New Netgear smart switches launched

New Netgear smart switches launched

Jul 23, 2013

A new family of Gigabit Power over Ethernet (PoE) smart switches, designed for converged networks where voice, video and data are carried on a single network platform, has been launched in South Africa by Duxbury Networking.

The Netgear ProSafe range is said to offer powerful features over L2 and L2+, better PoE functions and enhanced performance and usability.

“They are purpose- designed to boost network efficiency and operational cost savings with ease of management,” says Andy Robb, chief technology officer at Duxbury Networking, the distributor of Netgear products in SA.

There are three products in this series, all with PoE functionality: two 28-port Gigabit switches (one compatible with the new 30w PoE+ standard); and a 52-port Gigabit switch.

“They have built-in flexibility to accommodate the future addition of power-hungry devices into the network – such as video phones, video surveillance cameras and wireless access points compatible with the IEEE 802.11ac standard,” he says.

All feature four dedicated Gigabit small form factor (SFP) ports for fibre connectivity, as well as auto voice virtual LAN (VLAN) functions designed for fast, reliable deployment of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) solutions; in particular, IP-based surveillance systems.

“The switches are managed via a Web-based graphic user interface or Netgear’s own Smart Control Centre function which also addresses multi-switch deployment,” says Robb.

“New generation technology ensures interoperability with any standards-based devices in an existing network, while dual firmware images contribute to improved reliability and network uptime,” he adds.

A static routing feature helps to route internal traffic for more efficient use of network resources, while Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) and Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) snooping provide advanced multi-cast filtering.

Other features include:

* Energy-efficient Ethernet (IEEE802.3az) support, for energy saving in future when more EEE-compliant end-devices come to market;

* Advanced QoS with IPv4/IPv6 ingress traffic filtering (ACLs) and prioritisation; and

* Dynamic VLAN assignment function designed for easy user authentication and location-independent access to networks.