MokerLink 2G05210GSM Web Managed 5-Port 2.5GbE and 10GbE Switch Review

9

MokerLink 2G05210GSM Management

This is a web managed switch. We can go to 192.168.2.1 and login.

Mokerlink 2G05210GSM Management Login
Mokerlink 2G05210GSM Management Login

While this is not the most exciting management interface, looking like a web page from the late 1990s, there are a few nice features. Take, for instance, the top port status display. We can see we are plugged into port 2 here.

Mokerlink 2G05210GSM Management Dashboard
Mokerlink 2G05210GSM Management Dashboard

The VLAN configuration worked, but it is a bit clunky. There is also a link aggregation mode that one can setup.

Mokerlink 2G05210GSM Management VLAN Configuration
Mokerlink 2G05210GSM Management VLAN Configuration

Here are the spanning tree port settings:

Mokerlink 2G05210GSM Management Spanning Tree
Mokerlink 2G05210GSM Management Spanning Tree

Here are the QoS settings:

Mokerlink 2G05210GSM Management QoS
Mokerlink 2G05210GSM Management QoS

Here are the management services, we can see HTTPS and SSH are not enabled by default, but SNMP and HTTP are.

Mokerlink 2G05210GSM Management Services
Mokerlink 2G05210GSM Management Services

If you are thinking that this switch is going to be a replacement for a high-end Cisco device, it is better to temper those expectations. This is a fairly simple web management interface. If you just want basic web management to setup VLANs for example, then this is going to be a huge feature that puts this switch in a different class from the unmanaged switches we have reviewed.

MokerLink 2G05210GSM Performance

In terms of performance, this seems to be a decent performer.

MokerLink 2G05210GSM Performance
MokerLink 2G05210GSM Performance

This switch performed similarly to the other inexpensive switches we have reviewed.

MokerLink 2G05210GSM Power Consumption

This MokerLink comes with a small 12V 2A power adapter. These are generally low power devices.

MokerLink 2G05210GSM Front With Power Supply
MokerLink 2G05210GSM Front With Power Supply

At idle, we got around 5W which is about twice what we see from the unmanaged low-power switches in this class.

MokerLink 2G05210GSM Idle Power
MokerLink 2G05210GSM Idle Power

With a single 2.5GbE port plugged in, we added 0.7W for 5.7W total. Incrementally, that is in line with other unmanaged switches, but it is still more than we generally see for those other units.

MokerLink 2G05210GSM Power 2.5GbE
MokerLink 2G05210GSM Power 2.5GbE

We used a 10Gbase-T SFP+ pluggable to add a good amount of power consumption in a SFP+ port and we got 7.4W. An incremental 2.4W feels like a lot compared to what we have seen in some of the unmanaged switches.

MokerLink 2G05210GSM Power 10Gbase-T
MokerLink 2G05210GSM Power 10Gbase-T

Overall the power consumption of the Mokerlink was still not that high on an absolute scale, but it was notably higher than other switches we have tested. It is also a lot lower than the MikroTik CRS310-8G+2S+IN 8-port 2.5GbE and 2-port 10GbE Switch we reviewed with only three fewer 2.5GbE ports.

Final Words

We have had a lot of folks ask for inexpensive managed switches. This somewhat fits that description. Over the past nine months it has dropped from $249 to $189 in price. At $189, it feels a bit costly considering the MikroTik CRS310-8G+2S+IN has three more 2.5GbE ports is only a bit more and is from a better-known brand.

MokerLink 2G05210GSM Front
MokerLink 2G05210GSM Front

Still, folks have asked what the managed versions of these switches look like. Hopefully, this helps provide some answers. We are going to be looking at some of the even lower-cost managed options soon, and ones with PoE as well.

Mokerlink 2G05210GSM Management Dashboard
Mokerlink 2G05210GSM Management Dashboard

Overall, this is an interesting option if you want a lower-cost managed switch with this port configuration.

Where to Buy

We purchased our unit on Amazon. Here is the affiliate link for this model.

Ultimate Fanless 2.5GbE Switch Buyer’s Guide

You may have seen that we published the Ultimate Cheap Fanless 2.5GbE Switch Buyer’s Guide. Here is the video for that one:

You can see more switches in this class in that video.

9 COMMENTS

  1. The 4x 2.5 plus 2x SFP+ managed ones have collapsed in price in the past few weeks.

    I bought an unmanaged one for £32 a few months ago because the managed were over £70.

    Just ordered a managed one for £37 on Ali Express.

  2. @Emanuel Levy: They are available from multiple brands on AliExpress, including Hasivo and a few others. Some of them offer PoE versions, others don’t. 🙂

    The management Web UI is a generic Realtek one with minor rebranding as far as I can tell from pulling apart the firmware. It even contains hidden UI menus for changing the branding and default settings without having to recompile the firmware.

  3. @Midgy if it’s anything like the Hasivo then imagine it like a striped down version of a Cisco Catalyst CLI. The basic syntax is the same just some (quality of life) commands and parameters are missing

  4. Can this switch pass .1q tagged packets like an L2 dumb switch should? I’ve read in other comments that the QNAPs cannot. A good way to test this would be between two Proxmox hosts running vlans. Can two sets of VMs on two different VLANs talk across this switch?

  5. @Nate In brief: yes.

    In long: I’ve just got this switch up and running with multiple vlans and two other downstream switches, also trunked with the same vlans. Base/untagged management network, and then tagged vlans for client devices that get untagged coming out of the point-of-use port or that resolve to untagged in the wireless AP. Honestly the only challenge I’m having is getting the SFP+ ports working with some 10gtek DACs and 10gb cards (intel-based). Cables work point-to-point between servers but can’t establish link to the switch, even when looped back port-to-port on the switch. Both brands talk up their SFP compatability so I’m a little disappointed (if unsuprised) that they don’t work together, but something to be aware of if you’re trying to put together something inexpensive with new equipment.

  6. @Michael I’ve posted about the issue with DACs on the Hasivo version of this same switch in the forum several months ago. Basically, it definitely doesn’t work with DAC cables longer than 1 meter and between certain devices it doesn’t work at all.

    If you use fiber transceivers instead it works fine, even the cheap ones from 10Gtek, Ipolex, etc.

    You can find more here:

    https://forums.servethehome.com/index.php?threads/hasivo-switch-dac-support.40328/page-2

  7. This is close to perfect for many if it came in a version with two RJ45 ports instead of SPF+.
    Even better would be 8x 2.5 ports.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.