SG200 PoE units only have HALF the ports available for PoE
Special K, Amazon
22 April 2014
Summary: Nowhere in the page description for the SG200-08P does it tell you that only HALF the 8 ports are assigned to Power over Ethernet. I needed 6 PoE ports, and a 8 port PoE unit sounded perfect. However, when this unit arrived, only 4 ports are PoE. The rest are regular Etherenet. So, back it must go to Amazon. The description on Amazon.com just needs to be more clear about exactly what you're buying, instead of misleading people into thinking all the ports are PoE.
Summary: Should have bought an SG300, or something else.
Pros: Nice little switch with a web GUI interface. Lots of good features in a compact metal case. Locking tab on the external power supply lead for a secure fit.
Cons: The -08 does NOT support SNMP, CDP, or many other features that the larger SG200 series support. It runs a limited 1.0.x software version, and can not be upgraded to the 1.3 that the bigger switches use. I'm a bit peeved by this, as the Cisco documentation does not call this out. Also, the power lead, while secure, is oddly placed. It sticks out the side of the switch, taking up a good 2" of extra space wherever you place it. Really detracts from its otherwise nice fo...
Pros: Desktop Style (cable/ports in back, status LEDs on front bezel) Quite (no fans) No pre use setup required (ready to go out of the box)
Cons: The following caveats are acknowledged in release 188.8.131.52: Problem: The VLAN tag is not stripped for mirrored packets. Solution: None. This is a hardware limitation. Problem: When there are multiple port mirroring sessions, broadcast and multicast packets are mirrored twice on the first session, but are not mirrored on the second session. Solution: None. Problem: Users are unable to set the management VLAN via the web GUI and through CLI. Solution: Set the default VLA...
Summary: For the most part, I like this switch. It's fairly easy to configure and does the job I bought it for (creating a bonded interface for my NAS). Unfortunately, I find that the firmware has a few too many quirks for my comfort. My primary complaint comes after I decided to try running a syslog server on my NAS just to see whether anything interesting popped up. Every device on my network aside from this switch is well behaved and creates mostly informational logs.
Summary: This switch is used to connect multiple rooms in our house (most connections are to smart TVs, Blu-ray players, ps3 etc) and after returning from 2 vacations, Netflix streaming and dlna streaming would freeze after a few minutes of play until the switch was rebooted, then everything was fine.
Pros: I like the management interface, pretty easy to get going, small footprint. Great transfer speeds.
Cons: when powered down, and back on, the settings are lost, I have to re-do my setup. After long periods of inactivity (days) the switch seems to need a power off/on cycle.
Excerpt: We bought 3 of them and have been kicking ourselves ever since. We didn't realize the don't come with SNMP support, or it's so deeply buried in the user interface it'll never surface. One of these switches went rogue on us until we could isolate how to keep it from doing so. They use a proprietary discovery protocol, forcing us to dig around to find a way to get them to cough up information on connected devices, etc. Still looking.
Summary: No where in any descritption was it disclosed that only half the 24 ports were POE. That is right only 12 ports are POE. Everything else is fine but if you are looking for more than 12 POE ports look elsewhere...