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I am losing faith........
on 30 July 2014
After buying several of these and being pleased with the fact that they worked and were extremely cheap I am now suspicious of how robust and reliable they are. I have a wired network in the house as well as WiFi but rely on the LAN for sharing files and connecting all the desktops in various rooms to the internet.
After a storm last week the LAN went down. Fortunately, the only system affected seemed to be the LAN and although the router seemed okay with the internet service running and devices connecting via WLAN, the LAN ports on my router were not illuminated. Connecting various devices confirmed the ports on the router were dead. I also noticed that the TP-Link SF1005D switch next to the router which distributes the LAN to various parts of the house was showing a light on where a cable was not connected. Okay, I keep a spare so changed router and switch. All working 100% again.
Today, I lose the LAN to one of my desktops and track the problem down to the same model TP Link switch, but one located elsewhere. Again, the switch shows a light where a port is not connected. Changed the switch and all working again.
My conclusion is that these MAY be not as reliable as other models that they make and although they work out of the box, may be more prone to damage from any voltage irregularities in the system.
None of my other equipment on the LAN was damaged in the storm, apart from the router and I have two other switches (different models - One TP Link 8 Port gigabit and one Edimax 8 Port ) which were unaffected.
I think on the face of it they are a good buy but you have to ask yourself are you buying too cheap? Okay it's only £6 but it's the hassle factor and time taken to diagnose the problem which is the true cost.
The problem with a lot of the reviews on here is that they are written soon after purchase and people write them in their warm post-purchase afterglow if it does what it says on the tin or condemn the thing outright should it fail them. There should be a facility to divide reviews into just purchased, after 6 months, 1 year etc to give a true picture of reliability and performance.
I think TP-Link are a good brand and I have other products by then which I have had for several years which have performed well but am hesitant to purchase anymore of this particular model.