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NETGEAR ProSafe GS110TP POE (Power over Ethernet) 8-Port Smart Switch - WebUI Part I

In our ongoing series of bringing the enterprise to the home, we are taking a look at a new Power over Ethernet Switch from NETGEAR today - The ProSafe GS110TP.

| Switches in Networking | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 10:04 am
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: NETGEAR

WebUI

 

The WebUI on the GS110TP is very extensive, so we will break it down into sections to make things a little easier to follow.

 

The System Tab

 

This tab has quite a bit going on; you start off on the management page which all on its own has six items for you to look through. Most of these are pretty mundane (like the time setup, IP configuration and DNS settings), but there are a couple that are intended to help with more advanced networking issues.

 

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The system information page is very self-explanatory and gives you some quick information about the status of the system. The IP configuration tab also does not need any more information; this is where you set or change the IP address for the system.

 

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The Time setup options are interesting; you have a global page which controls how you want to have the GS110TP get its time information. Your options are local and SNTP (Simple Network Time Protocol). However, to choose SNTP you have to set up a server in the SNTP Server Configuration page. This is a handy little option, especially if you have an internal SNTP server that you want to use (to limit access to UDP port 123 on your network). As there is no option for daylight savings time, you will unfortunately have to adjust the UTC offset to make sure the time is correct on the GS110TP.

 

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We talked about a few "more advanced" options on the management tab and the DOS (Denial of Service) page is one of them. Here you will find options to setup the DOS configuration automatically or to manually choose the DOS attack types you want to defend against.

 

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The DNS configuration page is an interesting one. In it you can configure the GS110TP as a DNS server; you do have to manually add hosts to the DNS server, but it is capable of forwarding DNS requests to the primary servers on your network.

 

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The green Ethernet configuration page gives you one option; to enable or disable the short cable mode. This mode checks the cable length and reduces the power used for any cables less than 10 feet long.

 

Device View

 

This one was a bust for us and Internet Explorer 8 and 9. When we tried to access this we only received an error saying that the publisher of the plug-in could not be identified. So it would not load the page. You would think that NETGEAR would setup a certificate for this plugin on this device to ensure that something like this would not happen.

 

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Interestingly enough, when we ran Firefox 3.6.10 the WebUI was very slow and unresponsive, but after the manual installation of a Java plug-in the device view worked properly.

 

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PoE

 

The Power over Ethernet pages are very nicely laid out and provide for excellent control over the PoE capabilities of the GS110TP. There is one item that needs some improvement, though. This is the PoE scheduling; the problem is that you can only associate one schedule with each port. I know this does not sound like a problem until you realize that each schedule can only work inside a 24 hour day. This means that you cannot tell it to power off a port from 22:00 (10PM) to 06:00 (6AM) the next morning.

 

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Thankfully you can see what each port is doing (for PoE and other items) in the port configuration page. But you still have the overly complicated schedule page and its inability to handle what is probably the most common "off" time in a business (8PM to 7AM). The other problem I ran into was that when the system was supposed to turn off POE power to a single port, the switch failed to do so and would lock up the WebUI. The only way to correct this issue was to restore to factory defaults.

 

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SNMP and LLDP

 

SNMP stands for Simple Network Management Protocol. This is a protocol that allows you to gather information about network devices and send them to a "trap" or computer that can catch the packets of data sent from the switch. LLDP on the other hand stands for Link Layer Discovery Protocol and is important for the discovery of network services. It is generally used to identify network access devices and as such help your network operate faster, as it is able to sort out what other devices are in the same network quickly.

 

LLDP has also been implemented in Windows Vista and Windows 7 (Server 2008 etc) to allow for much faster discovery of networked appliances. The GS110TP offers a large amount of flexibility in this configuration. You can opt to allow the GS110TP to only transmit, receive or to do both with LLDP information.

 

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The Services page is reserved for items such as DHCP filtering and interface configuration. Here you can see the trusts relegated to the different ports or Link Aggregation Groups. You can also view all items in a single screen.

 

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