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D-Link debuts affordable Soho switch

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D-Link is now shipping the DES-1008P 8-Port 10/100Mbps PoE Ethernet Switch with four PoE ports to easily connect and provide power to Power over Ethernet enabled devices such as wireless access points, VoIP phones and IP cameras.

Users can also connect and add other Ethernet devices like computers, printers and Network Attached Storage (NAS) to the D-Link DES-1008P. Built with home and small business users in mind, the compact switch operates quietly, making it ideal for use in virtually any room or office. In addition, it can be wall mounted to save desktop space.
Using Power over Ethernet eliminates having to place networking devices close to a power outlet, minimises cable clutter in awkward places such as ceilings or walls and simplifies troubleshooting.
"As the number and types of devices connected to home and small office networks increases, Power over Ethernet is a convenient and reliable  option," said Karien Wood, Marketing Manager for D-Link South Africa. "With PoE there are fewer cables and devices do not have to be located next to power points, making it ideal for IP cameras and Wireless Access Points. PoE devices are also easier to maintain because you can simply eliminate any power supply issues."
The DES-1008P features diagnostic LEDs, which display status and activity, allowing users to quickly detect and correct problems on the network. With wire-speed filtering and store-and-forward switching, the DES-1008P also maximises network performance while minimising the transmission of bad network packets.
The DES-1008P features four 10/100BASE-TX ports that support the IEEE 802.3af PoE protocol. Each of the four PoE ports can supply up to 15.4 Watts, making a total PoE budget of 56 Watts, allowing users to attach up to four IEEE 802.3af compliant devices. For devices that are not 802.3af compliant, a PoE adapter, such as D-Link's DWL-P50 can be used to enable the device to receive power through the DES-1008P.
No configuration is required and installation is quick and easy. Auto-Negotiation on each port senses the link speed of a network device and intelligently adjusts for compatibility and optimal performance. When an IEEE 802.3af compliant device is attached, power supplied to that device will be automatically adjusted to fit the device.