Multi-Gigabit Switches - Break Bottlenecks and Future-proof Your Enterprise Network

Updated on Nov 16, 2022 by

As the cloud-based services, IoT, and mobile devices grow by leap, do you find your enterprise networks dejected within the 1Gbps data rate?


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Needs for Access Beyond 1Gbps

Future-proof Multi-Gigabit Switches

FS Multi-Gigabit Switches Recommendation


Multi-Gigabit Switch Outlets the Urgent Needs of Current Enterprise Network

Current Enterprise Network Begs for Access Beyond 1Gbps

1Gb Ethernet has been the primary standard in enterprise and SMB networks for a long time. However, as the growth of wired and wireless end devices such as Wi-Fi 6 and APs of 2.5G require massive data traffic, access switches in enterprise networks should keep in step with the latest multi-rate requirements and move to more than 1 Gbit per second. But a major bottleneck halted the steps.

Existing Cable Infrastructure & Upgrade Cost Are Stumbling Blocks

Before Oct. 2016, network planners had no choice but to upgrade to 10Gb/s mainly used in data centers to access beyond 1Gb/s. The current network base is dominated by Cat5e and Cat6 cabling whereas 10GBASE-T often requires Cat6a and even better cables. For many enterprises and SMB networks, the upgrade expense outweighs the benefits in terms of human power and cost.

Multi-Gigabit Switch Is the Solution to Go

Multigigabit technology brings 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T (IEEE 802.3bz standard) to the NBASE-T standard, enabling intermediate speeds of 2.5Gb/s and 5Gb/s over existing twisted pair Cat5e and Cat6 cabling infrastructures. Nowadays 802.3bz multi-gig products are available on the market, so enterprise networks can move to multi-gigabit switches to cater to the urgent needs of accessing higher bandwidth and multi-speed connectivity without cabling upgrade expense.

Best Multi-Gigabit Switch Also Future-proofs Enterprise Network Infrastructure

To bring multi-gigabit switches, enterprise networks should think further and take other features into consideration. So as to get a future-proofed switch to extend the lifecycle of enterprise network investment.

Access Up to 10Gbps & 100M/1000M Backward Compatible

A converged wired and wireless enterprise network often connects various end devices, multi-gigabit switches with 100M/1000M/2.5G/5G/10GBase-T access to meet the demands of diverse levels of end devices. For future higher-speed requests, the multi-gigabit switches can transfer up to 10Gbps data rate over Cat6a cables, which extends the life of your network investment. Besides, for connecting to lower-speed devices, multi-gigabit Ethernet switches are backward compatible with standard 100 Mbps and Gigabit speeds.

Power over Ethernet to PoE/PoE+/PoE++ Standard

In the market, multi-gigabit switch ports often support PoE functions to connect increased mobile devices and cater to high-power PoE applications. The latest IEEE 802.3bt switches can deliver up to 90W high power PoE++ (aka UPoE for Cisco). Hence, multi-gigabit PoE switches are all-in-one solutions to boost bandwidth and power for future growth.

Prepare Connectivity to Wi-Fi 6 & Protect Infrastructure Investment

The latest 802.11ax APs support speed up to 3.5Gbps in a single stream for end users to run high-bandwidth applications. Also, high-performance devices such as 5G network cards, gaming computers, desktop computers, servers, and Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are capable of 2.5-Gigabit or 5-Gigabit connectivity. However, 1Gbps Ethernet switches cannot bear the speed requested, so the speed drops to 1Gbps. Multi-GE NBASE-T switches can fully utilize the potential of the device to support 2.5/5G data rates, making the most of your infrastructure investment.

FS Multi-Gigabit Switches Are the High-End Option for Now and Future

FS provides three kinds of high-end multi-gigabit switches for future-proof enterprises and SMB networks.

S5860-24XB-U PoE++ Multi-Gigabit Switch with Up to 10Gbps Access

S5860-24XB-U is FS-developed next-generation L3 hybrid optical and electrical multi-gigabit PoE switch. Its major features and benefits are shown below.

  Features Benefits
Ports 24x 100M/1000M/2.5G/5G/10GBase-T, 4x 1G/10G SFP+ | 4x 10G/25G SFP28 Provide more options for end devices supporting multiple data rates and prepare for future use.
Switch Chip Broadcom BCM56170 switch chip Deliver high performance and low latency with 760 Gbps switching capacity, and 565 Mpps forwarding rate.
PoE all RJ45 ports supporting IEEE 802.3bt 90W PoE Compatible with the previous PoE standard-compliant devices and fireproof the next-generation APs and powered devices.
Management WEB, CLI, SNMP V1/V2/V3, RMON, Syslog, SFLOW, USB Ensure easy & quick access to network maintenance for different layers' users.

FS S5860-24XB-U PoE++ multi-gigabit switch enables the existing cabling infrastructure in an enterprise campus network environment to provide high bandwidth and power over Ethernet connectivity to prepare for future expansion. For more details about this switch, please click: FS S5860-24XB-U Switch Guarantees High-reliability Power Supply.

S5800-48MBQ Multi-Gigabit Switch with Up to 2.5Gbps Access

The S5800-48MBQ 48-port layer 3 multi-gigabit switch featuring 48 ports of 2.5GBASE-T RJ-45 provides higher gigabit speeds and can meet devices' access at different rates, especially in Wi-Fi 6 and next-generation multi-rate LAN wired network. With advanced features, including MLAG, IPv4/IPv6, SNMP, etc., FS agile S5800-48MBQ multi-gigabit switch is ideal for the next-generation enterprise, Wi-Fi 6 Access, Metro, and HCI (Hyper-Converged Infrastructure) networks.

S5850-24XMG Multi-Gigabit Switch with Up to 10Gbps Access

FS S5850-24XMG multi-gigabit 10GBASE-T switch is equipped with up to 10Gbps access and 100G uplinks and offers backward compatibility with installed Ethernet cabling and standard RJ-45 connectors. Offering high performance, high port density, and low latency, the S5850-24XMG multi-gigabit switch is an optimal choice to meet the requirements of the next-generation enterprise, Wi-Fi 6 Access, Metro, and HCI networks. Further Reading: "How FS Multi-Gigabit Switches S5850-24XMG Enables Higher Speeds at Lower Cost?".


Above all, multi-gigabit switches are the optimal choice for accessing higher bandwidths of 2.5Gbps/5Gbps/10Gbps and multi-speed connectivity without cabling upgrade expenses and future-proofing your enterprise network to extend the lifecycle of your infrastructure investment.

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