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Aug 5 / Greg

Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch 16 XG


The Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch 16 XG is UBNT’s new 16 port 10Gb switch.

It boasts:

  • 12 SFP+ ports
  • 4 RJ45 ports that support 1Gb or 10Gb
  • 360Gbps throughput
  • 238.1 MPPS
  • 36W of power on chassis alone(no optics)
  • Serial console port
  • Web interface
  • “Industry standard CLI” – Which I take to mean Cisco like
  • Price around $550
  • I’ve heard nothing but good things about the existing edgeswitches, and this one is shaping up to be no different.

    It looks like all ports are line rate, which is really expected from any switch manufactured these days.

    Oddly enough they mention some routing capabilities: Static routing(up to 16 routes), Policy Based Routing, 15 routed interfaces. I don’t believe they have any numbers for routing, so just pretend like this isn’t an option. Looking at the rest of the features, this is truly a switch, and should be treated as such.

    They also mention this can act as a DHCP server…which is also very strange to me. I’m sure there is a use case somewhere for it. Specs show 128 pools with a max of 2048 leases, which would be a fair sized property.

    It also has:

  • IPv4 and IPv6 Mgmnt support
  • SNMP
  • 802.1x for authenticated access to ports
  • 255 VLANs – which should be plenty for most sites
  • 8K MAC addresses – again, should be plenty
  • STP/RSTP/MSTP support for loop prevention
  • 4 MSTP instances
  • 802.1ad for Link Aggregation(LAG){up to 6 instances} – You Cisco guys would call it etherchannel – linux would call it bonding
  • Access lists(filtering traffic) – 100 with up to 10 rules per port
  • Looks like fairly standard QoS support – at these speeds, especially with LAGs, it seems hard to think you would be overrunning port speeds
  • I’m excited to see these guys hit the market. This will, by a WIDE margin, be the cheapest 10Gb switch I’ve seen hit the market. I can’t wait to get my hands on one to test with. At this price point, I won’t be surprised to see it hit the core of some enterprise, not just provider networks.

    At some point in the future I’d love to see multichassis link aggregation(MLAG). This gives you the ability to do a LAG from a single device(like a router) to two different switches. The router has no idea that he is connecting to multiple chassis, yet allows for failure of either switch to be absorbed.

    Let me know your thoughts in the comments…will you guys be putting these to work?


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    1. Jim Jones / Aug 5 2016

      I really hope these turn out to be as good as they seem. I could see using them in iSCSI SANs, VMware cores, labs. The price and feature set are right where they need to be.

      Stacking would be killer. I’d love to do cross-switch port channels.

    2. Seth Byrd / Aug 8 2016

      This might answer your L3 routing question.

      Unless I am mistaken it seems they are saying L3 is line rate as well.

    3. Greg / Aug 16 2016

      @Jim – My thinking exactly good sir. If you get one before me, let me know how it goes!

    4. Greg / Aug 16 2016

      @Seth – I suppose it’s possible, but I’ll believe it when I see it 😉 I’d be happy to run some test traffic through to see if it can keep up.

    5. Piers / Feb 23 2017

      Definitely would like to see MLAG on these switches. Would pay twice as much if offered.

    6. Greg / Feb 23 2017

      I think we are going to drop one in on some servers soon…I’ll report back.

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