I got a switch. Yes, it is not a Nintendo Switch, but a network switch. TP-Link sent me this switch for my home lab. I want to say thank you for your sample. I can not make it without it.

Let me show you some pictures I took when I opened the box.

TL-SG3210XHP-M2 Box
TL-SG3210XHP-M2 Box
TL-SG3210XHP-M2 Box opened
TL-SG3210XHP-M2 inside the box

I took everything and put them on the desk.

Content of TL-SG3210XHP-M2
  • Switch itself,
  • a power cord,
  • two pieces of the metal tab with screws, which can mount the switch to the rack,
  • a serial cable for console managing,
  • Installation Guide, paper.

I need this one for my 2.5Gbe small home lab. The TL-SG3210XHP-M2 is the core of my network.

It is a switch for business with so many features.

Here are some highlights:

  • 2.5G PoE+ Ports for WiFi 6: 8× 2.5 Gbps ports smash the gigabit barrier and unlock the full potential of WiFi 6 APs.
  • 10G Lightning-Fast Uplink: 2× 10 Gbps SFP+ slots enable high-bandwidth connectivity and non-blocking switching capacity.
  • 240 W PoE Budget: 8× 802.3at/af-compliant PoE+ ports with a total power supply of 240 W.
  • Integrated into Omada SDN: Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP)**, Centralized Cloud Management, and Intelligent Monitoring. ( I don’t need it, because I am using opnSense on my soft router.)
  • Static Routing: Helps route internal traffic for more efficient use of network resources.
  • Robust Security Strategies: IP-MAC-Port Binding, ACL, Port Security, DoS Defend, Storm control, DHCP Snooping, 802.1X, Radius Authentication, and more.
  • Optimize Voice and Video Applications: L2/L3/L4 QoS and IGMP snooping.

There is a quite important part of my recent changes in my home lab. I implement the ipv6 tunnel broker in the ISP ipv4-only connection.

The switch default setting of IPv6 is disabled.

Step 1, L3 Features > Interfaces

Enable IPv6 Routing
Enable IPv6 Routing

Step 2, L3 Features > Interfaces> Edit IPv6

IPv6 enable
IPv6 enable

You see, I am using Router Advertisement, or RA to make the network devices in the LAN to get the IPv6 address.



David Yin

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