TP-Link TL-SG1008P 8-Port Gigabit PoE

TP-Link TL-SG1008P 8-Port Gigabit PoE Switch Kenya A2Z Africa Review

TP-Link TL-SG1008P 8-Port Gigabit PoE. One of the most common applications of PoE (Power over Ethernet) is to power and connect power IP devices such as Ip cameras and IP phones over a single network cable.

Advantages

  1. It is a single power supply for the switch which provide power for all PoE devics
  2. You can avoid running Ethernet cable or power cable over a long distance, instead the Ethernet cable carries the power

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

PoE features:

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.

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.

Performance

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.

Installation

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.

Where to buy

Buy 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch with 4-Port PoE TL-SG1008P

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