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Netgear Launches New Smart Managed Pro Switches for Converged Networks

Netgear says the switches support dense deployments of modern high-power PoE+ devices and are focused on usability within SMB environments.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Netgear (NASDAQ: NTGR) announces the release of  four new Gigabit switches with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE+) and SFP ports for fiber uplinks.

The switches expand the second-generation family of Smart Managed Pro Switches purposely designed for converged networks where voice, video, data and IoT are all carried on a single network platform, according to the company.

Netgear says the switches are well-suited for small and medium-sized organizations such as hospitality, catering, education and retail industries due to the growing deployment of VoIP phones, IP security cameras, video-over-IP endpoints, proximity sensors, LED lighting, secure access door locks and other IoT devices.

“Our long history of working with small and medium businesses to develop customized solutions tell us that they are looking for the best combination of features, performance and value,” says Richard Jonker, vice president of product line management for SMB products at NETGEAR.

The new Smart Managed Pro switches are equipped with the following features:

  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Snooping – Monitors for and allows only authorized DHCP servers to respond to DHCP requests and to pass network data to clients. It also provides the ability to control the rate of traffic sent of DHCP requests on client ports, mitigating the effect of DHCP Denial of Service (DoS) attacks from an individual client or access port. 
  • Dynamic Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) Inspection (DAI) – DAI inspects ARP packets on the Local Area Network (LAN) and uses the information in the DHCP snooping database on a switch to validate ARP packets and to protect against ARP spoofing/poisoning/cache poisoning.
  • Full line-rate Gigabit connectivity – Allows for efficient and fast networking for bandwidth-hungry businesses.
  • Traffic priority setting – For optimized voice, data and video convergence (DiffServ QoS).
    • Intuitive configuration of Media Streaming and Audio-Visual over Internet Protocol (AV-over-IP) with multicast capabilities – AV over IP significantly increases flexibility by overcoming limits to number of sources and destinations as well as by conquering distance limits.
  • Registration (MVR) IGMP Snooping allows switches to listen to IGMP report and leave messages to determine what hosts if any are interested in receiving multicast traffic on a given VLAN to limit unnecessary flooding of multicast traffic to switch ports that do not have hosts interested in receiving multicast traffic.
    • Multicast VLAN Registration (MVR) – enables multicast traffic to be dedicated to a specific VLAN across a multicast domain so that receivers in other VLANs can join the sources in the dedicated VLAN and received multicast traffic.
  • Full IPv6 Support – Reduces network limitations imposed by IPv4 restrictions.

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