QNAP introduced a Layer 2 rackmount switch with six 2.5GbE and four 10GbE ports. The so-called QSW-M2106PR-2S2T has half the width of a standard model. Most of the ports support PoE. QNAP designed the switch for small and medium-sized businesses.

The half-width design allows two switches to be mounted in a single server bay. Many businesses will be satisfied with a single model, as the system offers six 2.5GbE PoE, two 10GbE PoE and two 10GbE SFP inputs.

Each PoE port provides 90 watts for a total of 310 watts. In most cases, that’s sufficient for all connected access points and routers, including Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 models. The switch supports Layer 2 management. Operating system QSS allows the model to be managed remotely.

In addition to network management, QSS allows you to configure PoE ports. Users can schedule and prioritize power supply. Layer 2 management functions are available in the same environment, including Link Aggregation, Quality of Service, VLAN and IGMP snooping.

Sound and security

QNAP integrated a range of security features. Flow Control balances traffic between transmitters and receivers to prevent congestion. ACL filters packets based on policies, similar to a firewall. LDDP allows connected devices to share system data freely, which is useful for troubleshooting.

The organization said that the model runs near-silent, even under a full load. You’d expect the half-width design to affect the noise level, but QNAP suggests otherwise. The QSW-M2106PR-2S2T is directly available.

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