The rack-mountable DrayTek VigorSwitch P2540x stands out with a massive 54 ports all up, and a very competitive $2,049.95 RRP. Of the ports, 48 are Gigabit Ethernet (supporting eight link aggregation groups) with PoE of up to 30W each. Our only niggle is that it’s limited to 400W overall (8W per port), meaning that it is possible to run out of power before running out of ports. It then has six 10GbE SPF+ slots for high speed connections.

While overkill for many smaller businesses, the P2540x is well equipped for those medium or larger size enterprises with substantial networking needs. Key uses might be running a security camera array, a VOIP phone system, data services or linking in remote sections of larger premises. Importantly, the six SPF+ connections support optic fibres, rather than copper cables, and offer lower latency, better efficiency and much longer ranges at full speed. It is also possible to use SPF+ modules (costing around $100) that use standard ethernet cabling, for support of existing 10GbE devices such as NAS. So in other words, the P2540x is well equipped to be the core switch in a robust network for a growing business.

The P2540x pairs the hardware with a comprehensive software feature set – and more than we can cover here. The highlights include Power over Ethernet control with on/off scheduling and the ability to remote power cycle a device if it goes offline. The switch automatically detects IP camera and phone traffic, tags it for quality of service, and for ONVIF devices, displays the topology and even allows image viewing. You can create 256 VLANs, automatically avoid IP conflicts or reserve addresses, have multiple admin accounts, create access control limitations and manage your network security.

To get hands on with the inbuilt network management options, we tested the P2540x with a range of DrayTek access points and routers, plus a bundle of IP cameras. Be aware the fans can get a touch noisy so it’s best set up in a dedicated area. The dense but comprehensive web interface is fast and easy to use for overall control, but lacks some advanced features for controlling remote network devices. DrayTek also provides the free VigorConnect software, and while it isn’t quite as seamless as we’d like, it does make managing multiple devices from the one interface easier.

The more advanced business-focused option is the paid VigorACS 2. The cloud based management is quite advanced (and aimed at your IT staff), and takes a bit of work to get set up correctly. That said, it provides extremely comprehensive remote management, real time monitoring, automatic provisioning, backup, update and data logging options. Every Vigor device comes with a 30 day free trial, (and there’s an online demo on the DrayTek website at https://www.draytek.com.au/products/network-management-tools/vigoracs-2/) but the full version is a paid subscription starting at $349.95 a year for 25 nodes. While that sounds steep, the time savings alone make it more than worth the price for larger businesses.

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Products

  • L2+ Managed PoE Gigabit Switch
    • 48 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports with PoE+
    • 6 x 10GbE SFP+ slots
    • Up to 216 Gbps switching capacity
  • PoE ports 802.3at and 802.3af compliant providing up to 30W per port
  • PoE power budget of 400 watts
  • 802.1q tagged VLANs (MAC address, and protocol)
  • Voice and Surveillance VLANS with QoS (OUI Mode) providing improved call and video quality
  • ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) compliant
  • QoS with 8 queues for traffic prioritisation
  • Enterprise-Level security features
    • 802.1x Port Security, ACL, IP Source Guard and DHCP Snooping
    • Access Control (IPv4, IPv6 and MAC address)
  • Support IPv6 with MLD Snooping, IPv6 ACL, and IPv6 DNS Resolver
  • Authentication by local database, multiple RADIUS, and TACACS+ server
  • IEEE 802.3az (Energy-Efficient Ethernet) Compliant
  • Support SNMP v1/v2c/v3, RMON, and Syslog for network monitoring
  • Port Mirroring & Link Aggregation
  • 1 x RJ-45 console port
  • Compliant with Central Switch Management features of DrayTek Vigor devices for simplified network management Learn more
  • Compliant with VigorConnect free software for local network management Learn more
  • Support VigorACS 2 Central Management System for remote network management Learn more
  • 2 years back to base warranty

An Ideal Core Switch for SME/SMB

The DrayTek VigorSwitch P2540x is a Layer 2+ Managed 10GbE PoE switch. It has 48 x GbE PoE+ ports providing 400W power budget and 6 x 10GbE SFP+ slots. Supporting advanced Layer 3 features, DHCP Server and VLAN Routing, the VigorSwitch P2540x improves network efficiency and helps your network to work continuously even when the gateway is offline, making it ideally utilised as the core switch in SME/SMB.

    1. Power Socket
    2. Reset Button
    3. LED Indicator
    4. 48 x PoE/PoE+ Gigabit Ethernet ports
    5. 6 x 10GbE SFP+ slots
    6. Link/PoE LED Slide Switch
    7. Console Port
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  • Layer 2+ Managed 10GbE Switch
    • 48 x GbE ports
    • 6 x 10GbE SFP+ slots
    • Up to 216 Gbps switching capacity
  • 802.1q tagged VLANs (MAC address, and protocol)
  • Voice and Surveillance VLANS with QoS (OUI Mode) providing improved call and video quality
  • ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) compliant
  • QoS with 8 queues for traffic prioritisation
  • Enterprise-Level security features
    • 802.1x Port Security, ACL, IP Source Guard and DHCP Snooping
    • Access Control (IPv4, IPv6 and MAC address)
  • Support IPv6 with MLD Snooping, IPv6 ACL, and IPv6 DNS Resolver
  • Authentication by local database, multiple RADIUS, and TACACS+ server
  • IEEE 802.3az (Energy-Efficient Ethernet) Compliant
  • Support SNMP v1/v2c/v3, RMON, and Syslog for network monitoring
  • Port Mirroring & Link Aggregation
  • 1 x RJ-45 console port
  • Compliant with Central Switch Management features of DrayTek Vigor devices for simplified network management Learn more
  • Compliant with VigorConnect free software for local network management Learn more
  • Support VigorACS 2 Central Management System for remote network management Learn more
  • 2 years back to base warranty

Providing excellent Network efficiency

The DrayTek VigorSwitch G2540x is a Layer 2+ Managed 10GbE switch. It has 48 x GbE ports and 6 x 10GbE SFP+ slots. Supporting advanced Layer 3 features, DHCP Server and VLAN Routing, the VigorSwitch G2540x improves network efficiency and helps your network to work continuously even when the gateway is offline, making it ideally utilised as the core switch in SME/SMB.

    1. Power Socket
    2. Reset Button
    3. LED Indicator
    4. 48 x GbE ports
    5. 6 x 10GbE SFP+ slots
    6. Console Port
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