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FS S3900/S3910/S3700 Series Switches: Which One is Right for Me?

Updated on Dec 20, 2022
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As the one directly interacts with end-user devices, the access layer switch is indispensable in network deployment. However, faced with different brands of access layer switches on the market, you may be dazzled and hesitate to choose a suitable one for your business. This post will help you choose the most suitable one for your business.

FS Access Layer Switches Basic Guide

Typically, a three-layer network architecture includes the core layer, the aggregation layer, and the access layer. To put it simply, the access layer is to the three-layer network architecture what grassroots employees are to the company’s architecture. As SEMs users, you can even use them as the network core of small enterprises for better network performance.

At present, with the popularity of access layer switches and the drop in prices, they gradually become the mainstream configuration of enterprise networking. Actually, we also provide three series of access layer switches on FS.com, which are S3900 series switches, S3910 series switches, and S3700 series switches.

All of them are suitable for workgroups that require high bandwidth and network performance. However, they also differ from each other in some respects. For more information on FS access layer switches, you can check How to Choose the Right Access Layer Switch?

 a three-layer network architecture

Larger Routing Table Capacity and Improved Reliability

Routing tables are used to store routing information for packets. However, routing tables can quickly grow out of control if you have a large number of routes in your network, resulting in slow performance and even network outages. Therefore, requiring a switch with a larger routing table capacity is necessary for businesses.

Compared with FS S3700/S3900 series switches, the routing table capacity of S3910 series switches has been increased from 256 to 500. Additionally, the S3910 series switches support IPv4 and IPv6 routing capabilities, making them more cost-effective when used as a small core by SMBs.

DHCP Server for More Application Scenarios

As the business grows, enterprises' demand for richer network application scenarios also increases. We all know that a single application scenario for network devices is a disaster for enterprises, so we design all switches to allow multiple application scenarios.

Supporting Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), the FS S3910 series switches can meet a variety of application scenarios, such as finance, retail, hospital, enterprise, etc., with network stability ensured at the same time.

DHCP Server

Diversified Security Features to Ensure Network Stability

The protection of data is one of the major concerns for businesses. Therefore, it is necessary for them to keep their data safe by using numerous security features on their devices. All three of these series of FS access layer switches offer several security features, such as port security and IP source guard, which provide basic security protection for network equipment. In contrast to the S3900/S3700 series switches, the FS S3910 series switches offer a wider range of security features, which will ensure network stability and provide users with a greater variety of options.

Provide Simplified Management with SNMP

Managing the network can always be a daunting task for enterprises. With the help of simplified management, network deployment will be easier and more efficient. Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is an application layer protocol used to monitor and manage network devices on a local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN), which is of great benefit to simplifying network management. All three series of access layer switches support the SNMP protocol, which will save companies a lot of energy on network management.

Simple Network Management Protocol

Choose the Right Switch for You

Considering different requirements and network environments, it's necessary to choose the most suitable access layer switches for improving your network experience.

  Switch Chip SFP Ports SFP+ Ports RJ45 Ports Routing Table Capacity Hardware Stacking Switching Capacity Forwarding Rate
S3900-24T4S Broadcom BCM56150 / 4x 10G SFP+ 24x 1000BASE-T 256 Up to 6 Units 128 Gbps 95 Mpps
S3900-48T4S Broadcom BCM56150 / 4x 10G SFP+ 48x 1000BASE-T 256 Up to 6 Units 176 Gbps 130 Mpps
S3910-24TS Broadcom BCM56150 / 4x 10G SFP+ 24x 1000BASE-T 500 Up to 4 Units 128 Gbps 96 Mpps
S3910-48TS Broadcom BCM56150 / 4x 10G SFP+ 48x 1000BASE-T 500 Up to 4 Units 176 Gbps 132 Mpps
S3700-24T4F RTL8382M 4x 1G SFP / 24x 1GBASE-T / / 56 Gbps 42 Mpps

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