What Is the Difference Between NP-SM4 and MikroTik?

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POE switch is a device, which is used to connect a power supply to several IP video cameras simultaneously and organised data transfer through a network. To create such a connection, a common twisted pair cable is used. POE switch recognizes supported devices automatically and provides their protection from short circuits and overloading.

In the table below, entry-level POE switches for Ethernet networks are examined. From the point of view of consumer segmentation, these switches belong to the class SOHO (Small Office/Home Office), which explains their inexpensive price.

Technical Specifications


NetPing POE switch NP-SM4

Mikrotik RB260GSP

POE switch Mikrotik RB260GSP

Approximate Price34.94 USD56.20 USD
Official Website of the Manufacturerhttp://www.netpingdevice.com/http://routerboard.com/
Level of Packages AnalysisLevel 2Level 2
CPUMarvell 88E6070Taifatech TF470
MemoryBuffer Size 512K
MAC Table Size 1K
Maximum Frame Size 2048b 
Built-in 96K SRAM
10/100 Ethernet Ports4
10/100/1000 Ethernet Ports5
Socket for SFP Module1
POE StandardIEEE 802.3.at, 1 port POE + 3 ports POE injectors (30 Watts for each port)

Does not support POE standard.

Supports own standard of power transfer via Ethernet cable with the voltage 24 V.

Transfers power to 1 port,
provides a possibility to power other devices on ports 2 - 5.

POE inYesYes, own standard
POE outYesYes, own standard
LED Indicators1 LED, power, activityLED for each port, activity,
NAND activity
Supports Input Voltage11 56 V DC8 30 V DC
Own Power Consumption2.5 Watts6 Watts
Power Socket11
Operating SystemMikroTik SwOS
Operating Temperature Range0℃ +45℃-25℃ +65℃
Dimensions78x60x30 mm113x139x28 mm
Power Plug TypeDJK-02 2.1 mmDJK-02 2.1 mm
Weight73 g212 g
Shipping Kit

Switch, jumpers for POE commutation, ZIP-package. Power adapter 48 V 1.5 A is purchased separately if necessary.

Switch, power adapter 24 V 2.5 A

From the comparison table of POE switches, it is possible to make a conclusion about strong and weak sides of represented models.

The NP-SM4 switch has got an attractive price and small dimensions, which allow to mask it as an ordinary computer socket and install in any place, without spoiling an esthetic appearance of an interior. NP-SM4 has got a peculiarity of POE powering (IEEE 802.3.at or IEEE 802.3.af) with a possibility to transmit POE power even further. This allows to connect NP-SM4 switches into a chain, using Ethernet cable only, as well as connect to the Ethernet a required amount of workplaces, VoIP phones, and video cameras with minimal expenses on a cable infrastructure. Disadvantages of NP-SM4 are a small amount and transfer rate of ports 4 x 10/100 BASE-TX, no lights (LED) for each port and external adapter in a shipping kit. Also, there is a need to pay attention to an uncontrollability of this POE switch.

The Mikrotik RB260GSP switch has got a larger amount of 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports compared to NP-SM4 and an SFP socket to connect an SFP module (SFP module is not included into a shipping kit)Mikrotik RB260GSP is equipped with CPU Taifatech TF470 and a built-in 96K SRAM, which influence a performance positively. It works on an operating system Switch SwOS that has been developed especially for MikroTik products. This enables a functionality of controlled switch, having a bonus of using MAC filters, controlling VLAN, using bandwidth limiting and even adjust some MAC and IP header fields. One of the main shortcomings of Mikrotik RB260GSP is not supporting POE standard. A switch supports the own standard of 24 V power transfer via Ethernet cable, which influences a compatibility of work of POE consumers. I.e. not all POE consumers will be able to work with Mikrotik RB260GSP. Own power consumption of Mikrotik RB260GSP is two times more than a power consumption of NP-SM4. The price of Mikrotik RB260GSP is 1,5 times more than the one of NP-SM4.

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