Recently we looked at the TRENDnet TEG-S762 as part of our 2.5GbE switch series. One alternative is the QNAP QSW-2104-2S-A. This has two SFP+ 10GbE ports for uplinks or devices and four 2.5GbE ports. It is also one of the lower-cost 2.5GbE switches we found that also had 10GbE ports making it interesting.
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 6 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.
QNAP QSW-2104-2S-A Review 2x SFP+ 10GbE and 4x 2.5GbE Unmanaged Switch
The switch itself is similar to another switch we saw previously. There are two SFP+ 10GbE ports (1-2) and four 2.5GbE ports (3-6). The DC input and status lights are also on the front panel.
The top says “QNAP” and has a few stickers.
There two sides only have vents.
Something we noticed, and that felt notable about this switch is that the vent patterns, dimensions, and so forth looked a lot like another switch that we reviewed recently, the TRENDnet TEG-S762 a 2x 10Gbase-T and 4x 2.5GbE unmanaged switch. Here is the same profile view of that switch for side-by-side reference. We will let our readers decide for themselves how similar these chassis look.
The rear simply has screws for opening the lid.
Inside the switch, we have a large black heatsink covering the switch chip(s). It is a different shape versus the TRENDnet unit to account for the SFP+ cage depth. On the other hand. the vents on the bottom of the chassis are a similar design to that switch as well.
Next, let us get to the management, performance, power consumption, and our final thoughts.