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New SMC Smart Power over Ethernet switch for SMB networks

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SMC Networks has released its EZ SwitchTM SMCGS8P-Smart, a new addition to the company’s family of high-performance rack and desktop switches.

Designed for SMB environments, the EZ Switch SMCGS8P-Smart is an eight port Web-Managed 10/100/1000 Gigabit switch with Power Over Ethernet (PoE) that offers the speed of Gigabit Ethernet with the flexibility of PoE.
The flexibility is further enhanced by 1 associated Gigabit combo port (RJ-45/SFP).
“The small-to-medium segment of the market remains the fastest growing area within the South African information and communication technology sector. SMC continues to supply next generation intelligent networking solutions that address the need for flexibility, speed, performance – essentially, the offer of comprehensive, cost-effective value,” says Paul Luff, country manager, SMC Networks South Africa.
The EZ Switch adds a new level of flexibility to the network and is ideal for businesses introducing VoIP, IP surveillance and wireless installations by providing power to down-stream devices ranging from phones and access points to IP cameras and other business equipment. It also allows a business to migrate smoothly to new technologies without incurring the corresponding costs of using a fully managed solution.
The new switch offers a host of intelligent features including Quality of Service (QoS) to prioritise traffic and improve the delivery of converged data, port and tag based VLANs and Static Link Aggregation which offers up to four ports within a single trunk.
Ideal for SMB environments, the switch has a fan-less design and can therefore be rack or desktop mounted. It also comes with a flexible and easy to use web based management interface for simple installation and configuration.
“With the growing uptake of VoIP technologies, SMBs are looking for a cost effective way to benefit from the high performance and flexibility benefits of PoE,” says SMCs Director of Product Marketing Iain Kenney. “The new EZ Switch offers these benefits in a way that enables cost effective and flexible installations.”
The SMCGS8P forms part of SMC Networks’ Standalone 10/100/1000Mbps desktop switch family.