The Sodola SL-SWTG015AS is a relatively small desktop 2.5GbE switch with a special trait, it has a 10GbE uplink port. This new 5-port 2.5GbE and 1-port SFP+ 10GbE switch we purchased on Amazon for $67 just because we wanted to see how it worked. While we have seen switches like the YuanLey YS25-0402 with one more SFP+ port and one fewer 2.5GbE port at a similar pricing level, that is perhaps not the point. The price of this Sodola switch is less than almost every other 5-port 2.5GbE switch out there, even ones without the SFP+ onboard.
Sodola SL-SWTG015AS Overview
We featured this video in our September 2023 mini-round-up of fanless 2.5GbE switches that you can find here:
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Sodola SL-SWTG015AS Hardware Overview
On the front of the switch, one can see five 2.5GbE ports and one SFP+ port along with a contrasting Sodola faceplate.
On the side of the switch, we get our QC sticker and vents.
On the other side of the switch we get more vents.
The switch itself ia little more than two SFP+ cages in depth. It is still very compact compared to other switches that we have seen. This is a switch that can be mounted under a desk using Velcro very easily.
The rear has a DC power input and a grounding point.
On the bottom, we get a label. We also get mounting holes so one can use two screws to mount the switch to a desk, wall, or elsewhere. We also get at least a few markings for things like recycling.
Inside the switch, we can see the ports and a relatively simple design. This is a single switch chip switch, but we could not get the heatsink off easily to see what kind of chip it is.
Here is the internal overview of the switch that has a very clean layout..
One interesting point is the fifth 2.5GbE port seems to be using a Realtek PHY while the other four ports seem to be using the switch chip for that.
Next, let us get to performance and power consumption.