CRN Tech: TP-Link TL-SG1008PE

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This article appeared in the January 2014 issue of CRN magazine.

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CRN Tech: TP-Link TL-SG1008PE

TP-Link is garnering quite a reputation for delivering low-cost networking products to SoHos and SMBs. 

This desktop switch provides eight Gigabit ports, all of which support Power-over-Ethernet and Power-over-Ethernet Plus. 

Compromises have been made to keep the price down: the switch is unmanaged, and it has a maximum power output of 124W. The Power-over-Ethernet Plus standard calls for 25.5W of power to be supplied on each port, so the switch’s power budget means it can support a maximum of five high-power devices. There’s no problem with standard Power-over-Ethernet devices, though; there’s enough juice on tap to deliver the required 15.4W to all ports. The front panel provides plenty of status LEDs to keep you apprised of power usage and activity, including the port operating speed. The switch has a built-in warning threshold of 118W: if you’re using between 118W and 124W, a separate red LED will light up; if you go up to or over 124W, it will start flashing.

Without a web interface or CLI access, it isn’t possible to assign power priorities to critical devices. However, the switch operates a simple, hard-coded prioritisation system based on the port number. Essentially, the higher the port number, the lower the power priority. If the power budget is reached, the switch will start powering off devices in reverse order. Consequently, Power-over-Ethernet Plus devices must be on ports one to four to ensure they receive the lion’s share.

Channel Angle

Distributors

Dicker Data, Anyware, Altech

Launched July 2013

RRP $299

Next product below in the range

TL-SG2424P

Next product above in the range

TL-SG2210P

The reviewers say 

"If you need to enable your network for Power-over-Ethernet Plus and upgrade to Gigabit at the same time, this TP-Link switch is the one to go for.  "

How to pitch it 

With a total power budget of 124W, up to 30W per port, TL-SG1008PE can power more high-powered devices such as wireless access points, IP cameras or IP phones. Moreover, with innovative energy-efficient technology, the TL-SG1008PE can save up to 75 percent of the power consumption, making it an eco-friendly solution for your business network.

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