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D-Link DGS-1100-08Pv2 Switch Firmware Analysis on Video

The D-Link DGS-1100-08Pv2 managed switch is a very interesting model due to its small size and technical characteristics. Currently there are very few models of managed switches with 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports and PoE + that are as small as this, in addition, it is rare to find PoE switches with completely passive cooling, so the noise is 0dB. This model is ideal for advanced home environments and also for small offices where we need certain management options. Today in RedesZone we are going to show you our video review of the firmware of the D-Link DGS-1100-08Pv2 switch.

What management options do we have on this switch?

This manageable switch belongs to the «Smart» range of managed switches, therefore, we will not have as many advanced configuration options as it does with other ranges of the D-Link manufacturer such as DGS-1210 or DGS-1250, without However, we will find the main configuration options that we will need in an advanced home environment or in a small office.

We must remember that this manageable switch is worth about 100 euros, the price is due to the possibility of having PoE + up to 30W in all its ports, to the Power Budget of up to 64W, and that this switch allows management options. For example, we can buy this switch in online stores such as Amazon or PcComponentes, and also in physical stores.

Regarding the management options that we have available in this manageable switch, we have several sections where we can make all available options.

System and Management

In the section of “System»We can configure the name of the system, the location and also the name of the administrator’s contact, in addition, we can also configure the timeout of the web session that we currently have. In this same menu we have the possibility of configuring the IPv4 interface to access the manageable switch locally or remotely, by default it is at 10.90.90.90, but we can configure the static IP that we want and we can even configure the DHCP client to to obtain IP addressing fully automatically. This switch does not have L3 characteristics, therefore, we will not be able to create several IPv4 interfaces for each VLAN that we configure, something that does happen with other more advanced models from the D-Link manufacturer.

In the section of port configuration We can activate or deactivate them, we can also configure the speed and duplex, we can also configure the different profiles for the auto-negotiation of the wired clients. Of course, we can activate flow control on certain ports, and we can even put a description to correctly document what a certain port is connected to. Finally, we can also activate the Jumbo Frames, this switch supports a maximum frame length of 9216 bytes.

Regarding PoE configuration options, we can define the maximum PoE that we want this switch to support, the maximum is 64W so we cannot exceed this number. We could also configure the shutdown sequence of the different ports, in case of exceeding the threshold set in PoE. A very interesting feature is the possibility of enabling or not the PoE support in the different Gigabit Ethernet ports, and we can even define a PoE consumption limit, both by class of PoE device and also in mW. Finally, we have the PD Alive functionalities that will allow us to always keep the devices that we power with PoE active, if for some reason these devices are blocked, the switch will automatically detect it and restart the port.

Regarding the management options, we can change the administrator password, configure the SNMP protocol and also the D-Link Discovery Protocol to use the D-Link DNA software.

L2 Features

The L2 functionalities that we have in this switch are quite extensive, however, we will not reach the level of detail and advanced configuration options of other D-Link models of higher ranges. In this section we will find the following:

  • FDB: we can see and configure the CAM table of the switch, adding static entries with the MAC, VLAN and port where we have connected a certain device.
  • VLANs: we can configure VLANs based on 802.1Q, we will also have the possibility to configure VLANs per port, management VLAN to enter the management of the manageable switch, asymmetric VLAN, and we can even configure voice and video surveillance VLANs.
  • Spanning-Tree: we have both STP and RSTP available to avoid loops at the link layer level, and provide redundancy with multiple physical links
  • Loopback Detection: we can detect loops in the switch itself, if we connect a cable from a switch port to another switch port, in this way, we will disable one of the ports.
  • Link Aggregation: we can configure a link aggregation of several ports, and creating a maximum of 2 LACP groups.
  • L2 Multicast Control: this switch is capable of managing multicast traffic efficiently, making use of the IGMP Snooping protocol.

As you have seen, we have the main configuration options that we will need in a home and small office environment.

QoS and Security

If you need to prioritize some Gigabit Ethernet ports over others, this model also has the ability to configure the QoS in detail. We can prioritize the different ports with the 802.1p or DSCP standard, in addition, we will have the possibility of configuring the bandwidth limiter per port, to define a download and upload speed individually for each of the eight Gigabit ports that we have.

Regarding the security options, we have a unicast, multicast and broadcast storm control system, in addition to having the possibility of configuring Traffic Segmentation to block or allow traffic between the different ports, and we can even configure the Port Security to allow only a certain number of MAC addresses per port. Logically, all these options are quite basic and we do not have as many or as detailed as in other D-Link models.

OAM, Monitoring and Green

Finally, D-Link has also incorporated OAM to analyze the network cabling and detect if there is any type of problem, whether the Ethernet network cable is badly crimped or the distance is too great. Likewise, we can also see statistics on the use of physical ports, configure Port Mirroring to forward incoming and / or outgoing traffic from one port to another port for further analysis.

Finally, this switch has the 802.3az standard for energy saving, which is normal for D-Link switches thanks to the fact that it was one of the first to launch D-Link Green for energy saving.

Get to know the firmware in our complete video

As we have explained previously, this D-Link DGS-1100-08PV2 switch incorporates a large number of configuration options, therefore, it is ideal for advanced home environments where we need traffic segmentation, either with VLANs or directly with the “Traffic Segmentation” functionality that we have available in this switch, in addition, we can also configure other more advanced protocols such as voice VLAN and video surveillance, ideal if we have VoIP or video surveillance with IP cameras in our home or office.

We must remember that this switch model is specifically aimed at home users who want to have configuration options in the switch without having to go to higher-end equipment, in addition, it is also suitable for small offices where we have two access points and a couple of IP cameras, this model is ideal to power this type of device without any problem thanks to its PoE + and the 64W of PoE power that it provides us with at most.

Once we know the main firmware characteristics of this D-Link DGS-1100-08PV2 switch, we recommend you watch our complete video where you can see all the available configuration options:

This manageable switch is available for approximately 100 euros, a competitive price if we consider that it is PoE + with 64W of Power Budget and management options in its firmware.

As you have seen in the previous video, we have multiple configuration options that are perfect for home environments and also for small offices, where we do not need too advanced options.

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