Switch advice pls

Hi all,

I am setting up a new Network at my Home office and I am really undecided what switch to put in my new rack, I am deciding if its worth POE as I only have 3 uap ac pro and the cost is much higher for POE, also I think I should get a switch with SFP+ uplink for future proof right? (I have my own server) so the unifi 24 port switch poe and nonpoe do not have SFP+ so I am also looking at Mikrotik switches that do have SFP+, Here are the switches I am looking at.





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Vlans are the main thing I will be doing.

I am also open to any other suggestions.


I’d go with Ubiquity Edge Switches.

Unifi switches have some downsides: they depend on the controller to function, they are not as versatile, and I also don’t like the colour :slight_smile: (silver is just not my thing)

Go with mikrotik only if you have strong knowledge of networking in general and their products in particular. They are very troublesome to configure, documentation is not full (when with ubiquity switches you can look up any vlan question on youtube),

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Found this Cisco Switch on Amazon. Only got one SFP+ interface…but you’re gonna be able to VLAN anyway you want with this device and of course it’s got the industry-standard IOS to work with. Got all that you’re looking for…and looks like a price drop or sale going on. Good luck!

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The new Unifi Pro switches do have SFP+. The POE version is in production and the non-POE is still in early access for $300 less.

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It appears to me that the SG350-10P-K9-NA does not have SFP+, only 2 combo RJ45/SFP 1G.

Where did you see the SFP+ capability in the specs?

I would buy a Cisco 3560X-24P-S. Those switches are POE+ and can be found on ebay for $100. If you want 10G capabilities, you can find juniper switches that have poe+ and 10G for around $100 as well. Unless you want a brand new switch, the used enterprise market on ebay is killer. Cisco and Juniper are the next level above Ubiquiti.

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@chrismallia Look at the Edge Switches have enterprise features at very reasonable prices. Same company as Unify. I would think twice before buying a Cisco anything.

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Thanks guys you all were great. I went with the Mikrotik ccs326 as it was the cheapest with most features ( $139 new 2 SFP+ ). I am not new to mikrotik routers so I hope its not a pain lool, will see how swos goes.

swos is extremely flexible and feature rich, but it has so many knobs to adjust that it is not a great choice for novices. The vlan configuration is unlike any other vendor. It’s almost like reading the 802.1Q spec or an Atheros AR8327 programmer’s reference manual.

I have a CSS106-5G-1S and it is much more capable than the TP-Link TL-SG108E. Neither of these inexpensive switches have ssh (or telnet, neither have any CLI). Neither have https.

But at least on the CSS106-5G-1S you can limit what ports can connect to the management plane, or limit based on vlan.

Whether the CSS326 supports https or CLI, I am not sure, but this link suggests it is very similar to the CSS106-5G-1S.

As long as you don’t mind learning, I think you will be pleased with the capabilities, if it is anything like my experience with the CSS106-5G-1S.

I don’t know of any other switches that provide as much visibility into the capabilities built in to the switch chip. For example, the port counters have different “buckets” for sizes of packets sent and received. I.e. 64, 65-127, 128-255, 256-511, 512-1023, 1024-max.

And you can implement isolated networks and ports. So you can configure access similar to the way zones work in fibre channel SAN switches. But the setup is not as easy.

So it is a geek’s switch.

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Wow thanks for that awesome and informative reply.
As soon as the switch arrives I will play around with it and let you guys here know how it is going.
@ [BuckeyeNet
Glad you are around :slight_smile: might take advantage of your Knowledge :grin::grin::grin::grin::grin:

Mikrotik switch arrived today,
Its GREAT, Got it setup with VLANS in a few minutes, also the build and finishing quality really feels nice. Really glad I got this.

Did you find the VLAN setup cheatsheet on the MikroTik site, or did you figure it out on your own? If you figured it out, hats off to you!

After posting my last reply, I visited the MikroTik forum and saw some complaints.
CSS326-24G-2S+RM hangs until power cycle, CSS326-24G-2S+RM Concerns and problems, MagentaTV / IGMPv3 and SwoS 2.10 for CSS 326-24G2S still not working :frowning:, and Overruns on CSS326-24G-2S+RM when connecting from 10G to 1G ports. You may want to update firmware to latest. Also there were some complaints about IGMP not working, I don’t use that with my CSS106-05G-1S so I can’t say if it works or doesn’t.

You may want to do some stress testing, so you can find any issues while you can still return it. Hopefully, you won’t find any problems. My CSS106-5G-1S has been stable, but it isn’t really stressed.

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Hekk yes I found the mikrotik help sheet lol, but it wasn’t so hard after looking at the example.
Thanks for letting me know about those problems as I just left the switch in the box till I finish the room where I will be racking my stuff, but after reading all that I will pull it out and stress it, I updated the firmware to latest will see how it goes, thank you for giving the heads up you honestly where a real great help, I will post back to let you know how its going, if this switch doesnt work right I will return it and just go for the Unifi.

Hey thanks for pointing that out…SFP …not Plus+. I guess that’s why it was so much cheaper.