Do You Need an Unmanaged PoE Switch for SMB?

Tom Yao
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Choosing the right unmanaged switch is crucial for building a reliable and cost-effective network infrastructure. Unlike managed switches, unmanaged switches are plug-and-play devices that require no manual configuration or network monitoring. They offer simplicity and ease of use, making them ideal for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with limited IT resources. The Industrial PoE switches are excellent examples of unmanaged switches that can meet your needs.

Features and Benefits

Metal Casing

The metal-cased unmanaged switch provides superior durability, heat dissipation, and resistance to interference compared to plastic-cased switches. The metal casing protects internal electronic components from external impacts and physical damage, contributing to greater stability and reliability. Excellent heat dissipation properties ensure the switch operates within a safe temperature range, reducing the risk of performance degradation or failure due to overheating. Additionally, the metal casing minimizes the impact of electromagnetic interference, resulting in a more stable and dependable network connection.


Fan and Fanless

Switches with fans offer enhanced heat dissipation, maintaining safe operating temperatures and enabling higher processing power and throughput. These switches can handle heavier data traffic and network loads efficiently.

Conversely, fanless switches employ passive cooling, eliminating noise from mechanical operation. They are ideal for noise-sensitive environments such as offices, conference rooms, or quiet computer rooms. Fanless designs also lead to lower power consumption, energy savings, and reduced environmental impact due to the lack of mechanical cooling components.

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Unmanaged Functions

Unmanaged switches are simple, plug-and-play devices with port adaptation functions that automatically adjust to different data rates (such as 10Mbps, 100Mbps, 1Gbps) based on the connected devices. They can also filter packets based on the destination MAC address, ensuring that only the intended device receives the forwarded packets. This enhances network performance and improves security.

Unmanaged switches recommended

Linovision's Industrial PoE Switch Series offers a wide range of reliable and cost-effective unmanaged switches suitable for SMBs.

Here are some top recommendations:

RJ45 Ports PoE Ports Fan Mounting Options IEEE 802.3az (EEE)
POE-Switch0504GD 5*10/100/1000BASE-T RJ45 4 Gigabit PoE Ports × DIN-Rail / Wall-Mount
POE-SW308 8*10/100BASE-T RJ45 8*10/100mbps PoE Ports × Desktop
POE-Switch1008-Solar 8*10/100/1000BASE-T 4 Gigabit PoE Ports × DIN-Rail / Wall-Mount ×
POE-SW708GM-DC12V 8*10/100/1000BASE-T RJ45 8 Gigabit PoE Ports
1 POE++ Ports
× DIN-Rail / Wall-Mount ×
POE-SW508G 8*10/100/1000BASE-T RJ45 8 Gigabit PoE Ports × Desktop / DIN-Rail Mount ×
POE-SW304G 5*10/100/1000 BASE-T RJ45 4*10/100/1000Mbps PoE Ports × Desktop ×
POE-SW606GP 4*100/1000Mbps RJ45 4*100/1000Mbps PoE Ports × Pole / Wall Mount ×


Unmanaged switches are straightforward, cost-effective networking devices that require no configuration, making them ideal for small networks and specific dedicated applications. They provide an economical alternative to managed and web-smart Ethernet switches. When you choose unmanaged switches, you can rely on the quality and performance of Linovision products.