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Ubiquiti TS-8-PRO ToughSwitch
on June 14, 2014
Ubiquiti TS-8-PRO ToughSwitch 8 Port Advanced Power Ethernet Controller
It was a time to retire old noisy 10/100MB Netgear switch that was in service for at least 6-7 years. I did my search for available solutions from different vendors and this one was both highly rated by other owners and affordable so I went ahead and ordered one.
So far, so good. No noise, no external power supply, Web managed and stable.
- compact design and high quality construction that is build to withstand abuse and hopefully will last
- gigabit ports
- supports both 24- and 48V independently so I can mix old 48V Cisco APs that with some UniFi's that require 24V
- Web interface is responsive and clean, it is not the awfully slow Java that Netgear uses for bunch of their products. Nice per-port and overall statistics, VLAN, STP, SNMP support, jumbo frames...what not to like!
- per port alerts
- power supply (as I said) is internal so no additional bricks around my network stuff.
- Ability to power cycle a single port if the particular device is not responding
- Wall mount bracket available from third party vendor
- This switch is running hot, especially when there are multiple power hungry devices attached as there is no active cooling. I've added some rubber feet to elevate the switch and allow better air circulation.
- It looks like with current version of FW (SW 1.3) there is no support for port trunking/LAG (bonding), or at least I don't know how to set it up. It will be very useful, especially in the era of 802.11ac and network cameras that use 5MP sensors. I hope Ubiquiti will fix this soon.
I have Polycom 550 SIP, 501 IP phones, Cisco 1142 AP for my wireless devices, one UniFi for wireless cameras and couple PoE cameras that I am going to upgrade soon to something with 3-5MP resolution. I do my routing with L3 switches and partially through my ZyWALL 110. EdgeRouter wasn't as good when I checked it and it is very limited for what I am doing.
July 2014 update:
Switch is still running strong but still no 802.3ad LACP/LAG support. I am now looking at something like Cisco SG300-10MPP, HP 2915-8G-POE or Juniper EX2200-C-12P-2G that in addition to 802.3ad support PoE+ and are L3 switches for future deployments that require more power and LAG. TS-8-PRO ToughSwitch is still a very good device and I still hope it will get 802.3ad support.
Nov. 2014 update:
Still no new version of firmware for almost 1.5 years so no new functionality. I am placing order for Cisco SG 300-10P (SRW2008P-K9-NA) to do some testing.