NETGEAR releases series of switches for small businesses

netgear switchesNetwork technology manufacturer NETGEAR is launching two ProSAFE 10Gigabit switching platforms that each offer industry-first capabilities for small and medium-sized businesses looking to scale Wave 2 Wireless-AC networks.

Both Series offer future-ready design with SDN support, and enable resilient unified 10Gigabit (10G) wired and wireless network deployments easily and affordably, for improved delivery of rich applications.

ProSAFE M4200 Managed Intelligent Edge Series

The first switch in the new series, the ProSAFE M4200-10MG-PoE+ Managed Switch (GSM4210P) was designed from the ground up to optimise the installation of Wave 2 Wireless-AC access points.

It includes eight full power PoE+ and multi-speed 1G, 2.5G ports for 100-meter legacy cable runs, combined with two 10G uplinks for a fully non-blocking deployment of eight Wave 2 Wireless-AC access points. Two of the eight ports also support 5G speed.
NETGEAR Multi-Gigabit Ethernet is compatible with managed solutions from most major wireless and switching vendors. It is the only one to offer 8×2.5G to the access point with 240W PoE available, as well as 2x10G line-rate aggregation to the wiring closet.

Plenum rated, slim design and mounting accessories enable switch placement for optimising access point placement and cabling efficiency, both inside and outside the rack.

“We’ve seen tremendous interest in next-generation 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi access point technology, but companies are concerned about the ability of their wired infrastructure to keep up with the higher throughput enabled by 802.11ac Wave 2,” said IHS Technology research director Matthias Machowinski.

“NETGEAR’s introduction of new aggregation switches with 2.5G to the access points and line-rate 10G to the wiring closet enables end-user organisations to cost-effectively upgrade bandwidth and avoid creating new bottlenecks.”

ProSAFE M4300 Managed Intelligent Edge Series

The M4300 Series comes with 10G and 1G models in a variety of form factors and PoE+ full provisioning. All 10G ports are independent and 1G backward-compatible for progressive transition to 10G speeds. The M4300 Switch Series delivers L2/L3/L4 and IPv4/IPv6 rich services for the mid-enterprise network edge and SMB network core with unrivalled ease of use: 10G models can seamlessly stack with 1G models, enabling line-rate “spine and leaf” stacking topologies up to 384 ports.

Non-stop forwarding (NSF) virtual chassis architecture provides advanced High Availability (HA) with instant failover across the stack. Dual redundant, modular power supplies equipping full-width models contribute to business continuity management.

The M4300 Series is ideal for server aggregation with Auto-iSCSI prioritisation: two half-width M4300 switches can be installed in a single rack space for redundant Top of Rack installations. The Layer 3 feature set includes static and policy-based routing, RIP, VRRP, OSPF, and PIM dynamic routing as standard.

“With the M4200 and M4300 switches, we have taken the complexity out of delivering Layer 2/3/4-rich services, making them more affordable and easier to deploy for small and medium-sized organisations,” said NETGEAR senior director Peter Newton.

“We’re confident that both of our Managed Intelligent Edge Switch Series will grab the attention of network managers looking to make a wise investment in advanced switching solutions to better enable advanced application delivery, especially for Wave 2 Wireless-AC wireless network.”

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