The Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch series (ES-48-500W) Basics: The Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch series is a collection of switching hardware from Ubiquiti. Who are Ubiquiti? Ubiquiti Networks started as a hardware manufacturer in 2005, releasing OEM intentioned mini-PCI wireless cards. After 2 years, Ubiquiti started in on their own wireless access points, in a variety of colours (not really) and flavours (basically 802.11 standards). In 2012 Ubiquiti started to release other networking products including PoE cameras, managed switches and network edge routers. After the years of evolution, we’re now at the point where Ubiquiti have recently released a full-sized managed switch. In actuality, they’ve released 2 separate ranges of switch, which I’ll go into later. For now, let us concentrate on the hardware in front of us. The Box: Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Lol, that’s just its box. And it’s a pretty simple box too. No addons, no extra guff. Clean, but detailed, etc, etc. It’s just a box. Who cares? These are all good points. The box of the EdgeSwitch is pretty bare. No garish video-card style renderings, no crazy claims, no missing information, and a quick preview of things to come. The Outside: Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Hmm, now we have some hardware. 48 ports of delicious PoE Gigabit, 2 x 1GBit SFPs and 2 x 10GBit SFPs. Limited extras, no bonuses, no sales pitch, no random crap, a power cable. That’s pretty awesome. Notice how there isn’t a light for activity. I personally think this is a good thing. Activity lights don’t really add anything for a switch. Sure, it’s nice to see them blink, and it can be a mediocre troubleshooting step, but it becomes quite useless if the switch itself shows you the status of each port. Admittedly, I much prefer the HP way of allowing you to choose what the lights do, but I do like that they’ve provided details on which ports are PoE. Except that they have that stupid passive PoE thing, so there are three status colours for the PoE. Passive PoE – This is a non-standard created by Ubiquiti that allows Ubiquiti to power wireless devices created by Ubiquiti from a less powerful source than standard PoE. Passive PoE also uses a different pinout to standard PoE. It has not seen widespread adoption. For people who believe this is an issue, not only do Ubiquiti supply a passive PoE injector with all devices that require it, they also have a professional range of products that will take standard PoE. Of another note is that the rack ears are not removable. The EdgeSwitch is almost a single piece, with it separating into two pieces after removing the plethora of screws on the back. The switch itself is shorter than you’d expect, but is actually extraordinarily heavy. I didn’t weigh it as my only bathroom scales won’t work if you aren’t alive. The Inside: Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Internal hardware is quite clean and very well organised. Nothing special to talk about here. Nothing really stand-out either. It’s clean, it works well, there aren’t any really stand-out problems, and it’s clean. When you turn it on, it can get to ear-piercing heights, but it’s generally as quiet or as loud as a normal switch of this type (think Dell N2000, HP 1900 series). The Web Interface: Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! The web interface is actually exactly what it says on the box. It’s relatively intuitive, it’s clean, it doesn’t overload you with information. It can quite easily provide all the details and information you could ever want. It’s really good. As you can see in the pictures above, even the help menu is useful, explaining each setting, what the expected outcome is and how it all works together. I don’t really know what to say about the web interface. Once you configure the switch, it’s not really a website I visit on a daily basis. The Rating: 9/10 It’s missing a few small things (different LED settings for instance) but it’s a solid piece of hardware, and it hasn’t caused me any issues so far. The Addendum: Remember how I said that Ubiquiti have actually released two separate switch sets? They have. The Unifi switches are designed to be used with a software controller. If people are interested, I’ll give that a run-down at some point. Essentially, the Unifi switches are basically slightly dumber, more end-user friendly, managed switches. They still have Layer 3 support, but they don’t have the fully manual configuration page. It’s quite nice, if a little different.