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Introduction

NETGEAR GS110TP ProSafe 8-port Gigabit PoE Smart Switch with 2 Gigabit Fiber SFP

At a Glance
Product NETGEAR ProSafe 8-port Gigabit PoE Smart Switch with 2 Gigabit Fiber SFP (GS110TP)
Summary Full-featured 8-port Gigabit smart switch with PoE on all ports, but 46W maximum capacity.
Pros • Four 802.3ad Link Aggregated Groups (LAG)
• 802.1x/RADIUS/TACACS+ authentication
• Spanning Tree support
• VoIP-specific features
• No fan
• Jumbo Frame support
Cons • No port Ingress rate
• Can't provide max PoE power on all ports simultaneously
• Enabling HTTPS is a hassle

If you're a fan of NETGEAR's GS108T, but have bemoaned the fact that it doesn't support Power over Etherent (PoE), then rejoice. The newly-birthed GS110TP takes all the GS108T's "smart" switching features, adds 802.3af PoE on all 8 ports, throws in two SFP ports for optional fiber interconnect and does it all for around $260, street.

Actually, I should say that the 110TP takes the GS108T-200's feature set. Because there are a few changes between how the now-discontinued 108T and the T-200 do things, which I'll get to shortly. But first, let's cover the basics.

The GS110TP comes in a handsome metal case with charcoal and blue color theme. Port numbers are highlighted in yellow and all are PoE enabled. Like all ProSafe switches, it comes with a lifetime warranty.

Power is provided by an outboard laptop-style 100 - 240 VAC power brick that puts out 48 VDC @ 1.25A. It plugs into a non-locking socket on the back and there is no strain relief or other feature to provide protection against accidental plug disconnects. There is no power switch.

Given the GS110TP's target business user, it adopts the everything-on-the-front-panel configuration of bigger-boy switches. While this may frustrate desktop users, it's the only way to go for rackmount use.

Figure 1 provides the lowdown on what you'll find on the front panel. The two SFP ports come without modules installed. But you should be able to throw any SFP module you desire in there.

GS110TP front panel
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Figure 1: GS110TP front panel

Note you'll find both a soft reset button on the left—equivalent to power cycling the unit—and a factory reset switch on the right.

Figure 2 summarizes the functions of all the indicator lights. Each port has both Speed / Link / Activity and PoE Status lights built right into each RJ45 connector. There is also a PoE Max light, which is handy for seeing when you're running out of PoE power.

GS110TP LED summary

Figure 2: GS110TP LED summary

Inside Details

A look inside the GS110TP reveals how NETGEAR manages to provide so many features for relatively little cost. The main switch device is under a firmly-attached heatsink, which is coupled to the metal case by the pink thermal pad on top of it.

The only identifiable devices are two Broadcom BCM59101 Quad Integrated IEEE 802.3af-Compliant Controllers and Nanya NT5DS32M16BS 64 MB DDR SDRAM. Somewhere in there, at least according to NETGEAR's spec is 16 MB of flash.

GS110TP Interior
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Figure 3: GS110TP Interior

Given the many references to the GS108T-200 (also referred to as "V2") in NETGEAR documentation, the two products might use the same device. I'm guessing a BCM53312 - 8-Port GbE + 4-Port GbE Highly Integrated Multilayer Switch SoC.

A final important construction point—no fans! This is a pretty impressive feat, considering the combination of Gigabit Ethernet and PoE.

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