In today’s review, I’m taking a look at the QNAP QGD-1600P Smart Switch which is the world’s first PoE managed switch that supports Virtual Machines, In the review I’m going to cover what it can do and how you could use it to consolidate multiple machines in your business.

Big thanks to QNAP for sending this over for review!

What’s in the Box?

Upon opening the QGD-1600P you will be greeted with a box smack bang in the middle with all the included accessories, Included is an AC power cable, Cat5e ethernet cable, rackmount kit, screws for the 2.5” drive bays, 4 rubber feet and some documentation as well as the QGD-1600P itself.

Design and Features

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Design wise, the QGD-1600P is a pretty standard 1U device(meaning it will take up one slot in a rack). 

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The front on the unit is where you will find the little LCD screen which is useful for getting handy information at the tips of your fingers like Device name, IP Address, Temperature and connected devices. This is handy when you need to quickly find out some basic info without the need of actually logging in to the main management page.

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Moving across the unit you will find the HDMI port, USB 3.0 port, Gigabit ethernet port and two more USB 2.0 ports which all connect directly to the NAS side of the QGD-1600P.

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Moving even further down is where all the main ethernet ports are 16 Gigabit Rj45 ports2 two of which are linked to the two SFP+ Ports. The first 4 offer POE++ at 60W and the rest can output POE+ at 20W.

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Finally at the end of the QGD-1600P are the reset buttons, Indicator lights for both the Switch and the NAS and the Nas power on button so you can pick whether the NAS is on simultaneously with the switch.

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Moving round the back is where you’ll find the inbuilt power supply with switch and the two PCIe Slots, both are PCIe Gen2 (x2).

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Moving on to the inner workings(by removing the 4 phillips screws in the lid) is where all the main processing power is. In the middle is a big beefy heatsink to cool the Intel Celeron J4115 quad-core 1.8 GHz processor, you will also find the 4GB of included SODIMM DDR4 which is expandable, via another slot on the side, up to 8GB using 2x4GB SODIMMS. Though QNAP does offer an 8GB base model if that’s what you need.

Also on the inside are the two 2.5” drive bays for either SSDs or 2.5” HDDs, there is also a cooling fan attached to the drive cage to keep the drives cool.


60W POE++

QGD-1600P is compliant with the latest IEEE 802.3bt PoE++ and IEEE 802.3at PoE+ standards, and offers 4-port 60-watt and 12-port 30-watt Gigabit PoE capability. QGD-1600P can supply a total power budget of 370 watts to meet the demands of high-powered devices

Two Layer Management

QGD-1600P provides comprehensive Layer 2 management features, such as VLAN, LACP, QoS IGMP Snooping, and Wake-on-LAN for IT administrators to efficiently control the network bandwidth and enhance security via the user-friendly switch management web interface.


QuNetSwitch offers a user-friendly web interface to help IT administrators efficiently control Layer 2 and PoE networks. Additionally, the overview dashboard and graphical statistics analysis show IT administrators all switch information and pored devices at a glance, making central management of high-power devices intuitive and easy.

PCIe Expansion

PCIe expandability allows for 10GbE network cards, QM2 dual-port M.2 SSD/10GbE cards, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) cards, or Wireless Adapters.

VM Hosting

Host containerized applications and virtual machines with various operating systems. Flexibly install virtual router, firewall, or wireless LAN management software for various networking management applications.


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Setup and Performance

I somehow managed to lose all the screenshots of the QTS Software and Web Management software but they are both really simple to setup and get going and very user friendly and intuitive to use!

Performance wise, the switch worked flawlessly, The speeds were great and reliable. Being able to have a router and switch all in one is awesome!

QuNetSwitch has a really easy and simple web UI to aid IT administrators in effectively controlling POE networks. 

The QuNetSwitch is the primary section for switch-based activities. What’s cool is that you can still see and manage the QuNetSwitch app when you have the QTS NAS portion of the device as an application window. Meaning, you can conveniently complete tasks from either side, which is excellent. 

When you’re on the main page this is what will be on screen: active connections & available ports, PoE connectivity, and the amount of power drawn by the ports. It also displays port traffic analytics, security logs & alerts, port/LAG Trunking setup, the Active Security protocols that are in place, as well as all the connected users. 

Using the QGD-1600P with QVR PRO

Probably the coolest feature of the QGD-1600P is being able to use it as an all in one NVR. With its ability to provide up to 370W of POE power to up to 16 devices, Making this a great way to easily deploy a surveillance system. I already use QVR PRO on my TVS-682 with a couple of normal switches but am highly considering making the switch over to this to make things more compact. Plus with the integrated HDMI port, you can stream your video straight to a local monitor to keep an eye on the place.

The QGD-1600P comes with 8 camera licenses when you download QVR PRO but more are available for purchase from the QNAP license center.

I would highly recommend using the QGD-1600P as a scalable DIY surveillance system as it is just super easy to get up and running!

Closer Look


The QNAP QGD-1600P can be found online for about $1000 AUD, not bad considering all the features it offers.


I had a lot of fun using the QNAP QGD-1600P, It’s definitely an awesome piece of tech! It offers so many solutions to be used in one small box and is perfect for any business.

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Disclosure: The QNAP QGD-1600P review sample was supplied for reviewing but all opinions are of my own and not paid.

  • Design
  • Features
  • Performance
  • User Friendly
  • Value for Money


I had a lot of fun using the QNAP QGD-1600P, It’s definitely an awesome piece of tech! It offers so many solutions to be used in one small box and is perfect for any business.