An appropriate network design is important for all business owners, but knowing how to do so is not easy. Everything from the position of the router, the number of devices connected in a single chain, and the modem you use will affect the speed of data within a company. A robust network design, however, can provide protection against attacks, increase employee productivity, offer safe remote access, and react promptly to network disasters. And due to our increased dependence on the Internet, today’s network should be easy to manage, fast to scale and convenient to troubleshoot. Therefore, to stay up-to-date with fast data networking, a web smart PoE+ switch will be needed to optimize the connection.
What’s a Web Smart PoE Switch?
The web smart PoE switch has become a popular choice for SMBs. It’s managed through a Web browser to provide users with intuitive guidance to manage their networks but it has a limited selection of advanced management. The web smart PoE switch enables the SMB to connect its full sets of devices, like desktops, laptops, IoTs, access points, IP security cameras, building control devices and more, through an integrated wired connection. It goes beyond plug-and-play connectivity to offer advanced management capabilities and security features, such as traffic management controls, IP routing, VLAN, access controls and link aggregation. But it cannot provide SNMP management capabilities or a CLI.
Web Smart or Managed PoE Switch?
The differences between the web smart PoE switch and the managed PoE switch have always been discussed. And here, we’ve summarized the most obvious differences between them:
Benefits of Web Smart PoE Switches
Here, we’ve listed some of the key benefits of using web smart PoE switches in SMBs.
1. Easy Management
The web smart PoE switch is designed for easy management, and all configurations can be made via a Web browser. It provides an easy-to-use web-based GUI management for reduced configuration complexity and offers a series of management features – traffic management, QoS, VLANs, remote access, etc. It allows you to prioritize data traffic, configure the basic settings of each port and split your network into multiple virtual networks. It helps allocate network bandwidth and provides reliable connectivity for small business networks.
For SMBs or home users who need visual network management with limited budgets, a high-performance, easy-to-manage web smart PoE switch is an ideal option. The web smart PoE switch is cheaper than the managed PoE switch and with the development of technology, it can now cover most of the management features in a fully managed model. Compared to the unmanaged PoE switch which cannot be modified at all, the web smart switch opens the door to managing, monitoring and configuring the network and provides better network security.
3. Energy Efficiency
The web smart PoE switches can be seen as “lighter” or entry-level managed PoE switches. Although they often come without any console port and have less configuration flexibility via a web-based interface, the web smart PoE switches are often capable of conserving power without sacrificing the operational performance or functionality of the network. Using the Energy Efficient Ethernet Standard, most of them can automatically decrease the power usage when network traffic is low. These switches offer advanced power management so that unnecessary power consumption can be saved during off hours.
Scalable & Secure Switch Solution for SMB Networks
To help small business owners simplify network management, Fastcabling has launched the 8-Port Web Smart PoE+ Switch with 2 Gigabit SFP that can be used in both commercial and residential applications. It supplies up to 30W of power per port with a total power budget of 120W, allowing you to connect multiple devices at a time. Equipped with 8 Gigabit PoE ports and a 20Gbps switching capacity, this web smart PoE+ switch is designed for applications where a fast-speed network is required. It also has 2 TP/SFP combo ports to support long-distance fiber networking. And a broad range of management features is supported: QoS, VLAN, MAC address filtering, static routing, remote access, port mirroring, etc., making this a powerful solution for any SMB network.
Targeting SMBs and home users, this 8-port web smart PoE+ switch provides functionality, security, and manageability to help you set up a robust network. Its applications include:
• Working groups interconnecting a host of office devices;
• Small business network hosting less than 100 active users;
• Building access control and centralized management of lighting, humidity and temperature;
• Smart sensors and IP cameras to monitor manufacturing floors;
• Digital signage displays, point-of-sale systems, high-power WAPs.
Compelling Features You’ll Want to Know
The main advantages of this web smart PoE+ switch are listed below.
1. Web GUI Interface
Since this PoE+ switch is modified via a Web GUI interface, so you can configure your switch settings with the computer or laptop. The GUI uses graphics like windows, scrollbars, buttons, etc. to allow users to communicate with the web smart PoE+ switch or and to carry out commands. Compared with CLI, it’s more user-friendly and easier to operate. The system is primarily navigated using a mouse, and a keyboard can also be used via keyboard shortcuts or the arrow keys. And users do not need to know any programming languages or use any command line, so the port configuration will be easier and faster. This 8-port web smart PoE+ switch is an ideal choice for startup businesses and novice users.
2. PoE+ Functions
The biggest advantage of a PoE switch is that it can transmit data and power simultaneously over one Cat5 or Cat6 Ethernet cable to a powered device (PD) such as a VoIP phone, IP camera, WAP, and so on. Another advantage is that PoE power comes from a central and universally compatible source, rather than from a collection of distributed wall outlets, which makes it more robust and reliable. Compatible with the IEEE802.3at standard, this 8-port web smart PoE+ switch is able to deliver power up to 25.5W for a PD with a voltage range of 42.5-57V, and the maximum power on each port can reach 30W. PoE+ helps squeeze more value and usefulness from Cat5 cabling while expanding the benefits of PoE to a broader range of PDs, such as PTZ cameras, thin clients, alarm systems and biometric sensors.
3. Fiber Connectivity
This 8-port web smart PoE+ switch is designed to help you create a high-performance and future-proof network in applications like working groups, home offices and SMBs. Equipped with two Gigabit TP/SFP combo ports, this switch can offer a network speed ten times faster than the average broadband network and ensure you can get plenty of spare bandwidth for 4K streaming, video conferencing, online gaming, etc. Moreover, by using the fiber optical cable, this PoE switch can cover a great distance of up to 10-60 km, which makes it ideal for applications where a long-distance setup is required, i.e. the remote IP camera system. Build a dedicated fiber line straight to your business, meaning you’ll get more security. Since the fiber optic cables don’t radiate a signal, it’s extremely difficult to extract data from them.