D-Link Intros Energy-Efficient Gigabit Switches

D-Link has expanded its network switch portfolio with new energy efficient units for the SMB sector

Networking equipment maker D-Link has expanded its line of network switches with more rugged and energy efficient options.

The new switches includes the DGS-105 and DGS-108 Gigabit Ethernet, as well as the DES-105 and DES-108 Fast Ethernet metal switches.

Products Specs

Available in five- and eight-port form factors, these unmanaged switches offer small to medium-size businesses (SMB) high-speed networking and intelligent data streaming with quality of service (QoS) prioritisation, and use the company’s green technology to save on power consumption.

The switches are packaged in a rugged metal enclosure providing security and reliability, and can be mounted on the desktop or walls via a built-in mount. The DGS-105 and DGS-108 Gigabit Ethernet metal switches provide data transfer speeds of up to 2,000Mbps. The switches support IEEE 802.1p QoS, which organises and prioritises time-sensitive and important data for efficient delivery for streaming media, voice over IP (VoIP) calling and online gaming.

The switches are also 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet compliant and can detect when a computer is shut down or when there is no Ethernet traffic, automatically shutting down the port. The company said this could save up to 85 percent on power consumption.

D-Link’s DES-105 and DES-108 Fast Ethernet metal switches come with similar features.

The DGS-105 ($55/£35) and DGS-108 ($69/£44) Gigabit Ethernet metal switches and DES-105 ($30/£19) and DES-108 ($45/£29) Fast Ethernet metal switches are now shipping through D-Link’s network of channel partners, including value-added resellers, solution providers and distributors.

Cost Concious

“D-Link understands that small and medium-sized businesses rely on easy-to-use network technology that provides high-end features, reliability and performance without breaking the bank,” said Mark Prowten, director of product marketing for business networking solutions at D-Link. “The DGS-105/108 and DES-105/108 unmanaged network switches are self-managed rugged switches, combining the latest intelligent switch technology with cost-saving Energy Efficient Ethernet, enabling businesses to work smarter [and] faster and be more productive.”

In September, the company launched the DAP-2565 AirPremier N Dual Band PoE Access Point with Plenum-Rated Chassis powered by CloudCommand, designed for indoor plenum deployment in above-ceiling airspace installations. The company also unveiled the DSN-4000 Series xStack Storage iSCSI SAN Array, which supports mixing nonproprietary SAS and SATA disk drives of various manufacturers, capacities and speeds.