48 Port Switch Price Comparison

48 port switch is a popular and higher performance connectivity solution for SMBs which seek for a scalable switch network with a diverse set of characteristics. When purchasing 48 port switch, it is highly common for people to concern about the price. Owing to 48 port switch with high port density and advantageous performance, 48 port switch price will be inevitably higher than 8 port and 24 port switch. However, there are a great many factors to consider when evaluating a product, price is one thing and supportable functionality is another. In this article we will introduce some 48 port switches based on two categories: PoE vs non-PoE, and respectively comparing the 48 port switch prices and functions to help you choose an appropriate 48 port Gigabit switch.

48 Port PoE Switch Price Comparison: TP-Link T1600G-52PS vs FS S1600-48T4S

When it comes to connecting VoIP phones and IP cameras, a 48 port PoE switch can maximally solve the problems of installing these PoE network devices in places where there are no power lines. The two 48 port PoE switches that we are going to discuss are TP-Link T1600G-52PS and FS S1600-48T4S which are inexpensive compared with most enterprise class 48 port PoE switches. The table below offers some basic parameters of these two switches, including port type, supported data rate, the maximum PoE power consumption, switching capacity and forwarding rate.

Switch Model TP-Link T1600G-52PS FS S1600-48T4S
10/100/1000Mbps RJ45 Ports 48 48
Gigabit SFP Ports 4 0
SFP+ Ports 0 4
Max. PoE Power Consumption 470.4W 600W
Max. Power Per Port (PoE+) 30W 30W
Switching Capacity 104Gbps 180Gbps
Forwarding Rate 77.4Mpps 130.94Mpps
Price US$481.99 to US$725.99 US$689

As shown from the chart, there is not much difference in price between T1600G-52PS and S1600-48T4S 48 port PoE switch. For T1600G-52PS, it has additional 4 Gigabit SFP ports without 10G ability. While S1600-48T4S comes with 4 10G SFP+ slots that allows large traffic from the access switch to the core switch and ensures high speed and precise transmission. What is more, the switching capacity and the forwarding rate of S1600-48T4S 48 port PoE Gigabit switch are higher than the T1600G-52PS. Meanwhile, it supports the larger power to the device, which is suitable for connecting more PoE network devices.

48 port switch FS S1600-48T4S

Figure1: FS S1600-48T4S with superior performances in switching capacity and the maximum power consumption

48 Port Non-PoE Switch Price Comparison: Cisco WS-C3850-48XS-S vs FS S5850-48S6Q

Except for 48 port PoE switch, there are also 48 port non-PoE switches available. Here we will mainly compare non-PoE 48 port 10GbE switch of Cisco WS-C3850-48XS-S and FS S5850-48S6Q which are considered as an optimal solution for handling data traffic. The table below provides the basic parameters of these two switches about port combination, switching capacity, latency, power consumption and 48 port switch price.

Switch Model Cisco WS-C3850-48XS-S FS S5850-48S6Q
SFP+ Ports 48 48
QSFP+ Ports 4 6
Switch Class L3 L3
Switching Capacity 1280Gbps 1.44Tbps full-duplex
Latency 612ns
Max Power Draw 190W
Forwarding Rate 909Mpps 1072Mpps
Price US$7475 US$3999

In terms of price, FS S5850-48S6Q 48 port switch is more cheaper than Cisco WS-C3850-48XS-S. In addition, it provides full line-rate switching at Layer 2 or Layer 3 across 48 10GbE ports and 6 40GbE uplinks, delivering 1.44Tbps switching capacity for the most demanding applications. This 48 port 10Gb switch can be either used as a Top-of-Rack switch, or as part of a 10GbE or 40GbE spine-leaf fabirc. In general, S5850-48S6Q is endowed with unsurpassed benefits over WS-C3850-48XS-S in QSFP+ ports, switching capacity, latency, the max power draw and forwarding rate.

48 port switch FS S5850-48S6Q

Figure2: FS S5850-48S6Q with advantageous features in switching capacity


As the demand for 48 port Gigabit switch continues to grow, suppliers are active in providing products of high quality and competitive price to customers. This article recommends and compares several 48 port PoE switches and 48 port non-PoE switches on the strength of prices and functions. You can select the most ideal one based on the real condition.

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