8-port hybrid switches for SMBs offer cloud-based management

April 6, 2022
Zyxel Networks says its new GS1915 Series Gigabit Ethernet smart managed switches "deliver a critical combination of affordability, flexibility and manageability for prosumers, small businesses and chain stores."

Zyxel Networks has this month launched its GS1915 Series 8-port GbE Smart Managed Switches product line.

Intended for small businesses and prosumers, Zyxel says its GS1915-8 8-port GbE Smart Managed Switch and GS1915-8EP 8-port GbE Smart Managed PoE Switch make it easy for users to deploy and manage a reliable, high-performance network without the need for a dedicated IT team.

Billed as among the most affordable hybrid switch solutions for SMBs, the GS1915 series switches give users the flexibility of setting-up and managing devices using Zyxel’s Nebula cloud-based management platform, SNMP or web-based GUI.

Providing seamless multi-device management and an easy transition to cloud-based network management, the GS1915 switches each feature eight RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet ports, with a compact, fanless design that allows them to blend inconspiciously into home or office environment.

Tri Nguyen, market development manager at Zyxel Networks, comments, “Fast, reliable network connectivity has become critical for both businesses and home users as network applications have pushed the demand on networks beyond the movement of large files and streaming media, to high-bandwidth, low-latency applications such as video conferencing and video surveillance. Our GS1915 series switches deliver a critical balance of performance, affordability and flexibility that makes them ideal solutions for expanding or upgrading existing networks.”

Key switch benefits

Easily accessed via a web interface or mobile app, Zyxel’s scalable Nebula cloud management platform provides users with real-time network information and provides centrally-managed control over GS1915 Smart Managed switches and connected access points and security gateways. Nebula enables streamlined installation and management of the network without the additional costs of a software or hardware controller.

The proprietary NebulaFlex capability provides flexibility in management options by giving users the ability to manage GS1915 Smart Managed switches via the cloud using the license-free Nebula cloud management platform, via an existing controller using SNMP, or locally using the intuitive web GUI. NebulaFlex allows users to change management options at any time without additional cost while protecting previous investments in wired technology.

The switches' eight gigabit Ethernet ports provide 16Gbps switching capacity to ensure reliable, high-speed connectivity for critical applications such as video conferencing, VoIP and IoT devices in homes, small businesses and chain stores. All eight ports of GS1915-8EP support IEEE 802.3at for maximum deployment of Power over Ethernet devices.

With a total power budget of 60W and the ability to deliver up to 30W to each port, GS1915-8EP features a default PoE consumption mode that delivers only the actual power required by connected devices. This intelligent distribution of power enables the switch to optimize its power budget to deliver power to more devices.

The Zyxel GS1915-8 8-port GbE Smart Managed Switch and GS1915-8EP 8-port GbE Smart Managed PoE Switch both carry limited lifetime warranties and are available now through all Zyxel authorized resellers and e-commerce partners at a MSRP of $74.99 and $149.99, respectively.

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Matt Vincent | Senior Editor

Matt Vincent is a B2B technology journalist, editor and content producer with over 15 years of experience, specializing in the full range of media content production and management, as well as SEO and social media engagement best practices, for both Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine and its website CablingInstall.com. He currently provides trade show, company, executive and field technology trend coverage for the ICT structured cabling, telecommunications networking, data center, IP physical security, and professional AV vertical market segments. Email: [email protected]

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