Summary: • Packaging was good – some wasted space and not made of recycled material, but mostly cardboard can be recycled. Plastic clearly labeled and recyclable. • Upon opening the package, there is a small resource CD, an installation guide and the unit with a bold sticker “Please first Install Utility in CD To Manage Your Device”. Apparently, the switch can only be configured with the utility. Fair enough.
Pros: Recyclable packaging • Clear and simple installation instructions provided on paper • Mounting holes on unit • Clearly labeled ports, power, reset button, etc. • Power brick is correctly oriented to save space on a power strip and cord is generously long. • Gigabit speed • Reliable. I never had to reset the unit in my month of testing. • 5 year warranty is great. • Support was responsive
Cons: Power, reset and cable lock (anti-theft) ports are placed on one side of unit and Ethernet ports are on the other, which makes the design awkward if you have the unit on a desktop. When all ports are plugged in, you cannot easily stand the unit up or place it without it taking up a large amount of space. Not practical.
Summary: So I initially just plugged this thing in and didn't log into it just to see if it was plug and play(you may have to change the default IP address 192.168.0.1 if your router has the same IP). It worked simply plugging it in with no set up. So if there are people scared off by the "managed" part of it, don't be because it will work right out of the box like any other switch.
Pros: Competitive price Solid construction Good performance Easy set up Simple interface Clean looking Great advanced functionality Plug and play 5 year warranty
Cons: I can not think of a con... It's a inexpensive and runs great
Cons: Despite the manufacturer claiming "IGMP Snooping v1/v2/v3" in their PDF datasheet on their website, actual behavior is different. Upon contacting TP-Link support they acknowledged that IGMP v3 is not supported.
Summary: If you are in need of a small business class switch with some features for your small office this will work wonders. If you need a switch to repeat a network with vlans as I did this works well and generally only available on much more expensive switches. "Green" switch, this can be good or bad depending on your situation. It certainly helps save power (and heat) however in some however few cases it is known to cause some problems.
Pros: Small switch with lots of features normally found in more expensive switches and also generally with more ports. This little switch did the perfect job forwarding my vlans into a few workstations off the main switch. It's held up to a heavy amount of traffic on a noisy network without a single lock up for the last few weeks. Performance wise I'm not having any issues however I have not tested it for throughput capacity. The switch only came with a few rubber feet but ...
Cons: Not well ventilated, this leaves me mildly concerned about long term reliability but it is a small switch with a metal case which should help dissipate the heat. 9v DC power supply should be pretty easy to replace if ever required however my meter says it's outputting 10.3v, this is generally not a concern but I feel it's worth mentioning as it could be a long term culprit of failure.
Summary: I had to download the latest software from the TP-Link website as the software would not install on my windows 8 PC from the disc. (Not really a big Con since getting latest version is usually best anyways) With the 5 Port switch, you really only get 4 additional ports (this is normal). The 8 port would be preferred for me (but I do a lot with PC's!
Pros: Nice looking switch. Solid build that feels very sturdy. Small, and makes very good utilization of it's space. Lights all work. Installation was easy, but you will want to follow the instructions in order to know how to connect to it with the software. -see other thoughts on install. Connect an ethernet cable from your router or model to the switch. (this takes up one port, so if you need more than 4 ports you should get the larger switch) The software should find you...
Cons: The Help section does not have any information embedded, it just links to an online knowledgebase. Not a big con unless you don't have an internet connection when trying to troubleshoot.
Summary: Although you are required to use the software, it's nicely made and intuitively organized. You might not be able to log into the main management interface at first. Fortunately you can change the DHCP setting to assign it an IP on your network automatically without logging into the primary interface.
Pros: I really like this switch. It's a sturdy, well-built gigabit switch that has simple management capability. It technically may work right out of the box, but you may want to configure it if others can connect to your network. It has smart power management that cuts down the power of inactive ports, as well as reduction based on connected cable length. It also supports MTU VLAN, port-based VLAN, and 802.1Q-based VLAN functionality.
Cons: The TL-SG105E can only be configured by using the Easy Smart Configuration Utility, which is also Windows only (which is amusing since it's executable-encapsulated java).
Pros: Build quality is very good; it's a sturdy feeling switch and looks nice. Does its job very well. A switch is a device you expect to just work and not have to fiddle with, and I'm happy to say that this switch just works. .. I hooked up my VOIP phone, an xbox, and two desktops, and everything worked flawlessly, without any issues in connectivity at all. VOIP quality was nice and clear and everything held a better connection than when on wireless.
Summary: Only 5 ports – make sure you actually need a managed switch. The most expensive part of this switch is that it can handle VLANs. An unmanaged switch will not be able to do that. I think this switch will do well over time – TP-Link makes good networking devices.
Pros: Sturdy build quality. It is light weight, there are rubber feet, and a sturdy metal case. It is also wall mountable, which is definitely a perk. Gigabyte speed. 16K Jumbo frame size. Big address table (8K). 2MB buffer size. VLAN support It is great when you have multiple gaming PCs that you want to have online at once. Good for expanding router capacity without performance loss. Additionally, the "Easy Smart Configuration Utility" makes it simple to setup the device a...
Cons: So far, it is working almost flawlessly. There is no web based management and in the management software. The software only runs on Windows. Therefore, if you only have a Mac, I would not recommend this to you if you want to setup VLANs and see network traffic. For price point there are cheaper switches on the market. Only a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer, I would like to see a longer one from TP-Link.