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IP-COM G1105P-4-63W 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch with 4-Port PoE Reviewed

IP-COM G1105P-4-63W 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch with 4-Port PoE

IP-COM Networks specialises in commercial networking devices, providing high-speed, secure, easy-maintenance networking devices and solution for enterprises. The IP-COM G1105P-4-63W 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch with 4-Port PoE is one such entry-level switch.

Your home/office situation will determine what kind of network switch you need. Are you just looking for better internet reception around your home or are you after something that can protect your network too?

The beauty of the IP-COM G1105P-4-63W desktop switch is that it can help with both.

Specifications of the IP-COM G1105P-4-63W:

Standard&ProtocolIEEE 802.3
IEEE 802.3u
IEEE 802.3ab
IEEE 802.3x
IEEE 802.3af
IEEE 802.3at
Indicator5 x Link/Act per device
4 x PoE per device
1 x Power per device
Interface4 10/100/1000Base-T ports(Data/Power)
1 10/100/1000Base-T port(Data)
Port Lightning Protection6KV
Store and forwardYes
Exchange Capacity10 Gbps
Packet forwarding rate7.44Mpps
RAM Data Buffer1Mb
MAC Address Table2K
PoE supply managementPort 1 to Port 4 support  IEEE802.3at/af PoE standard
PoE through pin1 2 4 5 +,3 6 7 8 -
Voltage input rangeAC:100-240V~ 50/60Hz
Dimensions100mm x 100mm x 26mm (W x D x H)
Power ConsumptionIn full configuration:<63W
PoE Max Power Supply:58W

About Those Ports

We’re pleased with how this network switch improves connectivity. You’re getting the standard five gigabit Ethernet ports. All four of the PoE ports comply with the IEEE 802.3af and 802.3at standards.

The maximum power output of each PoE port is 30W. That said, the switches total maximum power output at any point in time is 58W. We’ll get into why those power output ratings matter in a bit.

Is 5 ports going to be enough to meet your future needs?

Let’s focus on the number of ports first. For a fairly basic home entertainment or small security system, a five-port switch such as what IP-COM is offering is fine. For larger networks or if you have more than four security cameras, the G1105P-4-63W won’t be enough.

Likewise, you should always consider future capacity. If you are planning on expanding your network and you are at capacity from day 1 with the G1105P-4-63W, then you may be better off going a larger switch up front.

Power Output That Matters

So, why are those power output ratings important? Since some homeowners use these network switches to improve their security systems, those power-generating ports are important.

The fact that the ports included on the IP-COM G1105P-4-63W can offer 30 watts individually is crucial for powering up surveillance cameras and other security-focused equipment.

The power-providing ports are similarly useful for improving internet access solutions in other parts of your home or business. You can use the PoE port on the G1105P-4-63W to power a range of PoE enabled devices such as wireless ceiling access points, IP cameras and IP phones.

A five-port switch can do enough to improve internet access for most homes. However, if you have a larger home, you may need more. That’s why this five-port desktop switch may not be enough for everyone.

Superior Protection

You can’t overlook the kind of protection the IP-COM G1105P-4-63W provides.

To further protect your network, you can use the hardware DIP switch and effectively guard against DHCP spoofing. It works by isolating ports 1 – 4 and only allowing communication with port 5. While this may not seem like a major concern for a homeowner, the extra protection against any potential network attack is always good to have.

6kV lightning protection also safeguards against the negative effects of a power surge. That kind of protection is also useful against shortcircuiting and sudden spikes in temperature.

Final Words

If you need an entry-level switch with not a lot of ports, the IP-COM G1105P-4-63W should be fine. If the five ports are not enough, IP-COM does carry a range of PoE switches with greater capacity (e.g. F1109P-8-102W, F1118P-16-150W, or even F1126P-24-250W and more).