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    My existing 8 Port Gigabit POE switch died today. It over-heated and cooked itself.

    Anyone have any recommendations for a relatively low cost minimum 8 port Gigabit POE Switch that can withstand high temperatures? It does NOT have to be fanless as it's in the garage so noise is not a concern.

  • #2
    I also have had a couple different 8 port POE switches fail in my garage. I'm located in Southeastern New Mexico, so my garage gets a bit toasty.

    I have an 8 port switch, a 16 port switch, an Elk M-1 Gold panel with a few accessory boards and a micro PC in a single wall cabinet. No active cooling, but I do try to leave the door partially open.Over the last month the temp inside the cabinet as been between 93 and 112 degrees F.

    I switched to a non-powered switch coupled with an active POE injector from WiFi-Texas in May 17. I 'm using the 8 port model, WT-AT-8-56v. This model can support 120 watts across the 8 ports. I'm using all 8 ports to feed a variety of cameras. It set me back $140, so I won't say it's cheap, but it will be worth it continues to work. To date, I've had no problems.

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    • #3
      At work, we use those same POE switches that @kesterf mentioned and they work well for POE VoIP phones.

      At home, I recently spoiled myself on Ubiquiti and their equipment so far has been outstanding.
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      • #4
        Old ones here that work fine today for me are:

        - Tycon mini and maxi POE switches - industrial strength made for outdoor WAP's. These are recommended for your stuff in the garage.
        These are unmanaged POE switches which can be powered by one POE network cable.

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        Years ago purchased a Tycon Mid span managed 24 port injector (3 power supplies) for around $80. Works well today. Note that this is a power injector and not a switch.

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        - assortment of el cheapo TP-Link 8 port POE switches

        Using 3 24 port TP-Link Gb managed switches today. Old now. Fanless. One is inside of my Leviton 42" media panel. Two are on a rack.
        Plus the TP-Link unmanaged el cheapo 8 port with POE (4 ports) injectors.

        Not sure how these will hold up outside with heat. Ran POE to the attic and have a small TP-Link POE switch there too which is still working fine after a couple of years.
        Last edited by Pete; July 13th, 2018, 08:36 AM.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by rmasonjr View Post
          At work, we use those same POE switches that @kesterf mentioned and they work well for POE VoIP phones.

          At home, I recently spoiled myself on Ubiquiti and their equipment so far has been outstanding.
          I've been considering a slow roll out of Ubiquiti gear at home. I'm mostly concerned with the heat and if the Ubiquiti would survive. If their 8 Port POE wasn't so expensive I'd go for it and take the risk of the heat. The 8 port (4 POE Port) is not too expensive considering but I really need more than 4 POE ports now and I have 2 more expansions planned. I may just have to suck it up and get the full 8 port but I'm still worried about the heat.

          I did find a BV-Tech DIN Rail switch it's rated for 149F but is only a 100Mb switch for POE ports with the 1G uplink. This would be fine for the cameras that are connected. It just doesn't leave room for upgrading cameras past 1080P but I don't have the need anyway. For a "dumb" switch I may consider the BV-Tech as it's cheap enough to try and if it doesn't work out it's not that huge of a loss as it's cheaper than the Ubuiquiti.

          Side note I have been thinking of replacing my Wifi setup with an all Ubuiquiti setup. I like their outdoor AP's and having all of the AP's under full management control is very nice.

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          • #6
            The TP-Link 8 port / 4 port POE unmanaged switches are $48 on Amazon.
            The TP-Link 16 port / 8 POE managed switches are $139 on Amazon.

            These are cheap robust switches and now have a limited lifetime warranty.

            Home networking here started with Cisco switches / routers / WAP in the early 2000's as that is all I was ever allowed to use a few years ago at work.

            Ubiquiti has grown now to a nice provider of good hardware. Here was a beta tester for a few things a few years back (WAP's and CCTV).
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Pete View Post
              The TP-Link 8 port / 4 port POE unmanaged switches are $48 on Amazon.
              The TP-Link 16 port / 8 POE managed switches are $139 on Amazon.

              These are cheap robust switches and now have a limited lifetime warranty.

              Home networking here started with Cisco switches / routers / WAP in the early 2000's as that is all I was ever allowed to use a few years ago at work.

              Ubiquiti has grown now to a nice provider of good hardware. Here was a beta tester for a few things a few years back (WAP's and CCTV).
              The TP-Link 8/4 POE is the switch that died on me
              I have the TP-Link 16/8 in my office as my primary switch currently.

              I'm also toying with the idea to replace my primary switch and move the 16/8 out to the garage as it is fan cooled and may survive the heat better.

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              • #8
                Yeah here all of my TP-Link managed, unmanaged and POE switches have been fine now for a while now.

                First purchase of the TP-Link mini 24 port managed fanless switch was to replace a small 24 port unmanaged switch in the Leviton meda can. It's been a few years and running fine with the cover on.

                Posted about testing the TP-Link Easy managed switch for my early PFSense VLAN stuff a few years back. (I am pete over at the PFSense forum).

                My Tycon mid stream injectors and POE stuff is now over 5-6 years old and doing fine.

                I did do a bulk purchase of these devices a few years back for POE tabletop touchscreens and POE outdoor cameras. I switched from the Tycon 5VDC little injectors over to the TP-link multiple voltage POE injectors.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pete View Post
                  Yeah here all of my TP-Link managed, unmanaged and POE switches have been fine now for a while now.

                  First purchase of the TP-Link mini 24 port managed fanless switch was to replace a small 24 port unmanaged switch in the Leviton meda can. It's been a few years and running fine with the cover on.

                  Posted about testing the TP-Link Easy managed switch for my early PFSense VLAN stuff a few years back. (I am pete over at the PFSense forum).

                  My Tycon mid stream injectors and POE stuff is now over 5-6 years old and doing fine.

                  I did do a bulk purchase of these devices a few years back for POE tabletop touchscreens and POE outdoor cameras. I switched from the Tycon 5VDC little injectors over to the TP-link multiple voltage POE injectors.
                  No doubt the TP-Link gear I have has been good to me which was why I was surprised yesterday to find the switch was fried.

                  Anyone know much about BV-Tech switches? They have a DIN Rail POE switch rated to 149F....

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jeubanks View Post
                    The TP-Link 8/4 POE is the switch that died on me
                    I have the TP-Link 16/8 in my office as my primary switch currently.

                    I'm also toying with the idea to replace my primary switch and move the 16/8 out to the garage as it is fan cooled and may survive the heat better.



                    buy cheap, buy two, one for a backup, put an extra fan on it.

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                    • #11
                      Does it have vent holes on the bottom? Does it have a usb port or you could use a 5v wall transformer? If it has both then you could stick a laptop fan cooler under it!

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                      • #12
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                        • #13
                          We have a UniFi 8x150 watt switch in the garage and we live in Reno where the garage temps can get to 110+. It is mounted on the ceiling with a small space between the case and the ceiling. So far, we have not had any issues with it.
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