Sodola SL-SWTG015AS Management
This is an unmanaged switch. We could not find a management interface. For a switch in this price range, perhaps that is exactly what folks want.
Sodola SL-SWTG015AS Performance
In terms of performance, this seems to be a decent, but not top-tier performer.
Again, for a sub $70 switch this is not bad. Realistically these types of switches run at relatively lower utilization rates.
Sodola SL-SWTG015AS Power Consumption
Power adapters are always an interesting point. This comes with a few markings but we do including a UL listed marking. It is only a 12V 1A power adapter, so we know this is going to be a low-power device.
At idle, we got around 1.0W. This is lower than switches like the YuanLey YS25-0402 so perhaps that is an advantage of this port layout.
With a single 2.5GbE port plugged in, we added 1.0W for 2.0W total.
We used a 10Gbase-T SFP+ pluggable to add a good amount of power consumption in a SFP+ port and we got 2.3W for 1.3W over our baseline.
This is another switch that we tried powering this over PoE using a splitter, and it worked. While this does not have PoE-in, a cheap splitter got us the power we needed to the switch just given it is such a low-power device. Perhaps that is not the best idea, but it worked.
Again, this is far from the fanciest switch, but even 12 months ago it would have been one completely unrivaled in terms of price/ performanace.
This is a fanless 2.5GbE and 10GbE port switch for under $70 that is good enough to set up a small network. Sometimes it is handy to have a switch provide access to a desk with a SFP+ link to a bigger server. Alternatively, many homes and offices will have plenty of connectivity with this type of switch. We have others in our Ultimate 2.5GbE Switch Buyer’s Guide that share this same PCB, so to us, the differentiation likely comes down to pricing.
Overall, this feels like a nice upgrade to many of the $89-109 5-port 2.5GbE switches that have been on the market for some time. While we get the same number of 2.5GbE ports, adding a SFP+ 10GbE port and lowering the price by 15-30% are welcom changes. In fact, compared to many 5-port 2.5GbE unmanaged switches on the market, it might make sense to get this one with the SFP+ uplink instead, even if there is no immediate use for SFP+ in a network. It feels weird writing that, and perhaps it is the same reason this is a good value in the 2.5GbE switch space at the moment.
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 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. We are trying to keep everything in a single resource for folks there.