Small business switching with IP Cameras

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We currently have a basic network that runs with a DSL modem and a Linksys(Cisco) SD208 switch with no spare available ports.

We're looking into installing a few IP Cameras which utilize PoE. We therefore need to upgrade to a PoE capable switch. I've had a look at a few Cisco based options but can't seem to decide on a solution.  Also, are PoE capable ports compatible with non-PoE units?

Things to consider:
Should we try to go for a gigabit switch?
Should we get a managed switch?
We only need 4 PoE ports.
We need a 16 port switch.
We don't want to spend more then $600AUD on a switch.

Help and advice really appreciated!

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You can buy PoE injectors that connect inline with a non PoE network cable and inject the power onto it.

http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=332

That way you don;t need a PoE switch.

If you get a managed switch you could run your cameras on a separate VLAN.

Gigabit is good if you can afford it but not a requirement for IP cameras, especially if you are only running 4.
>are PoE capable ports compatible with non-PoE units?
Yes.  It acts like a standard 10/100 port.

>Should we try to go for a gigabit switch?
PoE ports are only 10/100.  Can't run gigabit because it requires all 8 wires in the cable.
You should get a model with 1 or 2 gigabit ports for uplinking to the rest of the network.

>Should we get a managed switch?
Only if you need it for your existing network design.  If you don't need it...don't waste the money.

>We only need 4 PoE ports.
>We need a 16 port switch.
>We don't want to spend more then $600AUD on a switch.

http://www.netgear.com/Products/Switches/SmartSwitches/FS726TP.aspx
>$300 USD
24 ports 10/100
2 ports gigabit
up to 12 ports PoE
Some light management capabilities via a web interface, but without the cost of a fully managed switch.
I've got a few Netgear managed switches, 10/100 & gigabit, plus a few PoE switches.  Pay the money for the support, and their techs will take care of you, even with configuration problems.
The GS724TP from Netgear has 24 10/100/1000 ports that all support 802.3af PoE up to a total of 192 watts. It has everything you are looking for but I am not sure it will quite fit your budget.

http://www.netgear.com/Products/Switches/AdvancedSmartSwitches/GS724TP.aspx

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Awesome!  Thanks for that.  The NETGEAR PROSAFE™ FS726TP is perfect to the job.

Cheers!

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