Cisco Small Business SF300-24P Switch
Cisco’s SRW range of small business managed switches has been around since its acquisition of Linksys, but they’re now being replaced by the 300 Series. These have a new design and aim to offer a broader port choice with easier management, better value and support for static L3 routing.
The SF300-24P sits in the middle of a new Fast Ethernet switch family. The switch is 802.3af PoE compliant and increases the port count over competing products: along with 24 Fast Ethernet ports it has a separate pair of Gigabit uplinks plus two more dual personality ports for copper or fibre links.
Installation is more streamlined than previous SRW models as you can use the FindIT IE toolbar utility. This searches the network for all Cisco small business switches, routers, wireless APs, NAS appliances and cameras, and displays them all for easy access.
The main web console provides quick links, with options for changing the switch’s management address, creating VLANs and configuring port settings. A system summary page provides a graphic of the front panel, showing which ports are active.
The switch provides 180W of power for PoE operations, so can support up to 11 devices if they’re all pulling the top 15.4W. Not all devices are this power hungry, though, so you can probably get away with more.