NETGEAR®, Inc. has introduced four new gigabit switches with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE+) and SFP (small form-factor pluggable) ports for fiber uplinks. These switches expand the second-generation family of Smart Managed Pro Switches purposely designed for converged networks where voice, video, data, and IoT are all carried on a single platform, with maximum security.
Within small and medium-sized organizations like hospitality, catering, education, and retail industries, there is growing deployment of VoIP phones, IP security cameras, video-over-IP endpoints, proximity sensors, LED lighting, secure access door locks, and other IoT devices. The dense proximity of these devices requires network switches capable of supporting PoE so a network manager can add power-hungry devices to the network with a single wire for power and connectivity. Increasing the power demands on PoE switches are 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless access points as well as pan-tilt-zoom HD surveillance cameras with features such as night vision and built-in motion tracking, which require PoE+ power.
These four Smart Managed Pro gigabit switches—24-Port Gigabit PoE+ Smart Managed Pro Switch GS728TPv2 and GS728TPPv2 and 48-Port Gigabit PoE+ Smart Managed Pro Switch GS752TPv2 and GS752TPP—are equipped with enhanced security features:
- Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Snooping – monitors for and allows only authorized DHCP servers to respond to DHCP requests and to pass network data to clients. It also provides the ability to control the rate of traffic sent of DHCP requests on client ports, thereby mitigating the effect of DHCP Denial of Service (DoS) attacks from an individual client or access port.
- Dynamic Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) Inspection (DAI) – DAI inspects ARP packets on the Local Area Network (LAN) and uses the information in the DHCP snooping database on a switch to validate ARP packets and to protect against ARP spoofing/poisoning/cache poisoning.
The combination of these two form a protection against man-in-the-middle attacks, when “attackers” use an IP address of a different valid client to secretly relay or alter the communication between devices in the network.
These Smart Managed Pro gigabit switches also provide advanced network tools:
- Full line-rate Gigabit connectivity for efficient and fast networking
- Traffic priority setting for optimized voice, data, and video convergence (DiffServ QoS).
- Intuitive configuration of Media Streaming and Audio-Visual over Internet Protocol (AV-over-IP) with multicast capabilities – AV over IP significantly increases flexibility by overcoming limits to number of sources and destinations as well as by conquering distance limits.
- Registration (MVR) – IGMP Snooping allows switches to listen to IGMP report and leave messages to determine what hosts if any are interested in receiving multicast traffic on a given VLAN to limit unnecessary flooding of multicast traffic
- Multicast VLAN Registration (MVR) – enables multicast traffic to be dedicated to a specific VLAN across a multicast domain so that receivers in other VLANs can join the sources in the dedicated VLAN and received multicast traffic.
- Full IPv6 Support – Reduces network limitations imposed by IPv4 restrictions
The 24-port and 48-port NETGEAR Smart Managed Pro Switches offer Layer 2 and Lite Layer 3 (static routing) features for IPv4 and IPv6 with enhanced performance and a focus on usability within SMB environments. All are equipped with four SFP Ports for fiber uplinks.
Now, even organizations on a tight budget can deploy PoE+ devices more densely, connected to a cost-effective switch, with a reasonable PoE+ power budget of 190 watts over 24 ports (GS728TPv2), or 380 watts over 48 ports (GS752TPv2). Or, if buying infrastructure for the long-term and want to plan for growth or the unexpected, the PoE+ port counts and robust PoE power budgets of these gigabit switches offer more headroom for future expansion, up to 380 watts for the 24-port GS728TPPv2 and 760 watts for the 48-port GS752TPP. Even at full PoE power with traffic on all ports, they operate quietly, thanks to temperature- and load-based fan-speed control.
“Our long history of working with small and medium businesses to develop customized solutions tell us that they are looking for the best combination of features, performance, and value,” said Richard Jonker, vice president of product line management for SMB products at NETGEAR. “This is why NETGEAR launched our fantastic four new Gigabit Smart Managed Pro Switches with PoE+ across ALL ports to support SMB switching needs for wireless converged networks, IP surveillance, IP telephony, and IoT. When you add in our industry-leading warranty policy and lifetime support options, these switches present an attractive, enterprise-class package at an SMB budget.”
Sharing the same advanced performance and usability features and great PoE functionality, the GS728TPv2, GS728TPPv2, GS752TPv2 and GS752TPP gigabit switches are designed to support wireless converged networks and mobility needs now, and as a business grows.