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

Updated on Apr 1, 2021

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

Bridge to 2.5G, 5G and 10G with Multigigabit technology

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

Current Enterprise Network Begs for Access Beyond 1Gbps

For a long time, 1Gb Ethernet has been the primary standard since it is adequate for almost all the traditional end-user devices in enterprise and SMB networks. However, the cloud-based services, IoT, and the growth of wired and wireless end devices require massive data traffic from access switches. Meanwhile, 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) wave 2 and the latest 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) are emerging and multi-gig devices like wireless access points (APs) with the capability of 2.5G, 5G connectivity are deriving. Hence, access switches in enterprise and SMB networks that have the latest wireless APs connected to them must 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, to access beyond 1Gb/s, network planners had no choice but to jump to 10Gb/s, which mainly used in data centers. Indeed 10GBASE-T 10 Gbit/s Ethernet over copper twisted-pair cable was approved in 2006. However, current network base is dominated by Cat5e and Cat6 cabling whereas 10GBASE-T often requires Cat6a and even better cables. For many enterprise 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 published on 2016/10/18) to the NBASE-T standard, enabling the intermediate speeds 2.5Gb/s and 5Gb/s over existing twisted pair Cat5e and Cat6 cabling infrastructures. Nowadays 802.3bz multi-gig products are available in the market. Thus 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 multigigabit switches, enterprise networks should think further and take other features into considerations. 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 meet demands of diverse levels of end devices. For future higher speed requests, the multigig switch 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, mgig switches with high PoE capabilities 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, so end users connected to these Wi-Fi 6 access points can run high-bandwidth applications. Also, high-performance devices such as 5G network cards, gaming computers, desktop computers, servers, 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 will downgrade to 1Gbps. Multi-GE NBASE-T switches can make full use of the device's potential to support 2.5/5G data rate. In this way, your infrastructure investment is fully utilized.

FS Multi-Gigabit Switch Is the High-End Option for Now and Future

FS released S5860-24XB-U - a high-end multi-gigabit switch for future-proofing enterprise and SMB networks. The multi-gig 10GBASE-T switch with rich advanced features - layer 3 fully managed, up to 10Gb/s access, 10G/25G uplinks, stackable, 90W per port PoE++, power Wi-Fi 6 APs, high-performance Broadcom BCM56170 chip and etc - enables the existing cabling infrastructure in an enterprise campus network environment to provide high bandwidth and high Power over Ethernet connectivity as well as prepare for future expansion.

The major features of the S5860-24XB-U multi-gigabit switch and its benefits are shown in the chart below.

S5860-24XB-U Switch Features Benefits
Hardware Multi-rate 24x 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G with auto-sensing on a single port, 4x 1/10G SFP+ with 4x 10G/25G SFP28 uplinks. Provide more options for end devices supporting multiple data rates and prepare for future use.
1+1 redundant power supplies and 3 smart fans. Ensures stable operation while reducing power consumption.
Broadcom BCM56170 switch chip. Deliver high performance and low latency.
Software & Function IEEE 802.3af/at/bt compatible, up to 90W PoE++ and 740W budget. Compatible with the previous PoE standard-compliant devices and futureproof the next generation APs and powered devices.
IPv4/IPv6 dual stack design and abundant IPv6 routing protocols. Upgrade network to IPv6 network or build a new IPv6 network in a secure and reliable way.
L3 fully managed, stackable. Support QoS, NFPP, BGP, ACL, VRRP, QinQ, GVRP etc. Offer rich advanced features for the convergence layer of large-sized networks and the core layer of small and medium sized networks.
Management method: WEB, CLI, SNMP V1/V2/V3, RMON, Syslog, SFLOW, USB. Ensure easy & quick access of network maintenance for different layers' users.
Energy Efficiency Ethernet(EEE) Reduce power consumption by 50% or more, while retaining full compatibility with existing equipment.

Multi-Gigabit Switch Matching Products Recommendation:

To keep in step with the new era of multi-rate and high-bandwidth access, enterprise networks also need other portfolios of products besides multi-gig switches. For converged wired and wireless networks planning to get ubiquitous Wi-Fi 6 mobile experiences and reliable data transmission in high-density environments, check the other FS latest campus series of products, including Wi-Fi 6 access points, wireless LAN controller and security gateway.

FS Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6 AP

Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6 AP

FS Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 AP

Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 AP

FS Wireless LAN Controller

Wireless LAN Controller

FS Security Gateway

Security Gateway

6.8 Gbps / Max 1536 Clients 2.4Gbps / Max 1024 Clients Support 224 APs / 7168 Clients / 8G Performance / Manage Wi-Fi 6 AP Max 1500 Users / IPSec VPN / Routing

Notes: FS Cloud Platform for remote management of all campus products is under development. Coming soon, stay tuned!

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