Gigabit switches are a widely available product these days and come in many guises, from the basic 4 or 5 ports such as TP-LINK's own TL-SG1005D available for under £15, to an all singing and dancing Gigabit switch with 48 PoE ports from the mighty Cisco costing several thousand pounds. PoE is Power over Ethernet and is particularly useful for devices such as wireless access points and VOIP phones because, with the addition of a PoE splitter, you can provide both power and Ethernet to those devices without any additional power outlets. In conjunction with CAT5 and above cables, the TL-SG1008PE offers a maximum power budget of 124W over the 8 ports and a maximum per port of 30W. Let's see if it delivers the goods.
Styling and Design
So very basic, but everything you would want or need on a device such as this. It's rack-mountable too with accessories supplied in the box and it measures 294mm wide, 180mm deep and just 44mm deep, with a weight of 1830g.
Setup and Operation
The switch includes it's own integral cooling system which is supplied by one small fan located on the right side. This is perhaps one of the few negatives we immediately noticed with the SG1008PE. It is not a quiet device solely because of this fan and will be something to bear in mind if the switch is being located in a main room or living area. At 12" distance from the fan, our sound level meter was reading 38 dB and it's on permanently, it doesn't ramp up only when required.
Performance and Testing
As you can see from the DUMeter screenshots below we received speeds of almost 400Mbps whilst transferring the files. With a peak of 637 Mbps. A 1GB file transferred in just a few seconds and we also had no issues throughout the use, such as dropped ports or lock ups which often plague cheaper devices. We had no problems during our testing at all and the SG1008PE passed with flying colours.
- Internal power supply
- Good value
- Plug and Play
- 8 Port PoE
- Noisy cooling fan
TP-LINK TL-SG1008PE Gigabit Desktop Switch
The only slight negative is a noisy cooling fan, not a problem perhaps if the switch is located out of earshot but it would probably be too noticeable if it was in a main living room or bedroom. If you don't have any devices that you could utilise Power over Ethernet, then you would be better of choosing TP-LINK's own 4 port SG1005D for £15 or their 8 port Gigabit SG1008D switch for just £20. Coming in at around £125 it is a significantly more expensive product than non-PoE switches, but for those of you who can fully utilise the PoE facility it is definitely a product we would recommend for it's ease of use, performance and value.
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