Netgear Unmanaged Plus/Prosafe Plus Switches: The NEXT Level!

Netgear Unmanaged Plus/Prosafe Plus Switches – Video Introduction: 

Netgear Unmanaged Plus/Prosafe Plus Network Switches come with the plug-and-play simplicity of unmanaged switches AND allow you to perform certain vital configurations found only in managed switches. If you have a small network today, but plan to grow it in the future, you could look at buying these switches. as they are well-suited for homes and small/medium businesses that want the performance offered by gigabit switches, but don’t want to invest in expensive fully managed switches.

It’s tempting to buy unmanaged switches because they are inexpensive, simple to set-up and don’t require any management/maintenance. But, as the network grows or as your applications start consuming more bandwidth, you may find some performance degradation even though unmanaged switches may offer gigabit connectivity. A network that is expected to cater to more than a few nodes and/or is expected to carry real-time traffic like voice/video, should allow isolation/segmentation of traffic in the future (VLAN) and apply some QoS (Quality of Service) policies for prioritizing real-time applications.

These features were hitherto available only in expensive managed switches. But now, they are available in Netgear Unmanaged Plus/Prosafe Plus Switches that are priced attractively.

Important Features & Benefits of Netgear Unmanaged/Prosafe Plus Switches:

  1. Gigabit enabled – supports the fastest 1000 Mbps LAN speeds, but also supports older 10/100 Mbps speeds.
  2. They come in a variety of port options, offer many features offered by manageable switches to manage and segment the network.
  3. Supports VLAN to segment network into many smaller network so that devices can be grouped according to their type or users (for example), to avoid network congestion.
  4. Supports QoS (Quality of Service): Real-time applications like voice and video are processed before normal applications and hence the user doesn’t experience delays due to latency.
  5. Cable diagnostic feature of the switch allows to predict the location of the attached cable at which there maybe a fault. This makes troubleshooting issues due to faulty cables, easier.
  6. Unused ports are automatically switched off and electricity consumption is reduced.
  7. Link Aggregation feature enables you to create a bigger connection (between a server and the switch (or) switch and another switch, for example) by combining two or more cables at both ends. This provides for higher bandwidth, between the two devices.
  8. Rate limiting ensures that one node/group doesn’t use too much bandwidth – this avoids network congestion due to high-bandwidth users.
  9. Traffic monitoring using port mirroring allows you to do a centralized monitoring of switches or record VOIP conversations (using appropriate applications).
  10. Loop prevention is useful in relatively larger networks where administrators may accidentally connect two switches using multiple cables, creating loops which can reduce network performance.
  11. Jumbo frame support enables large files to be transferred faster.
  12. Life-Time Warranty offers peace of mind. The prices at which these switches are offered, life-time warranty may not even be required.

Points to note:

  1. Many models are fanless and offer quiet operation, higher reliability. But some (PoE) models do have a fan – check before buying.
  2. Some models come with built-in power adapter and other models have a ‘brick’ type external power adapter. If you have a preference for either, look at the specifications for the switch before buying.
  3. All the switches can work without any configuration (plug-and-play), and hence you can use them like unmanaged switches (if you want).
  4. These switches can auto-detect devices/computers attached to it, connect at the best speeds supported by them, determine if connections are uplink/downlink, etc. all by themselves.
  5. These switches come with indicator lights to show which ports are in use and the speed of connection in each port (one glowing light on an individual switch port indicates 100 Mbps connection, while two lights indicate 1000 Mbps connection).
  6. You’ll lose one port to connect to an uplink switch or wireless router (Internet) and another port if you want to connect to a downlink switch also. Remember this when you select the number of ports (switch model). It’s prudent to always buy a switch model with more switch ports than what is currently required.
  7. All switches have a metal case enclosure, which makes them more durable.
  8. The switches offer excellent value for cost, because they support so many managed switch features and offers you a futureproof/expansion-proof network.
  9. The maximum distance between the computer/network-device and the switch port should not exceed 90 – 100 meters. Use Cat 6 cables and passive components to ensure the best performance (for gigabit network).
  10. Most switches are small, hence don’t occupy much space.
  11. A few models supply POE (Power Over Ethernet) over certain no. of ports to power POE-enabled devices like IP Phone, IP Camera, etc.
  12. None of these switches has fiber connectivity (for connecting with other switches located at distances over 100m). You can only connect to other switches using copper (Cat 5E/6) cables.

Further information: Manufacturer’s web-page.

Netgear Unmanaged Plus/Prosafe Plus Switch Models and Amazon US Product Page (Price/Buy From):

1. Netgear GS105E: 5 x 10/100/1000 Mbps ports; External power adapter;  64 VLANs (max); No Fan.

Amazon product page (link):
NETGEAR ProSafe 5-Port Gigabit Unmanaged Plus Switch GS105E.

2. Netgear GS108E: 8 x 10/100/1000 Mbps ports; External power adapter; 32 VLANs (max); 192 KB buffer size; No fan.

Amazon product page (link):
NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Plus Switch (GS108E).

3. Netgear GS108PE: 8 x 10/100/1000 Mbps ports; 4 POE ports (45W POE Budget); External power adapter; 32 VLANs (max); 192 KB buffer size; No Fan.

Amazon product page (link):
Netgear ProSafe Plus Switch, 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet with PoE (GS108PE).

5. Netgear GS116E: 16 x 10/100/1000 Mbps ports; External power adapter; 100 VLANs (max); 6 MB or 768 KB buffer size; No Fan.

Amazon product page (link):
Netgear ProSafe Plus Switch, 16-Port Gigabit Ethernet (GS116E).

6. Netgear JGS516PE: 16 x 10/100/1000 Mbps ports; Internal power adapter; Max. 8 POE Ports (85W POE budget); 100 VLANs (max); 6 MB or 768 KB buffer size; With fan.

Amazon product page (link):
Netgear ProSafe Plus 16 Port Gig PoE.

7. Netgear JGS524E: 24 x 10/100/1000 Mbps ports; Internal power adapter; 100 VLANs (max); 6 MB or 768 KB buffer size; No fan.

Amazon product page (link):
Prosafe Plus 24PORT Rack Mountable Gigabit Switch.

8. Netgear JGS524PE: 24 x 10/100/1000 Mbps ports; Internal power adapter; Max. 12 POE Ports (100W POE budget); 100 VLANx (max); 6 MB or 768 KB buffer size; With fan.

Amazon product page (link):
Netgear ProSafe Plus 24 Port Gig PoE.

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