Trendnet 5-Port Gigabit Green Switch
|Trendnet 5-Port Gigabit Green Switch|
|Closer Look and Product Specs|
|Performance and Energy Consumption|
Gone are the days when consumers were happy with a 10/100 network for casual file transfers. Today we demand much more from our networks as we have Terabytes of media sitting on drives around our home and want fast - almost instant access to music, movies and HD content. If you are properly set up a fast Gigabit network can make all the difference in the world from sluggish HD Movie playback to smooth streaming video. Trendnet offers many different products and today we are looking at an entry level 5-Port Gigabit switch that will get a few computers up and running at 10/100/1000 base speeds.
Although I say that this is an entry-level switch, it's not short of features or performance - just ports. Keep on reading and we'll find out more.
The whole world is going "green" and Trendnet is no exception. With their new GREENnet products, they claim that power consumption is more dynamic and the switch delivers less power to unused ports, delivers less power when devices are off and delivers less power with shorter cable lengths. This sounds good and they make sure you get these details on the box.
Because of these claimed power saving features, Trendnet claims that their switch reduces power consumption by up to 70%. While that doesn't seem like a switch will use a lot of power, consider the thousands of connections that are in an office building. 70% of the 5,000+ computers that are connected is a lot and if you can cut back energy consumption by 1kW or so, you'll be much better off at the end of the year. We'll see how this scales on a 5-Port switch in a bit.
In The Box:
While there really isn't that much that is exciting in the box of a switch, it is still worth mentioning. Trendnet packages up the switch quite well and nothing was damaged when we opened up the box. As you can see the bundle simply includes the switch, quick install guide, power adapter and some rubber feet that can be stuck on the bottom of the unit if desired.
On the next page we'll take a closer look at the switch before we plug it in and put it to the test.