New ProSafe managed layer 2 fast ethernet switches

Netgear announced the expansion of its ProSafe FSM line of managed, Fast Ethernet switches which combine high-performance, manageability and a small 1U form factor with the ability to stack switches together for increased capacity, thus enabling SMBs to increase the size of their network on a “pay as you grow” basis.

The three new additions to the series (FSM726E, FSM7226RS and FSM7250RS) each deliver a different level of port density and mix of features to accommodate businesses with more than 200 concurrent users. In the case of the FSM7226RS and FSM7250RS, their stacking capabilities turn each into an expandable platform, as they incorporate true high-speed stacking and not virtual stacking or switch clustering as with other vendor platforms.

FSM7226RS and FSM7250RS are low-cost, stackable, 10/100 Mbps switches that deliver maximum throughput and flexibility. The ProSafe FSM7226RS and FSM7250RS are fully managed 24-port and 48-port switches with auto-sensing 10/100 ports and two Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps or 1GE SFP) ports. In addition, two high-speed (5 Gbps full duplex each) dedicated stacking ports in the back provide critical bandwidth for switch-to-switch communication. Finally, the static routing feature in FSM7226RS and FSM7250RS ensures reliable routing between VLANs and network segmentation.

The ProSafe FSM726E is a 24-port managed switch that delivers all the advanced features of the RS models without the ability to stack and static routing. All of these switches enable fiber connectivity through two hot-swappable, small form-factor, pluggable (SFP) Gigabit interfaces. The non-blocking design of the switches delivers simultaneous, full wire-speed, low-latency throughput to all ports. In addition, their 1U rackmount form factor uses less rack space and provides a lower per-port cost than comparable Fast Ethernet switches.

The estimated U.S. street price starts at $299.99 for the FSM726E, at $399.99 for the FSM7226RS, and at $679.99 for the FSM7250RS.

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