with no ventilation to test its fan-less design and...
Cons: I can't think of anything wrong with this switch, I can't complain about it not having features it wasn't advertised to have. It has everything I would look for in a switch this size and this price. The only thing I can think of is it doesn't have a very long cord for the power adapter but that would really be reaching.
Summary: I finally got off my rear end and pulled a cable into our family room where I have 3 network devices. The power line setup I had had 4 ports so once I pulled the cable I needed a switch. For networking I either go with Netgear or Linksys/Cisco I went to a local store and the sales guy recommended this switch. with the New Egg price match I picked this up for $20. I ran speed test 3 times before hooking this switch up and 3 times after, there was no difference at ALL.
Pros: $20 buck and your router gains 4 more ports
Cons: I had to spend $20 Plug should be on the same side as the ports but hay it's $20
Great Gigabit Ethernet Switch with Jumbo frames support
Abhishek M., Newegg
7 September 2013
Summary: I opened up the switch and found an ASIC on which a black heatsink was glued on to. The five connectors are grouped into 2 groups, one group with 4 connectors and another with 1 connector.
Pros: This is a non-blocking (i.e. bandwidth between any pair of port is independent of other pair), full duplex 5 port Gigabit switch with nice sturdy metallic construction and supports jumbo frame support.
Summary: A switch is a very simple networking device. There's not much to it. It provides more ethernet ports for you to connect more devices to your network using cables which allows you to free up space on the wireless network.
Pros: Built well, has a sturdy feel to it. Auto-switching ports so you don't have to worry about using the right port for the right thing. It's fast, I didn't notice any decrease in speed through the switch vs straight through the router. Includes small rubber feet to protect the desk you set it on.
Cons: Has instructions for mounting to a wall but it doesn't include the parts that you'd need to do that.
Summary: It’s an unmanaged switch and delivers just what it says. The price dictates this of course but it’d be nice to have some ability to adjust ports and tag VLANs. While you require a port to be used for up-link this is the case of all switching. The power adapter at 9V .06A I can use almost any adapter to power this. At this price point it’s hard not to buy one for each room to expand gigabit ports.
Pros: This is a 5=Port Gigabit switch. I have CAT6 throughout my home with a 16 port patch panel into a Dell PowerConnect 2816. Still in one of my rooms I need additional ports and this is perfect. One of the pros is the hard metal casting. I prefer the solid metal frame to the more common plastic. Also to note it’s quite low in power consumption. When I fired it up it was quick to start passing traffic. I set a NAS and a Laptop on the switch and started hitting it with pin...
Cons: No mounting screws. It comes with rubber stick-on pads but I would prefer to physically mount this and will have to find and provide my own capable screws.
Summary: If the model numbering wasn’t a dead giveaway, clearly this switch was built to compete with the Netgear GS-10x series switches. The features, size, shape, look, and feel are nearly identical. I had a Netgear GS-108 switch to compare this TP-LINK SG-105 to. The only real difference is one is five port and the other is eight.