5 Stars By Boulder Snowman on 2014-05-23
Excellent switch that nails the price/performance balance
This is a great managed PoE Gig switch at this price point.
1. Great build quality - nice metal chassis.
2. Good form factor - desktop size but also has rack-mount ears for mounting into a rack.
3. Fanless - no fans to die and great to use in noise-sensitive environments.
1. Ethernet performance - Does not bog under load. I have not yet tested performance under a long uptime interval but based on what I have seen so far there is no indication it will change.
2. Management interface performance - The web interface is relatively quick. I have only noticed a few times when clicking does not instantly bring up a menu and during these times the interface popped-up a dialogue that noted "please wait"
3. Serial interface - It runs at 115,200 BPS so it's faster than older 9600 BPS interfaces and works fine. No noticeable major sluggishness.
4. SSH / Telnet - Slightly slower than running a console session through a Catalyst or Cisco enterprise-level IOS device but no frustrating sluggishness.
5. PoE - Works great, as described by the marketing information.
Value / Features
1. Great price / performance - In this class it is a great value for what you get. Many other options in this price class are either a) not fully managed (but rather "smart" switches which only offer a web interface) or b) lower level products that do not offer Layer 3 functionality.
2. Fanless is great.
3. PoE on all 8 primary ports. 1-8 have PoE. 9-10, which are dual-personality, meaning that there are both Gig E Ethernet and Fiber interfaces, do not support PoE.
4. 10 real ports. Ports 9-10 are dual-personality meaning you can use them as either fiber or copper ports.
5. Desktop / Rack Mount / Wall Mount form factor - great versatility.
6. External PS. This is both a plus and minus but for this switch I'd give the nod as a plus. I say both a plus and minus because it adds to cabling complexity; I say plus because a) for a PoE switch of this size it allows for fanless operation and b) if the power supply dies down the road, which power supplies are known to do before other parts of switches, then it's usually easier / less expensive to find a replacement power supply than a whole switch. Another plus is that there are options for using redundant DC power supplies to build more robust power supply configurations if you should want this. One point to note about the external PS configuration on this switch is that the DC connection into the switch uses a 4-pin DIN-style connector as opposed to the 2-pin versions on many other consumer-level switches. In my experience, the 4-pin connection is far more robust over time, more forgiving to cable movement, offers a more secure connection and is overall more reliable than the 2-pin versions.
7. CLI / Serial management - This is just awesome at this price point. Having worked with networking and embedded systems for a long time I can not even count the # of times having a serial interface or CLI interface has saved the day. Also, if you are supporting the switch remotely or would like to interface with the switch using any type of custom API's or scripts, a CLI is a nice option to have (sometimes web interfaces over remote connections are a bit painful, yes even today with high bandwidth connections).
1. So far, so good. However, it has only been in use a short time so more time is needed. All indications so far look good.
UPDATE 06-28-2014 (a little after one month of use):
This switch is still going strong. Along with a 561 WAP this switch has not been rebooted after the initial reboots from setup and has been very stable since then (just over a month ago). During that time I have connected various PoE devices across the board from VoIP phones & surveillance cameras to PoE splitters and all have powered right up and had no issue. The trunking and Layer 3 features are great to segregate VoIP traffic from lower class data and allow for QoS to ensure voice traffic does not exhibit quality issues from the data taking higher priority. The trunk features work great with the 561 WAP if there is a desire to allow multiple VLAN access via wireless (i.e. a guest network, phone VoIP network and secure private network). So far, this has proven to be an excellent switch.
5 Stars By Nick S on 2015-02-22
GE should come disabled by default but if you know to look for it then you should be good. I would have bought a larger one thou
pricey but well workth it if you need PoE and some of the other advanced functions.
BE SURE TO TURN OFF THE GREEN ETHERNET.
I had an issue with IP cameras continually disconnecting after about a day, turned off the green ethernet and all is now well.
GE should come disabled by default but if you know to look for it then you should be good.
I would have bought a larger one though knowing what I know now about the site and their planned expansions.
If you can swing it, always get the next size larger switch so you have room to expand.
3 Stars By Luke P. on 2013-11-17
Does not do IOS, but still decent
I saw this and thought IOS. It does a great job and gives awesome features for PoE, GiG, Gbic, and layer 3 but as a guy that works on Cisco all the time, I just can't stand the command line options is has and the web interfaces frustrates me. My idea to replace my router / switch setup is out the window and I'm now thinking about either a Compact C3560CG-8PC-S or a 1921 router with lots of modules. It is a good switch for the money, just not the super-awesome-gotta-have switch I thought it was when I thought it ran IOS. This is a good switch, it's just not for me.
on 2012-04-15 Perfect as a stand-alone, even better as a remote to a big switch
Cisco is well known for Enterprise networking, and I am pleased to see that these switches performed against my expectations. I'm a highly technical home user. You won't need a bunch of this functionality at home unless you really know what you're up to, and why you'd want to do it.
The feature set is amazing. You get big brand complex features, right out of the box. You've found a switch that genuinely appears to do everything you could need, from VLANs to Link Aggregation, from MAC and 802.1x filtering, to provider edge port isolation. There's fully configurable Logging, QoS, management, IPv6 and many many more that I'm not personally using. Hmm, I should also mention that the full online HTML help inside the UI is a great addition to people doing config with these devices for the first time.
Management and Configuration is smooth and painless through either the GUI or via the CLI on the recent firmware upgrades. Those familiar with IOS will find things that are familiar in the CLI, as well as frustrations when things aren't quite IOS. Better still, this device has all the same configuration options and features as the larger 24 port and 48 port devices, with slightly scaled limits. That means it can be an integral, fully functional part of the network where you need only a small number of ports, and can even be link-aggregated back to a core, optionally with fiber modules.
This switch was used in a structured media center (in-wall) type to expand my home network into unfinished space. I was able to drop 8 new GigE drops off the two that fed the unfinished space in my house. It is link-aggregated back to a bigger 300 series switch, and I specifically chose this unit to supply power-over-ethernet (PoE) for my IP cameras and IP phone system. If you don't need the PoE function, you will want this (Cisco SG 300-10 (SRW2008-K9-NA) 10-Port Gigabit Managed Switch
) SG 300-10 without the PoE.
There is great consistency between the 300 series and the 200 series devices, so in a mixed network, administration should be fairly simple.
Cisco have already put out a couple of firmware upgrades for this device, and unlike the Enterprise class products, you don't need a support contract to download them. Simply register a CCO account, and the small business site will let you download the upgrades for free. I have upgraded all my other switches about three times since I bought them, each time benefitting from new functionality or bug-fixes, free of charge.
I have seven variants of this device in my network. No issues with any of them. A solid purchase. I'm using several VLANs, most of the QoS features and a lot of the security features. My home network supports both a corporate network over a VPN link and my home devices, as well as a guest WiFi Hotspot for frequent visitors. Couldn't have made it all work without these switches and the Cisco 1142 AP's.
Happy Networking !
1 Stars By Chris Cory on 2015-12-16
Unit can fail to reboot properly after power loss
This switch has all the positive features and excellent build quality that are well documented in other reviews. All of the positive features described in those reviews are accurate.
When cycling power the 300 Series sometimes looses its MAC address. This puts the unit into a permanent boot cycle and all functionality is lost. The green LED labelled "System" blinks continuously when this occurs and all ports are inactive. I have at four units of only half a dozen that have this problem. The solution requires a direct Telnet session in which you manually reenter the MAC address (not hat hard - but you have to be on site to fix). This makes the unit vulnerable to power failures, and requires sending a technician to the site to implement the repair.
If you have the unit on a UPS with Generator backup than there is little risk. Otherwise the unit presents a significant risk for field service for any power loss. If not for this I would give it 5 stars.
5 Stars By Mel Beckman on 2012-04-27
An unbelievable deal - 8 POE GigE, plus Fiber & LAYER3 (!) for under 400!
This is a heck of a good deal -- a full-featured managed POE switch running Cisco IOS that includes tons of advanced features and Layer3 switching (static routing). And you get 8 full PoE ports -- not a measily 4 like many other low-end 8-port "PoE" products deliver. The good news about the whole Cisco SG300 line (but not the SG200) is that the family now runs a bonafide version of Cisco's IOS software, making it compatible with the IOS Command Line Interface (CLI). The IOS enhancement also completely revamped the GUI interface, which is excellent. Take care, however, to remember to save any configuration changes you make, whether by CLI or GUI. Unlike other low-cost managed switches, the SG300 does not save automatically save configuration changes (this is the behavior of Cisco's Catalyst line switches also, so Cisco is just being consistent).
5 Stars By A. Lyons on 2013-08-13
good deal for enterprise class
Ok, this is a really good value for Cisco equipment. You are getting a lot of POE ports, and you are getting the power of the 300 series, which in my opinion has a much better feature set than the 200 series Switches. I only use it for gigabit Ethernet, and not using the VLAN yet so can't speak beyond. So far this device has exceeded my expectations.
5 Stars By AlumiGogoGuy2929 on 2015-11-12
Solid option for desktop/lab environment. Gives you a full feature set you would expect for a workgroup switch.
5 Stars By Toxi Com on 2014-09-11
Excellent cisco as always - except the thing uses a big wall-wart-on-a-cable -- PS is NOT built in. Not a huge deal, but it takes the overall feel down a notch or three to Netgear level.
5 Stars By Jay Harper on 2013-11-03
Fully manageable, fanless, works out the box, amazing find for such a price.
I needed a reliable, manageable PoE switch to power a group of ShoreTel phones in one of our offices. Prior to this, we had an unmanaged PoE switch that couldn't even provide sufficient power to our longer cable runs, so some of the phones had to have a power injector as well. Installing proper network drops in this office was not an option due to construction issues, so the user workstations had to piggyback with the phone's passthrough jack to get on the network. Lots of clutter, 100Mbit limitation and no way to manage any of this stuff.
I bought this switch and its non-PoE companion (SG300-10). We separated out the phone and workstation runs to each switch, and the equipment came online almost immediately. Several of the CAT6 runs for the PoE phones were greater than 20 feet, and the switch still pushed enough power to allow the phones to work with just the network cable.
The switch can be configured via GUI (HTTP/HTTPS) or command line (telnet/SSH). The first thing to do is to check Cisco support and update the switch's software. Regarding configuration - the granularity of the options is usually something you don't find on a business-class switch under $500. SNMP, syslog, VLAN, port mirroring, flood control, individual port sense/flow control/preconfigured PoE settings, QoS, NTP and many more.
Bringing the switch into our monitoring fray was quite easy. We monitor its log entries through Kiwi Syslog Server, and network performance/uptime are handled through Cacti and another PRTGish app.
One of the features of the switch that made the geek in me giddiest of all was that it is fanless. Don't worry, you can monitor the temperature of the switch if you ever get paranoid. We have nine phones running on it along with the uplink to our core switch, and we haven't had an issue yet. It's also very light and compact. Included are accessories for mounting it on a wall, server rack or just placing it on a tabletop.
For a project that I thought would easily exceed four figures, this switch helped us look like budget superstars, and everyone still got everything on their wish lists met. :)