Hardened 8 port PoE switches

Hey All,

I'm looking for options for 8-port hardened PoE switches. Anyone have experience with them and can advise on good ones?
D HService Desk ManagerAsked:
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Can you define "hardened" vs one that's not?
D HService Desk ManagerAuthor Commented:
basically one that can be used in less than ideal environment (limited ventilation, humidity, heat, etc.)...
DP230Network AdministratorCommented:
Here are some examples you can use to harden your Cisco Router/Switch:

Password configuration
Router(config)# service password-encryption
Router(config)# no enable password
Router(config)# enable secret <password>
Router(config)# username <admin user> secret <password>

Disable the unnecessary services
Router(config)# no service tcp-small-servers
Router(config)# no service udp-small-servers
Router(config)# no ip bootp server
Router(config)# no ip finger
Router(config)# no service finger
Router(config)# no service config
Router(config)# no boot host
Router(config)# no boot network
Router(config)# no boot system
Router(config)# no service pad
Router(config)# no ip domain-lookup

Disable ip source-route in IP header
Router(config)# no ip source-route

Set timeout 5 mins for console
Router(config)# line console 0
Router(config-line)# exec-time 5 0

Allow on SSH
Router(config)# access-list 11 permit x.x.x.x y.y.y.y
Router(config)# access-list 11 deny any log
Router(config)# line vty 0 4
Router(config-line)# transport input ssh
Router(config-line)# transport output none
Router(config-line)# privilege level 1
Router(config-line)# exec-timeout 5 0
Router(config-line)# access-class 11 in
Router(config-line)# login local
Router(config)# line vty 0 15
Router(config-line)# transport input none

Turn off HTTP Server
Router(config)# no ip http server
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Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
I live in Western Australia. Over the years I have installed dozens of "consumer" type switches, from Netgear, Dlink Linksys and Netgear. Some have been operating in factories, one was above a ham smoking room and literally coated in hot pig steam, many have been buried in red dust on mine sites, or regularly operating in areas well over 50C.  

Never seen the heat and humidity cause an issue. I would suggest just getting a $100 switch. If avoiding downtime is a priority, keep a spare onsite, and instruct someone on replacement.
I only point to these specific brands below because they have been extremely long lasting and reliable in adverse conditions.
Not specified above for managed switches so assuming unmanaged and best product for the price.

I can't point you to a POE switch in extreme conditions from experience but we used a Brianboxes model SW-504 which is an Industrial 10/100 non-POE switch to connect two farms for surveillance using a Ubiquiti wireless bridge and a couple of power injectors for the bridge and the cameras.  It is in an enclosure outdoors and has not failed in a couple years of 24/7 service.   We have both extremes of weather, hot and cold.  Sustained temps below zero in the winter and hot muggy summers in the 80's and 90's.  
Switch has broad operating temp range.  -40°C to +80°C (-40°F to 176°F)

The Ubiquiti TS‑8‑PRO ToughSwitch says it is "purpose-built with robust mechanicals for industrial application use" but never uses the word "hardened".  It is a POE Switch (150 Watt) and it's environmental range is -25 to 55°C (-13 to 131° F) which is OK for many applications but not near the "hardened" switch temp range above.    
You will find that most electronics in general has a range from about -5 to 40 °C (23 to 104 ° F)

I've used Netgear switches and very rarely had to replace them.   I've seen them installed before routers in public buildings with no racks, just sitting on top of other equipment sharing transient heat with dust all over them.  The Pro-Safe models have a lifetime warranty.  Recommend the FS108P (8 ports but only 4 port POE) or FS116P for your indoor application.  If you need 8 ports of POE you might have to go to a 16 port smart switch which has 8 ports of POE.

Best practice is to not stack your equipment.  Have air space between routers and switches, that is what the stick-on feet are for if not rack mounting.  Anything that has a fan in it needs to be cleaned annually or when you hear fan noise.  Turn the equipment off and stick a pencil in the fan to keep it from spinning when blowing with compressed air.  You can overspin a fan and damage the bearings and it will fail sooner.

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D HService Desk ManagerAuthor Commented:
I know the best practices, but I was looking for if anyone had experience with rugged styled switches for extreme temperatures or conditions. We tried some Garettcom switches a few years ago, but their PoE wasn't cutting it at the time.

I was hoping someone would have some other brands that we could try.
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