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Sep 25, 2023

Recently we looked at the TRENDnet TEG-S762 and the QNAP QSW-2104-2S-A as part of our 2.5GbE switch series. One alternative we got asked to look at is the QNAP QSW-2104-2T-A. This is very similar to the TRENDnet, as we will see as it has two 10GbE ports for uplinks or devices and four 2.5GbE ports. It is also one of the lower-cost 2.5GbE switches we found that has 10GbE ports making it interesting.

You may have seen that we published the Ultimate Cheap Fanless 2.5GbE Switch Mega Round-Up. This switch did not make it into the video however, you can check out other options here.

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.

The front of the switch is very similar to the QSW-2104-2S-A, except the 2 SFP+ ports are now RJ45. Ports 1-2 are 10GbE and ports 3-6 are 2.5GbE. The DC input and status lights are on the front panel.

The top says "QNAP" and has a few stickers.

The two sides only have vents. There are no rackmount holes.

The rear simply has screws for opening the lid.

Inside the switch, we have a large black heatsink. The strange part about this heatsink is that it is wide but not tall. This is the same heatsink we saw in the other QNAP and TRENDnet options mentioned earlier so it seems as though there is the same ODM.

Next, let us get to the management, performance, power consumption, and our final thoughts.