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How to Choose a 1000Base-T Network Switch?

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A major challenge that industrial networks constantly facing is to catch the ever-increasing bandwidth demand. The process often involves integrating network infrastructure of higher speed and reliability. Gigabit Ethernet, as the primary connectivity technology for enterprise campus and branch, is seeing broad deployment at the edge network. 1000Base-T copper network switch, posing as a more cost-friendly alternative to its fiber counterpart, is gaining traction in data centers to fully utilizing cat5/5e cabling. So amidst the myriads of 1000Base-T Ethernet switches available on the market, what could be the best choice? We’re gonna explore this by comparing two of our most popular 1000Base-T 24 port switches: S2800-24T4F and S3700-24T4S gigabit managed switch.

FS 1000Base-T Network Switch: S2800-24T4F vs. S3700-24T4S

FS support 1000Base-T interfaces on a broad switch product line, providing enterprise network managers a unique and compelling solution. S2800-24T4F and S3700-24T4S switches are both 1000Base-T gigabit managed switches with 24 RJ45 interfaces. Here we try to demonstrate how to choose a 1000Base-T copper switch by comparing the port design, basic parameters and feature sets of these switches.

1000base-t gigabit switch 24 port network switch

Port Design

S2800-24T4F network switch features 24-port 100/1000Base-T ports and 4 combo RJ45 SFP ports. The combo ports give user the freedom to mix fiber and copper cabling on a single switch. S3700-24T4S switch has 24 10/100/1000Base-T ports with 4 10GE SFP+ uplinks, enabling you to attach this switch to higher speed 10G network switches.

Port Atrributes
S2800-24T4F
S3700-24T4S
1GbE Port
24x RJ45 auto-sensing (1000Mb/100Mb/10Mb)
4x 1GE Combo
24x RJ45 auto-sensing (1000Mb/100Mb/10Mb)fixed ports
10GbE SFP+ Ports
4
Max. 1GbE Density
28
28
Max. 10GbE Density
4

Performance Differences

Due to the 10GbE uplink ports equipped on S3700-24T4S network switch, it doubles the switching capacity of which supported by S2800-24T4F. Except that, S3700-24T4S is built on a Broadcom BCM53346, thus delivering enhanced stability and performance. Refer to the following diagram to find more differences of the two network switch.

Performance
S2800-24T4F
S3700-24T4S
Switch Fabric Capacity
56Gbps
128Gbps
Forwarding Rate
41.7Mpps
95.232 Mpps
Switch Chip
RTL8382
BCM53346
CPU
MIPS
ARM
Jumbo Frame
12K
13K
Flash Memory
16MB
32MB
MAC Address
8K
16K
VLAN
4K
4K
Max Power Consumption
≤20W
25W
Price
US$ 209.00
US$  289.00

Features and Functions

S2800-24T4F and S3700-24T4S are both gigabit switch with basic layer 2 features such as port isolation, port monitoring and LACP. As fully managed switch, these 1000Base-T switches also supports VALN setup and QoS capabilities that secure users and isolate devices. Besides, they both support DHCP snooping and multiple ways of managing switch, including CLI, Telnet and Web management, making network management and maintenance a breeze. S2800-24T4F switch is designed without fan, so it’s bound to be more quiet and energy-efficient. (Know more about fanless switch here) S3700-24T4S switch, as higher end 1G switch with 10G uplinks, can be applied to various scenarios, for example, GE access to enterprise networks and GE-to-desktop, building future-oriented IT networks for enterprises.

S2800-24T4F vs. S3700-24T4S Network Switch: Which to Choose?

Both S2800-24T4F and S3700-24T4S network switches are serving as Ethernet access switches for small to medium-sized business (SMB), labs, schools and Internet cafes. These switches are the primary driver for network upgrades that enables simplicity and backwards compatibility with low-cost copper cabling. The choice, however, depends on your current network condition/environment and the amount of traffic you are about to handle. S2800-24T4F fanless network switch fits better for places where noise is a concern, its Rj45/SFP combo ports allow you to mix and match copper and fiber cabling thus enables more network resiliency. S3700-24T4S with 10GbE uplink offer 1GbE connections to server and storage nodes and 10GbE uplinks to spine network. It prepares your network for 10G upgrade while protects the initial investment, which is suitable for organizations with copper wiring that want 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology. Except S3700-24T4S, FS S3800-24T4S and S3800-24F4S are also 24 port switch with 10G SFP+ uplink ports, and these switch are designed for switch stacking.

FAQs About FS 1000Base-T Network Switch

Here we list some frequently asked questions about FS 1000Base-T S2800-24T4F and S3700-24T4S network switches, with the purpose to help you better understand their features and advantages.

1. Does S2800-24T4F support QoS?

Yes, S2800-24T4F do support QoS. QoS enables different network applications (such as video, VoIP and e-mail) to co-exist on the same network without consuming each other’s bandwidth. It is a standards used to ensure high-quality performance for critical applications. You can use QoS to manage resources on the networks to ensure the optimal level of service is delivered to all users for all applications on the network.

2. What security features do the S2800-24T4F switch support?

The S2800-24T4F support security features such as port monitoring, DHCP snooping and IP Source Guard. With port mirroring enabled, the switch sends a copy of all network packets seen on one port (or an entire VLAN) to another port, where the packet can be analyzed. DHCP snooping is primarily used to prevent unauthorized DHCP servers offering IP addresses to DHCP clients, acting as a firewall between untrusted hosts and trusted DHCP servers. Besides, IP Source Guard provides source IP address filtering on a Layer 2 port, examining each packet sent from a host attached to an untrusted access interface on the switch.

3. Does S3700-24T4S switch support your Life Time Warranty? Is advanced replacement/cross ship available?

The scope of warranty for S3700-24T4S switch is 1 year. If there is anything wrong, we’ll provide professional tech support to solve your problem or to fix it for free. You can send it back to us and the shipping cost is on us. Moreover, we provide free return and replacement within 30 days, but you should keep the original products/packaging undamaged and will not affect reselling of the product.

4. Does S3700-24T4S switch support Open Network Linux?

No, FS S3700-24T4S doesn’t support Open Network Linux, but it supports Web management function. The Easy-to-use web browser-based makes advanced switch setup way simpler. It’s ideal for SMB networks that want more visibility and control over network to perform monitoring, traffic prioritization and network segmentation.

5. How S3700-24T4S switch secures network and reduce business risks?

S3700-24T4S switch enables superior network security with ACL (Access Control List) functions. An ACL is one filter, or a sequence of filters, that are applied to an interface to either block/pass packets that match the filter definitions. ACLs are used to restrict network access by hosts and devices and to control network traffic.

Conclusion

1000BASE-T network switch is ramping up as the ideal high-speed solution for spaces where horizontal copper cabling exists, or for network operates who want to reuse cabling infrastructure and hesitate to shift the fiber. When choosing a 1000Base-T switch, you’d better start from assessing your current cabling environment and demand, and then consider switch port design, parameters and function base. FS offers a broad range of 1000Base-T network switches that present enterprise network managers a cost-effective and compelling solution. For more details, kindly contact us via sales@fs.com.

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