NETGEAR announces GS316EP and GS316EPP switches with larger PoE budgets

NETGEAR announced the availability of the GS316EP and GS316EPP PoE+ Gigabit Ethernet Plus switches that deliver small businesses, retail shops, and home-based businesses with larger Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) budgets and more convenience.

Businesses are increasing the use of IP surveillance cameras, WiFi access points, and many other network-based devices. In addition, home networks have transitioned from primarily facilitating entertainment, to additionally supporting work-from-home and on-line learning.

With so many devices connecting and competing for bandwidth, there is a heightened need for a higher capacity, secure, and easy to setup, operate, and manage network switch at a reasonable price point.

Simplicity of Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)

Both models are equipped with PoE+ for up to 30 watts of Power over Ethernet (PoE) per port. PoE’s ability to supply both data and power over a single cable enables devices to be placed just about anywhere regardless of the availability of a power outlet.

This lowers the cost of deployment by eliminating the need for an electrician while leveraging existing IT infrastructure.

The GS316EP has a total PoE budget of 180 Watts while the GS316EPP supports a maximum PoE budget of 231 Watts, making them amongst the most versatile switches for powering WiFi 5 and WiFi 6 access points, IP cameras, IoT devices, IP speakers, IP phones, IP LED lights, point of sale systems, and other IP devices.

Attractive price, new features, intuitive UI and compact design

The GS316EP and GS316EPP Plus switches offer new and valuable features and an intuitive user-interface to access and configure the features, at very attractive price points.

Among the many features are VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks) which enable secure separation of different network traffic loads, for example, separating work-from-home traffic from student learn-from-home traffic, camera surveillance network traffic, visitor WiFi traffic, and general home entertainment network traffic.

Turning on or off a PoE port or maintaining power to connected devices during a switch reboot is made easier via a new intuitive browser-based User Interface (UI).

PoE scheduling allows the creation of customized schedules to control when PoE connected devices are powered on/off automatically to enhance network security, better utilize network resources, and conserve energy.

The responsive and user-friendly web browser-based UI makes it easier to enable L2 network features like VLANs and Network QoS (Quality of Service). Advanced per port PoE controls, including power allocation override, PoE scheduling, and remote enable/disable/power cycle, can be accessed through the web UI.

The compact size of the switches makes them suitable for desktop or wall-mount placement. Additionally, the two new switches also have one SFP fiber port for a long-distance uplink to a core switch, or to connect to another non-PoE device that may be located more than 100 meters away.

“Small and Medium Business owners pick NETGEAR because we offered them robust, reliable, and easy to operate network switches at very cost-effective price points; and we make these products easy to acquire through popular e-Commerce channels like Amazon”, said Alexandra Mehat, Director of Product Marketing for SMB, NETGEAR.

“With the GS316EP and GS316EPP we’ve retained all those positives while packing a bigger PoE budget, enhancing security, and making it even simpler to setup and operate these switches.”

Support when you need it

The GS316EP and GS316EPP come with an industry-leading 5-year limited hardware warranty and 90 days of free phone and chat support for when you need a helping hand.


The GS316EP PoE+ Gigabit Ethernet Plus and GS316EPP High-Power PoE+ Gigabit Ethernet Plus switches are available and shipping for North America. Worldwide availability will be announced later in the year.

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