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Item#: N82E16833168134
EnGenius EGS2108P 8-Port Gigabit Smart Switch with 4 PoE ports
  • 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • IEEE 802.3af Support on Ports1-4
  • 61.6w PoE Budget
  • PoE Management on PoE Ports
  • Loopback Detection
  • IGMP Snooping

5 out of 5 eggs Awesome Switch! 04/28/2014

This review is from: EnGenius EGS2108P 8-Port Gigabit Smart Switch with 4 PoE ports

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 network...it'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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