A Guide to Choose the Right FS S5860 Series Switch

Updated on Nov 10, 2022

FS S5860 series switches are high-performance, high-security 10G L3 enterprise switches produced by FS to meet the increasing demand for a reliable, flexible, and scalable network. The S5860 Series includes three models, namely S5860-20SQ, S5860-48SC, and S5860-24XB-U. Since the size and layout of each network deployment are unique, we'll explore these three switch models further to help you make the best choice for your maximum value.

S5860 Series

Long-lasting Operation Without Failure

FS S5860 series switches are equipped with dual 1+1 redundant power supplies (AC), so the PSUs can be removed or replaced without shutting down the system to ensure service continuity. In addition, all three S5860 series switches feature a varying number of smart fans. Considering the capability of heat dissipation and power reduction, the differences in fans and power consumption are shown below. For mission-critical applications requiring fault-tolerant power systems and energy-efficient networking environments, all three S5860 series switches are great choices.

  S5860-20SQ S5860-48SC S5860-24XB-U
Smart Fans dual hot-swappable four hot-swappable (3+1 Redundancy) three hot-swappable (2+1 Redundancy)
Airflow front-to-back front-to-back front-to-back and left-to-back
Max. Power Consumption 85W 300W 120W(without PDs), 860W(with PDs)

Virtual Stacking with Improved Network Capacity

All optical ports of the three S5860 series switches support virtual stacking. Therefore, you can select stacking ports according to your network to increase port density, simplify management, and achieve hot standby redundancy. But each model has a different number and type of switch ports as well as the stacking bandwidth.


The S5860-20SQ 24-port L3 switch features up to 40G uplinks with a maximum stacking bandwidth of 200G. The S5860-48SC is equipped with double the number of the S5860-20SQ ports and high-bandwidth up to 100G QSFP28 ports to meet the needs of high-density deployment. Its maximum stacking bandwidth is 400G. Unlike these two switches that can only use optical ports for stacking, the S5860-24XB-U L3 multi-gigabit hybrid switch also has 10GBase-T ports for stacking to ensure network expansion with a maximum stacking bandwidth of 140G. You can take the differences in ports and maximum stacking bandwidth among the three FS S5860 series switches into consideration based on your network requirements.

Real-time and Simplified Network Management

Visualized WebUI ensures S5860-20SQ, S5860-48SC, and S5860-24XB-U switches to realize real-time management. With this function, users can configure, monitor, and troubleshoot the device in real time without having CLI expertise. The three S5860 series switches also support OSPF (Open Shortest Path First) for simplified network management, which can simplify typologies by splitting autonomous systems into areas, automatically calculating and renewing the shortest path, and transmitting link status information, reducing labor hours.

Breakout Mode Fully Utilizes the Existing Devices

The S5860-48SC managed switch offers flexible 1G/10G/40G/100G interface rates, and all of its 100G ports can be split into four 25G ports to provide greater compatibility, reduce hardware costs, and be flexible for your existing campus network. It is ideal for large-scale campus network aggregations, and small and medium-sized network cores to meet the needs of high-speed, safe, intelligent enterprise networks. Also, the 40G QSFP+ ports of S5860-20SQ and S5860-48SC can be split into 4x 10G SFP+ to meet your varying requirements.

100 to 4-25G

PoE++ Power Ports Simplify Network Infrastructure

Among the three S5860 series switches, only the S5860-24XB-U supports PoE++ and complies with the IEEE 802.3af/at/bt PoE standard. With up to 24 PoE++ ports with a total budget of 740W, a single RJ45 port supports up to 90W, providing network power for higher power devices such as Wi-Fi 6 wireless APs, making device installation faster and more flexible, reducing cabling and future maintenance costs. Featuring these advantages, the FS S5860-24XB-U switch is ideal for campus network access and aggregation, 10GE data center server access, and high-speed wireless device access.


Optimal Choice for You

Before choosing a switch, you need to determine what scenario the switch will be used in. FS S5860 series switches are high-performance and strong-security 10G L3 enterprise switches that are ideal for large-scale campus network aggregations, and small and medium-sized network cores to meet the needs of high-speed, safe, intelligent enterprise networks. This section details the application scenarios of the three switches to help you make the right decision.

Traditional 3-Tier Design of Core, Aggregation, and Access

All S5860-20SQ, S5860-48SC, and S5860-24XB-U switches can be applied in the enterprise networks design of a traditional three-layer structure of core layer, aggregation layer, and access layer, seeking to improve scalability, performance, flexibility, resiliency, and maintenance. They can also be used as an aggregation layer switch with 10G downlinks for 1G access switches. Then it depends on the number of users you need to connect with and the capability to power devices. But if the access layer needs to connect high-power devices such as WiFi 6 AP, printers, etc., you can only use the S5860-24XB-U switch as the access layer switch to support these high-power devices.

Spine-Leaf Architecture of BGP-EVPN

If the topology of your network is spine-leaf architecture, a two-layer network topology where one layer is composed of leaf switches and the other layer has one or more spine switches, only S5860-24XB-U of the three switches can be selected. It serves as a spine switch in this application scenario minimizing network flooding of unknown unicast and broadcasting traffic through EVPN-based MAC and IP route advertisements on local VTEPs. Also, if you need the functionality of using existing network cables to power connected devices, you can only use the S5860-24XB-U switch, which has Gigabit Ethernet ports that support PoE.


FS Services Ensure Long-term Superior Performance

FS S5860 series switches come with an industry-leading 5-year limited lifetime warranty and a 30-day return policy against defects in materials or workmanship.

Besides, FS provides a personal account manager, free professional technical support, and 24/7 live customer service to each customer:

  • Professional Lab: Test each product with the latest and advanced networking equipment.

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  • 80% Same-day Shipping: Immediate shipping for in-stock items.

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