Meet the QNAP QSW-M2116P-2T2S switch, it is manageable and Multigigabit

If you are looking for a manageable switch with PoE support that is really versatile, surely the QNAP QSW-M2116P-2T2S model is what you are looking for. This new manageable switch from the manufacturer QNAP has all its Multigigabit ports, and with high-end features, both at the hardware level and also at the QSS operating system level, which will allow us to carry out a large number of configurations at the L2 level for adapt to our needs. Do you want to know all the secrets of this new switch?

Main features

This new PoE L2 managed switch is one of the most complete and versatile devices that we have been able to test at RedesZone, thanks to its hardware and software, we are sure that it will meet all your needs. Next, we explain in detail all the built-in hardware and also the configuration options that we have available in the QSS operating system.

hardware features

This managed switch has a total of 20 ports, to connect a large number of equipment via cable. Specifically, this model has the following ports:

  • 16 ports 2.5G Multigigabit PoE+, so we can synchronize at speeds of 2.5Gbps, 1Gbps and also 100Mbps. These ports are PoE+, so they support both the 802.3af standard (up to 15.4W per port) and the 802.3at standard (up to 30W per port), ideal for powering top-of-the-range WiFi 6 access points, and provide them with the best possible performance.
  • 2 10G SFP+ ports. In these ports we can synchronize at speeds of 10Gbps or 1Gbps, in addition, we can use fiber optic cables and we can also use DAC cables, to achieve trunk links with the highest possible speed.
  • 2 ports 10GBASE-T Multigigabit PoE++, so we can synchronize at speeds of 10Gbps, 5Gbps, 2.5Gbps, 1Gbps and also at 100Mbps. These ports are PoE++, so they support the 802.3af standard (up to 15.4W per port), the 802.3at standard (up to 30W per port), and also the 802.3bt standard (up to 90W per port). If you need to power equipment through these high-power ports, in addition to providing up to 90W of power, you will provide them with 10G Multigigabit connectivity.

When we talk about a PoE switch it is very important to pay attention to the Maximum PoE Budget, that is, to the maximum power that it is capable of providing via the network cable as a whole. Generally, PoE switches provide between 65W and 130W, although there are other models like this QSW-M2116P-2T2S that are capable of providing up to 280W of maximum power, ideal for powering multiple WiFi 6 access points simultaneously without problems.

In addition to these ports, we also have a Gigabit Ethernet port for managing this switch locally, as a console. In this way, we will have the possibility to manage this switch at the network level out of band, without occupying one of the available ports of the switch.

This model has a MAC address table of up to 32K entries, it also has 160Gbps of switching capacity, but it has a total non-blocking throughput of 80Gbps. The QSW-M2116P-2T2S also has support for Jumbo Frames at 9K, ideal for maximum efficiency, especially when we are using 10Gbps ports, which is where we will lose more real speed if we use small packets of 1500 bytes. On the front of this switch we will find a RESET button, because this model has a configurable firmware.

This model has dimensions of 43.5mm high, 285mm wide and 234.8mm deep, of course, we have a rack format and inside the package we have the corresponding supports to rack the switch without problems, finally we also have a weight of 2.08Kg.

Once we know all the hardware features, we are going to explain what configuration options we have available in the QSS operating system:

software features

The operating system incorporated in this switch is the same QSS as always, which we have previously seen in other managed switches from the manufacturer QNAP. In this model we have similar configuration options, although we have interesting news and the occasional absence that we have missed.

In the firmware of this QNAP QSW-M2116P-2T2S model we will be able to see the state of all ports along with its statistics, we can also configure the ports at the speed and duplex level, as well as flow control and also the maximum MTU per port, we must remember that this switch supports Jumbo Frames at 9K, so the default configuration allows this maximum frame size.

At the level of PoE This equipment is quite complete, we will be able to configure the PoE mode (PoE or PoE+ in the compatible ports) and also if we want to use PoE++ (in the two compatible 10GBASE-T ports). In the menu we can establish a priority of the different ports, just in case we go over the 280W of maximum power. We will also be able to configure the automatic switching on and off of the ports with PoE, ideal for turning off all the equipment that hangs from the switch at night, if we want to carry out this configuration.

The main characteristics at L2 level common are also present in this model, such as setting VLANs untagged and tagged on the different ports, configure the Link Aggregation with two or more port LACP, the ability to configure the bandwidth limiter outgoing and incoming, configure the access control lists At the IP level, we also have the possibility to configure the IGMP Snooping, the QoS at the port level or at the VLAN level, the LLDP protocol and also activate protection against loops at the L2 level.

In this switch we can configure the DHCP client or put static IP, we can also change the administrator password, the date and time based on an NTP server and even restore this computer to factory settings. Other features are that we can see a complete record of everything that has happened in the switch, and even update the firmware over the Internet easily and quickly, although we can always update the firmware manually.

The absences that we have missed in this team are the STP/RSTP, other QNAP models have this protocol to prevent loops at the L2 level, and it is an essential protocol for small, medium or large networks. Although we have the “Loop protection” function, this is not the STP/RSTP protocol that we have in other models with similar characteristics. Another important absence is that we do not have MAC based access control lists (L2), we only have them based on IP (L3). We believe that the manufacturer QNAP will incorporate these two important features in the next firmware versions, in this way, we will have all the usual L2 features.

Unboxing and first impressions

The first thing that caught our attention about this new QNAP QSW-M2116P-2T2S is the quality of its materialsthis model has a fairly robust metal casing, in addition, the equipment, although it has small dimensions, weighs quite a bit because it is PoE and its metal casing, and that is noticeable as soon as we take it out of the box, something completely normal in this type of devices.

This model has two smart fans on the left sidewhich are responsible for extracting hot air from inside the equipment, in our tests we have verified that this switch with little traffic does not make any noise, but possibly as we begin to connect equipment via PoE and have network traffic, these fans will be able to run at higher rpm, so they will make noise.

In the video that you can see below, we explain all the parts of this manageable switch, including its physical ports and also the main firmware options:

Soon in RedesZone you will be able to see a complete analysis of this high-end manageable switch, and the fact is that the QNAP QSW-M2116P-2T2S model is one of the most versatile switches that we have seen so far, because all its ports are Multigigabit and they have PoE, in addition, we have a total of 4 10G ports in total, so they will allow us to make trunk links at high speed, and connect NAS servers with this type of connectivity to transfer files at the highest possible speed.