QNAP QSW-1105-5T 5-Port 2.5GbE Switch Review

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QNAP QSW 1105 5T Front For Guide
QNAP QSW 1105 5T Front For Guide

We are now in the middle of our 2.5GbE switch round-up series. As such, we have the QNAP QSW-1105-5T, a 5-port 2.5GbE switch for review today. This is a simple unmanaged unit, but we wanted to give it the same formal review treatment as well..

Ultimate Fanless 2.5GbE Switch Roundup

You may have seen that we published the Ultimate Cheap Fanless 2.5GbE Switch Mega Round-Up. 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.

Just to note, we have 5 more switches in the lab for testing already, and another 8 on the list to-do that were not in the switch round-up we published. We are going to add them to the round-up page as we review them.

QNAP QSW-1105-5T Hardware Overview

The front of the switch is very similar to other 5-port switches. There are simply five ports. Above each of the 2.5GbE ports, we have a set of status LEDs associated with each port and a key shown to the right. The DC input is on this front panel which some people prefer since it keeps all ports and cables on the same side of the chassis.

QNAP QSW 1105 5T Front
QNAP QSW 1105 5T Front

There is also a power LED.

Something that we did not see on this switch is a Kensington lock port. The rear is barren.

QNAP QSW 1105 5T Rear
QNAP QSW 1105 5T Rear

On one side of the switch, we get vents along a portion of the chassis.

QNAP QSW 1105 5T Side 2
QNAP QSW 1105 5T Side 2

On the other side of the switch, we get similar vents. This is a metal chassis which is nice. There are no mounting points for rack mounting.

QNAP QSW 1105 5T Side 1
QNAP QSW 1105 5T Side 1

On the bottom of the unit, we get perhaps what will be viewed as the best mounting solution in our roundup with either spots for rubber feet or two mounting points for wall, conference room table, or desk mounting.

Taking off the top involves simply removing a few screws.

QNAP QSW 1105 5T Front Open
QNAP QSW 1105 5T Front Open

Underneath, we get a single larger heatsink to cool the switch.

QNAP QSW 1105 5T Rear Open
QNAP QSW 1105 5T Rear Open

That heatsink means that it does not have fans making this a quiet unit without moving parts to make noise or fail.

QNAP QSW 1105 5T Internal Overview
QNAP QSW 1105 5T Internal Overview

We tested all of these units for PoE. This unit did not have PoE capabilities as we would guess from the internals.

Let us check that out with our performance and power consumption testing.

1 COMMENT

  1. @Bryan can you see if you get any output on the serial console? It looks like the header is populated on the board and I’m wondering if there is any VLAN possibility by using the serial console.

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