TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Real World Review: Small Tree's Edge-corE ES4548D

Volume Number: 25
Issue Number: 06
Column Tag: Real World Reviews

Real World Review: Small Tree's Edge-corE ES4548D

Cost effective, high-bandwidth switch for your network

By Dennis Sellers and Neil Ticktin


Small Tree's Edge-corE ES4548D

The Need

Everyone talks about wireless, but when it comes to fast, reliable, trouble free connectivity, a wired Ethernet connection is still king. All of Apple's machines come with gigabit Ethernet, but that's only part of the solution. Sure, there are cheap 5-port switches, but what if you need 24- or 48-ports? Gigabit for all those ports? It'll cost you an arm and a leg, right? Not necessarily.

MacTech has been using a solution in house, and put it through a variety of real world scenarios and every day use for a sustained period of time.

Enter Small Tree's Edge-corE ES4548D

If you need a L2 Gigabit Ethernet switch for bandwidth-intensive networks you might check out Small Tree's Edge-corE ES4548D. It's designed for networks that need advanced switching features such as line-rate rate performance, dynamic 802.3ad link aggregation, IPv6 support, security, high availability and advance QoS to the network edge while offering the simplicity of traditional LAN switching.

The Edge-Core ES4548D is designed for high performance server aggregations, such as enterprise data centers, to connect high-end or network attached file servers over copper ports. High-speed workgroups backbone upgrades, and Gigabit to the desktop for power users. The whole stack can be managed as a single entity with a single IP address.

The ES4548D sports 44 x 10/100/1000Base-T + 4 Gigabit Combo (RJ45/SFP) ports with Gigabit Ethernet link on all ports. Its advanced QoS features are for "triple play" performance, while the switch is very scalable. It has a forwarding rate of 71.5Mpps, a MAC Address Table size of 8K and a switching capacity of 96Gbps. With its 96Gbps switching capacity, the ES4548D delivers wire-speed switching performance on all gigabit ports. There are four Gigabit Ethernet combo ports for uplink flexibility, allowing copper or fiber uplinks.

IEEE 802.1w Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol provides a loop-free network and redundant links to the core network with rapid convergence. IEEE 802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol runs STP per VLAN base, providing Layer 2 load sharing on redundant links. IEEE 802.3ad (LACP) is designed to increase bandwidth by automatically aggregating several physical links together as a logical trunk and providing load balancing and fault tolerance for uplink connections.

IGMP snooping prevents flooding of IP multicast traffic and limits bandwidth intensive video traffic to only the subscribers.

Comprehensive QoS support with 8 egress queues per port enable differentiated management of up to eight traffic types. Traffic is prioritized according to 802.1p, DSCP, IP precedence and TCP/UDP port number; the goal is to give optimal performance to real-time applications such as voice and video. Asymmetric bidirectional rate-limiting, per port or per traffic class, preserves network bandwidth and allows maximum control of network resources.

IEEE 802.1Q-in-Q allows the service provider to provide certain services, such as Internet access on specific VLANs for specific customers. It provides other types of services for their other customers on other VLANs.

Port Security ensures access to a switch port based on MAC address. IEEE 802.1X port-based or MAC-based access control makes sure that all users are authorized before being granted access to the network. User authentication is implemented via any standard-based RADIUS server. Access Control Lists (ACLs) can be used to restrict access to sensitive network resources by denying packets based on source and destination MAC addresses, IP addresses, TCP/UDP ports.

SSL, Web Management Encryption, RADIUS and TACACS+ are designed to protect data communication and ensure data privacy. What's more, Private VLAN isolates edge ports to ensure user privacy.

You configure the ES4548D by using the web-based graphical user interface. Industry standard Command Line Interface (CLI) via console port, Telnet or SSH provides a common user interface and command set for users to manipulate the switch.


Web Interface

Four groups of RMON are supported. You can back-up and restore firmware and configuration files via TFTP.

The ES4548D supports IPv6 management, QoS and security to help you get ready for future transition to IPv6. IPv6 can support an exponentially greater number of IP addresses compared to IPv4. The internals of the IPv6 protocol have been designed for scalability and extensibility. This means that a variety of different kinds of devices besides computers, such as cell phones and home appliances, will be able to more easily join the Internet in future, according to the folks at Small Tree.

The ES4548D lists for $2,024. Also, Small Tree offers an optional redundant power supply for the ES4548D that provides uninterrupted power.

http://www.smalltree.com/Edge_corE_48_port_L2_Gigabit_Standalone_Switch_p/es4548d.htm

But, Is It Worth It?

All the details are nice, but the end result is what is really important. Is it worth upgrading 100 Mbps switches to Gigabit?

Not every application can take advantage of the faster bandwidth, but in our testing, some of the most burdensome network issues (such as backups and file copies) really fly. In real world scenarios, we continually saw a 4-6x speed improvement over what 100 Mbps delivered under the same scenarios. Even interaction with the email servers when sending enclosures was noticeably faster. We often saw backups run, even with slower machines as clients, at nearly 1 gigabyte per minute (i.e., approximately 480 Mbps).

So, is it worth it? Definitely. At least that's what we found with Small Tree's ES4548D. You get the performance of some of the "name" brands, for a reasonable price.


Neil Ticktin is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of MacTech Magazine. Neil has been in the Mac industry since 1985, has developed software, written documentation, and been heading up the magazine since 1992. When Neil does a benchmark article, he likes to test the features that people will use in real-life scenario and then write about that experience from the user point of view. Drop him a line at publisher@mactech.com.

Dennis Sellers is a long time journalist. He started in the newspaper business, but has been in the online journalism business for the past 15 years. He's the editor/publisher of Macsimum News (http://www.macsimumnews.com)

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Arq 5.10 - Online backup to Google Drive...
Arq is super-easy online backup for Mac and Windows computers. Back up to your own cloud account (Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Cloud Storage, any S3-compatible server... Read more
Evernote 6.13.1 - Create searchable note...
Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from... Read more
Parallels Desktop 13.2.0 - Run Windows a...
Parallels allows you to run Windows and Mac applications side by side. Choose your view to make Windows invisible while still using its applications, or keep the familiar Windows background and... Read more
jAlbum Pro 15.0 - Organize your digital...
jAlbum Pro has all the features you love in jAlbum, but comes with a commercial license. You can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code! Beginner-friendly... Read more
iFinance 4.3.4 - Comprehensively manage...
iFinance allows you to keep track of your income and spending -- from your lunchbreak coffee to your new car -- in the most convenient and fastest way. Clearly arranged transaction lists of all your... Read more
VueScan 9.5.92 - Scanner software with a...
VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has... Read more
Scrivener 3.0 - Project management and w...
Scrivener is a project management and writing tool for writers of all kinds that stays with you from that first unformed idea all the way through to the first - or even final - draft. Outline and... Read more
SuperDuper! 3.0.1 - Advanced disk clonin...
SuperDuper! is an advanced, yet easy to use disk copying program. It can, of course, make a straight copy, or "clone" -- useful when you want to move all your data from one machine to another, or do... Read more
jAlbum 15.0 - Create custom photo galler...
With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code! Beginner-friendly, with pro results - Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design... Read more
Scrivener 3.0 - Project management and w...
Scrivener is a project management and writing tool for writers of all kinds that stays with you from that first unformed idea all the way through to the first - or even final - draft. Outline and... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

The mobile gamer's guide to Black F...
We're starting to catch wind of some exciting deals in the mobile gaming space for Black Friday. There are big discounts on mobile phones and accessories cropping up already, so you might want to get a move on things ahead of the big day. It's... | Read more »
The best pre-Black Friday deals - Novemb...
Black Friday will soon be upon us, but online retailers are already getting a headstart on the steep discounts. Don't wait until Friday—you'll find some pretty good deals all over the internet without waiting in lines or competing with other... | Read more »
Mighty Battles guide - how to build a so...
Mighty Battles, the latest title from Hothead Games, is set to take the App Store by storm. The game puts a welcome twist on lane battlers, adding FPS elements to spice things up a bit. You'll collect cards to put your own military unit to gether,... | Read more »
Rules of Survival guide - how to be the...
The PUBG craze makes its way to mobile, with more and more battle royale games debuting on iOS and Android. Rules of Survival joins the ranks of mobile PUBG-likes, offering a classic battle royale experiences that doesn't vary too much from its... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week -...
The weekend is upon us friends, and it's time to take a look back and reflect on all of the wonderful games we've played over the past few days. This week was jam packed with new releases. There were some big, long awaited launches, some fun... | Read more »
Lineage II: Revolution guide - tips and...
At long last, Lineage II: Revolution has now come to western shores, bring Netmarble's sweeping MMORPG to mobile devices. It's an addictive, epic experience, but some of the systems in the game can be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help... | Read more »
A Boy and His Blob (Games)
A Boy and His Blob 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Fight terrible monsters and collect epic...
Released on Western markets early last month, Dragon Project, created by Japanese developer COLOPL, brings epic monster hunting action to mobile for the very first time. Collect a huge array of weapons and armor, and join up with friends to fight... | Read more »
I Am The Hero (Games)
I Am The Hero 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: I Am The Hero is a pixel art, beat 'em up, fighting game that tells the story of a "Hero" with a glorious but mysterious past.... | Read more »
Kauldron (Music)
Kauldron 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Kauldron is our warmest sounding, punchiest synth yet! A completely new modeling technology, combined with carefully designed... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Adorama posts Black Friday deals on Apple Mac...
Adorama has posted Black Friday sale prices on many Macs, with MacBooks and iMacs available for up to $200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges sales tax in NJ and NY only: MacBook Pros... Read more
Save up to $300 on 15″ 2.2GHz MacBook Pros
B&H Photo has the 15″ 2.2GHz MacBook Pro available for $200 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: – 15″ 2.2GHz MacBook Pro (MJLQ2LL/A): $1799 $200 off MSRP Amazon.com... Read more
Save up to $180 with Apple Certified Refurbis...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2017 13″ MacBook Airs available starting at $849. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free: – 13″ 1.8GHz/8GB/128GB MacBook Air (... Read more
Black Friday deals on Apple Macs now live at...
Amazon has MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, MacBooks, and iMacs on sale for up to $200 off MSRP for Black Friday week. Shipping is free. Note that stock of some Macs may come and go during the week, so... Read more
Black Friday pricing on Macs and iPads now av...
B&H Photo has lowered prices on many Macs, iPads, and iPad Pros as part of their Black Friday week sale. Save up to $200 on MacBooks and iMacs and up to $150 on iPads. B&H charges sales tax... Read more
Best Apple iPad deals this weekend, up to $80...
Apple resellers are offering 9.7″ iPads and 10.5″ iPad Pros for up to $80 off MSRP this weekend as part of their early Holiday and Black Friday sales: Adorama is offering new 2017 9.7″ 32GB WiFi... Read more
Early Black Friday sale: Apple iMacs for up t...
B&H Photo has 27-inch iMacs in stock and on sale for up $130-$150 off MSRP including free shipping. B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 27″ 3.8GHz iMac (MNED2LL/A): $2149 $150 off... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished Mac minis starting...
Apple has restocked Certified Refurbished Mac minis starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: – 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off MSRP – 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
Save on 12″ MacBooks, Apple refurbished model...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2017 12″ Retina MacBooks available for $200-$240 off the cost of new models. Apple will include a standard one-year warranty with each MacBook, and shipping is free.... Read more
Early Holiday sale: 12″ iPad Pros for up to $...
B&H Photo has 12″ iPad Pros on sale today for up to $130 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H collects no sales tax outside NY & NJ: – 12″ 64GB WiFi iPad Pro: $749, save $50 – 12″ 256GB... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Product Manager - *Apple* Pay on the *Appl...
Job Summary Apple is looking for a talented product manager to drive the expansion of Apple Pay on the Apple Online Store. This position includes a unique Read more
*Apple* Pro/Consumer Apps Support Engineer -...
…exemplify AppleCare's expert technical support paired with exceptional customer service for Apple 's software apps. This person is a problem solver, who understands Read more
Partner Marketing Manager, *Apple* Pay - Ap...
Job Summary The Apple Pay partner marketing team is looking for a Marketing Manager to develop and drive US programs. The right candidate will be passionate about Read more
*Apple* Solution Consultant - Apple (United...
# Apple Solution Consultant - Rochester, MN Job Number: 113037950 Rochester, MN, Minnesota, United States Posted: 19-Sep-2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Are Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.