Summary: I'm using this to push 8 PoE cameras and it's working great. I unfortunately can't comment on the Layer 2 management capabilities of it as I don't use them, but it has been reliable thus far for the past 6 months or so.
Summary: The PoE version of this switch series (ES-2108PWR) *has* a fan. Only the NON-PoE are fan-less. The fan noise is noticeable from another room in my house when things are quiet, but it's not too bad. For comparison, it sounds like a laptop running at 100% CPU.