Netgear has introduced a number of new products to its corporate network switch line over the past two months. Most interesting is the push for more cloud-managed switches, and it’s sure to please a few IT admins. Two new 52-port switches join the Insight family, allowing high-capacity deployments to be easily configured and transparently managed remotely.
The new GC752X and GC752XP are the first 52-port Gigabit Ethernet switches with 2 SFP ports and 2 SFP + 10G ports with Insight management. The XP variant BASE-T ports are all PoE + capable, with a total power budget of 505 W. The switches are priced at $ 420 and $ 900 respectively.
Netgear has particularly emphasized that these switches are fully functional in local mode, unlike some solutions that require an Internet connection for basic functionality. Obviously, remote management requires connectivity to Netgear’s cloud backend. Netgear smart switches support L2 + and L3 Lite switching functionality (including VLAN, LLDP, port trunking, QoS, PoE controls per port, etc.).
The GC752X and GC752XP expand the number of Netgear Insight-managed switches to eight, with the number of ports ranging from 10 to 52 ports.
Netgear is also launching Insight 5.0, an updated version of its cloud management suite for some of its select commercial and enterprise products. New features include scheduling firmware updates (rather than sending push notifications to the IT administrator when a new version is available), two-factor authentication for increased security, and technical support via the Insight app.
At launch (September 2017), Insight was free to use. It now has three tiers – one free for up to two devices, and a basic plan, as well as a subscription-based premium plan billed per device.
In other business switch news, Netgear also released four unmanaged gigabit units – two at 8 ports and two at 16 ports – with flexible PoE capabilities. The main difference here is that the switch power budget can be increased by simply changing the external power supply after purchase.
The GS108LP and GS108LPP are the 8 port versions with PoE budgets of 60W and 123W respectively (the only difference in hardware being the external power brick). They are priced at $ 100 and $ 130 respectively. The 16 port versions (the $ 180 GS116LP and $ 220 GS116LPP) have power budgets of 76 W and 183 W. Depending on the power supply used, the 8 port model can support power budgets of 60 W, 83 W and 120 W, while the 16-port model can support power budgets of 76 W, 115 W and 183 W. All four models are passively cooled and support both rack mounting and wall mounting.