Pakedge Device & Software’s new S8Wpde is an 8-Port Gigabit Switch powered by PoE (Power over Ethernet), which is aimed at the home market, as well as SMB applications like multi-room AV, security camera and monitoring and small office AV routing. The S8Wpde can be powered via PoE from another switch, allowing it to be placed in locations where no electrical outlets can be found, such as an attic or in areas between outlets. This makes it ideal for use in retrofit and remodeling projects, where opening up walls to run electrical wiring is not an option.
Providing eight gigabit data ports with one of the eight data ports configured to accept power via PoE, an AC adapter can be used to supply power to the switch if PoE is not used, thus letting the S8Wpde be placed in areas with no nearby PoE sources.
With compact dimensions of 7.16″ W x 3.6″ D x 1.4” H in a metal enclosure, the S8Wpde takes up only a portion of 1U on a wiring rack. It comes with a newly designed flange-mount bracket that Pakedge says makes it easier to install than cradle-type brackets.
The S8Wpde supports auto MDI / MDI-X functionality, as well as 9K jumbo frames, providing better network performance in the form of lower latency and higher throughputs. In larger installations, each port can connect to another switch or hub. No crossover RJ-45 cables are required.