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4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful which version of the TL-SG1008 you get..., 10 Jun 2011
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This review is from: TP-Link TL-SG1008D 8-Port Unmanaged Gigabit Desktop Switch (Accessory)
BE CAREFUL! There are at least THREE versions of this TP-Link 8-port Gigabit switch:

* the TL-SG1008D with a entirely black plastic case with a single set of ethernet port lights at the front, and the small power socket and 8 ethernet sockets at the back, for 'consumer' use - this seems to be cheaper, since old stock?

* the TL-SG1008D with a stepped white top on a black plastic case (so about 60% black and 40% white) with a double row (1 Gbps, and 100/10 Mbps) of ethernet port lights at the front, and the small power socket and 8 ethernet sockets at the back, for 'consumer' use.

I assume that the part-white case is the newer version. Both have a power adapter (of some sort).

* the TL-SG1008 (no 'D' suffix) which has a metal rack-mountable case, with the lights AND the 8 ethernet sockets at the front and the power socket at the back, for 'business use'. This has an internal power supply, and the 13A 'kettle plug' fits straight into the back.

I got sent the third one (whereas I now discover I wanted the second one) so I had to rotate/reverse it so that the power lead went in the front - thus I can't see the individual ethernet socket lights because the patch cables have to be at the back, where the lights are...

I have seen a fourth version on the net, which has a black case with white round the edges (or a white case with black inserts), however you describe this. I guess this is an even older version than the entire-black-cased variant.

Just make sure you get the type you want!

Congratulations to TP-Link for making a decent switch, and boo! for not distinguishing clearly between the different variants.
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Initial post: 3 Jul 2011 17:53:01 BDT
P. Hawker says:
Not sure that the "all black" version is older than the one with the white top. Looking at reviews of the 5-port version at NewEgg they claim that the all-black version of that switch is more recent than the white-topped model. Have just received an "all-black" 8-port model and am very happy with it - works well, runs very cool (both switch and PSU), no complaints at all. The sticker says it's V5.1 if that helps settle the question of which is the later version...

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2012 02:12:21 GMT
ChrisG says:
Mine is the white-topped version with the single row of bi-colour LED's, the sticker on it says it's V4.21. Also, the white-topped ones just have a clear slot in the front panel with round LED's behind which looks rather tacky. The picture of the black ones front panels look a lot better with symbols that light up, rather than just seeing the end of the LED's. This strongly suggests that it's the totally black ones that are the latest version.
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