Asus GX-D1051, 5 Port Gigabit Switch Review

If you’re looking for a rock solid, affordable, 5 Port, Gigabit Switch the Asus GX-D1051 is an excellent choice and highly recommended.
When you think of Routers and Switches d-link, netgear and cisco are the first brands that come to mind, Asus is normally associated with great performing Motherboards but it turns out they also make an excellent Gigabit switch as well.
Eight months ago we upgraded the networks at our office and home to gigabit speeds and were truly impressed with the price and performance of this Asus GX-D1051 switch. The GX-D1051 is compact, 5 port Gigabit Switch which looks great on the desktop or can be wall mounted in the utility room. The housing measures 30mm High by 98mm deep and 158mm wide.  It’s white in color with silver accents similar to Apple’s i-devices.

While some may prefer Black colored peripherals the Asus GX-D1051 looks good next to an Apple iMac, Mac Mini or Time Capsule.  The Asus GX-D1051 is an unmanaged switch and is very easy to install, essentially plug-n-play. The front panel contains dual colored LED’s for each ethernet port, an amber light indicates 100mb network speed while a green color LED indicates gigabit performance. Cat6 wiring is recommended for optimum performance but the switch works great with either Cat5 or Cat 6 cabling as well as a mixed environment of 100MB and 1GB network devices. Unlike some switches which slow down to the lowest speed for all network connected devices the Asus maintains individual port transfer speeds.

Port #1 on is labeled as a VIP Port and is said to be configured as a priority port, we’re not sure if this is just Asus’s way of saying Port #1 is an up-link port, but when cascading switches are used this is our recommendation.

Asus markets the GX-D1051 as a Power-Saving Switch featuring Asus Green Network Technologies which is reported to be an advanced power-saving function that can save money on energy. The energy saving technology is said to conserve power while allowing the switch to run quiet and cool. While the switch is indeed quiet, it does run warm to the touch when handling continuous network traffic.

Lastly unlike most switches which come with a 1 year warranty the Asus GX-D1081 is backed by a full 2 years warranty.

Highlights: The new GX-D1051 Switch embedded Green Network Technology allows the user to conserve energy and still enjoys a lag free network. There is also with one VIP port or top priority port that contains the highest priority queue occupancy that ensures 80% data is transferred to there first. Asus SOHO Gigabit switch, is the best solution for high-Speed, Power-Reducing, benefiting Home/SOHO networking.

Interfaces: Ports: 5 x RJ-45 10/100/1000Base-T Network LAN
Forward/Filtering Rate: 1.5Mpps
MAC Address Table: 4K
Switch Fabric: 16Gbps (2Gbps per port in full duplex mode)
Packet Buffer Memory: 1M bits
Transmission Method: Store-and-Forward
Jumbo Frames: 12KB to reduce CPU loading
VIP Channel for Priority treatment of data
Power Consumption: 7.5W(with Adapter)
Power Supply: DC 12V 1A Switching adapter
Dimensions: 1.18″ Height x 3.86″ deep x 6.22″ wide
Weight: 260 g

Summary: Impressive performance for a switch at this price. The Asus GX-D1051 is a solid, well built, compact, stylish, great performing Gigabit switch at an attractive price with energy saving Green Network Technology all backed by a 2 year warranty.
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3 Responses to Asus GX-D1051, 5 Port Gigabit Switch Review

  1. Mabuhay!

    How about having 48 port gigabit switch, what do you prefer? Im wondering if DGS-3120 Dlink will hold the best on our networking setup. Which we use VPN anf Dynamic Microsoft Software.

    We just bought cat6 patch panel , cat6 cable, ang cat6 i/o, and now we are checking for what switches will fit.


    • djsedm says:

      The D-link DGS-3120 is a great switch and should easily meet most network demands. A couple other options would be Cisco SLM2048TNA or Cisco SGE2000 or Netgear N100-4084. I’m uncertain as to all the criteria your looking at in a Managed Switch but I’ve got nothing bad to say about the DGS-3120 or the other alternatives listed, all of these switches are fairly user friendly, robust and reliable.

      As far as price is concerned you may find the Cisco switches to be a little less than either the D-link or Netgear so if your budget is tight take a look at the Cisco models and see if they’ll meet your requirements.

      Good luck – sounds like someone is going to have fun configuring your network!

      • Thank you very much for your fast response, goodluck for me “nosebleed” hope I can do it the way we wanted to have a smooth transmission of data. By the way I also check the Cisco and Ill update you soon as what will be the outcome of my installation and hope its fun doing this hehe.

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