Review: Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 8 Gigabit POE+ Switch (US‑8‑150W)

Are you looking for a managed PoE network switch to complement your existing Ubiquiti kit? Or like me, are you just wondering what all the hype is about Ubiquiti? I have seen Ubiquiti users rave about how good their products are, so I decided to have a look at the Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 8.

Review Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 8 port Gigabit POE+ Switch US‑8‑150W - VueVille.com

The Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 8 is a popular 8-Port Gigabit PoE+ managed switch from Ubiquiti Networks, and it is a perfect entry point into the world of Ubiquiti if you have never tried them before.


Ubiquiti Gigabit PoE Switches

The Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 8 is the baby of the Unifi managed PoE switch range which all feature gigabit ethernet, PoE+, and SFP. The same switch is also available in 16, 24 and 48 port versions.

Ubiquiti is unique in that they created their own power over Ethernet standard which operates at 24V instead of the 802.3 af/at standard of 48V. So if you are already invested in the Ubiquiti eco-system but also need a way to power 802.3af or at devices, this switch is definitely worth a look.

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Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 8 (US-8-150W) – Features

Although the lower end of the Ubiquiti network switch product range is primarily aimed at the SOHO market, many prosumers and DIYers have found them to be excellent for reliability and ease of use. The following network topology map shows how the Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 8 integrates with other Ubiquiti products.

Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 8 - Network topography - VueVille.com

Main specifications

Model Description8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch with 8-Ports PoE+
Port speeds(8) 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45 Ethernet Ports
(2) 1 Gbps SFP Ethernet Ports
Number of total ports8
PoE Ports / Max Power Per Port8 Ports / 17W (passive), 34.2W (802.3at)
PoE Max Power Supplied (All Ports)150W
Connector TypeMetal
Switch HousingMetal
LEDsRJ45 & SFP Speed/Link/Activity, PoE
Total Non-Blocking Throughput10 Gbps
Switching Capacity20 Gbps
Power source100-240VAC/50-60 Hz, Universal Input
Power Supply AC/DC, Internal, 150W DC
Max Power Consumption (Watts)150W
Acoustic Noise Level0 dBA (Fanless)
Operating Temperature-5 to 40° C (23 to 104° F)
Dimensions (W x D x H)204 x 43 x 235 mm (8.03 x 1.69 x 9.25")
Weight1.65 kg (3.67 lb)
Supported PoE protocolsPOE+ IEEE 802.3af/at (Pins 1, 2+; 3, 6 -)
24VDC Passive PoE (Pins 4, 5+; 7, 8 -)

For more information, please refer to the official datasheet.

PoE features

More and more devices that have an Ethernet port are sporting the ability to be powered over the RJ-45 Ethernet port. This is incredibly convenient for devices like IP cameras and IP phone because you can carry both data and power over a single network cable. The most important PoE feature that you should look for in a switch is 802.3af compatibility because these devices have the ability to auto-negotiate the voltage that they need from a PoE power source. A maximum of 48V is possible under the standard.

The PoE standard (802.3af) is limited to a max 15.4W per port, whereas the PoE+ standard (802.3at) can provide up to 25.5W. So the only difference between these two standards is how much power they can transmit over a standard CAT network cable. For standard IP cameras such as the Amcrest or Hikvision, 15.4W is plenty enough. But some PTZ cameras may need more power and hence will require a PoE source that is 802.3at compatible. That’s where the Ubiquiti Switch 8 is perfect.

The Ubiquiti Switch 8 obviously supports Ubiquiti’s own proprietary 24V PoE standard, but also supports the standard PoE (802.3 af) and PoE+(802.3 at) implementation:

  • IEEE 802.3af and 802.3at compliant – auto detects and switches voltage as needed
  • Supports PoE power up to 34.2W for each PoE port – note this is more than the maximum of the 802.3at standard but is needed for some Ubiquiti-specific products
  • 150W can be provided in total across all 8 PoE ports
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What’s in the box

Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 8 - Box Contents - VueVille.com

The Ubiquiti Switch 8 packaging consist of the following:

  • Unifi switch
  • Power cord
  • Mounting brackets (2 sets)
  • Bracket screws (M4, 8 pcs)
  • Mounting screws (M4, 4 pcs)
  • Screw anchors (M4, 4 pcs)
  • Quick start guide

Everything you need to rack mount the switch is included.

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Look and Feel

Just like the TP-Link TL-SG1008P PoE switch and the Netgear GS308P, the Ubiquiti Switch 8 has an all-metallic chassis. This together with the fanless design helps it to stay cool even when all 8 PoE ports are drawing the maximum possible 150W. This is a great feature and will make life more comfortable if you are going to share an office room with a network switch.

Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 8 - Front Panel Ports - VueVille.com

The front panel consists of a prominent on/off power switch, the 8 RJ-45 PoE+ ports, 2 SFP ports for fibre connectivity and a reset button. A legend for the LED activity lights is also thoughtfully provided above the ports (more on that below).

Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 8 - Back Panel - VueVille.com

The Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 8 has very prominent ventilation holes all over the back panel and the sides. The only port you will find at the rear is the AC power plug socket.

Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 8 - Front Panel LEDs - VueVille.com

The above image shows all the lights that the front panel has. Starting with the power switch, it will glow blue when the switch is on. Each network port has an LED indicating PoE status and a separate LED for link, speed and activity (blinks). The SFP ports also have an LED showing the link, speed and activity (blinks).

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Installation

The UniFi requires that you have two things before you can install it:

  1. A DHSP server to assign the UniFi an IP address
  2. A UniFi cloud key or management station running the UniFi controller software version 5 or above

The UniFi is rack mountable or wall mountable.

  1. Once it is mounted using the supplied screws, connect the power and all required network cables.

  2. Then install the UniFi controller software.
  3. Ubiquiti devices need to be adopted by a controller before you can configure and starting them. So this is the next step.
  4. The UniFi controller will show a list of devices it detects and with one click you can adopt them. The System LED on the switch will turn blue when this is successful.
  5. You can then configure the PoE ports to to Off, 24V Passive (Ubiquiti’s own standard) or PoE+.

    That’s it, your new switch is now ready for use.

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    Operation

    The switch is fanless and so totally silent during operation.

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    Verdict

    We hope you enjoyed this review. Let us know your thoughts and experiences.

    8.8 Total Score
    Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 8 (US‑8‑150W) 8-port Gigabit POE+ Switch

    A high-end switch with central management features

    Performance
    9
    Features
    9
    Quality
    9
    Value for Money
    8
    PROS
    • Managed switch
    • Metallic body with fanless design
    • Can be rack mounted
    • Supports PoE and PoE+
    CONS
    • Cannot be stacked
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