Review of TP-LINK TL-SG1024D 24-Port Gigabit Desktop/Rackmount Unmanaged Switch

Submitted by nigel on Sunday 11th February 2018
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TP-LINK TL-SG1024D 24-Port Gigabit

I was idly sat watching TV and I did a quick reckon up - I have eight devices on my TV stand capable of being Internet connected (i.e. possessing RJ45 ethernet sockets). Only three were ever connected at any one time, and frequently I would have to dive into the dusty area behind the stand, and risking accidentally pulling out other cables, to try to find the slot of a device I wanted to connect. The reason three was my limit was because I was using a Powerline internet extender which came with three ports. The Powerline uses my mains electricity to extend my Wireless from my router which is placed in the main bedroom since for historic reasons that's where the BT phone socket is.

I realised it was time to get a switch with adequate capacity for future devices, and I opted for the 24 port TP-Link TL-SG1024D Gigabit. My concern was the Powerline, which would be the input of an ethernet signal to the port, may not play ball with the TP-Link switch. My fears were totally unfounded and I was able to connect up all my devices but of course I needed CAT5e specification cables to utilise Gigabit speeds. This is of course unnecessary between WiFi and cabled devices since WiFi isn't that quick, but it's good for devices that are cabled. 

The TP-Link box is a good compact size, and comes with tiny LED lights on the left that gives an indication of transfer per port although the LEDs are seriously small and not particularly bright. The box comes with brackets to enable it to be fitted to a 17" rack which means that it could have commercial as well as residential installations. So far I've had no problems at all with it, and it was the cheapest 24 port switch on Amazon when I did a price comparison. 

Bill of Materials

TP-LINK TL-SG1024D

24-Port Gigabit Desktop/Rackmount Unmanaged Switch

Amazon.co.uk £67.85
Cat5e Cable

RED Cat5e Ethernet RJ45 High Speed Network Cable Lead 5m

Amazon.co.uk £2.99
  TOTAL   £70.84
Connections
Connections

The connections are denoted on the picture above. Most of it is self-explanatory. The Blu-ray connection is useful since it also has the ability to provide online services and movies on demand. I have an unusual combination of a Freesat and a Sky box - preparation for the day when I elect not to subscribe to Sky anymore. The Android TV and Raspberry Pi labels are mixed up on the diagram. Android TV provides Kodi along with a Plex media client which can connect to my Plex Media Server. The raspberry Pi is running a Squid Proxy server which is configured to block ads. The Intel NUC was subject to an earlier blog here

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