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Recommendations and Features Matrix

It's not really fair to include Linksys' managed SRW2008 in a direct head to head comparison with the three other "smart" switches. Based on the depth of configuration options, it would win hands down. The SWR2008 is a very capable switch that could be a work group switch as part of a large enterprise network, or could be the core of a small business network. And though it only has eight ports, I found it surprising that you could purchase such a feature-rich switch for under $200.

Though it has the highest street price, my choice between the three "smart" switches would be the Netgear GS716T largely because of its superior feature set relating to QoS. The only drawbacks with the Netgear switch are the relatively high noise level created by the fans and lack of 802.1x support.

If integration into a corporate network requiring 802.1x authentication, the D-Link DGS-1216T would be an easy choice. It has many of the features of the Netgear, runs significantly quieter, and is about $35 cheaper. Both have slots for fiber optic modules.

And finally, the Trendnet TEG-160WS wins the competition on the pricing front, but you sacrifice quite a few features (including jumbo frame support) as compared to the D-Link that has street pricing of only about $10 more.

Smart Switch Feature Comparison Table
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Power Supply
Power Consumption 30.3 Watts maximum 24 Watts Maximum 32 Watts Maximum 23 Watts Maximum
Power 100-240VAC /50-60 Hz 100-240VAC /50-60 Hz 100-240VAC /50-60 Hz 100-240VAC /50-60 Hz
Power Switch No No No Yes
Network Ports
Wired 16 10/100 /1000 Mbps 8 10/100 /1000 Mbps 16 10/100 /1000 Mbps 16 10/100 /1000 Mbps
Fiber Optic 2 shared SFP ports for SFP GBIC Modules 2 shared SFP ports for SFP GBIC Modules 2 shared SFP ports for SFP GBIC Modules None
Auto MDIX Yes Yes (configurable) Yes Yes
Physical Specifications
Dimensions (W x D x H) 440 x 210 x 44mm (17.3 x 8.3 x 1.73 in.) 279 X 45 X 170 mm (11 X 1.75 X 6.69 in) 440 x 205 x 43 mm (17.8 x 8.1 x 1.6 in.) 440 x 210 x 44mm (17.3 x 8.3 x 1.73 in.)
Weight 6 Lb (2.832 Kg) 2.2 LB (1 Kg) 6.03 lb (2.74 kg) 6.6 Lb (3 Kg)
  CE Mark CE Mark, CE Class A CE mark, commercial CE mark, commercial
  FCC Part 15 Class A FCC Part 15 Class A FCC Part 15 Class A FCC Part 15 Class A
    UL, cUL VCCI Class A VCCI Class A
    CB C-Tick  
Per port Link/Activity, 100, 1000 Link/Activity, Gigabit Link/Activity, Speed, FDX Link/Activity, 100, 1000
Per device Power, CPU System Power Power, System
Managed Functions
IEEE 802.1Q Static VLAN Up to 255 (up to 256 active) (Up to 64) N/A
Port-based VLAN Up to 16 Up to 8 (Up to 16) (Up to 16)
IEEE 802.1p Class of Service (CoS) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Port-based QoS/queues Yes/4 Yes/4 Yes/4 Yes/2
IEEE802.3ad (manual) Link Aggregation Yes Yes Yes Yes
IEEE 802.1d Spanning Tree Protocol Yes Yes Yes N/A
IEEE 802.1w Rapid Spanning Tree N/A Yes N/A N/A
IEEE 802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree N/A Yes N/A N/A
SNMP V1 Yes Yes Yes N/A
RMON support N/A Yes N/A N/A
802.1x/RADIUS port control Yes Yes N/A N/A
Set time with SNTP server N/A Yes N/A N/A
IGMP Snooping Yes Yes N/A N/A
Per Port Broadcast threshold N/A Yes Yes N/A
Port Based web status Yes Yes Yes Yes
Port Based web statistics Yes Yes Yes Yes
DHCP client Yes Yes Yes N/A
Jumbo Frame Support (up to 9,600 bytes) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Private Enterprise MIB N/A Yes Yes N/A
Port Mirroring Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Web-based configuration Yes Yes Yes Yes
Console port N/A Yes N/A N/A
Telnet N/A Yes N/A N/A
Web-based configuration - SSL N/A Yes N/A N/A
Configuration Backup/Restore Yes Yes Yes Yes
Password Access Control Yes Yes Yes Yes
Firmware upgradeable Yes Web /utility Yes - Web/TFTP Yes - Web Based Yes - through utility
Performance Specifications
Forwarding modes Store and forward Store and forward Store and forward Store and forward
Bandwidth 32 Gbps 16 Gbps 32 Gbps 32 Gbps
Buffer memory 512 KB 1MB 256 KB embedded memory per unit 512 KB
Address database size: (MAC) addresses per system 8000 8000 8,000 8,000
Warranty 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years
Noise Levels (dB)
At fan 84 < 50 91 82
6" from fan 57 < 50 78 63
6" from front of unit <50 < 50 57 53
36" from front of unit <50 < 50 53 < 50
Number of fans/size 1 / 1.5" 0 2 / 1.5" 2 / 1.5"