QNAP QSW-M2116P-2T2S: Managed Switch and Multigigabit PoE Ports

The manufacturer QNAP has been focusing not only on NAS servers, but also on professional routers, manageable and non-manageable switches with Multigigabit ports, and even hybrids between NAS servers, manageable switches and routers such as the QNAP Guardian. The manufacturer will soon launch a manageable switch that will provide us with great versatility, the new model that will come very soon is the QNAP QSW-M2116P-2T2S, and today in this article we are going to explain all the details about this equipment.


Features of this managed switch

This new manageable switch is a high-end device due to the speed of its Ethernet ports, therefore, it is ideal to provide high bandwidth through wired networks. This model has the following physical ports:

  • 16 2.5G Multigigabit ports with PoE + : These 16 Multigigabit 2.5G ports will provide us with a bandwidth of up to 2.5Gbps in the wired network, although it can also synchronize at speeds of 1Gbps and even 100Mbps if necessary. Thanks to these ports, we will be able to feed the new professional WiFi access points with the WiFi 6 standard, and not have any type of bottleneck in the wired network. A very important detail is that these professional WiFi access points should also have a 2.5G Multigigabit PoE port, otherwise, we will not take advantage of the speed of the network because they will synchronize at 1Gbps. These 16 ports are PoE +, therefore, it is capable of providing us with a power of up to 30W per port, to feed correctly and without any problem the higher-end APs that consume more power than the mid and low-end ones.
  • 2 10Gbps SPF + ports : QNAP has incorporated a total of two native 10Gbps SFP + ports, these ports are designed to interconnect the switches with each other and not have bandwidth problems in the backbone, however, we could also connect servers NAS with this type of connectivity, and even PC if they have a network card of this type.
  • 2 10G Multigigabit ports with PoE ++ : these two 10G Multigigabit ports will provide us with a bandwidth of up to 10Gbps, although it also allows synchronization at speeds of 5G / 2.5G / 1G and 100Mbps. These two ports will allow us to use them to interconnect switches with each other in the backbone network, making use of the typical Ethernet network cabling. We could also connect NAS servers or PCs directly here to have the highest possible bandwidth and exchange data quickly. These 2 ports are PoE ++, therefore, it is capable of providing us with a power of up to 90W per port, to power future APs that consume a lot of power correctly and without any problem, or any equipment that supports this standard such as high-end IP cameras. .

Other important characteristics of this model is that it has a PoE Budget of up to 280W, therefore, we will be able to power a large number of equipment simultaneously with all its Ethernet ports. The graphical user interface has an intelligent management of the PoE ports, being able to prioritize certain equipment over others.

Regarding the management options of this manageable switch, we have the possibility to manage the ports in detail (speed, duplex, activate or deactivate it), possibility to configure VLANs, Link Aggregation, QoS, configure ACL access control lists, we also have the possibility of configuring the LLDP protocols and even Spanning-Tree with different versions of the protocol. This equipment also incorporates the QSS operating system (QNAP Switch System) with the same configuration options as always, we recommend you visit our analysis of the QNAP QSQ-M408-4C where you will find its performance and all the configuration options of its firmware.

In the following video you can see all the technical characteristics explained in detail, and possible uses of this high-end manageable switch with Multigigabit ports:

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