A Guide to Choose the Right FS S5800 Series Switches

Posted on Jan 24, 2024 by

Selecting the appropriate switch plays a crucial role in establishing a stable and dependable network. The FS S5800 series switches are designed to cater to the networking needs of data centers, Metro networks, and HCI (Hyper-Converged Infrastructure) environments. They offer a robust solution for delivering efficient and secure network connectivity, while also providing hardware and software variations to accommodate different application scenarios. This article offers guidance on choosing the suitable FS S5800 series switches.

Flexible and Scalable Port Options

The FS S5800 series switches are available in 8, 12, 24 and 48 ports and a variety of port options, including Ethernet (RJ45) ports, fiber (SFP, SFP+, QSFP+) ports, console ports, and more. The FS S5800 series switches also provide different port rates, including 1Gbps, 10Gbps, and multi-gigabit options. For example, the S5800-48F4SR switch offers 48x 1Gb SFP ports and 4x 10Gb SFP+ ports, while the S5800-48MBQ switch provides 48x 100M/1000M/2.5GBASE-T/Multi-Gigabit ports.

When choosing switches, consider the required transmission speed, device types, and their maximum supported speed. Evaluate connectivity requirements and supported transmission media for the appropriate port type. Also, consider the number and types of connected devices (e.g. computers, servers, storage devices) and the switch's port density. Large enterprises or data centers often require switches with high port density, while small offices or home networks can use switches with lower port density. It is also advisable to reserve some unused ports for future expansion and the addition of new devices.

The FS S5800 series switches offer a flexible and scalable port options, allowing you to choose the appropriate ports based on network connection requirements and making them ideal for large-scale network environments. For specific port information of each model, please view the S5800 Series Switches Data Sheet.

Ports of The FS S5800 Series Switches

Highly Redundant and Reliable

The FS S5800 series switches are equipped with dual 1+1 hot-swappable redundant power supplies and two or more fans for reliability. This configuration can bring the following benefits:

  • Improving system reliability and stability.

  • Reducing downtime and service interruptions.

  • Protecting hardware devices from power and cooling system failures.

  • Enhancing system maintainability and flexibility.

  • Adapting to various environmental conditions to ensure the stable operation of the switches.

Additionally, the FS S5800 series switches offer the options of both AC and DC power supplies, as well as fan airflow direction choices.

Fans and Power Supplies of the FS S5800 Series Switches

   S5800-48T4S  S5800-48T4S-PE  S5800-48F4SR  S5800-24T8S  S5800-8TF12S  S5800-48MBQ
 Ports  48x 10/100/1000BASE-T RJ45; 4x 1G/10G SFP+  48x 10/100/1000BASE-T RJ45; 4x 1G/10G SFP+  48x 1G SFP; 4x 10G SFP+  24x 10/100/1000BASE-T RJ45; 8x 1G/10G SFP+  8x 10/100/1000BASE-T RJ45/SFP Combo; 12x 1G/10G SFP+  48x 100M/1000M/2.5GBASE-T; 4x 25Gb SFP28, 2x 40Gb QSFP+
 Switching Capacity  176 Gbps  176 Gbps  176 Gbps  208 Gbps  176 Gbps  600 Gbps
 Forwarding Rate  132 Mpps  132 Mpps  132 Mpps  155 Mpps  178.6 Mpps  445.76 Mpps
 Power Supplies  2(1+1 Redundancy) Hot-swapple  2(1+1 Redundancy) Hot-swapple  2(1+1 Redundancy) Hot-swapple  2 (1+1 Redundancy) Fixed  2 (1+1 Redundancy) Fixed  2(1+1 Redundancy) Hot-swapple
 Fans  3(2+1 Redundancy) Built-in  3(2+1 Redundancy) Built-in  3(2+1 Redundancy) Built-in  2 Fixed  3(2+1 Redundancy) Built-in  4(3+1 Redundancy) Hot-swapple
 Airflow  Front-to-Back  Back-to-Front  Front-to-Back  Front-to-Back  Front-to-Back  Front-to-Back
 Max. Power Consumption  55W  55W  70W  55W  47W

Table 1: Specifications of the FS S5800 series switches.

High-Performance Ethernet Switches

The FS S5800 series switches are high-performance layer 3 Ethernet switches, with a maximum switching capacity of 600 Gbps and a maximum forwarding rate of 445.76 Mpps. These switches are equipped with a 9MB data packet buffer, capable of handling the majority of data traffic and temporary congestion situations. The maximum MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of these switches is more than 215,299 hours, ensuring reliable and uninterrupted operation.

Advanced L3 Features

  • Support MLAG: The FS S5800 series switches support MLAG (Multi-chassis Link Aggregation), an advanced feature that provides high availability, load balancing, and seamless failover capabilities. It achieves this by forming a logical cluster of multiple switches and leveraging link aggregation technology, resulting in a more robust and reliable network architecture.

  • Support 64-way ECMP routing for load balancing and redundancy: Enables scalable path selection, enhancing network performance, reliability, and flexibility. This is particularly beneficial for high data traffic and highly available networks.

  • Support LACP, VRRP, VARP, Smart Link, BFD, ERPS, G.8031, G.8032, load-balancing: Building a stable and reliable network architecture.

  • Support SP + WDRR mixed scheduling: Optimize traffic management and ensure improved network performance or service guarantees.

The FS S5800 series switches are advanced layer 3 switches with high-level functions, designed to satisfy cutting-edge and diverse business demands. These switches are suitable for enterprise networks, cloud computing environments, high-performance computing, and data centers.

Application of 3 Layer Architecture in Data Centers

User-friendly Operations

The FS S5800 series switches support a Web interface, providing an intuitive graphical user interface that makes it easy to configure the switches. Additionally, they offer CLI support, which provides extensive configuration options and flexibility, enabling administrators to perform advanced deployments and custom operations. Users can also remotely configure the FS S5800 series switches settings through SNMP(Simple Network Management Protocol), which improves operational efficiency and reduces the need for on-site interventions.

The User-friendly Web Interface

Excellent Network Quality and Traffic Control

The FS S5800 series switches provide comprehensive traffic management and congestion control mechanisms through features such as QoS, PFC, ECN, and more.

  • Support QoS (Quality of Service): It optimizes network performance by managing and prioritizing different types of traffic, ensuring quality of service for critical applications.

  • Support PFC (Priority Flow Control): By defining priorities on the switch, PFC ensures that important traffic receives priority processing, reducing congestion and packet loss.

  • Support ECN (Explicit Congestion Notification): By signaling congestion in packet headers, ECN assists with congestion control and helps avoid packet loss.

Advanced Security Protection

The FS S5800 series switches deliver advanced security protection for modern network environments, offering features such as access control, ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) inspection, IP source guard, TACACS+, and more. These switches provide a comprehensive security framework that enhances network resilience and safeguards critical data.

  • Support IPv4/IPv6 ACL (Access Control List) and MAC whitelisting: Prevent unauthorized access and network attacks.

  • Support ARP inspection: Effectively prevent ARP spoofing attacks, protect device authentication, enable rapid detection and response, and reduce the risk of network failures.

  • Support IP source guard: Prevent IP address spoofing and forgery attacks, limit IP address abuse, and protect the network from DoS attacks.

  • Support IEEE802.1X RADIUS authentication, TACAS+: Provide robust identity authentication capabilities, and offer detailed logging or auditing functions to meet security and compliance requirements.


In summary, the FS S5800 series switches are well-suited for data centers, Metro, and HCI (Hyper-Converged Infrastructure) networks. Different types of FS S5800 switches may have variations in their specifications, including power supplies, fan airflow directions, software configurations, standard/advanced certifications, and more. If you have any specific requirements, please feel free to contact your FS account manager. They will assist you in finding the most suitable switches based on your specific application needs. Additionally, FS.COM offers 24x5 tech support, so you can rely on our technical team to address any questions or issues you may encounter.

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