D-Link 8-port 10/100 PoE switch (DES-1008PA) review

D-Link 8-port 10/100 PoE switch (DES-1008PA) review
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Built with home and small business users in mind, this compact PoE switch operates quietly, making it ideal for use in virtually any room or office. The D-Link 8-Port Desktop Switch with 4 PoE Ports (DES-1008PA) enables both home and office users to easily connect and supply power to Power over Ethenet (PoE) devices such as wireless Access Points (APs), IP cameras, and IP phones while adding more Ethernet devices like computers, printers, and Network Attached Storage (NAS) onto a network. In addition, this device can be wall-mounted so that it does not take up any desktop real estate (wall mounting kit included). Get more in D-Link 8-port 10/100 PoE switch (DES-1008PA) review.

Specifications : D-Link 8-port 10/100 PoE switch (DES-1008PA)

Number of ports8 ports
Main type of ports100BASE-TX Fast Ethernet
Switching capacity1.6 Gbps
PoE options802.3af
Number of PoE ports4
PoE power budgetSee datasheet
Fanless
Form FactorDesktop
HousingMetal
MAC address1K

Key Features

  • Plug-and-play installation
  • Auto MDI/MDIX crossover for all ports
  • Eight 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet ports
  • IEEE 802.3x Flow Control support
  • IEEE 802.3af compliant PoE on ports 1 – 4
  • 58W PoE power budget
  • Auto-negotiation for each port
  • Half/full duplex operation at 10/100 Mbps

Compare D-Link 8-port 10/100 PoE switch (DES-1008PA)

DES-1005PDES-1008PADGS-1008P
Port Type10/10010/100Gigabit
Total Number of Ports588
Number of PoE Ports144
Gigabit SFP Ports
PoE (802.3af)Port 1Ports 1 – 4Ports 1 – 4
PoE+ (802.3at)
PoE Budget15.4W58W52W
Form FactorDesktopDesktopDesktop
FansFanlessFanlessFanless

D-Link 8-port 10/100 PoE switch (DES-1008PA) review

Design

The switch is actually quite small at 15cm x 8.5cm. It uses an external 51V power supply and mine was delivered with both a 3 pin UK mains lead and a 2 pin ‘Euro’ mains lead.

Ports & connections

The D-Link DES-1026G has 26 ports, not 24. Twenty-four of the ports are 10/100. There are an additional two 10/100/1000 ports on the right hand side of the front panel. All of the ports provide auto crossover when necessary.

The two 10/100/1000 ports can always be used as two extra 10/100 ports. The real advantage for me is that I can connect a cat6 cable from the gigabit Ethernet port on the server directly to one of these ports, even though the installed wiring in my law office is only cat5. The 10/100/1000 ports are also useful for daisy chaining switches.

Installation

Installation is quick and easy. Just plug it in and make your connections. No configuration is required. Support for Auto-MDI/MDI-X on all ports eliminates the need for crossover cables for connection to another switch or hub. Auto-Negotiation on each port senses the link speed of a network device (either 10Mbps or 100Mbps) and intelligently adjusts for compatibility and optimal performance.

Multi-player gaming

As a switch, the DES-1008PA can be used to share files, music and video across your network or create a multi-player gaming environment. The device runs ultra-quiet, making it ideal for both home and small office use.

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