Recently we had the opportunity to check out two TRENDnet 2.5GbE switches. A key trend we are seeing is that the market is slowly moving from 1GbE to 2.5GbE with increasing voracity. As a result, we recently reviewed the TRENDnet TEG-S380 8-port 2.5GbE switch. Now we have the 5-port sibling of that switch in the TRENDnet TEG-S350.
Video Companion Piece
As we have been doing with many of our articles this year, this review has a video companion piece where we discuss this 8-port as well as the 5-port options.
We suggest opening this in a new YouTube tab for a better viewing experience. That YouTube video also has an ask for our readers. From the moment we saw these switches announced a few weeks ago, we contacted TRENDnet to get the units so we could take a look at them since they do offer something different in the market.
TRENDnet TEG-S350 Overview
The TEG-S350 is a fairly simple device. Looking at the front of the unit, this is a desktop switch so it does not come with rackmount rails. We are going to discuss power later in this review, but there is also a single DC power input similar to what we would see on lower-cost 1GbE unmanaged switches. That is perhaps the major thrust of this switch, it is aiming to be the 2.5GbE equivalent to the huge numbers of 5-port 1GbE switches on the market. There is one major difference though. The 5-port 1GbE switch market is mostly dominated by cost and metal housings are often passed over in favor of plastic units.
The five 2.5GbE ports have five LED indicators that are offset from the ports. We still would prefer these to be next to the ports, however, the configuration of those five LEDs are less confusing here because they align with the ports. That is a difference between this model and the 8-port model that was nice to see.
The side of the switch has air vents but nothing else. There are no mounting holes for rack ears or anything like that. This is meant to be a desktop unit.
Opening the TEG-S350 up, we can see a fairly simple PCB. The large black portion in the left middle of this picture may look strange, but it is a recess for a mounting point on the switch.
Another interesting note here is that there is a memory chip placed just above the switch chip’s heatsink that was unpopulated on the 8-port model. On the 5-port model, the TEG-S350, these pads are populated with a chip. It is interesting that the 8-port model does not have a component that this 5-port model has.
Both the 5-port and 8-port models are overall very similar down to the boxes that they come in. The 5-port TEG-S350 is simply smaller.
As one may have noticed, we were testing these switches back-to-back so this is the second in this review series.
Next, we are going to discuss performance, power consumption, and then get into a market discussion.