Netgear GSM7324 Is All Business
Netgear's first layer 3 gigabit switch is proof the company is serious about a push into the small- and medium-size business marketplace.Netgears first layer 3 gigabit switch is proof the companybest known for its consumer routers and hubsis serious about a push into the small- and medium-size business marketplace. Released earlier this month, the $3,400 GSM7324 24-Port Layer 3 Managed Gigabit Switch features 24 copper 10/100/1,000M-bps Ethernet ports. The unit also incorporates four optional Fibre Gigabit Ethernet small-form-factor, pluggable slots. In my tests, the GSM7324 deftly handled basic hardware-based Layer 3 routing. In addition to SNMP support, the switch supports the high-performance routing protocols youd expect in enterprise-class products.
I configured my test unit using the browser-based configuration interface. The management console not only showed which ports were being used in real time but also allowed me to designate ports to different VLANs.