The Netgear 10-port 1GbE ULTRA60 POE++ switch is really interesting not necessarily just because of its networking capacity but because of its ability to power devices. Since that is a long product name, we are going to call this by the model number or the “Netgear GS710TUP.” We a few months ago we published our Key Differences of PoE vs PoE+ vs PoE++ Switches a STH Guide article. This Netgear switch is the first POE++ switch capable of delivering 480W across its eight PoE ports or 60W per port using PoE that we have tested. Let us get into the review.
Netgear GS710TUP Overview
Taking a look at the GS710TUP we can find a fairly substantial 1U switch. The unit itself measures 440 x 204 x 43mm or 17.3 x 8.0 x 1.7in which feels large for a 10-port 1GbE switch. This perception is supports as one lifts the unit out of the box. This is not a light unit with a weight of almost 3kg or almost 6.6lbs. For comparison, the Netgear GS110EMX weighs around 1.65lbs even with two 10Gbase-T Ethernet ports.
Getting into the main feature of the switch we have ten 1GbE ports. There are eight 1GbE ports that are the key feature as they have 60W Type-3 PoE++ delivery.
Ports 9 and 10 do not have PoE and are uplink ports. Unlike the GS110EMX, the uplink ports are only 1GbE as well. That means that there is a 4:1 oversubscription ratio between the PoE++ ports and the uplink ports. We would have preferred if these were 10GbE ports. Here we have a copper and a SFP port. With 10GbE ports we tend to prefer SFP+ ports then using SFP+ to 10Gbase-T Adapter Modules. With 1GbE ports, this is a lower-cost proposition.
The rear of the chassis has a Kensington lock port and then a lot of sheet metal. The main feature is really the AC input. One can see the text below this says 100-240V at 8A max.
We normally do not discuss accessories, however, since the external view of the switch is so simple we wanted to briefly cover here. One can see rubber feet as well as standard rack ears. Netgear even provides mounting hardware (although we are mostly using CPI Clik-Nuts.) This is a nice touch. We are going to discuss the noise aspect in our power and noise testing later in this review which may impact your desire to use rubber feet versus mounting on rack ears for an equipment closet.
Inside the switch, we have a small switch PCB with a power supply that is near the side of the switch PCB itself. Then again, this is a 10x 1GbE switch on the networking side making it a relatively lower-end networking device. In a $415-499 switch, we would like to see 10GbE uplinks even if delivered via SFP+.
For the image above, we had to re-assemble the airflow guide over the PSU. This is what the airflow guide looked like the first time we opened the switch:
As one can see, there are two tabs that were not seated properly. Also, on the left side above towards the rear of the switch the airflow guide was blocking airflow to the power supply given its orientation. That may be the intended design, however, we seated all three tabs and opened this end of the airflow guide as shown in the Internal Overview picture before re-assembly since that seemed to make more sense. We did not notice a drop in noise levels from testing before this change so it may not have made a difference.
Opening this airflow guide up, we can see a 3Y Power Technology power supply which is also marked with FSP group. The model seems to be this one. Something notable here is that the PSU actually has an 80Plus Gold rating. While most servers in the 500-800W PSU range, even the Tyan Thunder SX GT90-B7113 we reviewed recently are 80Plus Platinum rated devices, the 80Plus Gold here is notable since we do not normally see these types of efficiency ratings on this class of network gear. Great job to Netgear for souring an efficient and large PSU for this switch.
Since this is a 600W unit, it is able to cope with 8x 60W (480W) of PoE++ output. Many other PoE++ switches on the market offer less than the rated power if all ports are loaded while Netgear can deliver full power across the different ports. Beyond anything else with this switch, this power supply is the key differentiator.
Here is a quick look at the two fans. Each has a 3-pin power connection to the main switch PCB.
Here we can see the switch internals. The switch chip is very small and has a heatsink affixed to it. As you can see compared to the ultra-high-end switches we have seen, such as the Hands-on with the Intel Co-Packaged Optics and Silicon Photonics Switch this is a relatively simple layout.
Also notable is that this PCB directly injects power. Many switches we see have secondary PCBs that add power but here we get the full power delivery all through a single part.
Next, we are going to take a look at management before getting to performance, power consumption, and noise.