Here, I am testing the HP PS1810. It looks like there are 2 types: The PS1810-8G and the PS1810-24G. The largest difference is that the 8G switch has 8 ports and 1 PoE port. The 24G switch has 24 ports with 2 SFP ports. Also, the 8G switch can be either wall/desk mounted or physically stacked with other MicroServers, but the 24G switch must be mounted, either via rack, wall, or rubber feet. But both have the same features.
The HP PS1810 is a fully managed switch, but getting access is not exactly easy, as they don’t provide any console ports. But, it makes sense, since this is intended for the SB market. By default, it tries to grab a DHCP address, and if it times out after 120 seconds, defaults to 192.168.2.10. If it’s DHCP, you will need access to your DHCP system, and look at the client database. Since this is really meant for the small business shops, that could be a little challenging, since most shops won’t have a dedicated DHCP server, and will probably be provided by a consumer-grade router if not ISP-managed.
Probably the coolest integration this switch offers, is the monitoring of the MicroServers attached to it. HP calls it a “Proliant Dashboard”, where it will auto-discover Gen8 servers and monitor up to 10 of them.
Even though this looks consumer-grade, the switch has a lot of enterprise-grade features, such as (but not limited to):
- SNMP v1/v2c
- Port Mirroring
- LACP (Data Sheet does not declare how many LAGs are supported)
- STP / RSTP
- up to 64 VLANs
Full management/configuration can be provided by HP’s Intelligent Management Center (IMC)
Jumbo packet support (Handy for those running ESXi with storage over copper)
One downside I see, is that it didn’t offer any CLI interface. Everything is done via the Web GUI or IMC. Considering the industry focus for this switch, it’s not a terrible feature to leave off. However, it would have been nice to have, since most small businesses use an outside contractor to support them. If HP added LACP, VLANs, QoS, and port mirroring, then it would be a good assumption that a tech is supporting them. With that assumption, then CLI wouldn’t be too much to ask for.
I found the 8G switch on CDW, listing at $155. With HP’s Lifetime warranty and the low price, this switch is perfect for Small Businesses, Remote Home Offices, and Labs! With the MicroServer health monitoring built-in, this is the perfect switch in combination with the Gen8 MicroServer.
HP PS1810 Product Page: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/switches/product-detail.html?oid=5385017#!tab=specs
HP PS1810 switch quick start guide: http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c03792495/c03792495.pdf
HP PS1810 switch config guide: http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c03800366/c03800366.pdf
HP PS1810 switch data sheet: http://h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/GetPDF%2Easpx%2F4AA4%2D6971ENW%2Epdf