Luxul AMS-1816P Gigabit Switch Now Available
On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Luxul, a leading manufacturer of networking hardware, announced the immediate availability of its new AMS-1816P switch. The Luxul AMS-1816P switch is a PoE+ L2/L3 managed Gigabit switch.
The AMS-1816P features 18 one-Gigabit rear-panel ports. 16 ports are PoE Ethernet ports. The remaining two ports are SFP Uplink ports used to connect additional switches via fiber-optic cable or twisted-pair copper cable when using SFP modules (sold separately). Also featured are variable-speed fans, and user-selectable, front-facing green or blue LEDs.
Management features include Self-Healing features with port Auto-Recovery and PoE Power Scheduling. Auto-Recovery gives the AMS-1816P the ability to power cycle unresponsive PoE devices. PoE Power Scheduling allows the switch to turn on and off PoE ports on a schedule. 802.1Q VLAN (with trunking) and QoS support is also included.
The device is a 1U (1.75 inches) x 8.25-inch deep unit that fits in a typical 19-inch rack-mount enclosure.
Digging Deep into the Luxul AMS-1816P
When discussing network hardware and software, it’s easy to get lost in a jumble of letters and numbers. This section attempts to explain some of the shorthand used to discuss network switches with particular attention being paid to the AMS-1816P.
The AMS-1816P Operating Layers
An L2 switch operates on the network’s Layer 2 (The Data-Link Layer). This means that the switch uses MAC addresses to identify individual devices. Most hardware devices on the network are assigned their MAC address at the time they’re manufactured.
An L3 switch operates on Layer 3 (The Network Layer). An L3 switch uses IP addresses to identify devices on the network. IP addresses are assigned to devices by a router.
The new Luxul AMS-1816P switch is capable of using both L2 (MAC) and L3 (IP) addresses to find destination devices for the data it receives.
PoE+ (Power Over Ethernet)
The AMS-1816P is an 802.3af (PoE) and 802.3at (PoE+) switch capable of providing up to a total of 185 watts over 16 Gigabit ports. 802.3af is the PoE standard that provides 15.4 watts of power per port to devices such as voice over IP telephones (VoIP) and Wi-Fi access points. 802.3at is the standard for PoE+ which provides 25.5 watts of power per port. Typically, devices such as cameras, video IP phones, and alarm systems require the extra power that PoE+ provides.
- 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3z, 802.3ab, 802.3af, 802.3at, 802.3x, 802.1D, 802.1P, 802.1Q, 802.1X IEEE Standards Compliant
- 10 Base-T: Cat.5 UTP/STP; 100 Base-T: Cat.5 UTP/STP; 1000 Base-T: Cat.5, Cat.5e, or Cat.6 UTP/STP RJ-45 Interfaces
- Two Gigabit fiber SFP Uplink ports
- 185 total watts available to PoE+ ports
- 16 PoE+ Ethernet Ports Supporting: 10Mbps (half-duplex), 20Mbps (full-duplex), 100Mbps (half-duplex), 200Mbps (full-duplex), 1000Mbps (half-duplex), 2000Mbps (full-duplex)
- Ethernet cable recognition for straight-through or crossover cables
- RJ45 port surge protection tested to EN61000-4-5 (for RJ45 port, surge 6KV)
- One User-selectable Blue/Green front-panel LED for power
- One User-selectable Blue/Green front-panel LED for each port
- One rear-panel Link/Activity LED for each port
- One rear-panel 10/100/1000 LED
- 250 watts Power Consumption (Internal switched power, AC 100-240V, 50-60Hz input)
- 802.1Q max 4094 VIDs with trunking management VLAN
- Quality of Service: 4 Queues Per Port; Strict; Weighted Round Robin (WRR); CoS Based On DCSP, 802.1P; Port-Based Bandwidth Control
- Layer 2 / Layer 3 static routing
- Operating Temperature: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
- Operating Humidity: 10% to 90% (non-condensing)
- Dimensions: 17.4” (442 mm) Wide x 8.3” (211 mm) Deep x 1.75” (44.5 mm) High
- Weight: 5.95 lbs (2.7 kg)
- Certification: FCC, IC, CE-EMC, CE-LVD, and RoHS
- Three-Year Limited Warranty
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