Looking for a low maintenance PoE 24 port switch for Church install. HP Office Connect or something else?


[H]F Junkie
Oct 19, 2004
I support a small church as a volunteer for their IT needs. They would like to install a new camera security system - probably to include 6-9 cameras, and they also need a better switch in their central office for the half dozen network drops to various other areas. The router is a Netgear Nighthawk x8, and it's attached to a google fiber modem. They have a business connection with 100Mb/s speeds. A PoE ethernet switch is needed.

I don’t have any experience with PoE switches. The cameras are yet to be decided, but they will feed into a Synology Diskstation DS920+ NAS which we've already purchased. The cameras will be setup for motion capture - not 24/7 capture. I have good experience with a 24port HP Office Connect at my house for personal and LAN party use – it was probably around $200 a couple years ago, but mine is not POE. It works great, is passively cooled (silent, and no small fan to go bad/get filled with dust), has a simple management interface, has a lifetime warranty, and just does it’s thing without issue. I use LACP with the Office Connect on my QNAP NAS (link aggregation). No frills, easy peasy. It does allow for LACP, so I can use link aggregation to the NAS for more bandwidth from multiple connections. This simplicity is basically what the Church needs, but with PoE capability.

I see there is an HP Office Connect 1820 with 24 ports/12 ports of PoE (30 watts each link) for around $300
HP J9983A HPE OfficeConnect 1820 24G 24 Port PoE+ J9983A#ABA B&H (bhphotovideo.com)

Here’s the broader list of Office Connect switches
HPE OfficeConnect 1820 Switch Series | HPE Store US

And quick specs link:
HPE OfficeConnect 1820 Switch Series (QuickSpecs/c04518995.pdf)

Is there anything I should be considering in the world of PoE that this switch may be missing? Someone said something about autosensing voltage since we don't know what cameras we will use yet. Is that something I need to be concerned with?
I see there are different power output levels over PoE.

Priorities of the use case are simple setup, no maintenance, and good reliability. Absolute performance and full fledged feature list aren’t top priority - none of the fancy stuff will be utilized. This is a small church with a handful of network drops.

Any concerns with this Office Connect 1820 Model J9983A? Anything else you'd recommend instead?
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Mar 22, 2015
HP stuff is pretty awesome as you've mentioned--I would just make sure it will do poe+ as well as poe++ if any of the potential cameras require that.