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Product Reviews toughswitch

Published on April 9th, 2013 | by Alexis Argent

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A quick look and review of the Ubiquiti TOUGHSwitch range

Ubiquiti Networks provide managed switch controllers to deliver fast 10/100/1000 Mbps connectivity and PoE to attached Ubiquiti devices and other devices that support passive PoE. The Ubiquiti TOUGHSwitch range provides a sturdy and reliable solution to power Ubiquiti solutions including airMAX, UniFi, and airVision.

There are three different models in the TOUGHSwitch series, each offering a different number of ports. The models are the Ubiquiti TOUGHSwitch 5-Port PoE, the Ubiquiti TOUGHSwitch 8-Port PoE PRO and the Ubiquiti TOUGHSwitch 16 Port PoE CARRIER. Today, we will look at each model individually with accompanying images.

The Ubiquiti TOUGHSwitch can vastly improve the PoE situation within a wireless solution by combining the power requirements of multiple devices into one single unit. This greatly simplifies the setup and avoids having unnecessary spaghetti junctions. 

Before and after TOUGHSwitch Deployment

 

The first model is the TOUGHSwitch 5-Port PoE. This unit comes with 24V Configurable Passive PoE and 5 Gigabit PoE ports.

The 5-Port TOUGHSwitch is wall-mountable, offering added versatility to wireless setups. The Dimensions are 197 x 87.5 x 27.3 mm. The 5-Port is the most lightweight model of the TOUGHSwitch series, weighing 250g.

The TOUGHSwitch 8-Port PoE PRO is the second model in the TOUGHSwitch range and is much more rugged and heavy duty than the 5-port. Coming with a full metal and rubber casing, the 8-port TOUGHSwitch is exactly as you would expect… tough.

This model has 24/48V Configurable Passive PoE, 8 Gigabit PoE ports and 150 W Power. The Dimensions are 210 x 185 x 41 mm and the weight is 1.24 kg.

The third and largest model is the TOUGHSwitch 16-Port PoE CARRIER. This model comes with a 1U Rack-Mount Form Factor. The 16-port model is two 8-Port TOUGHSwitches side by side with a connecting bracket to hold them together.

The 16-port offers 24V/48V Configurable Passive PoE, 16 Gigabit PoE ports and 300 W power. The dimensions are 480 x 44.5 x 186 mm and the weight is 3.95 kg. 

Ubiquiti have a tradition of producing aesthetically pleasing devices and the TOUGHSwitches are no exception. Coming in a smart black finish they will look the part whilst maintaining a high level of performance.

The TOUGHSwitch Configuration Interface helps to assist with control and setup of TOUGHswitch devices. Available for all models, the interface can be accessed through a secured management port and web browser. Users are able to see a virtual view of the ports, physical connectivity, speed, and PoE status.

The advanced features are as follows:

  • Port monitoring
  • System connection and management services
  • Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) configuration
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)/Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)
  • Jumbo Frame Support
  • Ping Watchdog
  • Configurable alerts

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