Netgear GS710TUP Performance
The Netgear GS710TUP on one hand has a leading feature in PoE++ Type-3 support. On the other hand, it is still a 10x 1GbE switch on the data side. As a result, we get performance around where we would expect:
For some context, we basically have a switch designed to handle traffic of a single 10GbE port. We wish this switch had a 10GbE (SFP+) uplink instead of the SFP and RJ45 uplinks. We also wish this was a multi-gig solution such as a 2.5GbE solution instead of a 1Gbps solution. If you wanted to power a WiFi 6 AP or future private 5G solution with a powered antenna or something, then you would want a greater than 1Gbps link to your network and greater than two 1Gbps uplinks.
This is a case where performance is as advertised, but we somewhat wish Netgear had a more significant focus on performance leadership. Some of this switches competitors when it is priced in the $499 range will start to have more networking performance.
Netgear GS710TUP Power Consumption and Noise
This is one of those areas where the power consumption of the switch itself is going to be dwarfed by devices that are plugged in. With a total of 480W of power that can be delivered over the ports, the power consumption of the switch itself is relatively small. We saw average idle power consumption of around 19W-22W depending on the number of ports plugged in for data-only. 19W was with a single uplink port. Given the 600W power supply and 480W for the PoE++ ports, this means we have headroom in the platform. Netgear probably could have made the port 9 uplink port PoE++ as well given this headroom.
In terms of noise, it is not a loud switch, but it is too loud to have in an office environment. It is probably near silent in the average equipment closet, but even sitting 3 meters away when the switch is idle (after boot and before any cables are plugged in) it is well beyond comfortable. The marketing materials describe “The GS710TUP is rack-mountable,
and with an operating noise of less than 35dBA” (see the datasheet.)
In our ~24.0dba ambient environment, we were seeing over 40dba at a 1m distance with only the power input plugged in and no network ports on our Extech sound meter. We tried a single management uplink port and the noise level did not change. Since the fans, per the management interface, were only running at 25% we see this as a lower limit. We could not replicate Netgear’s numbers in our own setting, albeit we do not have an anechoic chamber. At the same time, our environment has sound deadening that is not present in a typical office setting.
Overall, the GS710TUP is what was advertised. It is a ten port 1GbE switch with L2/L3 management capabilities. PoE is the standout feature and what turns what may otherwise be a $75 10-port 1GbE switch into a $415-499 switch. At the time of this writing, there are simply not that many PoE++ switches on the market. Ubiquiti’s offerings typically sell for a bit more. One of the more intriguing alternatives is actually the Netgear GS110TUP. That unit has only 240W capacity downgrading four PoE++ ports to PoE++ ports and assumes lower overall utilization. Still, the GS110TUP is fanless and about $90 less expensive.
The management solution still needs some work. A user logging into the switch that does not want to register the device is left almost without management functionality. Paying $4.99/ year or $9.99/ year for a device is not much, but it starts to add up. Some of our readers will love the Insight Pro solution and gladly pay for it. Others will be completely frustrated by the management options on this switch and the registration requirement for a low-performance switch.
On the noise situation, we leaned on this quite a bit, but for a device that is running at around 20W to push 40dba makes us think we need some fan curve optimization in the firmware. We tried with the original firmware, the newest firmware. We tried with the PSU airflow guide as it came from the factory as well as how we thought it may work better or was intended. Nothing changed the noise and the fact that the airflow guide seemed in a state of disarray compared to the otherwise very substantial solution, seemed a bit odd.
The 480W of PoE++ is a class-leading device at this point and we saw the power supply is more than capable of delivering this level of power. There are not as many PoE++ devices on the market today, and if you want eight ports of PoE++ this is likely the least expensive way to get that. The uninterrupted PoE feature is awesome for many who have devices that cannot power off. We have a very cool project showing what can be done with the higher-levels of power delivery coming soon to STH and are going to show that feature.
At the end of the day, the Netgear GS710TUP delivers what it says it will, and at a relatively good value. One needs to read exactly what they are expecting to get, but if that is done then this will be a solid option. With features such as a lifetime warranty, there are a lot of folks that will simply see this as a way to add a lot of power over an Ethernet cable, tuck it away, and never think about it again. For those folks, this can be a great solution.