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Netgear unveils new network switches

Dubai, December 28, 2009

Netgear, a leading brand of networking and storage products, has unveiled a new category of configurable switches, which has been designed to allow SMBs build better networks to address their growing network needs.

The new ProSafe Plus Switch family of switches utilises ‘green’ Ethernet features, which significantly reduces the power required to operate, save money and lessen environmental impact, a statement said.

The new ‘ProSafe Plus Switches’ include two fast Ethernet versions - the 16-port FS116E desktop switch and 24-port JFS524E rack-mounted switch, and one gigabit Ethernet version  - the 5-port GS105E desktop switch. Similar to Netgear’s existing line of ‘green’ switches, they consume up to 70 per cent less power than their unmanaged equivalents, and allow division of network into groups (VLAN), setting of traffic priority and bandwidth control.

They also feature an Auto Power-down mode, which reduces chip power in each Ethernet port when the signal from the copper link is not present thereby saving power, but they instantly resume normal operation when energy is detected.

“Upgrading from the simple connectivity of an unmanaged switch, we have developed ‘ProSafe Plus Switch’ to offer businesses extended network benefits that cover enhanced security, troubleshooting, traffic prioritisation, segmentation and monitoring, in an affordable yet environment-friendly package,’ said Ahmad Zeidan, channel sales manager, Netgear Middle East.

“In addition to its primary advantages, these switches have been designed with ease-of-use as a top consideration, as they can be set up as plug-and-play switches, or be configured through a simple PC-based utility,” he added.

ProSafe Plus Switches also have ‘Auto Cable Length Detection’, which enables them to use lower power if the connections cover a distance of less than 10 metres.

Sold with a lifetime warranty, the fan-less switches are also ideal for placement in open work areas as they operate silently.

Similar to other Netgear products for the home and SMB, the company’s latest offering comes in a packaging that is manufactured with at least 80 per cent recycled material, Zeidan said.

“Our new line of ProSafe Plus Switches provide a good balance between features and price, and gives SMBs greater control over their networks at only a modest premium over unmanaged switches,” Zeidan explained.

“They also empower non-technical users with new capabilities to monitor and configure their network, thereby helping them build a low cost network that takes advantage of big business network features. We are confident that many regional businesses will appreciate the host of benefits offered by this exceptional product,” he concluded. – TradeArabia News Service




Tags: Dubai | Netgear | SMB | Ethernet | Network switches |

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