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We have the widest selection of network switches for home, commercial and industrial use. Free same day shipping on all orders before 1:30pm (PDT).

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Dependable and versatile switches are the specialty of Planetechusa.com, the leader of innovative last mile technology. The switches at Planetechusa.com are great units that channel incoming data from any of the input ports to a specific output port to send data towards the correct destination. If you are looking for dependable and versatile standard switches, POE switches, Industrial switches, or KVM switches, then there is no reason to shop anywhere else.

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Our great selection of network switches will give you the ability to connect multiple networking devices easier than ever. So whether you are searching for dependable standard switches, PoE switches, industrial switches, or KVM switches that get the job done, you will find the perfect network solutions right here.

  • GS-4210-16P2S PoE SwitchGS-4210-16P2S PoE Switch Front
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    GS-4210-16P2S 16-Port 10/100/1000T 802.3at PoE + 2-Port 100/1000X SFP Managed Switch

    PLANET’s GS-4210-16P2S is an ideal Gigabit PoE Switch which provides a cost-effective advantage to local area network and is widely accepted in the SMB office network.

    • Ports:   16 10/100/1000TX + 2 100/1000X SFP
    • PoE Ports:   16
    • Type:   Managed
    • Standards:   802.3af/at
    • Operating Temp.:   0° to 50°C
    • Power Consumption:   Max. 281 Watts/ 964 BTU
    • Switch Throughput:   26.78Mpps@64Bytes
    $336.00
  • GS-5220-16T2XV 16-Port Switch with LCD ScreenGS-5220-16T2XV 16-Port Switch with LCD Screen Front
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    GS-5220-16T2XV L2+ 16-Port 10/100/1000T + 2-Port 10G SFP+ Managed Ethernet Switch with LCD Touch Screen

    PLANET’s GS-5220-16T2XV Layer 2+ Managed Gigabit Switch with LCD touch screen supports both IPv4/IPv6 protocols, hardware Layer 3 static routing capability, provides 16 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports and 2 10Gigabit SFP+ uplink slots.

    • Ports: 16 10/100/1000T + 2 10G SFP+
    • Type of Switch: Managed
    • Switch Fabric: 72Gbps/ non-blocking
    • Power Consumption: Max. 25.5 watts / 87.01BTU
    • Throughput: 53.57Mpps@64bytes
    • Operating Temp: 0 to 50°C

    * The manuals on the LCD Touch Screen are fully customizable and can be personalized to your needs with a small NRE fee. Please contact us for more details. *

    $718.00
  • IGS-5225-4T2S Industrial SwitchPlanetechPRO Lifetime Warranty
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    IGS-5225-4T2S Industrial L2+ 4-Port 10/100/1000T + 2-Port 100/1000X SFP Managed Switch

    The IGS-5225-4T2S, a new Modbus TCP fully-managed Gigabit fiber switch in the industrial networking industry that features 4 10/100/1000Mbps copper ports, 2 100/1000X SFP ports and redundant power system.

    • Ports: 4 10/100/1000TX + 2 100/1000X SFP
    • Type of Switch: Managed
    • Operating Temperature: -40 to 75°C
    • Switch Fabric: 12Gbps / non-blocking
    • Max. Power Consumption: 6.3W / 21.6BTU (power on w/0 any connection), 8.5W/29.2BTU (full loading)
    • Throughput: 8.9Mpps @ 64Bytes
    • Supports: IEEE 1588v2 Transparency, ERPS Ring, DIDO

    Note: ALL Industrial Switches do NOT include a power supply. Click here to shop all Industrial Power Supply.

    $343.20
  • WGS-4215-8T Industrial Wall-mount SwitchPlanetechPRO Lifetime Warranty
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    WGS-4215-8T Industrial 8-Port 10/100/1000T Wall-mount Managed Switch (-40~75C)

    The WGS-4215-8T is an Industrial 8-port 10/100/1000T Wall-Mounted Managed Switch with IPv6/IPv4 dual stack management, intelligent Layer 2 Management Functions, and an user-friendly interface.

    • Ports: 8 10/100/1000T
    • Type of Switch: Managed
    • Operating Temperature: -40 to 75°C
    • Switch Fabric: 16Gbps / non-blocking
    • Power Consumption: Max. 10 Watts / 34 BTU
    • Throughput: 11.9Mpps @ 64 bytes

    Note: ALL Industrial Switches do NOT include a power supply. Click here to shop all Industrial Power Supply.

    $201.60

POE Switch Buying Guide: Managed vs Unmanaged Switch?

If you want to create a network of any kind for your home or office, you’re going to need a switch. However, if you’re unfamiliar with networking technology, you may not know whether you should purchase a managed or unmanaged switch. Worse still, you may not even know the difference between the two.

Both managed and unmanaged switches have their advantages and disadvantages; but before you can properly choose which is best tailored to suit your needs, you must first understand the difference between them.

In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at switches to help you better understand which type – managed or unmanaged – is right for you.

What Is A POE Switch?

Some unskilled networking consultants may not think much of a switch. It’s just something your computers all plug into, right?

Actually, switches are much more complex than that. They’re the brain of your network, which means they can be used to – depending on whether you’re using a managed or unmanaged switch – diagnose network issues, run protocols, setup VLANs, and perform other useful tasks that you may want to employ in the creation and operation of your network.

Managed Switch Brain Power

What is the difference between managed POE switches and unmanaged POE switches?

Remember, switches actually have a little bit of brain power, unlike their predecessor, the hub. Basically, the difference between an unmanaged and managed switch is the degree to which you can configure the brain power of your switch and, as a consequence, your network.

At the end of the day it comes down to your specific needs – if you want to fine-tune your network, a managed switch is for you. Otherwise, if you’re creating a smaller network and you don’t find any of the features that managed switches have to offer particularly useful, you can probably get by with an unmanaged switch.

In any event, it’s important to know the demands of your network before trying to determine which type of switch is right for you. From there, you can figure out what you need from your switch and make the correct choice.

What is the advantage of a managed switch?

Although they tend to be more expensive than their cheaper (and less capable) counterparts, managed switches offer full administrative capabilities and security features, allowing you to take total control over your network.

Managed switches minimize network downtime, cut operational expenses, and increase network security.

Due to their higher price tag and added features, managed switches are best used for enterprise networks and data centers.

Advantages of a Managed Switch

Types of POE Switches

Unmanaged switches are cheaper than managed switches, and they are easier to install as well.

Nonetheless, unmanaged switches lack the features and control that managed switches offer. Smart switches are in between managed and unmanaged switches and can be used by networking beginners without much experience or technical know-how.

In this section, we’ll be talking about managed, unmanaged, and smart switches to help you determine which is right for your networking needs.

Unmanaged PoE Switch

Unmanaged POE Switch

Unmanaged switches are generally plug and play – after connecting your devices to an unmanaged switch, they will communicate automatically using auto-negotiation to determine criterion such as data rate and whether to use half-duplex or full-duplex mode.

Despite unmanaged switches seeming like the easier – and maybe even the obvious – choice, they’re actually not the best option for large networks, especially if you want your network running at peak efficiency.

When you let an unmanaged switch automatically make choices for you, sometimes things can go wrong and you won’t have any control over it. If it works, great! If not, you’ll have to throw it away and get another unmanaged switch, hoping the new one will actually work properly.

For example, different devices (depending on their performance and age) will be able to transfer data at different speeds. Unmanaged switches are supposed to automatically detect the speed of an ethernet device and transfer data accordingly.

Unfortunately, sometimes unmanaged switches will misinterpret a device’s speed, resulting in them transferring data at a slower rate than they should. Not only will this mistake slow down your network, but it will also waste your money because your devices are not operating at their full potential.

Conversely, with a managed switch, you have the ability to hard code the speed of each port. If one of your devices can transfer data at 1 gigabit per second, you can manually set that device’s port to transfer data at 1 gigabit per second, ensuring the device is operating at its full potential.

POE is another great reason why you should consider buying a managed switch. If you let an unmanaged switch automatically determine how much power to send to a device via a POE cable, the unmanaged switch may send too much power to the device causing it to short circuit, or too little power, making the device malfunction.

With a managed switch, you can specify the exact amount of power to send to any device on the network, ensuring it functions properly.

Managed PoE Switch

Managed POE Switch

Requiring a substantial amount of skill to maintain, managed switches are definitely more expensive and complex than unmanaged switches. Nevertheless, they offer a whole host of benefits and control options that unmanaged switches lack. Managed switches give you the ability to configure their brain power, and they can do exactly what you need them to do.

In short, managed switches provide a skilled network administrator better control over their network and all of the traffic moving through it. You can adjust each port of a managed switch individually, monitor throughout, network errors and port status, setup VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks), limit bandwidth, implement QoS (Quality of Service), and usually offer STP (Spanning Tree Protocol) support.

Managed switches allow you to configure every aspect of your network and the devices connected to the network.

Smart PoE Switch

Smart POE Switch

Smart switches are great for networking beginners who want a bit more control over their network without breaking the bank. They’re generally more expensive than unmanaged switches, but they’re still significantly cheaper than managed switches.

It’s important to remember, however, that although smart switches grant you more control than unmanaged switches, they still lack the total control you’d have if you were using a fully managed switch.

Smart switches have a GUI (Graphical User Interface) with easy-to-use controls, which are specifically convenient for those without a considerable amount of network training.

Smart switches can also be used to remotely turn POE cameras on or off via the switch’s GUI. A network administrator can do this from anywhere on the network, or over the internet. This feature is incredibly useful when a hard-to-reach camera needs to be rebooted.

High-end smart switches also support Time-Based POE. This option allows network admins to manually choose when each camera on the network is powered on and off. If you want to shut down your surveillance system during a certain time of the day, for example, this feature would come in handy. You can also use it to automatically schedule camera reboots.

In summary, smart switches offer more control over your network than unmanaged switches, and they’re great for beginners who need an easy-to-understand GUI, as opposed to hard-coding commands with a managed switch. Still, they’re no replacement for a managed switch’s total control if you’re creating an enterprise network.

Best POE Switches

In this section, we’ll be highlighting some of the best managed switches on the market, ranging from four ports all the way up to forty-eight port switches.

Switches are sold in a variety of sizes, each with a different number of ports. How many ports you need depends on the number of devices you’d like to connect and how much you’re willing to spend on a switch.

4 Port POE Switch [IGS-5225-4P2S]

Specs:

  • Type:   Managed
  • PoE Ports: 4
  • Standards: 802.3at PoE Plus PSE
  • Total PoE Budget: 144W
  • Operating Temperature:   -40 to 75°C
  • Max. Power Consumption:   6.3W / 21.6BTU (power on w/0 any connection), 151.8W/520.8BTU (full loading w/PoE)
  • Throughput:   8.9Mpps @ 64Bytes

This managed switch is best for very small networks, as it only has four ethernet ports. However, it offers the network administrator total control over their network.

IGS-5225-4P2S 4-Port PoE Switch
GS-5220-8UP2T2X 8-Port Switch

8 Port POE Switch [GS-5220-8UP2T2X]

Specs:

  • Ports: 10 10/100/1000TX Shared 8 802.3bt PoE + 2 10G SFP+
  • Type: Managed
  • Standards: 802.3bt (Type 3)
  • Total PoE Budget: 240W @ 25°C
  • Operating Temperature: 0-50°C
  • Max. Power Consumption: 258W / 880BTU
  • Throughput: 44.642Mpps@64Bytes

This switch has 8 ports, meaning it would be best put to use in a small office space to link together several computers, phones, and/or surveillance cameras. However, it still doesn’t have enough ports to support a large enterprise network.

16 Port POE Switch [GS-5220-16T2XV]

Specs:

  • Ports: 16 10/100/1000T + 2 10G SFP+
  • Type: Managed
  • Standards: 802.3bt (Type 3)
  • Total PoE Budget: 240W @ 25°C
  • Operating Temp: 0 to 50°C
  • Max Power Consumption: 25.5 watts / 87.01BTU
  • Throughput: 53.57Mpps @ 64bytes

This 16 port POE switch has an LCD touch screen display, making it easy to use and program. It has enough ethernet ports to support a medium-sized office network.

GS-5220-16T2XV 16-Port Switch
GS-5220-24T4XVR 24-Port Switch

24 Port POE Switch [GS-5220-24T4XVR]

Specs:

  • Ports: 24 10/100/1000T + 4 10G SFP+
  • Type: Managed
  • PoE Ports: 
  • Max Power Consumption: 35.1 W / 119.77 BTU
  • Operating Temperature: 0 to 50° C

This 24 port switch is best suited for a large office network with more than ten computers, several security cameras, and phones that all must be configured on the network. It has enough ports and throughput to accommodate all of the devices on the network.

48 Port POE Switch [GS-5220-48PL4XR]

Specs:

  • Ports: 48 10/100/1000TX + 4 10G SFP+ and 1 console port
  • Type: Managed
  • Standards: 802.3af/at
  • Total PoE Budget: 600 Watts
  • Operating Temperature: 0-50°C
  • Max Power Consumption: AC: 680W/2333 BTU, DC: 36.6W/124.88BTU

This 48 port switch is one of the largest on the market, best suited for enterprise use in a very large office or industrial center. This switch is best for connecting more than a dozen computers, cameras, phones, etc. together on one large network.

GS-5220-48PL4XR 48-Port Switch

What POE Switch Should I Buy?

Switches are the brains of any network, large or small. With the right switch, you can speed up your network, increase security, and take total control over every device on the network. There are many different kinds of POE switches on the market, both managed and unmanaged. With so many different options, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you and your needs.

Luckily, you can call one of our trained engineers for a free consultation to understand exactly which type of POE switch you will need for your project.

Complex Project? Contact our sales team for a custom quote!

Prompt Technical Assistance

Our fantastic in-house technical support team has an average response time of four hours.

Top-Tier Last Mile Equipment

We offer VDSL2 and ADSL2 DSLAM’s with several interface options.

Leverage PoE

Deploy Powered Devices (PDs) at any location utilizing our reliable Power over Ethernet devices.
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