At CES 2022, there is a small release that many of our readers will be interested in, the Netgear MS108EUP 2.5GbE PoE+/ POE++ switch. If you are deploying WiFi 6 or WiFi 6E access points these days, you are very likely to find 2.5GbE network ports as uplinks. While WiFi has gotten faster, it also uses more power, especially with multiple radios. As a result, we often have readers comment about needing 2.5GbE PoE+ or PoE++ switches. You can read about the key differences of PoE vs PoE+ vs PoE++ switches via a STH guide. That is where the MS108EUP comes in.
Netgear MS108EUP 8-port Switch Brings 2.5GbE and 60W PoE
The Netgear MS108EUP is an 8-port 2.5GbE switch that can also operate at lower speeds like 1GbE. Still, given the pricing, we suspect most will be buying this for its 2.5GbE speeds.
With the eight ports, four are 30W PoE+ and four are 60W PoE++. Netgear’s term for the latter is “Ultra60”. Among the eight ports there is a combined 230W PoE budget. That means that not every PoE++ port can be used at its full 60W, not even including the PoE+ ports. The total port capacity would need to be 30W x 4-ports + 60W x 4-ports = 360W to make every port run at full capacity. As a result, there is quite a bit of PoE spec overprovisioning or PoE oversubscription in this switch.
One of the other major features is that this is a fan-less design. No fan means the primary moving part in a switch is not present making it both silent as well as likely increasing the reliability of the switch. I think many of our readers have a Netgear fanless switch stashed away somewhere that is running yet has been forgotten.
Management is perhaps a positive here. This is a managed switch but is a “Plus” managed switch, not an Insight managed switch. Insight is great, but the cost of Insight for lower-end devices is too much for many home/ SMB users that rarely configure networks. This is not a high-end switch by any means only supporting features like 64 VLANs.
List pricing on this is somewhere in the $440 range. That feels a bit expensive for adding PoE to a 2.5GbE switch. If we compare this to the TRENDnet TEG-S380 8-port 2.5GbE switch we reviewed adding some management plus PoE comes at a price of over $1/W of PoE capacity. Let us know if you want to see a review of this unit. I have been doing many higher-end switch reviews, and have at least two more 25GbE+ switch reviews I am doing in Q1, but I know this is a segment that our readers want solutions in.
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