Move Aside Cisco, Axis Has A Network Switch For Integrators

By Brian Karas, Published Oct 18, 2016, 10:00am EDT

Cisco is a common choice for network switches, including in our Favorite Network Switches survey, but now Axis is releasing a 16 port PoE+ [link no longer available] switch specifically targeted to the security market.

They say this switch has features that make it more suited to CCTV applications, as well as optimized for use with their products, but it comes at a premium price.

In this report, we share details from Axis, where they are positioning it and what we think the likelihood of success will be.

Switch *******

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*** ***** *** ****' 3-year ******** ********.

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All ******* *****

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Security-Specific ********

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Setup ************

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OEM *******

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Alternative ***********

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Price *************

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Comments (9)

It looks like a Microsens build to me, something about the reset button and port layout. I have no other useful input, but I am curious who the OEM is. As much as I like Axis built products, some of their OEM "accessories", specifically the Camera Installer Config Tool, have been dreadful.

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...some of their OEM "accessories", specifically the Camera Installer Config Tool, have been dreadful.

Yes, that thing blows a Razberi...

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You can find the same OEM switch supplied by Vivotek, Airlive etc. The user interface seems to be identical apart from colour scheme, logos & icons etc.

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We're entering an era of open switches. Facebook made the first move. Specific to our industry: BCD has been pushing Avaya switches as of late that are purchased from the source manufacturer for Avaya, but then has the Avaya OS loaded on it, is warranteed by BCD, but is supported by Avaya.

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Thx for link

very cool and informative

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This looks exactly the same as the Vivotek one which I saw 18 months ago at ISC West.

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It looks identical to Vivotek's switch in regards to layout and features... Probably OEM'd by the same manufacturer. We use Ubiquiti Unifi switches great price, great quality.

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I wonder what are the other technical details about this switch. Does ports share a common buffer? Qos Queues? Latency per port....

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I'll ask Axis if they have those details.

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