The MokerLink 2G041G is a 5-port 2.5GbE switch that is really interesting since it was the lowest-priced 5-port 2.5GbE switch we could find on Amazon when we started the Ultimate 2.5GbE Switch series. We had never heard of MokerLink, so we thought it was worth at least looking at.
Ultimate Fanless 2.5GbE Switch Roundup
You may have seen that we published the Ultimate Cheap Fanless 2.5GbE Switch Mega Round-Up. Here is the video for that one where this switch appeared.
We decided to do the round-up first and will be filling in with reviews that we had not published at that point, including this one.
Just to note, we have 8 more switches in the lab for testing already, and another 8 on the list of to-do that are not in the switch round-up we published. We are going to add them to the round-up page as we review them.
MokerLink 2G041G Hardware Overview
The front of the switch is very basic. We get five 2.5GbE ports and then status LEDs. The status LEDs are on top of each port which is nice.
The switch itself is desktop mounting only, there are no rackmount ears.
Both sides only have vents.
The back has the DC power input and a grounding point. Generally, we like all ports on these switches to be on the same side so that they can be placed against a wall. On higher-end switches, having ports on both sides can make more sense. In this class, it would be easier if they were all up front.
The bottom of the switch has two mounting points. It also has a MokerLink product label. This is an unmanaged switch, but this label is where the login information would be if it were a MokerLink managed switch.
Inside the switch, we can see a heatsink covering the switch chip.
This is the internal view where we can see the layout. The heatsink is orientated at an angle 45 degrees offset from the vents on either side of the chassis.
This, like the other units we have tested, is a fanless design keeping noise low.
Next, let us get to the management, performance, power consumption, and our final thoughts.
Have you considered testing tolerance of cable length or quality? Perhaps they are all the same but a difference could be a substantial driver in making a buy choice.
Thanks for the great reviews.
psssst…. trendnet 2.5 5 port is only $98 today on Amazon. Do you think they are both comparable? $7 isn’t much difference. btw. loved the writeup on this.