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S2800-24T4F Fanless Switch – Cost-effective Gigabit Access Layer Switch for SMBs

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With more and more Ethernet switches coming up on the market, SMB or home users usually tend to be in a dilemma onto which Gigabit switch to go for. Especially, when the choice is between a fanned or fanless switch, they are prone to get confused a lot. Both types have its own pros and cons, but the fanless switch is the most suitable in silent and energy-saving environments. In response to this phenomenon, FS.COM has developed a S2800-24T4F fanless switch for labs, schools, small to medium-sized businesses networks.

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S2800-24T4F Fanless Switch Overview

FS.COM S2800-24T4F Gigabit switch is equipped with 24*100/1000BASE-T ports and 4*1GE Combo SFP ports. Its combo ports offer a choice of two connections: RJ-45 or SFP connection ( these two different physical ports can only be used one at a time). The flexible port combination form facilitates user operations who can directly connect to a high-performance storage server or deploy a long-distance uplink to another Ethernet switch. On the top of that, it is a fanless switch featured with ventilation holes on both sides to provide high levels of natural convection and heat dissipation. And it adopts high performance processor to provide full speed forwarding and line-dormant capacity to offer customs multitudinous service features. Moreover, it supports multiple configuration modes (such as SNMP, Telnet, Web, Console, etc) to make it easy for network management and maintenance. So it is an ideal option for open office deployments and commercial applications.

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How Can We Benefit from S2800-24T4F Fanless Switch?

The noise from a network switch with fans always gives us chills and is a matter of concern. To overcome disturbing noise, fanless switches have come out, of which do not have any fans built into them. Featuring a fanless design, the S2800-24T4F is completely silent. With the exception of silent operation, what other benefits can we get from this S2800-24T4F fanless switch?

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Energy & Cost Saving

There are two different cooling systems for network switch to dissipate heat: passive cooling system for fanless switch & active cooling system for fanned switch. For fanned switch, a fan is external device which is integrated into a switch to bring force air when natural convection is insufficient to remove heat. This active cooling system requires larger power consumption and therefore results in higher costs. On the contrary, passive cooling system used in fanless switch achieves high levels of natural convection and heat dissipation by utilizing a heat spreader or a heat sink. Without fans, fanless switch can save the power consumption and financial costs. It is the reason why the S2800-24T4F fanless switch is one of the popular alternatives among Gigabit switches from FS.COM.

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No External Debris

For the fanned switches, some of them blow inward and others blow outward depending on the location of the fan and the air circulation dynamics. By blowing inward, a switch not only carries cool air but also debris including dust and dirt. These external debris often builds problems – affect the performance of the switch. Whereas, a fanless switch usually eliminates the inflow of debris that can potentially harm the switch.

Increased Reliability

In a fanned switch, when a fan has a mechanical failure, it not only requires a replacement fan but also puts the stability and health of the switch at risk. However, with a fanless switch, the user can efficiently eliminate the risk of a fan’s mechanical breakdown, which in turn protects the switch from being potentially damaged.

Q&A:

What type of switch chip does S2800-24T4F switch adopt?

The switch chips have a different set of features, and the basic feature is port switching that allows wire speed traffic passing among a group of ports. This S2800-24T4F switch adopts Realtek RTL8382 switch chip – a new generation Gigabit switch controller which has a 4K-entry VLAN table for 802.1Q port-based, protocol-and-port-based, 802.1Q-based, IP-subnet-based, and ACL Rules-based VLAN operation to separate logical connectivity from physical connectivity.

What is the working mode of S2800-24T4F switch? Does it support auto-negotiation between switches?

The switch supports full duplex/half duplex mode operation. In a full-duplex mode, there are separate channels to send and receive frames. There is no collision detection in devices operating in full-duplex mode, so a greater speeds will be performed. Besides, port rate can be configured on this switch. The best use of rate limiting is to keep low-priority devices that are connected to this switch from using too much of your bandwidth and slowing down your other connected devices. It can also support auto-negotiation of ports between switches. The port speed is set automatically after the switch determines the speed using autonegotiation with the linked device.

Can S2800-24T4F switch be deployed with Cumulus Linux?

Cumulus Linux is a version of the open source operating system built to run bare-metal switch hardware. It can support switches and platforms with various port densities, form factors and capabilities. S2800-24T4F switch is not an open source switch and it has pre-loaded with ZebOS, so it cannot support Cumulus Linux. Choose our N8500-32C(#69340) and N8000-32Q (#69342) if you want to apply Cumulus Linux.

Does S2800-24T4F switch support export and import traffic monitoring?

Network traffic monitoring is the process of reviewing, analyzing and managing network traffic for any abnormality or process that can affect network performance, availability and/or security. But S2800-24T4F switch does not support export and import traffic monitoring. If you want to have traffic monitoring function, you can take a look at our S3800 series switches (like S3800-24T4S 24-port switch) which support export and import traffic monitoring by sflow.

Can S2800-24T4F switch support advanced routing protocol?

The S2800-24T4F switch is defined as smart layer 2 switch. It can support some simple routing protocol such as static routing. Static routing performs routing decisions with preconfigured routes in the routing table, which can be changed manually only by administrators. Static routes are normally implemented in those situations where the choices in route selection are limited, or there is only a single default route available. Also, static routing can be used if you have only few devices for route configuration and there is no need for route change in the future.

Conclusion

Have you ever got distracted due to the constant noise coming from the switch? If so, you may need a fanless network switch. It will help to create a quiet environment for your office, home, etc. Apart from being quiet, fanless switch is also more reliable (due to absence of moving parts – fans) and utilizes less power than its fan-cooled counterparts. And now, most modern desktop switches run quietly, the trend will continue driving its adoption among Ethernet switch market. Any requirements for this S2800-24T4F fanless switch and its supported modules and cables, please contact us via sales@fs.com.

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