One of the most common applications for Power over Ethernet (PoE) is to connect and power IP devices such as IP phones and IP cameras over a single network cable. The main advantages are:
- you can avoid running both a power cable and Ethernet cable over long distances, instead using the spare capacity of the humble ethernet cable to also carry the power.
- the single power supply of the switch provides power for all PoE devices
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Gigabit PoE Switches for Home Security
If you have more than one device to power over PoE, it makes sense to consider using a PoE switch instead of injecting power and data using a PoE injector. You could connect the switch to your existing router and then plug your devices into the switch.back to menu ↑ back to menu ↑
TL-SG1008P – Features
The networking features of the TL-SG1008P PoE switch are:
- 8 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45 ports, 4 of these are PoE
- 16 Gbps internal switching capacity
- Supports IEEE 802.3x flow control for Full-duplex Mode and back-pressure for Half-duplex Mode
- 8K entry MAC address table of the TL-SG1008P with auto-learning and auto-aging
- LED indicators for monitoring power, link, activity and speed
- External power adapter supply
The main feature that you should look for in a PoE switch is 802.3af compatibility. This is the standard which lets connected 802.3af compatible devices auto-negotiate the voltage they need from the switch. This is why you can plug in any compatible device without worrying about the specific voltage requirement. Up to 48V is available, so for example a 12V IP camera will negotiate with the switch to ensure it is given only 12V.
- Supports PoE IEEE 802.3af compliant PDs
- Supports PoE power up to 15.4W for each PoE port
- Supports PoE power up to 53W for all PoE ports
- Port power priority function that ensures prioritised devices continue to get power even in the case of an overload
A gigabit switch is advantageous over a 10/100 Mbps switch because you do not want the switch to become the data bottleneck when you are powering 4 PoE IP cameras in addition to other devices on the switch.back to menu ↑ back to menu ↑
What’s in the box
The TL-SG1008P PoE switch comes in a compact box and we found the following in it:
- Gigabit PoE switch
- External 48V 1.25A power power brick and power cable / kettle lead
- User Guide
Look and Feel
The metallic body of the TL-SG1008P PoE switch gives it a solid appearance and a re-assuring sense of high quality. Even though you are probably going to hide the switch away in the attic or cupboard, its good to know that this is a switch that’s made to last.back to menu ↑ back to menu ↑
Since this is an unmanaged switch, no configuration is required – simply plug in the power adaptor and your devices using ethernet cables. Power it on and you are ready to go. It couldn’t get any easier than this. Most home users need a plug and play switch and do not need advanced features or configuration options. This switch truly delivers exceptional simplicity.back to menu ↑ back to menu ↑
A modern gigabit ethernet switch should have no issue with performance and the TL-SG1008P does not disappoint. We observed the gigabit ethenet ports being maxed out while copying files to and from a Asus 551CA laptop and a QNAP TS-231+ NAS.
IP Camera Test
The TL-SG1008P was tested with both a Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I and a DS-2CD2132F-IS which are PoE devices. These cameras are rated at 5W each with a maximum power consumption of 7W with the IR LEDs on. We plugged in both cameras and tested them over 6 months, yes 6 months of 24/7 operation, and are happy to report that the TL-SG1008P switch was more than capable of powering the cameras. Each port is rated up to 15.4W so this should come as no surprise.back to menu ↑ back to menu ↑
- Solidly built, well-made PoE switch with metal body
- Plug and play un-managed network switch
- Power over Ethernet (PoE) works without user configuration
- External power brick
- Fan-less design means zero noise output
- Good value for money
Where to buy
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The Netgear GS308P-100NAS has similar features and is also worth a look.
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