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EnGenius EGS2108P 8-Port Gigabit PoE Smart Switch with 4 PoE Ports

  • 8 Gigabit PoE Ethernet Ports
  • IEEE 802.3af Support on Ports1-4
  • 61.6W PoE Budget
  • 802.1Q VLAN and Port-Base VLAN
  • Bandwidth Control and Storm Control
  • Port Trunking and Port Mirroring

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsSuperb

Pros: Easy set-up.

I didn't have a 8-port switch so this is my first one ever and I am amazed at how useful one of these are. I have everything in the house that is running through a wired connect connected to this and it does what it's intended to perfectly fine.

Transfer speeds are great between a few of my computers and this thing is VERY well built, has a good amount of weight to it. I haven't had any EnGenius computer parts in the past but the packaging in for this 8 port switch was fantastic. There is no way this thing was leaving it's box through shipping.

Set-up was easy, being that it's rather similar to a router you shouldn't have any issues. Instructions are well laid out and would make it easy even for beginners to set up. For the price this is great for a small business. They are affordable and perform great for the price.

Cons: My only complaint is the power brick, yes it's a brick not a power cord. I haven't tried to see how many wattage this thing pulls from my wall but I plan to do so because that power brick to me could've have been smaller. It's not a big concern and I didn't deduct an egg for that. Power brick does run wam.

Other Thoughts: If you aren't wanting to pay a high amount of money for bigger chain network brands, this will serve you just fine.

As stated above, it's perfect for your household and even small businesses.

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4 out of 5 eggsWorks great for home/small business

Pros: -Compact Size, steel case with functional LEDs
-8 port switch (4 PoE ports)
-Easy to use GUI for setup
-Provides 62 watts of power for PoE devices
-Includes hardware screws for mounting on sheetrock wall
-Can prioritize separate PoE

Cons: -Power AC adapter is LARGE
-Power plug is on the opposite side of Ethernet ports which makes hiding cables nearly impossible unless the switch is out of view and will not visually bother you
-a bit pricey for home use
-no ethernet cables included

Other Thoughts: Overall this a good switch that was used to power on PoE devices as well as unpowered ethernet devices. The interface is simple to use and includes basic as well as advanced settings to setup up your network devices. It seemed to manage all bandwidth and data effectively without causing any lag or network freezes.

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4 out of 5 eggsSimple and solid network switch for home or small business

Pros: I am rather impressed by this simple to manage, yet robust little switch. It will make a good upgrade from my 10/100 HP ProCurve non PoE switch that I am currently using. Here are the finer points:

Relatively small form factor will fit on a desktop compared to a typical business class switch.

Stamped steel casing is durable with a protective powder coated finish.

Separate LEDs for data activity and PoE status on each port. Different color represents different connection speed.

All 8 ports are gigabit speed, while the first four ports are PoE as well.

The web GUI is simple to navigate. It’s broken down into 4 categories – Basic system settings, 2nd level advanced settings, VLAN settings, and QoS.

Have a total PoE overhead potential of 62 watts, with 15 watt limit per port, which should be plenty for most applications like IR IP cams and wireless access points. My total power draw for two such devices was a measly 6 watts.

Ability to individually set each PoE port for Priority (low/medium/high/critical), Class, Power Draw Limit, and State (on/off).

Built in Cable Diagnostic tool for troubleshooting cable breaks and length of cable.

Supports Windows Bonjour Zero Configuration.

Advanced features include Port Trunking, IGMP Snooping for Multicast broadcasting, Port Mirroring, and Static MAC filtering for an extra layer of security.

The wall mount kit includes 4 screws and 4 sheetrock anchors.

Fair price to pay for a solid managed gigabit PoE switch.

Cons: Not very attractive design. Resembles backroom equipment, yet made for the desk?

Small font on the front makes reading LED labels difficult from more than a foot or so.

There is no help menu built into the web GUI (minus 1 egg). There are some acronyms mentioned in the various settings windows that you may end up Googling for an explanation if you are not a highly experienced network administrator. Then actually using the feature is another challenge, but I was able to work my way through them with some trial and error.

No rack mount adapter brackets included... so I guess its staying on the desk. It's about 2.5" longer than my 8-port ProCurve which fits snugly next to my modem and router, so I'll have to find a new location for it.

Other Thoughts: PoE tested with a Buffalo Air Station Pro access point and a generic model outdoor IP bullet camera.

Thank you and EnGenius for providing the review product!

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4 out of 5 eggsCapable entry level managed switch

Pros: Small foot print and PoE. Metal housing.
This switch can be used ans PoE injector even if level 2 switch functions are not needed. With 4 PoE ports, it makes sense to use this switch instead of PoE injectors for the price.
It does all the basic functions of managed switch. QoS, VLAN, Port Trunking, Port Mirroring, IGMP snooping, etc.
It may not be capable of handling as much traffic as more expensive managed switches. But, it will serve as a good entry level managed switch.

Cons: For the price, I there really isn't much of cons.
Because it is low priced entry level model, SoC used is about same as those used in wireless routers. Many of wireless routers are capable of acting as a basic level 2 switch.
But, the real advantage of this switch is PoE, it does have more ports than a router.

Having only 4 PoE ports can be a con if you have more than 4 PoE devices. EnGenius has higher model in same size housing with 8 PoE and 2 SFP ports.

The switch does not have rack mount capability. Since it is small size, that is understandable, but could be nice to have rack mount.

The switch actually could have been made smaller. Right side of circuit board has about 1 1/2" of unused section of the board for 2 SFP ports. They must be using same circuit board as EGS2110P, which has 8 PoE and 2 SFP ports.
I don't know if using different circuit board will increase production costs by much, but could be nice to put everything in smaller housing.

Other Thoughts: I was not able to test how much of traffic this switch can really handle as I don't have network setup to test such.
But, I'm sure it will be at better capable than regular unmanaged switches.

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4 out of 5 eggsWell made

Pros: 803.2af switch. The emergency shutoff for the PoE actually works when a short is present. The switch is full gigabit according to my benchmark network testers. The power draw is very low when in non PoE/switch mode. DHCP was a quick setup on this switch. I managed to get a terminal link setup with aftermarket software. Made it easy to setup remote management. Without the modifications though it was still easy to manage the switch. Another great feature was QoS. The QoS was actually spot on giving traffic to VoIP when needed. Power delivery was smooth and worked perfectly with my IP cameras.

Cons: Not 802.3at compliant. The powerbrick is way too big and annoying. One of my switch ports did not work but after opening it up and properly connecting the switch with rough work I managed to get it working. There is no way to mount TB power brick on the wall above the switch. Overall... The worst is the power brick.

Other Thoughts: Sorry for the late review. Was recovering from surgery.

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5 out of 5 eggsManageable Layer 2 on the cheap

Pros: Really like this switch. Does absolutely everything you would need a switch to do for a typical home. Has QoS for traffic prioritization and of course VLANs which is nice for separating traffic like VOIP or IP Cameras from the regular noise. It's small and easily wall mountable. Will provide power up to 15W so it will run most VOIP phones, many types of IP Cameras, and Wireless Access Points. For $140.00 you get a lot but it may be more than the average bear needs. Transfer speed is good. LEDs are bright! Unit is wall mountable.

Cons: Good lawdy the external power supply is hefty!!! Guess that's why the switch is so compact. No data patch cord, wouldn't hurt for them to through at least a Cat5e 3' or 5' cable in there.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for simple connectivty for a few devices then just get a cheapo non-managed gigabit switch which can be had for $50.00. But, if you're going to rely on a single switch for 5-8 devices and need PoE on up to 4 ports then look no further this EnGenius.

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4 out of 5 eggsDecent Managed PoE Switch

Pros: This thing is well built and feels fairly sturdy. I've used a number of switches from companies like TRENDnet and D-Link, this managed PoE switch is by far the sturdiest one. It is made out of some kind of metal (feels too heavy to be aluminum) and it has a grainy sandy feel to it. Metal helps with the heat dissapation.

If you just want to use this as a PoE switch, setup couldn't be easier. Just plug it up to power, connect your network cables and you're off. No set up required on the managed end.

This is a pretty full featured managed switch. It has Trunking (a.k.a. Link Aggregation), Port Mirroring for monitoring, and Loopback Detection.

PoE functionality is great and it is working great with my Ubiquiti UniFi AP Pro. The switch is 802.3af compliant. Too bad it isn't 802.3at (PoE+) compliant. If you intent to use this for devices that require power-over-ethernet make sure your device only requires 802.3af.

Front LED lights are real nice, and EnGenius has even provided a little button to toggle the lights on and off. This can be great if you don't like the blinking LEDs.

The switch also has a power switch on the back side, this is real convinent when you just want to power cycle the switch but don't want to unplug it. Completely unnecessary but it just feels a little more premium.

Transfer speeds are on par with my existing Gigabit network. Windows Copy reported copy speeds of 75-85MB/s. Bottleneck is probably my hard drives.

It comes with the latest Firmware (1.00.07), no need to update. (April 2014)

Cons: - The power brick for this switch is more than half the size of the switch itself and it is heavy. I wish they would have done something to reduce the size.

- Management page is slow to access at times.

My main complaint: The switch has a default setting of Static IP. So basically, if you plug this up to an existing network with a DHCP server already in place, you cannot access the management page from the provided IP in the instructions. (Unless the default Static IP settings match your network exactly)

To get to the login page for the switch, unplug the switch from any networks. Plug up a computer to the switch, set the computer's IP to a static IP (eg. Open up your web browser and type in Log in, go to 'IP Settings' and change the 'Type' to DHCP. Or set the Static IP settings to match your network configuration. Then 'Save' the settings to the device.

I am confused as to why DHCP is not the default setting for auto discovery. The switch works regardless of how it is set up, but there are lots of great management options you can play with.

If you are having trouble getting the switch discovered on your existing DHCP network, go to the EnGenius website and look at the user manual for the EGS2108P on their website. It is more updated and has better steps to get it set up.

Other Thoughts: - Keep in mind, this switch is targetted towards a home with a lot of PoE devices or a small business. It does not come with any rack mounting hardware. It doesn't even come with a standard ethernet cable.

- I have 6 devices + 1 PoE plugged into this switch, it has been running flawlessly for almost 2 weeks now and not a hitch in performance.

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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Switch!

Pros: I have my home networked with mostly WiFi components but when I got this switch, I ran cable lines everywhere to test it out.

I hooked up my Xbox 360, SmarTV, WD Media Player to the ports without PoE and they all worked great!

I connected 4 cameras with PoE capabilities and I have to say that without having to run that extra line for power makes it super easier because it's just one line from the switch to the cameras. On top of that, even though these were "N" draft capable, the camera furthest away from the router would lag some times. With the ethernet connected via the PoE port, I noticed no lagging anymore.

The product is solid built. It's sturdy and (although I didn't try to), it feels like it can take a pounding or two from a hammer. For the price, this is the kind of solid feel and construction I'd like to see from the manufacturer.

I also appreciate that all the buttons (even the factory reset button) is at the front of the device instead of somewhere hidden or the back. It makes the device great for racks and even sitting on the shelf because you don't have to access the back...but it does NOT come rack mountable. If you wanted it rack mountable, you'd probably have to get some kind of mounting kit.

Lastly, the various colored LED's on the front are super beneficial. With one look, you know what's working (via the blinking) and what's connected. This makes troubleshooting simpler if not better.

Cons: Comes with a smaller power adapter, but nontheless it's a power adapter (brick). The cord is (in my opinion) rather short. They should of included a longer cord to compensate for the power brick.

The LED's can be bright in a dark room. I had mine in the living room (near the router) for the first couple of days but had to darken them out with black tape. I'm still investigating if I can turn the LED's on/off when in use.

Other Thoughts: This is a solid built unit that will handle the workload but I don't think it's for a regular home's just too much for it both in price and features.

I'd recommend this unit for smaller businesses that has IP cameras that require PoE and fast internet speeds.

I happen to be an electronic enthusiast with lots of gadgets so the additional PoE ports are very welcomed, but it's not typical for an average user.

I'd highly recommend for a small business owner to use this product with multiple PoE devices.

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4 out of 5 eggsSturdy and fully featured

Pros: This smart switch is very sturdy both in how it was built and in how it was programmed. I set up a few tests to push it to the breaking point and it performed well. This smart switch also comes with a lot of features that businesses could find very useful such as:
Trunking (bind multiple physical ports into one logical connection to increase bandwidth)
Port Mirroring (transmit a copy of specific ports data to another port for monitoring/diagnostics)
Loopback Detection (turn off a port when a loop in the network is detected and flooding the network with data)
Storm Control (prevent too much broadcast data from clogging the network, also has a threshold configuration)
And of course, POE.

Cons: I found a bit of an issue with the hardware. If power is lost and restored quickly, the unit will not power on. I found that I could flip the power switch fast and on occasion, the power light would not come back on and it wouldn't work. I had to turn it off, wait and turn it back on. This is not good for if the power browns-out in a thunderstorm or other conditions. It would require someone to find the switch, and manually power-cycle it. That is why I took off an egg.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is an excellent switch. It can power on and start handling traffic in about 15 seconds with a basic configuration. It can withstand heavy traffic loads, it is full of great features you would need in a switch.

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5 out of 5 eggsNot for the regular home user

Pros: Comes in excellent packaging and feels well built and has a good weight to it. It does what it is suppose to do and was basically plug and play. Just follow the instruction and it was up and running in minutes. I have a small home network here with xbox360, smart TV, internet phone, and 3 security camera’s.I’m running window 8.1 professional on homemade I7 computer. Can be mounted in a rack, on a wall with supplied hardware or put the rubber supplied feet on the unit and just sit it on the shelf desk or whatever.
I’ve noticed my internet Phone supplied by Vonage seems to work much better now after I hooked it to this EGS2108P Gigabit Smart Switch.

Cons: Did not come with any network cables, I found this little unusual since everything seems to come with at least one network cable. But I had plenty so that was no problem, just a trip to the basement. I think the price is little high considering what else is out there but anything made with business and quality in mind is expensive.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for just a unit to connect all your home equipment and just a regular home user, I’d suggest a cheaper unit. But if you’re a techie with all the latest toys with top grade equipment or a business. This would be a good choice. If you are interested in the tech data plenty to be found on the data sheet. And on the manufactures website.

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