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NETGEAR has been moving toward standardizing the web interface on at least its entry-level smart switches. So if you're familar with the GS108T interface (before it got seriously broken when viewed with Firefox somewhere around version 3.5 or so), Figure 4 will look familiar.

GS110TP System Info page
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Figure 4: GS110TP System Info page

I've already done a pretty complete survey of the GS110TP's GUI in the slideshow, so I won't repeat that information here. Instead, I'll provide some commentary of things I found in my time with the switch.

I'll take a bold leap and say that the switch probably has all the features that anyone could want in their first smart / managed switch. Most folks move into smart switches looking for VLAN and QoS features, which the GS110TP has plenty of. But for the detail-oriented among you, take a gander at the management features listed below.

  • IEEE 802.1Q static VLAN (64 groups, static)
  • Protected ports
  • IEEE 802.1p Class of Service (CoS)
  • Port-based QoS
  • DSCP-based QoS
  • DiffServ
  • IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation (manual or LACP)
  • IEEE 802.1w Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)
  • IEEE 802.1s Multiple Spanning Trees Protocol (MSTP)
  • IEEE 802.1ab Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)
  • LLDP-MED
  • SNMP v1, v2c, v3
  • RFC 1213 MIB II
  • RFC 1643 Ethernet Interface MIB
  • RFC 1493 Bridge MIB
  • RMON group 1, 2, 3, 9
  • Auto voice VLAN
  • DHCP Filtering
  • Auto denial-of-service (DoS) protection
  • HTTP and HTTPS
  • Ping and traceroute
  • Green features: Power saving by cable length (<10 m)
  • Power saving when link down
  • RFC 2131 DHCP client
  • IEEE 802.1x with Guest VLAN
  • Jumbo frame support (up to 9K)
  • Port-based security by locked MAC addresses
  • MAC and IP-based ACL
  • Storm control for broadcast, multicast and unknown unicast packets
  • IGMP snooping v1/v2
  • Port-based egress rate limiting
  • SNTP
  • Port mirroring support (many-to-one)
  • Password access control
  • TACACS+ and RADIUS support
  • Syslog
  • Firmware upgradeable (two images)

The switch works as an unmanaged 10/100/1000 switch out of the box. But to get to any of the fun stuff you need to access the web GUI. You can either install and run the Windows-based Smart Control Center Utility or configure a computer to the 192.168.0.X subnet and aim it at the GS110TP's default 192.168.0.239 IP address.

The switch connects via HTTP by default, but there is an HTTPS option. First, however, you'll need to generate and install an SSL certificate. Why NETGEAR makes you do this, when even some consumer routers offer the option of switching to HTTPS without such a hassle, I don't know. You can optionally manage the switch via SNMP, but there is no SSL or Telnet access for command line control.

The browser interface includes built in context-sensitive help, which was helpful to consult as I made my way through the screens. Clicking on the question mark icon on each page opens a relevant help page in a separate browser window.

Features are organized logically, which means minimal jumping from screen to screen. The Java-based Device View (Figure 5) is very handy, providing not only a picture (literally) of port status, but jump menus to all port configuration options.

GS110TP Device View

Figure 5: GS110TP Device View

If Java's not your thing, you can disable this view. But you'll need to hunt for it. I don't know why they chose to bury it in the Security > Access > HTTP Configuration menu.

PoE

The only reason you'd want to spend almost three times the cost of the GS108T-200 is for the 110TP's PoE features. Although all ports are PoE-enabled, the switch can't provide the 802.3af maximum 15.4 W to all ports simultaneously. There is only 46W of power available in total, which is probably plenty for one of its target markets—VoIP. Fancy VoIP feature-phones with big color LCD screens might push up past the 5+ W that can be supplied on each port simultaneously. But there are plenty of simpler SIP phones that draw much less power.

GS110TP PoE Port Configuration
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Figure 6: GS110TP PoE Port Configuration

The GS110TP also has a few features that help efficiently spread that power around (Figure 6), including per-port power limit, priority and class (power range). You also can schedule power on / off periods using the Timer Schedule feature and assign schedules to individual ports.

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