D-Link DGS-1510-52X 52-Port Gigabit Stackable SmartPro Switches with SFP+ Reviewed

D-Link DGS-1510-52x Gigabit Stackable SmartPro Switches with 10G Uplinks

D-Link DGS-1510-52x Gigabit Stackable SmartPro Switches with 10G Uplinks

The DGS-1510 series with 10Gb small form factor pluggable (SFP) ports was released sometime in 2014 and replaced D-Link’s 1500 series. As well as being available in 16, 24 and 48 10/100/1000Mbps port models, each offers 1GbE SFP and 10GbE SFP+ ports for fibre connectivity. The model I am reviewing is the DGS-1510-52X which is the 48 x 10/100/1000Mbps + 4 x 10GbE SFP+ port variant.

The DGS-1510-52X SmartPro switch not only brings 10GbE SFP+ to mainstream users but it also supports switch stacking. Stacking is useful for small businesses as it allows us to chain up to 6 switches (288 x 1000Mbps ports) together to provide up to 20Gbps of full duplex bandwidth with direct attached copper (DAC) or fibre cables.

Another great feature included with the D-Link DGS-1510-52X is support for Layer 3 (L3) traffic management features. You are able to configure static routing to segment the network into various workgroups that can communicate between VLANs with minimal impact to performance. This can help the business scale the network efficiently and with minimal disruption. Layer 2 (L2) hasn’t been forgotten either with the DGS-1510-52X supporting an extensive list of features including port mirroring, spanning tree and Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP).

Businesses with surveillance and VoIP systems can also benefit from the traffic classification and quality of service (QoS) features of the DGS-1510-52X. The DGS-1510-52X supports Auto Surveillance VLAN (ASV) and Auto Voice VLAN. ASV is relatively new and works by consolidating data and video transmissions through a single SmartPro switch and works to ensure the quality of video remains high without compromising conventional network data.

The DGS-1510-52X SmartPro switch supports IPv6 and related functions such as MLD Snooping and IPv6 QoS. It can also work in a IPv4/IPv6 dual stack mode to provide a bridge between the 2 networks which can be handy when transitioning the business network from IPv4 to IPv6.

Along with being feature packed, the D-Link DGS-1510-52X is green largely due to the utilisation of D-Link’s Green 3.0 technology. The SmartPro applies the 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet standard and decreases power usage during times of low traffic. If your network doesn’t support the standard, the DGS-1510-52X still has you covered with options around auto port shut-off, LEDs turning off and profile based system hibernation rules.

Specifications of the DGS-1510-52X Gigabit Stackable SmartPro Switch:
Size19” standard rack width, 1U height
# Ports48 x 10/100/1000Mbps
4 x 10G SFP+
Port StandardsIEEE 802.3 10BASE-T Ethernet
IEEE 802.3u 100BASE-TX Fast Ethernet
IEEE 802.3ab 1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.3x Flow Control for Full-Duplex Mode, Auto-negotiation
Network CablesUTP Cat. 5, Cat. 5e (100m max.)
EIA/TIA-568 100-ohm STP (100m max.)
Full/Half DuplexFull/half-duplex for 10/100 Mbps and full-duplex Gigabit speed
Media Interface ExchangeAuto or configurable MDI/MDIX
Switching Capacity176Gbps
Transmission MethodStore-and-forward
MAC Address TableUp to 16,000 entries per device
MAC Address UpdateUp to 512 static MAC entries
Enable/disable auto-learning of MAC addresses
Maximum 64 bytes Packet Forwarding Rate130.95Mpps
Packet Buffer Memory3MB per device
MTBF416,789 hours
Diagnostic LEDsPower/Stacking ID/Fan (per device)
Link/Activity/Speed (per 10/100/1000Mbps port)
Link/Activity/Speed (per Gigabit SFP port)
Link/Activity/Speed (per 10G SFP+ port)
AC Input100 to 240 VAC 50/60 Hz internal universal power supply
Maximum Power Consumption44.2W
Standby Power Consumption28.9W
Smart Fan Quantity2
Acoustics45.8 dB(A)
Heat Dissipation138.79 BTU/hr
Operating Temperature-5 to 50 ˚C
Dimensions440mm x 210mm x 44mm
CertificationsCE, FCC, C-Tick, VCCI, BSMI, CCC, IPv6 Ready Logo Phase 2

Installation

The DGS-1510-52X can be desk or rack mounted. Mounting brackets are included in order to install into a rack.

The DGS-1510-52X was rack mounted with the supplied mounting brackets

The DGS-1510-52X was rack mounted above the monitor with the supplied mounting brackets

If you are like me and tend to install things without reading the manual, take note of this as it will save you a lot of troubleshooting effort later – the DGS-1510-52X defaults to 10.90.90.90 on subnet 255.0.0.0 with no user or password when you first fire it up or every time you perform a full reset. Fortunately, the first time you step through the setup wizard, you can change it to DHCP or a different static IP. Users are setup during the wizard as well.

Defaults to 10.90.90.90/255.0.0.0

Defaults to 10.90.90.90/255.0.0.0

Management Software

There are 2 ways in which you can manage the switch. You can plug into the console port and connect via a terminal session or you can fire up your favourite web browser and navigate to the switch. The management console could do with a little modernisation but is otherwise packed with all the functionality we need. After making all the required changes, don’t forget to hit Save in the menu bar under the D-Link logo.

A great feature of the management console was the image of the DGS-1510-52X at the top. The ports would colour up on connection based on speed. This allows you to quickly see if you have any connectivity issues to any of the devices connected.

DGS-1510-52X Management dashboard, the LEDs on the switch image update as devices connect

DGS-1510-52X Management dashboard, the LEDs on the switch image update as devices connect

The DGS-1510-52X supports a range of L2 functions including Link Aggregation

The DGS-1510-52X supports a range of L2 functions including Link Aggregation

Final Thoughts

D-Link have produced one serious switch with the DGS-1510-52X SmartPro and whilst it’s not enterprise grade like Cisco or Juniper Networks, it’s still a contender considering all the included features and definitely worthy of consideration for small to medium businesses that are needing a competitively priced networking product.

The 10GbE capabilities make it attractive for any business wanting to push large amounts of data through their network and have sufficient bandwidth available for server access to perform network intensive tasks such as data replication and backup. Mixed with stacking functionality and L2/L3 features, the DGS-1510-52X is well ahead of other switches in its class. The only thing that would have made this a better switch would have been a 48-port version including PoE. At the time of writing PoE was only available with the 24-port model.

In short, if you run a power conscious business and want the best bang for your dollar without compromising on quality, this is definitely one switch to look into.

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