DrayTek VigorSwitch P1280 28-Port PoE+ Gigabit Switch
The VigorSwitch P1280 is a high-performance, Gigabit switch with PoE+ (Power over Ethernet) on 24 RJ-45 ports (plus 4 additional Gigabit ports). With the increase in PoE powered devices requiring full power, notably wireless access points and IP cameras, the generous 340W power budget is much higher than many other products in its class.
The DrayTek VigorSwitch P1280 has 4 Gigabit SFP module ports which can be used instead of the corresponding RJ-45 ports Nos. 25-28. SFP slots are typically used for fibre transceivers. In comparison to ‘copper’ (RJ-45) cables, using fibre for connectivity provides longer range and resilience from electrical interference.
The SFP ports provides compatibility with your choice of SFP modules (not included) and therefore the most appropriate medium for your application. If you use the SFP slots, then the corresponding copper port is not active but the others remain available.
Ports 25-28 can be used as RJ-45 or SFP
Power over Ethernet
The VigorSwitch P1280 is a PoE (Power over Ethernet) switch, providing power to any PoE-enabled device, most commonly IP phones, wireless access points or IP cameras over the Ethernet cable.
As well as removing the need for local (at the desk) power supplies, making for tidier installations, PoE ensures power efficiency, providing only the power needed, as well as allowing for time schedules for powering up/down and remote rebooting. Power is provided only when required. PoE also allows for installation of devices where there is no mains power (particularly useful for wireless access points).
The P1280 supports both standard PoE (802.3af) and High-Power PoE (802.3at) devices.
Enhanced Feature Set
The P1280’s specification is packed with advanced features to aid reliability and switching performance to your network and is ready for the next generation with both IPv4 and IPv6 support.
Features for Quality of Service (QoS), VLANs and network/switch security provide additional flexibility.
DrayTek VigorSwitch OS & User Interface
The Web interface of the switch shows a static snapshot visual representation of port status.
You can click on any port for in-depth status and statistics.
The VigorSwitch P1280 features our latest generation of DrayTek’s own switch operating system which is used across our range of enhanced switches. This enables a consistent user-experience and look-and-feel so that once you’re familiar with one model, the others feel the same. The new UI is designed to be intuitive and efficient, whilst providing access to all of the product’s advanced features.
The DrayTek VigorSwitch P1280 can operate in standalone mode and be managed through its web interface or, if you need to manage and monitor the switch remotely, or have several DrayTek VigorSwitches to administer, you can centrally manage and monitor them either with:
- A DrayTek router which supports switch management
(connected directly to the switch)and / or
- DrayTek’s VigorACS management platform
For details on both of these options, see the “Central Management” tab
Power over Ethernet Management
The VigorSwitch P1280 has a power budget for PoE of up to 340watts spread across RJ-45 ports 1 to 24, which allows for all ports to be used for PoE (dependent on each device’s power requirements). For example, if you were using our PoE-powered VigorAP 910c wireless access points, they typically use up to 12 watts, so well within the P1280’s budget if you had 24 of them connected.
You can also set time schedules so that PoE devices are turned on/off at certain times of the day, saving power and preventing network access.
With smart power management, drawing only as much power as needed together with 802.1az compliance. If a non-PoE device is connected, that port’s PoE power is turned off which also avoids any potential damage to non-compliant devices. Ports 25-28 can be used to link to routers / switches and do not provide PoE.