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EnGenius ECS2512FP Multi-Gigabit Switch Review

A Closer Look at ECS2512FP »

ECS2512FPAs the Multi-Gigabit motherboards become more and more affordable it’s time to find the right switch for the job. Most of the motherboards we see on the market today offer 10/100/1000 and 2.5Gbit/s Base-T connectivity. Sure you can still use the Gigabit switch that you had for 10 years but shouldn’t you treat yourself to a better and faster switch? You absolutely should! Keep in mind, that your internet traffic will be limited to your ISP. The fast speeds will be between clients that support 2.5 gigabit that is plugged into the switch.  I am looking at a very interesting small/medium business network switch by EnGenius, the ECS2512FP. ECS2512FP is a Layer 2 Multi-Gigabit 8 port (10/100/1000/2500Mbps) switch that has POE++ capabilities and 4 SFP uplink ports that support 1 and 10 Gbps SFPs. So if you have storage solutions such as NAS devices or storage arrays you can certainly connect them here. The ECS2512FP is a managed switch so you can manage it from the GUI or via EnGenius Cloud. EnGenius Cloud is a cloud-based management solution for all of your EnGenius gear. If you have EnGenius access points and/or EnGenius switches they could be all monitored and managed from EnGenius Cloud from anywhere. EnGenius Cloud has a lot of features that help monitor, configure, identify and remedy any issues you might face with the equipment.

Technical Specifications

Port Standards 802.3 10Base-T Ethernet
802.3u 100Base-TX Ethernet
802.3ab 1000Base-T Ethernet
802.3bz 2500Base-T Ethernet
802.3x Full-Duplex Flow Control
Network Ports 8 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps Ports + 4x SFP+ Ports
Switching Capacity
Flash Memory 128MB
PoE++ Capable Ports 1-8 (802.3 of/at/bt)
Total PoE Budget 240W
Power Source 100 ~ 240VAC, 50-60Hz
Physical Interface
LED Indicators Power LED
Fault LED
PoE Mode LED
Ports Link/Activity/Speed (per Ethernet port)
Link/Activity/Speed (per SFP slot)


Software Features (L3 Features)

Multiple IP Interface
20 IPv6 address
ARP Table Max. 192 ARP entries
Static ARP Static 192 ARP entries
IPv4 Static Route Max. 63 entries
IPv6 Static Route
Max. 21 entries


Software Features (L2 Features)

MAC Address Table 16K
Jumbo Frame 9K
Multicast Group Max 256 groups
MLD Snooping MLD Snooping: v1
QoS-Number of Priority Queues Supported Queue 8
Trust Mode Cos/802.1p
Scheduling Mechanism Strict / WRR/ Strict + WRR
Bandwidth Control Port-based bandwidth control (Ingress/Egress)
Port Security Max. 256 Entries
Access Control List (ACL) MAC Based ACL
IPv4/IPv6 Based ACL
ACL Binding
Timebase ACL
Web Graphical User Interface(GUI) HTTP IPv4 / IPv6
SSL Certificate Certificate/Key Import
SNMP SNMP v1/v2c/v3 Support
RMON RMON 1,2,3,9
System Time Time Setting/Daylight saving
Common L2 Features 802.1d Spanning tree
Loopback Detection
Multicast Filtering
IGMP Multicast Forwarding
IGMP Snooping
MLD Multicast Forwarding
802.1Q VLAN tagging
802.3x flow control
802.3ad Link Aggregation
IPv4 DHCP Relay
IPv4 DHCP Snooping
IPv4 DHCP Snooping Source MAC Address Check-up
ARP Inspection
ARP Packet Validation (additional validation checks)
Voice VLAN
Port-based VLAN
Protocol-Based VLAN
CoS Mapping
802. 1X Radius Authentication Protocol
IPv4 Settings
IPv6 Settings
IEEE 802. 3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
Command Line Interface (CLI)
SSH Server
Telnet Server
TFTP Client
Configuration Upgrade/Backup
Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP)
802.1d Spanning tree

Environmental & Physical

Temperature Range Operating: 32°F to 122°F (0°C to 50°C)
Humidity (Non-Condensing) Operating: 5% – 95%
Package Contents 1x Cloud Managed Multi-Gig PoE++ Switch
1x Quick Installation Guide
1x Power Cord
1x RJ45 Console Cable
1x Rack Mount Kit

Device Dimensions & Weights

ECS2512FP Device
Weight: 5.7 lbs (2.6 kg)
Width: 9.05” (230 mm)
Length: 12.99” (330 mm)
Height: 1.73” (44 mm)
Packaging Weight: 6.9 lbs (3.1 kg)
Width: 15.6” (396 mm)
Length: 12.2” (310 mm)
Height: 4” (102 mm)
Warranty 2 years
Certifications CE


ECS2512FP Packaging

The EnGenius ECS2512FP Multi-Gigabit Switch packaging is very simple. Just a simple recycle-friendly box with the EnGenius logo and two stickers with general information on what is inside and the serial number for registration.

To protect the switch while shipping, the ECS2512FP has a plastic bag around it and is supported by two foam inserts. A small accessory box contains a pair of mounting brackets to mount this switch to the rack, power cord, self-adhesive rubber feet, a bag of screws, RJ45 to serial cable, and a Quick Installation Guide.

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