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FS 24 Port Gigabit Switch Selection Guide

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Currently, Gigabit is the most popular interface speed for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), especially in a price-sensitive environment, although the 10 Gigabit Ethernet is also widely used. Network managers have reaped great benefits by deploying Gigabit Ethernet switches at the edge of the large professional networks. In the midst of the various Gigabit Ethernet switches on the market, the 24 port Gigabit switch is considered as an optimal solution for handling data traffic that delivers great scalability. So how do you choose a suitable 24 port Gigabit switch? Here is a guide for selecting the FS 24 port Gigabit switches.

Why Is There a Need for a 24 Port Gigabit Switch?

In computer networking, a 24 port Gigabit switch helps direct traffic to your businesses shared network with greater ease and faster speed. It connects multiple devices, such as computers, servers, or game systems to a Local Area Network (LAN), as well as empowers devices like 4K HDTVs and DVRs to connect directly to the Internet without depending on Wi-Fi. With fast and stable data transfers, the 24 port Gigabit switch can increase your LAN speed and expands network capacity easily and efficiently.

FS 24 port Gigabit switch is an affordable managed switch that provides a reliable infrastructure for your network. The 24 port managed switch delivers more intelligent features to improve the availability of your critical business applications. It can also protect your sensitive information, and optimize your network bandwidth to deliver information more effectively. All in all, the 24 port Gigabit switch provides the ideal combination of affordability and capabilities for SMBs or large enterprises to help you create a more efficient, better-connected network.

How to Select the Best 24 Port Gigabit Switch for Your Setup?

There are many types of 24 port Gigabit switches for various demands on the dazzling market. When selecting the right 24 port Gigabit switch, you need to weigh up the options between managed or unmanaged, PoE or non-PoE, stackable or standalone, fanless or with build-in fans, etc.

Managed or Unmanaged

Managed switches are often referred to as intelligent switches, offering the most precise control and management of the network. The unmanaged switch is less intelligent but more cost-effective than the managed switch. When choosing between the managed vs unmanaged 24 port switch, it’s a simple calculation: the more complex or likely a network will grow in the future, the more intelligent switches are required. A managed vs unmanaged 24 port Gigabit switch ultimately comes down to the network control and what level the subscribers want.

PoE or non-PoE

PoE (Power over Ethernet) is a capability that facilitates a 24 port Gigabit switch to power IP phones, wireless access points, surveillance cameras, and other devices over the Ethernet wiring. One main benefit of PoE is the flexibility it provides in allowing you to easily place endpoints anywhere in the business, even places where it might be difficult to run a power outlet. Whether to choose PoE or non-PoE is dependent upon your power needs. When connecting to desktops or other types of devices which do not require PoE function, the non-POE switches are a more cost-effective option.

Stackable or Standalone

The standalone 24 port Gigabit switch is commonly used to build small business networks. When using standalone switches, each switch is managed, troubleshot, and configured as an individual entity. When handling burgeoning networks, you may consider implementing the stackable 24 port Gigabit switches to simplify management and increase the capacity of the network. For large enterprises or data centers that require network expansion in limited space, the stackable 24 port SFP switch is demanded to simplify the management and increase the availability of the network. For home users or small business networks, the standalone 24 port Gigabit switch would be dispensable.

Fanless or With Build-in Fans

The fanless 24 port Gigabit switch comes with ventilation holes on both sides to provide high levels of natural convection and heat dissipation. This type of 24 port Gigabit switch adopts high performance processor to provide full speed forwarding and line-dormant capacity to offer multitudinous service features. In contrast, the 24 port Gigabit switch with built-in fans dissipates the heat through its fans, thus resulting in unpleasant noises. The other demerit of the 24 port Gigabit switch with built-in fans is that it requires higher power consumption compared to the fanless 24 port Gigabit switch. If you require a quieter environment, the silent fanless 24 port Gigabit switch is a wise choice.

FS 24 Port Gigabit Switch Recommendations

FS offers a large portfolio of 24 port Gigabit switches for easy expansion of your network, covering Gigabit switches with fiber or copper ports, PoE+ managed Gigabit switches, stackable Gigabit switches with or without fans.

24 Port Gigabit Stackable Switch

FS has two types of 24 port Gigabit switches which are designed specifically for stacking, the details of which are presented as follows.

Switch Model S3800-24T4S S3800-24F4S
Switch Class Layer2+ Layer2+
Switching Capacity 128Gbps 128Gbps
10/100/1000Mbps RJ45 Ports 24*100/1000Base-T RJ45 4*RJ45/SFP combo
Gigabit SFP Ports 20
SFP+ Ports 4 4
Power Consumption (Full-loaded) ≤40W ≤60W

24 Port PoE+ Managed Gigabit Switch

FS offers a best-selling 24 port PoE+ managed Gigabit switch with 4 SFP ports. It can protect the sensitive information, and optimizes the network bandwidth to deliver information more effectively. This PoE+ managed 24 port Gigabit switch is best fit for SMBs or entry-level enterprises which need to power for the surveillance, IP Phone, IP Camera or wireless devices.

Switch Model S1600-24T4F
Switch Class Layer2+
Switching Capacity 52Gbps
PoE Standard Compliant with IEEE 802.3af/at
Max. Power Consumption 600W
Power Consumption Per PoE Port Max. 30W
VLANs Up to 4K
Web Management Interface Supported

24 Port Fanless 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Switch

Recently, FS newly launches the S3900-24T4S fanless 10/100/1000BASE-T 24 port Gigabit switch with 4 10GE SFP+ uplinks. It is an advanced Layer 2 Plus (Layer 3 Lite) Gigabit managed stackable switch with 10G uplinks. This fanless 24 port Gigabit switch is perfect for Service Providers (ISPs) and Multiple System Operators (MSOs) to provide home users with triple-play services.

Switch Model S3900-24T4S
Switch Class Layer 2+ (Layer 3 Lite)
Switching Capacity 128Gbps
MAC Address Table 16K
Jumbo Frames 9KB
Flash Memory 64MB
Forwarding Rate 95Mpps
Max Power Consumption 21W
Stacking Yes

Think Twice Before Buying the 24 Port Gigabit Switch

Buying the 24 port Gigabit switch for your network can be a challenge. When you are looking at making the purchase, remember to consider the factors mentioned above as well as the near-future growth of your network. The decision to use one or the other is simply a matter of weighing up the options and understanding your network requirement. FS 24 port Gigabit switches provide customers with high network efficiency and great business value. If you need any help, feel free to contact us at sales@fs.com.

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