Gigabit Switch Review: Ethernet Switches Recommendations

Ethernet switches, also known as network switches, serve as the brain of the whole network, especially for data center. On the market, there are various types of Ethernet switches which are designed for different requirements, such as port number, speed, managed or unmanaged. Faced with so many choices, you may get confused about which one is the best switch. In fact, not just you, there are a lot of people who don’t know how to make the choice. In the year 2017, Gigabit switch has been the hot topic at several big forums, and the question “Can you recommend a Gigabit switch for me?” frequently occurred. This article will focus on Gigabit switch review and recommend several Ethernet switches for you.

Gigabit Switch Review 1: D-Link DGS-1008G Gigabit Switch

D-Link DGS-1008G Gigabit switch has eight gigabit ports and boasts data transfer speeds of up to 2000 Mbps. It comes with QoS features, which automatically organize and prioritize important and time-sensitive data packets, ensuring efficient delivery. This feature helps enable smoother media streaming, VoIP calling and online gaming features. In addition, it utilizes D-Link’s Green Technology which allows the switch to reduce heat and use less energy. D-Link DGS-1008G Gigabit switch is a solid choice if you are looking for a fast, easy-to-use and reliable network switch.

Gigabit Switch Review 2: FS S5800-8TF12S Managed Switch

FS S5800-8TF12S switch is a 12 port smart managed switch. It is designed with twelve 10G SFP+ ports and eight 1000BASE-T/ SFP combo ports. The 1000BASE-T copper RJ45 ports support Gigabit speeds over Cat6 cable up to 100 meters, and the 1G SFP fiber ports can be connected to other devices via SFP transceivers over fiber optic cable. FS S5800-8TF12S 12 port smart managed switch is designed to support a demanding and dynamic environment of SMB networks. It is a good choice for 10G access Layer switch for hyper-converged infrastructure.

Gigabit Switch Review FS-S5800-8TF12S 12-port smart managed switch

Gigabit Switch Review 3: UniFi US-24-500W PoE Switch

UniFi US-24-500W switch is a 24 port PoE switch which comes with 24 Gigabit RJ45 ports and 2 SFP ports. Its non-blocking throughput is up to 26 Gbps and the switching capacity is up to 52 Gbps. UniFi US-24-500W PoE switchh is a fully managed Gigabit switch which can deliver robust performance and intelligent switching for networks. Besides, it offers the forwarding capacity to simultaneously process traffic on all ports at line rate without any packet loss. It is really a cost-effective PoE switch at $399.00.

Gigabit Switch Review 4: FS S5850-48T4Q 10GBASE-T Switch

FS S5850-48T4Q 10GBASE-T copper switch is a 1U managed L2/L3 Ethernet switch. It has forty-eight 10GBASE-T RJ45 ports and four 40G QSFP+ ports. And it can provide 1.28Tbps switching capacity. FS S5850-48T4Q switch is designed to meet next generation Metro, Data Center and Enterprise network requirements. For example, it can be used for Spine-Leaf network which is a popular architecture design for data center. For 1GBASE-T copper switch at lower cost, FS S5850-48T4Q switch is a great option to help you migrate to 10GbE network.

Conclusion

The above content Gigabit switch review has recommend 8 port unmanaged Gigabit switch, 12 port 10G smart managed switch, 24 port PoE switch and 48 port 10GBASE-T copper switch. All of them are good choices when compared with the same type of Ethernet switches. I hope this article can help you choose the best switch when you feel confused.

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Practical Use of PoE Technology

Now power over Ethernet switch gains great popularity among many users which utilizes PoE technology. But still some people know little about PoE technology. This article will focus on practical use of PoE technology.

Practical Use of PoE Technology: PoE switch and PoE-compatible Devices

When connected with other network devices, PoE switch will detect whether they are PoE-compatible devices and enable power automatically. Therefore, it is the simplest solution to add PoE to your network by using PoE switch and PoE-compatible devices.

Practical Use of PoE Technology: Non-PoE switch and PoE-compatible Devices

Non-PoE switch can support PoE function when connected to PoE injector by a network cable. Then PoE-compatible devices are connected to PoE injector. The whole cabling solution is completed. It is not hard to see PoE injector can be used to upgrade existing LAN installations to PoE, especially when fewer PoE ports are required.

Practical Use of PoE Technology: PoE switch and Non-PoE Devices

In this cabling solution, PoE switch has to be connected to PoE splitter which separates the data and power transmission. The PoE splitter has two output lines, one is the power output line and the other is network data signal output line. For example, you need one cat5e ethernet cable to connect PoE switch with PoE splitter, another one cat5e ethernet cable to connect PoE splitter with non-PoE device. In addition, you have to add power cable between PoE splitter and non-PoE device. Finally, the whole deployment will work.

Practical Use of PoE Technology: Non-PoE switch and Non-PoE Devices

Both PoE injector and PoE splitter are used in this cabling solution. PoE switch connects to the PoE injector, then the PoE splitter, and finally transmits to non-PoE devices. In fact, this solution makes cabling more complicated. But if you need, you can do it.

Note: To help you have a better understanding of practical use of PoE technology, the above four cabling solutions are shown in the following figure.

Practical Use of PoE Technology

Conclusion

PoE technology can support data and power transmission over one network cable at the same time, which simplifies the cabling process. I hope after reading this article, you can know more about practical use of PoE technology. What’s more, before you plan to use PoE, choosing quality and cheap PoE switch and network cable is important, or you may get poor network performance.

PoE Switch Vs. PoE Injector: Which One to Choose?

Network has become an essential part of our daily life. To make life easier, there are various types of network devices on the market, such as such as IP phone, wireless access point and IP camera. Each of them not only has to get access to the network through the Ethernet cable, but also needs power supply via power cord. When the number of devices is a little more, the cabling will be complicated. How to solve this problem? Recently, PoE (Power over Ethernet) technology is popular, which can transmit both power and data through an Ethernet cable at the same time. When it comes to PoE, there are two hot devices: PoE switch and PoE injector. And people often ask: PoE switch vs. PoE injector: which one to choose? This article will make a comparison between them and help you make the choice.

What is PoE Switch?

PoE switch is a network switch that has Power over Ethernet injection built-in. When connected with other network devices, PoE switch will detect whether they are PoE-compatible and enable power automatically. Therefore, it is a simple solution to add PoE to your network by using PoE switch. In addition, there is PoE+ switch available on the market. PoE switch utilizes the original PoE standard, IEEE 802.3af, which provides up to 15.4W of DC power to each device. While PoE+ switch use the latest PoE+ standard, IEEE 802.3at, also known as PoE class 4, which provides up to 30W of power to each device. That’s to say PoE+ switch can provide almost twice as much power as PoE switch. The following figure shows a 8-port PoE switch which is popular among many users.

8 port PoE switch

What is PoE Injector?

PoE injector is used to add PoE capability to regular non-PoE network links. The following figure shows the application of PoE injector. Both PoE injector and non-PoE Ethernet switch are powered on. Then they are connected by an Ethernet cable. By doing this, the PoE-compatible IP phone, wireless access point and IP camera can work through one Ethernet cable respectively connected to PoE injector. In network deployment, PoE injector can provide a versatile solution when fewer PoE ports are required.

application of PoE injector

PoE Switch Vs. PoE Injector: Which One to Choose?

PoE switch is all-in-one box with no additional appliance and the ports on it can be used to manage both network and power. While PoE injector can be added onto existing networks with no need to change the switch and is easy to mount anywhere. As for which one to choose, it really depends on the specific requirement. For example:

  • If you only have a few things to power, then PoE injectors are good. The cost is lower when compared to a PoE switch.
  • If the PoE goes out in a PoE switch, all PoE has the chance of going out. But if a PoE injector goes out, it only affects one device.
  • If you do have to replace a PoE injector, you can just replace the bad injector without any production downtime anywhere else in the network.

Conclusion

Both PoE switch and PoE injector utilize PoE technology which makes network deployment even simpler and have their own advantages. It is important to figure out what you need before you make a choice between them. What’s more, please ensure your device supports PoE before connecting into a PoE-enabled network.

Smart Managed Switch Vs. Unmanaged Switch

Network switch, a box-shaped device, plays an important role in a network deployment. To achieve high network performance, a suitable switch is required. There are smart managed switch and unmanaged switch on the market. How much do you know about them? Smart managed switch vs. unmanaged switch, which one should you choose for your network deployment? Keep reading, and you will find the answer.

Smart Switch Vs. Managed Switch

If you look through the official website of several vendors, you may find that some offer smart switch, the others provide managed switch. Smart switch vs. managed switch, what’s the different between them? Smart switch has some features that managed switch has, but are more limited. Besides, smart switch is cheaper than managed switch. So, it’s a cost-effective alternative to managed switch. In fact, “smart switch” and “managed switch” are terms invented by vendors. And the exact meaning may vary from vendor to vendor. To some extent, smart switch and managed switch are virtually the same. In the following part, I combine them as smart managed switch for easy reading.

Smart Managed Switch Vs. Unmanaged Switch

As smart managed switch and unmanaged switch have different features, they are used in different applications.

Smarted Managed Switch

Smart managed switch offers features like QoS (Quality of Service), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), command line interface (CLI), Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), redundancy capability, VLANs, LACP and so on. The greatest advantage of smart managed switch is that you can change the configuration of the switch to satisfy your specific networking needs. Smart managed switch is especially suitable for enterprises that need to manage and troubleshoot their network remotely and securely, allowing network managers to monitor and control the traffic to achieve optimal network performance and reliability. The following figure shows FS S5800-8TF12S smart managed switch which provides high port density with 8-port 1GbE RJ45 and 8-port 1GbE SFP combo and 12-port 10GbE uplink in a compact 1RU form factor.

FS S5800-8TF12S smart managed switch

FS S5800-8TF12S smart managed switch

Unmanaged Switch

Unmanaged switch is basic plug-and-play switch with no remote configuration, management, or monitoring options. It allows Ethernet devices to communicate with one another (such as a PC or network printer) by providing a connection to the network and passing on information to where it needs to go. Therefore, unmanaged switch is usually used to extend the number of Ethernet ports. Unmanaged switch can be desktop or rack mounted. It is less expensive than smart managed switch and is suitable for home use, SOHO and small businesses.

Which One to Choose?

From the above content, we can conclude that smart managed switch vs. unmanaged switch, the biggest difference between them is the configuration feature. As for which one to choose, it really depends on your need. If you just want to set up a home network or add more Ethernet ports, unmanaged switch is good enough. If you need configuration options like VLAN and QoS, you will have to use smart managed switch.

A Closer Look at Fanless Switch

If your laptop has built-in fan, you must have gone through such experience: when your laptop has been working for a long time, it will be heating. Then, you may start the fan to cool your laptop down. However, there will be noise. So does network switch. Compared with other optical components, network switch is larger. And ongoing work will cause overheating. Therefore, many network switches are designed with fans and very noisy. Is there any solution that is the best of both worlds? The answer is “Yes”. Fanless switch can do this. This article will guide you have a closer look at fanless switch.

Overview of Fanless Switch

Taken literally, fanless switch does not have any fans built into it, thus it has a quiet operation. But how is it cooled down? In fact, engineers employ passive cooling system for fanless switch to transfer heat. The passive cooling system achieves high levels of natural convection and heat dissipation by utilizing a heat spreader or a heat sink to maximize the radiation and convection heat transfer modes. Therefore, it can provide energy efficiency and lower financial cost. With passive cooling system, fanless switch is a cost-effective and energy-efficient solution that maintains optimal operating temperature without causing much noise.

passive-active-cooling

While fan switch utilizes active cooling system which refers to cooling technologies that rely on an external device to enhance heat transfer. Through active cooling system, the rate of fluid flow increases during convection, which dramatically increases the rate of heat removal. Apart from the unpleasant noise, the main disadvantage of active cooling system is that it requires larger power consumption and costs more than passive cooling system.

FS 8-Port Gigabit PoE Fanless Switch

FS 8-port Gigabit PoE fanless switch is designed with 8x 10/100/1000BASE-T RJ45 Ethernet ports, 1x console port, and 2x gigabit SFP slots. It has Layer2+ switching features and the switching capacity is 20Gbps. This 8-port fanless switch also support PoE function. It can supply power to network equipment such as weather-proof IP cameras with windshield wiper and heater, high-performance access point and IP telephone. The max power consumption of this managed PoE switch is 130W. In addition, this fanless switch has Mini body. Whether it is in the data room, office, or installed to other places, it can save you more space and make networking more convenient. To accomplish the link, you can use 100BASE SFP, 1000BASE SFP, BIDI SFP, CWDM SFP, DWDM SFP optical transceiver or 1000BASE-T SFP copper RJ-45 transceiver. FS.COM provides many high-quality compatible SFP modules for 8-port fanless switch. Here is a figure of FS 8-port Gigabit fanless switch for you.

8-port-fanless-poe-switch

Conclusion

Network switch has become an integral part of optical link, serving as the central system. But the noise is the main problem that many data center managers are faced with. To overcome this, silent fanless switch has already been available on the market. At FS.COM, small and medium-sized business can find reliable and affordable fanless switches. Like the above fanless switch, it is US $159.00. These switches are designed with high resistance to electromagnetic interference. They also features superior performance in stability, environmental adaptability. What’s more, FS.COM provides service like a one-year limited warranty, including any quality problems during the free maintenance. Besides, there are cheap and quality optical transceivers at FS.COM. And all of them are tested for 100% functionality and guaranteed compatible for outstanding network performance.

Comparison Between Managed Switch And Unmanaged Switch

As an important part of the whole data link, switch has been a hot spot. According to Ethernet standard, it can be divided into 1G switch, 10G switch, 40G switch and 100G switch; according to port configuration, it can be classified as 8 port switch, 16 port switch, 24 port switch and 48 port switch; according to PoE technology, there are PoE switch and non-PoE switch. But, do you know there are managed switch and unmanaged switch? This article will make a comparison between them.

Overview of Managed Switch And Unmanaged Switch

In a networking, a switch receives a message from any device connected to it and then transmits the message to the target device. Within a LAN, the switch can handle and transmit data among multiple devices via a intelligent and efficient way. As for managed switch and unmanaged switch, the key difference between them is that managed switch can be configured and it can prioritize LAN traffic to make the most important data get through; while unmanaged switch is a “plug and play” device. It can’t be configured or analyze the data traffic.

managed switch VS. unmanaged switch

Comparison Between Managed Switch And Unmanaged Switch
  • Managed switch gives you better control over your LAN traffic and offers advanced features to control the traffic.
  • Managed switch has all the features of unmanaged switch and additionally has the ability to configure, manage, and monitor your LAN. So this helps you to monitor and decide who should have access to your network and gives you greater control over data flow through your network.
  • Unmanaged switch does not support any configuration interface and options. It is like plug and play device and you need to connect your computer or other network devices directly to the unmanaged switch. If there are no advanced applications needed, then unmanaged switches should be the best choice.
  • Managed switch uses protocols such as SNMP or Simple Network Management Protocol for monitoring the devices on the network, which helps in the exchange of management information between network devices.
  • Managed switch with Quality of Service (QoS) feature allows you to prioritize your network traffic by assigning a higher priority to the critical traffic. This helps to improve network performance and helps in better transmission of delay-sensitive data such as real-time voice.
  • Managed switch can be used to isolate traffic between different user groups. This segmentation and isolation of network traffic help to reduce unnecessary traffic. For instance, you can segregate traffic between your finance and marketing groups, so that critical finance information can flow without delay to the finance users and not get bogged down by marketing traffic. This allows better network performance and additional level of security.
Conclusion

When it comes to which one to choose, it is mostly about two things: budget and application. Managed switches are costlier than unmanaged switches. But managed switches definitely have more benefits and ensure improved, consistent network performance. Weighing the pros and cons of both the types of switches, each business needs to evaluate its network needs. If you just want to setup a network, unmanaged switches are good enough. If you need configuration options like like VLAN, QoS you will have to use a managed switch. FS.COM can provide quality managed switch, such as 8 port managed PoE/PoE+ switch, 24 port managed PoE/PoE+ switch. Also, they have cost-effective optical transceiver and optical cable.

A Closer Look at HP ProCurve 2910al-24G Switch (J9145A)

Today, big data centers are upgraded from 10G to 40G or 100G, and some small homelabs migrate from 1G to 10G. For some small business data center, 24 port switch is enough. The switches produced by HP are popular with many data center designers for the high quality and low price. The HP ProCurve 2910al-24G Switch (J9145A) is highly recommended in many forums. This article will guide you to have a closer look at HP ProCurve 2910al-24G Switch (J9145A) switch.

Overview

The HP ProCurve 2910al-24G switch (J9145A) is a 24 port switch that can be used to build high-performance switched network. It offers low latency for high-speed networking. For port configuration, it has twenty 10/100/1000 ports, four dual-personality ports, one RJ45 serial console port and four 10G ports. The HP ProCurve 2910al-24G switch can provide the most flexible and easy-to-deploy uplinks in its class. It can be deployed at enterprise edge and remote branch offices, converged networks, and data center top of rack.

HP ProCurve 2910al-24G Switch (J9145A)

Applications of HP ProCurve 2910al-24G Switch

This part will give a detailed introduction to the network ports on HP ProCurve 2910al-24G switch and cabling solutions for the switch.

Ports on HP ProCurve 2910al-24G Switch
  • Twenty 10/100/1000 ports: All these ports have the “Auto MDIX” feature, which means you can use either straight-through or crossover twisted-pair cables to connect any network devices to the switch.
  • Four dual-personality ports: Each port can be used as either an RJ45 10/100/1000 port or as a mini-GBIC slot for use with mini-GBIC transceivers. By default, the RJ45 connectors are enabled. If a mini-GBIC is installed in a slot, it is enabled and the associated RJ45 connector is disabled and cannot be used. If the mini-GBIC is removed, the associated RJ45 port is automatically re-enabled.
  • Four 10G ports: These ports provide connectivity for 10G speed though either copper or fiber optic media.
Cabling Solution

Since HP ProCurve 2910al-24G switch has 10/100/1000 ports, it can be used for 1G to 1G connection. As shown in the following figure, two 1000BASE-SX SFP transceiver modules are respectively plugged into 1G ports on two HP ProCurve 2910al-24G switches. Then these two 1000BASE-SX SFP transceiver modules are connected via a LC multimode fiber optic cable.

HP ProCurve 2910al-24G Switch (J9145A) for 1G connection

Designed with 10G ports, HP ProCurve 2910al-24G switch can realize 10G to 10G connection just like the above 1G connection. Just replace the 1000BASE-SX SFP transceiver module with 10GBASE-SR SFP+ transceiver. Besides, you can also accomplish 10G to 10 connection by using a 10G SFP+ to SFP+ DAC twinax cable. The following figure shows the cabling solution for you.

HP ProCurve 2910al-24G Switch (J9145A) for 10G connection

Conclusion

The HP ProCurve 2910al-24G switch (J9145A) is a high-performance Gigabit Ethernet switch. It is a good selection for small business network deployment. If you need compatible fiber optic transceiver and fiber optic cable for HP ProCurve 2910al-24G switch, you can have a look at FS.COM. The following table shows some compatible optical components.

FS Compatible Optical Components

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