Netgear has launched its first 5-speed Multi-Gigabit switching products – XS724EM and XS505M switches in India. The new Netgear 5-Speed switches operate at 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 2.5Gbps, 5Gbps, or 10Gbps. The five speeds per Ethernet port make them the affordable 10-Gigabit/Multi-Gigabit switches in the market.
Modern high-performance networking devices such as network cards, gaming PCs, desktop PCs, servers, NAS storage and AC Wave 2 Wireless Access Points now offer both 2.5-Gigabit or 5-Gigabit connectivity. Other 10-Gigabit switches provide standard 1-Gigabit connectivity to any device requiring less than 10Gbps, but Netgear Multi-Gigabit Switches provide additional options for 2.5 and 5Gbps. So, businesses are able to combine legacy Ethernet speeds like 100 Mbps or 1Gbps, with 10Gbps and now 2.5 and 5Gbps.
Each of the intelligent multi-speed copper Ethernet ports on the switches automatically detects the speed requested by the connected device and the quality of the cabling and provides the appropriate connection at one of the five speeds. The ports can be connected with regular Cat5E Ethernet cables, without the need to upgrade to Cat6 wiring. Each switch also has two SFP+ fibre ports with 1-Gigabit or 10-Gigabit connectivity that’s might be ideal for providing a high-speed uplink to your core network. Both the Switches go beyond basic network connectivity by adding REVS (Reliability, Enhanced Control, Visibility and Security) values to any SMB network.
Both the new XS724EM and the XS505M Switches can operate either in silent mode or with a quiet fan. This quiet feature, combined with the smaller form factor of the 5-port XS505M might make the XS505M ideal for smaller spaces.
These switches include features like QoS, VLAN and network monitoring and auto "denial-of-service" (DoS) prevention. It has a cable test, loop prevention and broadcast storm controls. The switches come with IGMP snooping v1, v2, and v3 support for multicast optimisation. Port mirroring to monitor network is also present in these switches. The company claims that these are Energy-efficient Ethernet (IEEE 802.3az) for maximum power savings. The switches also support Link Aggregation (static, LACP) to add redundancy and increase speed in your connections.
XS724EM 24-Port 10- Gigabit/Multi-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Switch with 2 SFP + Ports, Rackmount is priced at Rs 1.9 lakhs while the XS505M 5-Port 10-Gigabit/Multi-Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch with SFP+ Port is priced at Rs 42000.