Unboxing the Netgear GS108PE PoE Network Switch

The Netgear GS108PE Network Switch our favorite switch for small offices and power user offices.  It has 4 ports of PoE which powers phones, cameras, access points and other devices.   With 4 ports it can power an office with 4 phones or less.

This is a smart switch which we find incredibly useful.   When there are network problems, smart switches make it very easy for us to diagnose problems remotely.   We can connect to the network and then ping the ip address of the switch and access the web interface on the switch.  

It has a number of advanced features beyond the IP address and web interface.  VLan support means it allows the network to be segmented and data traffic can be separated from phone or video traffic.   The loop detection feature allows us to quickly diganose whether there is a loop between switches in the network which will bring your network speeds to a crawl.  The switch also supports QoS for packet prioritization.  This means that on a busy network your voice and video traffic can take priority over data and maintain quality.

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How To Use the Ubiquiti ETH-SP Ethernet Surge Protector

Outside Wifi Antennas survive in the energy of the air around it.  With storms, air carries a greater charge that finds its way down conductors like ethernet cables.

Ubiquiti PoE injectors are designed to drain excess energy to a ground but must be used with cat5e connectors that include a special ground casing and cable that includes a special conductor to drain the extra energy.  The Ubiquiti product is called ToughCable.  Be sure to install outside wifi antennas with the proper cable and connectors.

The Ubiquiti Ethernet Surge Protector provides an extra layer of protection and  should be placed after the PoE injector and before switches or routers.  In the case of excess energy traveling through the cable, this device will block the energy and provide an additional drain to earth.   It may be destroyed in the process which is its design.  It is good practice to have extra units in stock.  When it is destroyed it can be quickly replaced.



Best Router/Firewall for the Money. The Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X

Ubiquiti Network Equipment and Firewalls
In the Ubiquiti tradition of delivering networking equipment with disruptive pricing comes the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X.   This small, well priced powerful router comes with advanced routing features like :

  • PoE Passthrough
  • VLan Support
  • QoS Support
  • Firewall, NAT, DHCP Service
  • Advanced Routing Protocols

The Ubiquiti software works well with the other software on Ubiquiti devices and provides dashboard like reporting.

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Firewalls, Routers, and Security Gateway Appliances

If you are looking for a full firewall for your office with full security options we recommend the PFsense SG-2440 router.  It can be found www.BuyPhonesOnline.ca online store at:

PFSense SG2440 Firewall and Security Gateway Appliance