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If you’re looking for additional control and flexibility over your video surveillance network, upgrading to a smart managed switch provides you with features unavailable with unmanaged switches.

Investing in a smart managed switch is ideal for larger, more complex applications like video surveillance networks. Switches like D-Link’s Smart Managed Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switches are the option here, rich with useful new features whilst still being easy to deploy and maintain. D-Link’s Smart PoE switches can help you with any tasks quickly and efficiently, providing you the flexibility and control to ensure long-term network health and uninterrupted connectivity.

Investing in a D-Link Smart Managed PoE switch pays for itself through all the benefits and capabilities it provides. Here are our top seven reasons to upgrade your switch today!
1. Intuitive configuration interface that optimises surveillance is available through a web browser
2. Remote controls and auto-task completion
3. Improved provisioning and planning
4. Auto surveillance VLAN features
5. Future-proof and scalable
6. Power diagnostic tools
7. Real-time alerts and notifications.

1. An Intuitive Configuration Interface

D-Link Smart Switches come with a web-based user interface to enable clear, quick access to your switch’s controls. Using your web browser, you can secure a fast and seamless connection to any device to configure an monitor any important elements and features in your network.

2. Remote Controls and Auto-Task Completion

Remotely control and schedule tasks for end users with your D-Link Smart Managed PoE switch to avoid sending engineers on-site. Being able to remotely complete tasks, such as initiating IP camera reboots, can save you time and money by preventing a physical visit. With D-Link, you can even schedule automatic IP camera reboots on a regular basis without intervention need with time-based solutions.

3. Knowledge is Power

The surveillance-optimised interface provided with D-Link Smart PoE switches makes power consumption data readily available. They are able to communicate real-time power consumption for each switch port as well as the overall power budget use. This can help you manage the increase in power demands by assigning port priorities.

Smart PoE switches also support automatic power-saving features to reduce heat, extend the life of the product, and lower operating costs.
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4. Auto Surveillance VLAN Features

Simplify assigning traffic with a D-Link Smart Managed PoE switch. By partitioning a physical network to create distinct broadcast domains, these switches provide assure that the traffic from a Video surveillance network passes through. This guarantee the quality and security of your transferred information even during times of high network congestion. Smart Managed PoE switches make provisioning VLANS a breeze with automatic detection of any IP camera on the network and assignments to a high-priority VLAN.
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5. Future Proofing and Scalability

When your surveillance network inevitably grows, the demand for your switches will grow with it. With Smart Managed PoE switches you can manage the increase in demands with ease by setting port guidelines and priorities. Unlike the limitations of unmanaged switches, Smart PoE switches help you to avoid network issues caused by rapid growth.

6. Powerful Diagnostic Tools

To minimize the risk of major traffic flow disruptions on your network, Smart Managed PoE switches provide you with power diagnostics tools like cable diagnostics and automatic loop detection.

Cable Diagnostics – Examining the quality of your connected copper cabling has never been easier with the ability to run tests from anywhere in the network during port installation or troubleshooting.

Automatic Loop Detection – If you have any unintentional loops within your network, a Smart PoE switch can detect this problem and will alert you of the problem. You can set loop detection to run from anything from a single port to all ports at once. If a loop detection is located the switch will automatically shut down the port until you have corrected the issue.
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7. Real-Time Alerts and Notifications

To minimize potential risks and save you time, D-Link Smart Managed PoE switches can set notifications and alerts for when changes or disruptions occur within your network. These could go off due to cases like:

  • An Ethernet link goes up or down
  • PoE power turns on/off for any port
  • Short-circuit occurs on any port
  • Power-deny action occurs on any port

These alerts appear in real-time to help you quickly and easily diagnose and repair problems before they cause any serious concern.

Our Top D-Link Smart Managed PoE Switches

D-Link DGS-1210-10P 8-Port Gigabit Smart Managed PoE Switch

With 2 Gigabit SFP Ports & a Poe Budget of 65W
by D-Link Switch

D-Link DGS-1210-10P 8-Port Gigabit Smart Managed PoE Switch
D-Link’s DGS-1210-10P Smart Managed PoE switch provides an increased Power over Ethernet (PoE) output, multiple management interfaces, and advanced Layer 2 features. For those looking to expand their business network, the DGS-1210 is a cost-effective and flexible solution to help your business thrive.


  • Green Technology.
  • Security Features.
  • Intuitive Management.
  • Surveillance Mode.
  • Auto Voice VLAN

Buy D-Link DGS-1210-10P 8-Port Gigabit Smart Managed PoE Switch


D-Link DES-1210-28P 24-Port Fast Ethernet PoE Smart Switch

With 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports (including 2 Combo SFP)

D-Link DES-1210-28P 24-Port Fast Ethernet PoE Smart Switch
With 24 fast Ethernet ports, 2 Gigabit ports, and 2 additional Gigabit copper/fiber combo ports, D-Link’s DES-1210-28P is the ideal solution for SMB and enterprise networks. Easy to use and eco-friendly, the DES-1210-28P helps quickly deploy the networks, saving energy and money.


  • New 802.3at PoE+ standard to provide extra power to connected appliances
  • Easily configurable through a web interface
  • Time-based PoE to switch off PoE devices automatically
  • Cable diagnostics function to help troubleshoot wiring problems
  • AutoVoice VLAN for seamless integration with IP telephony
  • Innovative firewall-like ACL to enforce security and access restriction

Buy D-Link DES-1210-28P 24-Port Fast Ethernet PoE Smart Switch


D-Link DGS-1210-24P 24-Port Gigabit PoE Smart Switch

With 4 x Gigabit RJ45/SFP Combo Ports & 24 Ports of PoE

D-Link DGS-1210-24P 24-Port Gigabit PoE Smart Switch
The D-Link DGS-1210-24P features D-Link Green 3.0 technology to improve your efficiency levels and help you save energy. This affordable 24-port PoE switch is ideal for businesses looking to power VoIP phones, wireless access points, or network cameras.


  • Easily manage your entire network with the Web GUI or D-Link Network Assistant
  • Innovative Safeguard Engine, ACL, and ARP Spoofing Prevention protect your network
  • D-Link Green Technology features help save energy usage automatically and reduce costs

Buy D-Link DGS-1210-24P 24-Port Gigabit PoE Smart Switch


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