A well-made switch that would suit smaller organisations needing power over Ethernet capabilities, but which is not yet ready to make the leap to a fully-managed model.
Compact; silent; PoE on all ports; power-saving features; outstanding documentation
Poor admin interface usability
Eight-port web-managed switch; 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports; 2 SFP ports for optional Gigabit fibre-optic modules; 236 x 101.6 x 27mm, 700g
The GS110TP is an entry-level eight-port Gigabit Ethernet ‘smart’ switch, with web-based management capabilities that offer a cheaper alternative to fully-managed Layer 2 or 3 switches.
It has the added attraction of 802.3af power-over-Ethernet (PoE) support, providing up to a total of 46W of power to connected devices, with a maximum of 15W per device. Each port can be powered down on a schedule and the maximum allowable power draw specified.
We were pleased to find the switch is very small and compact, with an all-metal casing and a silent fanless design.
Each front-mounted port has two status lights for link state, activity, and PoE status. There are two additional SFP uplink ports for optional Gigabit fibre-optic networking modules.
The switch can be used as an ordinary ‘dumb’ switch straight out of the box, so it could make a sensible choice for those planning to add network management at a later stage.
Netgear’s Smart Control Center application is used for basic maintenance tasks, such as firmware upgrades. But the main administration is done via a Java-based browser interface (SNMP is also supported).
Configuring any switch can be a complex task, and you’ll need to refer frequently to the contextual help (accessed via an almost invisible ‘?’ icon in each menu), the clear and comprehensive manual or online knowledge base. There are configuration examples for some of the more complex tasks in the appendices, and during testing we found these helped enormously.