TP-link introduced the Omada ER7212PC, an all-in-one router, switch and controller. Support for VPN and PoE make for a versatile device.

The Omada ER7212PC will be available from November 1 for a suggested retail price of €279 (VAT included).

The model has eight LAN ports and a handful of LAN/WAN ports. The LAN ports support PoE. The device features a 1.2 GHz CPU with two cores as well as 1GB of DDR3 memory. The throughput of both encrypted and unencrypted traffic is adequate.

In addition to common NAT protocols, the model supports IPsec VPN, OpenVPN and L2TP/PPTP VPN. The maximum throughput of OpenVPN is 34Mbps. The maximum number of VPN tunnels and VPN clients varies by protocol, but in general, the model supports up to sixteen tunnels and ten clients.

Router, switch and controller

Use cases are diverse. Companies can deploy the device as a router, switch or controller. Each device in the Omada series is manageable with the Omada Controller interface. After configuring a device, the model can be tweaked in a centralized environment, accessible through web browsers and apps for most popular operating systems, including iOS, Android and Windows.

In terms of security, the Omada ER7212PC supports a handful of basic measures. URL Filtering allows admins to block domain names, Flood Defense protects against small-scale DDoS attacks and Block TCP Scan prevents cybercriminals from finding open ports.

When using the model as a controller, up to two switches, ten EAPs and a single router can be managed. Built-in management features allow the model to automatically recognize network devices, schedule reboots of network devices and issue alerts on notable events.

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