Netgear unveils switch range for region's SMBs

Netgear ProSafe Plus switch family includes easier management and green features to cut costs

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Netgear unveils switch range for region's SMBs The new switch range makes management of networks easier for SMBs, says Zeidan.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 9, 2010

Netgear has announced a new range of configurable switches in the Middle East, which will help SMBs to build networks that are better suited to their network needs and will help reduce operating costs.

The ProSafe Plus Switch family includes green Ethernet features which use up to 70% less power than comparable unmanaged switches. The switches include an ‘Auto Power-down' mode, which reduces chip power in each Ethernet port when the signal from the copper link is not present to save energy, and ‘Auto Cable Length Detection', which uses lower power if the connections cover a distance of less than 10 metres.

The range also enables division of the network into groups (VLAN), setting of traffic priority, and excellent bandwidth control, along with fan-less design for silent operations. The switches have also been designed to be easy to use, making it easier for non-technical staff to configure and monitor the network, cutting down on SMB IT support costs.

Ahmad Zeidan, channel sales manager, Netgear Middle East commented: "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. 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.

"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. 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," added Zeidan.

The ProSafe Plus Switches range includes 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.

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