FS S5850-48S6Q Management
We are going to let folks look through the CLI documentation to see if they are comfortable with that. We cannot get into a function-by-function comparison with something like a Cisco CLI because it would take hundreds of pages. Instead, one of the interesting features is the web interface. Many switches in this class are CLI-only, but for some with smaller networks, they may prefer a web interface. While the colors are mostly the same, this is a different management interface than we saw in our FS S5860-48SC Review. There are certainly more features given that this is a L3 switch. The one caveat here is that the Freescale PowerPC P1010 certainly feels slow here as one has to wait seconds for some pages to load.
That 40% CPU and 41% memory utilization at idle is an implication of having the lower-power PowerPC chip as a management processor.
Running through a few options, we have a GUI for adding VLANs, and assigning things like trunk ports.
We also have link aggregation in the GUI:
Flow control is handled by the switch as well.
SFP has its own settings page. This is one we have seen missing from some SMB switches in the past.
For management and monitoring, there is SNMP capabilities as one would expect.
Some of the more unique features that we do not see on lower-end switches are Worm and DDoS features. Here we can see a Worm Intercept feature with a few pre-defined rules and the ability to add more.
There is also an anti-DDoS page.
We also get the ability to do routing on the switch.
Overall, the management interface is not as rich as the CLI, but it has quite a few features that we were surprised to see like the DDoS protection page.
Next, let us get to modules, power, and our final words.
I think FS is really doing themselves a disservice with the fake-looking reviews, that just makes them look super-shady. Also, they should ditch developing their own OS and instead support an open OS like SONiC, lower cost for them and a larger customer base especially at the price point. I have an FS switch and the typos alone don’t inspire a lot of trust in the Web GUI.
Makes me laugh that companies are still including those “warranty is void if seal is broken” stickers. In the US at least it’s not legal and they can’t use it as a grounds to void your warranty.
I’ll agree with Nils SONiC would be best, but then they’d need a better CPU and it’d be more expensive.
STH is the only site I trust for these reviews of FS products. All the rest seem like they’re fakes. All of the FS.com reviews look like fakes. It’s so shady.
FS does not produce any switches, the switches of FS are OEM, and the operating system is also OEM, and FS is not responsible for development.
Their website claims a forwarding rate of 1071.4 Mpps, however, I have some doubts that the low power (small heatsink!) PowerPC can keep up with anything demanding
FS is the new back door into the U.S
Due to most of the other vendors being shut down,
give it a few years & they will be on the banned list as well…