I’ve been using the S16-PoE for a little bit now and thought I’d chuck out a few thoughts for anyone interested.
I was impressed with the packaging of the switch. No wasteful packing materials and excess plastic which is great to see.
I LOVE that the switch comes with Rackstud DUO as it’s my least favourite part of installation to fidget with standard cage nuts.
I connected my S16-PoE to my UDM-SE and within minutes it appeared in my Alta console ready to adopt.
I did experience a minor issue with upgrading to the latest firmware. I clicked the “upgrade now” button but it didn’t seem to progress. I then walked my dog and lo and behold, the switch was on the latest firmware. Chalk that one down to classic lack of patience.
Once adopted, I found the user interface to be very intuitive. Some of my favourite features include:
Holding shift button to reboot
Using U for Untagged and T for Tagged nomenclature which is under-utilised by other vendors
Continued use of colours, this time for mass-applying of port profiles
Fallback upon failure feature which is great for network engineers with butter fingers
Having worked with a lot of other hardware vendors in the past, I’m super impressed with the Alta switches so far. Pairing this with the AP6-Pro I have serving WiFi, we’re only one device away from a complete Alta network takeover
Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about the switches and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Link to my AP6-Pro impressions: Finally ceiling mounted my AP6-Pro