managed switch choice

PeterBaileyUk used Ask the Experts™
I would like to be able to turn off the internet connections to wired computers. I was thinking of adding a managed switch next to my isps router and then using that to turn the ports on or off.

I am not sure what to buy tplink have l2 type with poe on 8 ports so might be good in the future. They have l2+ 16 port no poe managed switches at a reasonable price too. I would also like to give my computer full bandwith when I teach online, at present everyone affects it I think when I am in classes. Will a managed switch get me what I desire?

my choices seem to be TL-SG1016PE or
TP-Link Switch T2600G-18TS(TL-SG3216) 16x1000/2xSFP L2 Managed

I also would like a better wifi access point I think my tplink wa901 is struggling.

advice would be welcome.
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Is this a home environment or a work environment?

Not sure adding a switch in would be an ideal way to control/limit users' access to the internet as it would also prevent access to the internal network, but may be a viable option if that's not an issue. Turning ports on and off may be tricky on low end switches. If this was the road you wanted to go down I'd recommend having one cheap switch dedicated to the machines you want to disconnect, as you can just turn off that entire switch (or put it on a timer) without affecting your machine.

I am not sure what to buy tplink have l2 type with poe on 8 ports so might be good in the future.
Are you likely to need POE?
Both switches suits your basic needs. So depending on budget and other priorities, you can choose either.
If you always do the same operation, you can save several config files, which you read back into the system every time that situation is needed.
Obviously, the T2600G-18TS is slightly more advanced (adding CLI), but you might not even need those options.
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What are you requirements?

For access points, Ubiquiti UniFi units tend to work just fine in most cases. Probably the UniFi AC Pro is what I'd consider, especially since it'll work on POE.

The switches you picked seem like they should be fine. However, how much bandwidth does your internet connection have?
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I have 600 up and down so would the decent switch give me that ability to keep my main pc connected without other users degrading the connection?

its a home environment but I do have a synology nas 4 bay here too.

As I said, both switches suit your basic needs, that means bandwidth control/priority is available on both.


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