FLEX8 Unmanaged Switch

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FLEX8 Plug-and-Play Long Reach PoE Unmanaged Switch

Introducing the FLEX8

The NVT Phybridge FLEX8 plug-and-play long reach PoE Switch is a versatile, high-powered, enterprise-class solution with 8 downlink ports delivering fast Ethernet (10/100Mbps full duplex, symmetrical) and PoE++ (50Wper port) over multi-pair UTP for up to 2,000ft (610m) – that’s 6Xs the distance of typical PoE switches. The FLEX8 switch has two 1Gb uplink ports for daisy chain deployments and comes standard with a 190W external power supply and a universal mounting kit for wall or rack mounting.

FLEX8 is designed to make the modernization to IP quick, easy and cost-effective by leveraging 1, 2 or 4 pair UTP infrastructure. FLEX8 is an enabler of Modern LAN principles and is IoTG certified. Benefits include:

  • Accelerating your return on investment by reducing infrastructure costs.
  • Collapsing planning and deployment time.
  • Eliminating infrastructure barriers, risks, disruption and costs.
  • Creating a robust IP platform that is easy to configure, deploy and manage.

Unlike other Ethernet switch technologies, the FLEX8 switch offers:

Speed, Reach and Power

The FLEX8 switch leverages new or existing 1, 2 or 4 pair UTP cable. It can operate in standard mode (without an adapter) up to 328ft (100m), and in long reach PoE mode (with an adapter) for extended reach to 2,000ft (610m). The FLEX8 switch auto detects data rate for maximum bandwidth and transmission distance. It is equipped with a mode toggle which can be positioned to force 10Mbps when necessary to establishing a link.

Cable Type Data Rate Reach
4-Pair CAT5E 100Mbps 2000ft / 610m
2-Pair CAT5E 100Mbps
1,000ft (305m)
2,000ft (610m)
1-Pair CAT5E* 100Mbps
1,000ft (305m)
2,000ft (610m)
* For single-pair deployments the FLEX-Link or FLEX4 Adapter needs to be locally powered


  • 8 port plug-and-play unmanaged switch delivering fast Ethernet and PoE++ (up to 50W) over multi-pair UTP with up to 2,000ft (610m) reach.
    • 8 x 10/100Mbps (symmetrical, fullduplex) downlink ports supporting up to 50W of power per port.
    • 2 x 1Gb uplink ports
  • Can support 1, 2 or 4 pair UTP cabling infrastructure
  • Can operate in standard mode (without a FLEX Adapter) and long reach PoE mode for extended reach to 2,000ft (610m)
  • Auto detects data rate for maximum bandwidth and transmission distance utilization
  • Mode toggle to force 10Mbps speed when necessary to establish a link.
  • LED indicators for operating status and cable diagnostics
  • Supports Multicast, Unicast and Broadcast
  • EN 50121-4 Standard for Railway/ Subway environments
  • Operating temperature from +14°F to 149°F (-10°C to +65°C)
  • Designed and manufactured in North America
  • 5-Year Warranty
  • Power consumption: 6W
  • IoTG certified

PoE Power Available with FLEX-Link, FLEX – C and FLEX4

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PoE Power Available to FLEX-Link, FLEX4 and FLEX-C

FLEX-Link/FLEX4 20ft (6m) 250ft (76m) 500ft (152m) 750ft (228m) 1000ft (305m) 1250 (381m) 1500ft (457m) 1750ft (533m) 2000ft (610m)
4 Pair UTP/STP 50W 47W 44W 41W 38W 35W 32W 30W 27W
2 Pair UTP/STP 30W 30W 27W 25W 22W 20W 17W 14W 12W
The FLEX-Link can support up to 50W of power using all 4-pairs or maximum of 30W using 2-pairs. FLEX4 can accept up to 120W of power and it can output up to 30W of power for 802.3af/at compliant devices. To account for cable losses and increase PoE delivery, the FLEX-Link/FLEX4 adapters have the option of using a local external power supply. The FLEX-Link/FLEX4 are IEEE-compliant and will negotiate power with the IP device.
FLEX-C 20ft (6m) 250ft (76m) 500ft (152m) 750ft (228m) 1000ft (305m) 1250 (381m) 1500ft (457m) 1750ft (533m) 2000ft (610m)
4 Pair UTP/STP 30W 30W 30W 29W 27W 26W 25W 23W 22W
2 Pair UTP/STP 30W 30W 27W 25W 22W 20W 17W 14W 12W
The FLEX-C supports IEEE-compliant devices and can support up to 30W of power. If additional power is required use FLEX-Link instead.

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