Is This Useful? Fanless Switch With Built-In Power Consumption Display?

A manufacturer has two models of switch with built-in LED display showing:

  • PoE usage per port
  • Total PoE usage
  • Remaining PoE power

They are unmanaged Gig-E switches, 802.3at capable on all ports, but with a total budget of 130 Watts.

See the specs from Syncom here:

It's an interesting feature, since PoE problems can be notoriously difficult to troubleshoot, but we see a couple of drawbacks to this line:

  1. Unmanaged models only. Integrators doing medium to large systems typically lean heavily toward managed switches.
  2. Almost 3/4 of integrators lean toward three brands: Cisco, Netgear, and HP. Though some stick to lesser known lines (D-Link, Avaya, Comnet, etc.), newcomers in this market are very rare.
  3. Pricing is similar to managed 802.3at models, about $350 online.

What do you think? Is this something you'd use?

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