Zyxel Targets SMBs With New 10G Switches

Zyxel is offering SMBs new 10G and gigabit switches designed to improve network performance and security

Networking and routing specialist Zyxel has launched its portfolio of Web-managed 24- and 48-port 10G switches (XGS1910) and Gigabit switches (GS1910).

These new devices are aimed at small and midsize businesses and offer features such as network performance and security management. Prices range from $299 (£190) for the base model and top out at $1, 369 (£871) for the XGS1910-48 model.

Switch Specs

The XGS1910-24 switch comes with two enhanced small form-factor SFP+ ports for 10G uplinks and stacking, which the company says eliminates the need for additional modules for 10G support.

The GS1910-24HP ($699/£445) and GS1910-48HP ($999/£636) offer 30W power IEEE 802.3at feature support and can power devices such as motorised IP cameras with pan/tilt/zoom functions that use more than 15.4W. In addition, the high-powered switches are backward-compatible with 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) standard devices.

The series also includes 24- and 48-port 10G Web smart switches (XGS1910-24/48), and all models share some common feature a variety of virtual local area network (VLAN) features such as media-access control (MAC), protocol-based VLAN and guest VLAN. For businesses keeping an eye on energy costs, the switches also include 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), which help to reduce energy consumption of Ethernet devices by defining low-power modes and adjusting the operating timeframe.

“Zyxel’s new switches deliver a cost and performance breakthrough to small and midsize businesses, as well as the education and hospitality markets,” Steven Joe, executive vice president of channel business for Americas at Zyxel, said in a press statement. “We’re providing affordable, energy-efficient, IPv6-ready [Internet Protocol version 6-ready], Web-managed switches with the richest L2 features available to meet our customers’ current and future mobility and cloud computing demands.”

Security Cameras

The company also recently released a suite of PoE security cameras aimed at small businesses, which include features such as vandal-proof housing, motorised zoom and focus and pan-tilt zoom (PTZ).

The IPC1905 is a PoE bullet camera with both day and night vision, and environment-hardened housing, while the IPC4605N cloud camera includes a dome enclosure to provide protection from dust and vandalism.

Other features include 3D noise-reduction technology that helps eliminate noise in low-light environments, smart picture detection functionality that analyses and modifies video output in real-time, Infra Red and smart motion detection and support Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF), the global industry standard for the interface of IP-based physical security products.

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