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USW-Flex Utility - external PoE switch from Ubiquiti Inc.

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Ubiquiti USW Switch FLEX

Today we present another novelty from Ubiquiti- UniFi® USW Switch Flex. This is a managed Layer 2 Gigabit switch with auto-sensing 802.3af PoE support. The device is equipped with 5 RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet ports: 1 PoE input and 4 PoE output connectors for other devices. In combination with the USW-Flex Utility enclosure they provide a very innovative and weatherproof kit.
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Product presentation

USW-Flex Utility presentation - unboxing a dedicated enclosure

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PoE flexibility

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UniFi® USW-Switch Flex is equipped with one PoE input port for power and four PoE output ports that provide up to 15W of power to the UniFi access point or other PoE devices. The USW-Flex supports a maximum of 46W of PoE output power.

Versatile mounting

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UniFi® USW-Switch Flex has a weatherproof enclosure and offers versatile mounting options - it can be installed horizontally or vertically, making it ideal for desktop installation, via a magnetic wall mount and on a mast.

Inside or outside

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Ubiquiti UniFi Switch Flex is designed for indoor or outdoor use - manufacturer assures that the switch can operate in temperatures from -40 to 55 degrees Celsius. The switch has an IP55 rating and can be further equipped with an accessory outdoor housing!

Compatibility with other Ubiquiti products

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USW Switch Flex supports various products that use 802.3af PoE interface, viz: To provide the maximum power of 46W on the PoE outputs, the USW-Flex must be powered by switches: USW-Industrial, US-XG-6POE, USW-Pro-24-PoE , or USW-Pro-48-PoE, which provide 60W 802.3 bt PoE .

Network management

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UniFi® USW-Switch Flex is compatible with UniFi Network Controller, which runs in the cloud and can manage multiple UniFi sites within a centralized interface. Each site is logically separated and has its own network monitoring, configuration, maps, statistics and administrator accounts.

USW-Flex Utility!

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It is worth mentioning a dedicated accessory, the USW-Flex Utility, which is a weatherproof enclosure that we showed above in the product presentation section - it can be considered as an additional armor for the switch. The enclosure includes an Ethernet cable as well as a 60W PoE power supply providing a maximum PoE budget of 46W per output!

Specification for USW-Flex product series

SWITCH

USW-Switch Flex
Sizes 122.5 x 107.1 x 28.0 mm
Weight 230 g
RJ45 interface 5 Ports - 10/100/1000 Mbps
PoE Output (Ports 2-5) 802.3af (Pins 1, 2 ; 3, 6-)
Maximum power consumption (excluding output PoE) 5W
Maximum watts per port 15,4W
Total PoE power budget Supported by 802.3af - 8W
Supported by 802.3at - 20W
Supported by 802.3bt - 46W
Powered by PoE adapter - 46W
Voltage ranges 802.3af: 44 - 57V
802.3at/bt: 50 - 57V
LED indicators System - Status
RJ45 Data Ports - PoE; Link/Speed/Activity
ESD / EMP protection ± 16 kV air, ± 16 kV contact
Operating temperature 46W PoE output: -40 to 55° C
25W PoE output: -40 to 65° C
Permitted humidity 5 to 95% non-condensing
Certificates CE, FCC, IC
Power Method (Port 1) 802.3af/at (pins 1, 2 ; 3, 6-) ---> USW-24-PoE (sold separately)
802.3bt (pins 1, 2 ; 3, 6- and 4, 5 ; 7, 8-) ---> USW-Pro-24-PoE (sold separately)
50V/60W PoE power supply ---> PoE Injector, POE-50-60W-WH or POE-50-60W (sold separately)

ENCLOSURE

USW-Flex Utility
Dimensions 249 x 218 x 60 mm
Weight 740 g

POWER SUPPLY

USW-Flex-Utility 60W PoE Power Supply
Dimensions 118.5 x 63 x 34.7 mm
Weight 206 g
Output voltage 54V, 1.11A
Rated voltage 100-240VAC
Input current 1.5A (Max.)
Performance > 86%
Linear adjustment < 1%
Load adjustment < 3%
4-pair power supply Pins 1, 2, 4, 5 and Pins 3, 6, 7, 8-
Operating temperature From -20 to 60˚ C
Storage temperature From -30 to 70˚ C
Operating humidity 5 to 90%, non-condensing
Overvoltage immunity 4kV differential and common mode

SUMMARY

Ubiquiti takes the initiative and introduces a very interesting product line. UniFi® USW-Switch Flex In combination with an accessory casing USW-Flex Utility It is a perfect duet resistant to all weather conditions. The dedicated housing is an additional "armor" for the switch, which is itself waterproof - the IP55 standard informs us about that.

Due to the fact that today's article does not test the switch, the following advantages and disadvantages will apply only to the USW-Flex Utility accessory casing:

DISADVANTAGES:

  • No mention of any sealing or durability standards in the manufacturer's documentation
  • The plastic housing can be quite brittle in sub-zero outdoor temperatures
  • Many nooks and crannies inside the case where moisture or dirt can collect
  • Fitting of the elements, although it is not the worst it could be better

ADVANTAGES:

  • Versatile mounting options
  • Clean and tidy interior - additional cable holders
  • Tailor made housing
  • Very good 60W PoE power supply included
  • LAN cable for connecting devices included

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