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TRENDnet TPE-80WS 8-Port Power Over Ethernet Web Smart Switch - The Switch

Power over Ethernet has become viable for the home, but what does an Enterprise class PoE switch really offer over the home version?

| Switches in Networking | Posted: Aug 26, 2009 3:09 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: TRENDnet

The Switch

 

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The TRENDnet TPE-80WS is a small switch, relatively speaking. The front looks a little chaotic, but once you become familiar with everything you can tell the status at a glance.

 

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On the left side of the front face we find a single 9-pin Serial port for a terminal connection. This is really used very little with the WebSmart UI, but is handy if you are unable to access the UI. Next to this is a three-digit LED display; this display has multiple functions. In normal mode it shows the available power remaining on the switch. With no PoE devices attached it will read 120. In PoE Status mode it will show the status of a single port. You can move between ports with the small button labelled "Next Port".

 

Switching between modes is accomplished by a two position button just to the right of the display.

 

To the right of the mode button are a series of LEDs. These display link and PoE status at a glance. Between these and the RJ-45 ports is a small indented switch that allows for a default reset of the TPE-80WS.

 

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On the right hand side of the face we find the eight ports available on the TPE-80WS. Each of these is PoE enabled and can support up to 15.4 Volts of PoE power to a single device. Each is also a full 10/100/1000MB Auto-MDX port.

 

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The back is plain and boring. The only part that is of any interest to a normal user is the power outlet.

 

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