I listed all the menu options in the PS1810-8G in the configuration section at the beginning of this review. I didn't cover every feature of the PS1810-8G in this review, but there are a couple other features to mention.
Jumbo frame support for frames up to 9220 bytes can be enabled on the PS1810-8G with a simple check box. Port mirroring is also supported on the PS1810-8G, which allows copying traffic from one or more ports and sending the copied packets to another port.
I find port mirroring useful for troubleshooting devices on a network. I was able to enable port mirroring on the PS1810-8G to copy traffic generated by one PC and see that traffic on a different PC connected to a different port on the PS1810-8G.
Finally, the PS1810-8G also supports Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) and idle-port power down to reduce electricity usage. There's even a neat feature that allows you to dim or disable the LEDs on the switch by time of day, as shown below. This sure makes a lot of sense, as there is no point to all those blinking lights in the middle of the night if there is no one looking at them!
In the table below, I compared the HP PS1810-8G to two other 8-port Layer 2 Gigabit smart switches, the NETGEAR GS108T and the Cisco SG200-08. I use a NETGEAR GS108T and a Cisco SG200 in my lab network, so I'm quite familiar with both.
From a functionality standpoint, I can't say there is a huge difference among the three. The amount of VLANs supported vary by switch, but it's doubtful you'll need that many VLANs on an 8-port switch. Obviously, the HP comes in a bit more expensive, about $30 higher than the NETGEAR and Cisco.
|Model||Gigabit Ethernet Ports||Switching Capacity||MAC Table||VLANs||Price|
|HP PS1810-8G||8||16 GB||8K||64||$128.94|
|NETGEAR GS108T||8||16 GB||8K||256||$96.37|
|Cisco SG200-08||8||13.6 GB||8K||16||$99.85|
I see two key differentiators to consider when looking at the HP PS1810-8G switch. One, if you're running HP's ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 server, the PS1810-8G makes sense with its form factor and its server monitoring functionality. Two, even if you're not running an HP ProLiant server, the warranty on the HP PS1810 stands out.
HP offers a lifetime warranty on the PS1810 that "includes repair or replacement of hardware for as long as you own the product, with next business day advance replacement (available in most countries)." Here's the link to HP's warranty information. NETGEAR and Cisco also offer lifetime warranties, but I'm not aware of either advertising next business day advance replacement.
On one hand, the HP PS1810-8G, if paired with an HP Server, provides a nice look as well as feature integration. On the other hand, the HP PS1810-8G all by itself is a solid Layer 2 Smart Switch with a heck of a warranty!