One of the biggest challenges for any growing business at the current time is how it can effectively handle the huge increase in networking traffic that will be inevitable as companies expand their operations.
For smaller companies that are outgrowing their current solutions, but lack the expertise and resources of their larger counterparts, this could be a particularly tricky issue. However, a new range of switches from networking provider Netgear aims to help meet this challenge.
The company has announced it is expanding its GS300 'Business Essentials' series of Gigabit Ethernet unmanaged switches, with the addition of a new 48-port switch and a Power over Ethernet (PoE) capable five-port option.
Richard Jonker, vice-president of product line management for SMB products at Netgear, said the company recognises the importance of providing a high-performance network that is flexible enough to adapt to changing requirements both now and in the future.
He said: "Many growing businesses, and certainly home offices, don't have a dedicated IT specialist so there is a need for a solution that makes it supremely easy to add more connections and support new PoE devices."
Among the new products, the GS348 48-port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch enables companies to significantly expand their network in a single step, and is aimed at growing businesses than need extra ports, but cannot afford to sacrifice network speed or bandwidth.
The switch allows these firms to avoid the congestion that can be created when stacking lower port-count switches. It offers up to 96Gbps of maximum throughput and comes preconfigured to automatically prioritise voice and video traffic over data, which is especially useful as the bandwidth demands for these activities increase.
Netgear stated: "The GS348 switch enables businesses such as hospitality, catering, education and retail [firms] to eliminate bottlenecks and prepare them for future expansion of additional workstations, servers, and network attached storage (NAS), with a top speed-to-affordability ratio."
Its fanless design also allows for quiet operation, making it ideal for deployments in environments such as classrooms, conference rooms, open-space offices and healthcare facilities.
Meanwhile, the GS305P five-port PoE Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch is geared towards small and home office users and conference rooms and supports up to 55.5 W of power. Netgear noted that there is growing demand among small and home office users for PoE devices including VoIP phones, wireless access points, IP security cameras, proximity sensors, LED lighting, door locks and other Internet of Things sensors.
Both switches also offer a range of technologies and benefits including non-blocking switching architecture, which allows for maximum throughput at wire speed, and 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports that provide speeds up to ten times faster than Fast Ethernet, to ensure maximum performance.