The TEG-160WS system menu provides an easy-to-read display of traffic statistics by port. In the screenshot below, you can see the packet counts on port 5, 7, 13 and 14 on my test TEG-160WS.
Security options on the TEG-160WS include support for 802.1x authentication and a Broadcast Control feature. The 802.1x feature allows per port authentication of end devices via an external RADIUS server.
The Broadcast Control feature is quite basic. It can be applied only to the whole switch, not to individual ports. When enabled, the feature allows for selecting a rate limit of 8,000-4,096,000 bytes per second, (screen shot below) protecting against rogue devices sending excessive traffic.
Broadcast Storm control
Port mirroring, SNMP support, and IGMP Snooping are the three other features supported by the TEG-160WS. Any of the 16 ports on the switch can be configured to copy transmit, receive, or both traffic flows to a specific port for packet captures. I set up a simple port mirror, shown below, to copy all traffic on port 7 and send it to port 5.
The TEG-160WS supports Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) polling and sending (SNMP traps) of messages. SNMP messages can be sent on bootup, up/down status of any port, and errors on any port.
Finally, IGMP snooping can be utilized on the TEG-160WS. IGMP snooping can improve network performance when there is multicast traffic present. IGMP snooping can be enabled per VLAN.
The TEG-160WS faces some strong competition among inexpensive 16 port smart switches. As you can see from my table below, the TEG-160WS comes in around $40 more expensive than the TP-Link TP-SG2216 I reviewed a couple months ago. But the TRENDnet has two years' shorter warranty and supports half the number of VLANs.
|Make and Model||RJ45 ports||SFP ports||MAC addresses||Backplane (Gbps)||VLANs||Warranty||Price|
|TRENDnet TEG-160WS||16||2||8k||48||256||3 years||$150.72|
|TP-LINK TP-SG2216||16||2||8k||32||512||5 years||$111.44|
|Cisco SG200-18||18||2||8k||32||256||Limited Lifetime||$234.00|
16 port smart switch competitive comparison
Further, the TEG-160WS lacks features found on other smart switches in this table. Minor points are the lack of display of trunk/LAG status and switch MAC table. But larger disadvantages of the TEG-160WS are its lack of ingress and egress bandwidth controls and basic security options, such as MAC-based filtering.
To net it out, the TEG-160WS is a basic smart switch with common smart switch features including VLAN tagging, Link Aggregation Groups, port mirroring, STP, and traffic prioritization. But TP-LINK's TP-SG2216 is a better value with lower price, longer warranty and more features.