TP-LINK TL SG1024 Switch Unboxing and Review

This is an unboxing and review of the TP-LINK TL SG1024 24 Port rack mountable switch. Along with some data transfer speed tests.

You can see the DIY setup video, running you through my home network using this switch here:

Thanks for watching! Comment if you have a question!

Comments

Klorkson says:

Does this switch automatically detect and support SMB Multichannel or would I have to buy the (smart) managed version for this functionality?

Martha Salter says:

nice. is there any way to get cheap 5 or 10 gigabit speeds? could you use this and a cheap 4 port 10gbe switch to give the 4 port more ports?

Jessie James says:

I want to get a patch panel but I’m afraid of doing the wiring :O

Taylor Hardin says:

Have you setup LACP using this switch?

S2000 S2k says:

You need a UPS.

DJDevon3 says:

Green technology for a switch or router means it puts the ports to sleep when not in use. Some green technology will also approximate cable length attached to the port and adjust power savings per port signal. It saves energy but most importantly heat dissipation from the device. Best choice for closet installs. 😉 Increases the life of any port, helps port lifespan (increases longevity). Switch ports can burn out over time it is a real thing. So green technology can elongate the lifespan of a switch dramatically, in theory. I’ve seen plenty of switches from the 90’s and 2000’s that have multiple dead ports on them. Green switches are still a relatively new technology so we’ll see how they do in a decade or two.

Upon first use there can be a little bit more latency. A good example is a networked PC that has gone into hibernation mode. There is a delay for that PC to wake up and communicate anyway so for the home user they’ll never notice a difference. For a home network the difference with a green vs non-green switch will be imperceptible and a great technology to use. Think of it as a power saving mode per switch port. It’s a good thing for the general public.

There are circumstances where you might specifically avoid buying a green switch. Higher initial latency isn’t good for enterprise applications like datacenters. Datacenters wouldn’t be running this type of gear anyway unless they were in a pinch.

Green technology can fool you into thinking a port is dead when there is actually an odd communication failure between the switch and the device. Unplugged cable, mice chewing through cable, shorts, opens, etc.. will make the port appear dead when in fact it’s just sleeping due to lack of PROPER signal communication. A port can also appear to be getting a signal even if it’s crosstalk and the wrong signal. Just because there’s a blinky light next to the port doesn’t necessarily mean everything is working as it should. Most switches today will show an orange light to indicate a problem though, old switches didn’t, then again old switches didn’t have green technology either. Something to keep an eye out for. 😉

Ian Bogue says:

What exactly does a switch do? I would also *love* to see more videos of yours!

cantsolvesudokus says:

hey ben, i don`t quite get what one would use this for ?
can`t you just use your router and the ports on it to do all the networking ?
also what do the other panels on your rack do ?

Custom Computer and Repair says:

I like how a 100Mbit transfer is apparently getting close to a 1Gbit limit. anyone else catch that!

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