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TP-Link TL-SG1024D review

£80 inc VAT

Manufacturer: TP-Link

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Adding a good gigabit switch like the TP-Link TL-SG1024D can really expand your network, in business or a busy home.

The network switch serves the invaluable role of uniting ethernet devices beyond the router. In a networked office or business, switches fill tall racks with their lines of ports and snaking cables, often 48 ports to a switch.

At home, an ethernet switch of maybe five or eight ports like the Lindy 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch helps to expand upon the under-provisioning of just four ports that practically all consumer routers provide.

Between these extremes there’s a real role for a simple ethernet switch such as the TP-Link TL-SG1024D. And by simple, we mean of course the unmanaged switch, a true plug-and-play hub that requires no administration or configuration yet will usefully expand the number of ethernet devices that can talk to each other.

The TP-Link TL-SG1024D is not a rack-mount unit, at least not directly out of the box. At 294mm wide, it’s more compact, although a pair of L-shaped mounting brackets are supplied that allow it to be bolted into a standard rack.

Or if that is to be its permanent home, you could opt for the 19in (440mm) full-width version, the TL-SG1024, sans D suffix.

Ports a-plenty

Up to 24 ports are available on this TP-Link TL-SG1024D model, stacked in three sets of eight across the front, with status LEDs running in two corresponding lines to the left: odd-numbered ports above, even below.

Also available are 8- and 16-port versions, the TP-Link TL-SG1008 and TL-SG1016D respectively.

Each port is signposted by one green LED with the usual Link (solid) and Act (blinking) designation, while a second LED for each port lights up when synced at gigabit speed.

Setup of the TP-Link TL-SG1024D is as easy as connecting it to a router or another switch through any of its 24 ports, leaving 23 ports free to unite wired PCs, NAS drives and other ethernet devices.

Construction is to a high quality in its sturdy metal chassis. An internal power supply means no faffing with external wall-warts. 

As a pro-level unit, it's specified for maximum throughput of full-duplex (2 x 1Gbps) gigabit on each port: up to a maximum 48Gbps switching capacity. 

Too cool blues

Like much server-room kit, the TP-Link TL-SG1024D safeguards against overheating by rather over-zealous fan cooling.

At one end is a small diameter fan running at high speed, with ventilation holes at the other end. The net effect is a noisy unit – although you could try disconnecting the fan if it's to be used in less demanding installations and you don’t wish to be driven to distraction by the insane noise. 

In our test setup with fan silenced, and with several NAS drives performing intensive rsync backups between themselves, the TL-SG1024D barely got warm.

Nevertheless, an ideal solution for this unit would be an intelligent multi-speed fan that kicked in only when required.

Like many modern network switches, the TP-Link TL-SG1024D can auto-sense connected equipment for 10/100/1000Mbps operation, as well as recognise straight-through and crossover cables (auto-MDIX). 

Each port is also said to sense its input and connected cable length, and then adjust power levels accordingly in order to improve efficiency.

In use, we found no network issues, such as slow zeroconf mDNS/DNS-SD (Bonjour) device discovery that have affected some network switches we’ve tested.

TP-Link TL-SG1024D Expert Verdict »
TP-LINK 24-Port Gigabit Desktop/Rackmount Switch; 1 Gbit/s; 10/100 Mbit/s; 48 Gbit/s; 8000 entries; Gigabit Ethernet; IEEE802.3; IEEE 802.3u; IEEE 802.3ab; IEEE 802.3x Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 7 reviews
24-port unmanaged network switch
24 x gigabit ethernet ports
full-duplex gigabit
auto-MDI/MDIX
8000 MAC address auto-learning
10kB jumbo frame
high-speed cooling fan
built-in power supply
294 x 180 x 44mm
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 8 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The TL-SG1024D is a smart and well-made gigabit switch that performs well and is available at an attractive price.

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