HP V1910 Series of Web-enabled Switches Review
Based on UltraVista network infrastructure engineers remarks, the HP V1910 series is by far the easiest switch model series to program. It is a full layer 3 switch and does anything and everything one could ever want it to do. It is far less expensive and performs better than anything with a Cisco, Juniper, Netgear or D-link label on it. Further, it is covered by lifetime warranty,including next business day advanced hardware replacement in most countries, for as long as the buyer owns the product.HP 1910 switches are advanced smart managed fixed-configuration Gigabit and Fast Ethernet switches designed for small businesses in an easy-to-administer solution. The series has 8 gigabit models and 5 Fast Ethernet models. The gigabit models are : 8-, 16-, 24-, and 48-port 10/100/1000 non-PoE models; and two 8-port and two 24-port 10/100/1000 PoE models. Gigabit models have additional true Gigabit SFP ports for fiber connectivity. The Fast Ethernet models are : 8-. 24- and 48- 10/100 non-PoE models and 8-, 24- 10/100 PoE+ models. The Fast Ethernet models come with additional 2 combo uplink ports . All HP 1910 models support rack mounting or desktop operation. Customizable features include basic layer 2 features like VLANs and link aggregation as well as advanced features such as Layer 3 static routing, IPv6, ACLs and Spanning Tree Protocols. HP 1910 switches come with a lifetime warranty covering the unit, fans, and power supplies.
- Customized operation using intuitive Web interface
- Layer 3 static routing with 32 routes for network segmentation and expansion
- Access control lists for granular security control
- Spanning Tree: STP, RSTP, and MSTP
- Lifetime warranty
We tested the Baseline Switch 2924 PWR Plus model, which comes in a 1U rack-mountable form factor with 24 ports. Of particular interest to us is the auto-voice VLAN functionality. This feature is billed as able to detect VoIP devices, such as SIP phones, and auto-assign the port to which the phones connect to a VoIP-only VLAN. This allows switch administrator to not only keep data and voice traffic on separate broadcast domains, but also apply QoS settings to VoIP traffic more easily—that is, at the VLAN level.
We plugged in several Cisco 7941 IP phones and despite some temporary setbacks we resolved by reconfiguration, we're impressed with the possibilities inherent in the auto-voice VLAN feature. IT theoretically wouldn't have to worry about a VoIP phone being plugged into the wrong port at the user's end, for example, and audio quality issues with VoIP are the most painful and costly to resolve. Any feature that takes user error and QoS issues out of the equation is always welcome.
We were likewise happy to find that the PoE capability worked as expected. Other PoE switches require purchase of an additional power supply device because they don't provide enough wattage out of the box to power devices on every port. This was not the case for the "PWR Plus" model, which provides up to 180W total power across its 24 ports; each port can provide 7.5W if the power is evenly distributed. The Cisco IP phones we used require only 6.3W per device. Additionally, each port can be allotted a specific amount of power through the Web management interface, so you can reserve power port by port. The switch also has LED indicators on the front panel that indicate which ports are using PoE.
Setup, Configuration, Context Sensitive Help
Setup was painless. The management interface will either acquire a DHCP address from the network or fall back to a predefined static address if it doesn't find a DHCP server. The switch comes with a single VLAN configuration, meaning it operates as an unmanaged switch until directed otherwise. This is convenient for those with the most basic of needs, but you'll want to reconfigure it to take advantage of features such as the auto-voice VLAN. We were pleased that the Web interface supports Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari browsers since we've had problems in the past with Dell switches requiring Internet Explorer. The Web interface is clean, logically organized and easy to use. Though we generally don't get excited about documentation, clear and concise help files were provided on each management interface Web page. When we encountered unuded in the packaging are the power cord, console cable, mounting hardware, and a CD with documentation. HP chose to use an RJ-45 (Ethernet) connector for the console port on the front of the device, so the console cable is an RJ-45-to-serial adapter. This is very useful for management on a larger scale, in the sense that CAT5 cabling can be used to connect to the switch's console ports instead of having to run serial cables through an existing setup.
We were impressed with HP V1910 switch, and excited to see emerging voice technologies built into the product. Combined with PoE and Gigabit speeds, this switch should be considered during your next network deployment or expansion.