Power over Ethernet devices are a real boon when setting up security or any other sort of networks that need connected devices in places that are hard to reach, so TP-Link has decided to provide one.
The PoE standard describes a network cable that, in addition to maintaining the web connection between the host device and a client, also delivers energy to that client. As such, connected security cameras, or other such things, don't need to be plugged into a power socket. However, in order for such setups to be possible, both the host and the client must support the function. TP-Link has released one of the former: the JetStream Gigabit L2 Managed PoE Switch (product name TL-SG3424P). It has twenty-four 1000Mbps ports, four combo SFP slots and a PoE power supply of up to 320 W, enough for wireless access points and IP-based network surveillance cameras.
“Our new JetStream Gigabit L2 Managed PoE Switch series is ideal for small-to-mid-sized businesses interested in a reliable, high-performance solution that is also easy-to-manage,” said Howard He, product engineer of TP-LINK USA. “Add a practical design, and you have an affordable, networking infrastructure in no time.” With TP-Link's new invention, network administrators should have an easy time managing entire network platforms form a single interface. Adding new data, video, voice and wireless applications should be simple as well. Thus, as the business evolves, the PoE setup can seamlessly grow along with it. Other relevant specs include 802.1Q tag VLAN, Port Mirroring, STP/RSTP/MSTP, Link Aggregation Control, IP-MAC-Port-VID Binding and Access Control List (ACL) functions (prevent broadcast storm, ARP and Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks).
Sales should start this month (June, 2012), if they haven't already, for the price of $499.99, or 396 Euro, according to exchange rates. In the meantime, all relevant information is neatly written on the official product page, accessible via this link.